Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mission Blacklist Gets New Director & Is Set To Film In The Fall

Jesper Ganslandt has been tapped to direct Robert Pattinson in the psychological thriller Mission: Blacklist, about a brilliant young military interrogator who spearheads the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Pic is based on the life of soldier-turned-intelligence agent Eric Maddox, who funneled his experiences into the 2008 nonfic book Mission: Black List #1 – The Inside Story Of The Search For Saddam Hussein – As Told By The Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture.

The Code Entertainment project was announced at Cannes last year, back when Jean-St├ęphane Sauvaire was set to direct. Following Sauvaire’s departure, Ganslandt stepped in and will make his English-language debut after directing three features — Blondie, The Ape, and Falkenberg Farewell — in his native Sweden.

Filming is scheduled for the fall.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Interview With Mission: Blacklist Screenwriter, Dylan Kussman

@MBL_France scored an Exclusive interview with Dylan Kussman. He talked extensively about Rob's upcoming movie, Mission: Blacklist.

1. For those who do not know you, could you introduce yourself and tell us what do you do for a living?

"My name is Dylan Kussman. I've been a professional actor for over 30 years, known best for my roles in such films as Dead Poets Society, The Way of the Gun, X2, and most recently, Flight, and Jack Reacher. I have been a professional writer for about half that time. I wrote the feature film Burn, co-wrote the screenplays Booth and The Mayor of Castro Street, and was writer and director of the hit Web series The Steps. ("

2. How did you become a screenwriter and what does it entail in the process of film making?

"Refer to question 1"

3. Tell us about your work for Mission: Blacklist and how you ended up being a part of this project?

"I became involved with Mission: Blacklist when head writer and Executive Producer Erik Jendresen contacted me about contributing to the project. At the time, he and his co-writer Trace Sheehan were deeply immersed in adapting Staff Sergeant Maddox's book, Mission: Black List #1, and were looking for an additional voice to help flesh out the main character and structure his remarkable story as a movie. It was an honor to be asked to collaborate with two such accomplished and well-respected writers, on a story with such an incredible pedigree, and I accepted without a moment's hesitation."

4. Was it complicated for you to work on this book and, particularly, on this subject?

"The most challenging part about working on the project for me personally was absorbing the vast amount of research Erik and Trace had compiled before I came onboard. On top of the book itself, there were hundreds of pages of interviews they'd conducted with the Staff Sergeant, firsthand accounts of the Iraq War and of the American presence in Baghdad and Tikrit after Saddam's fall -- I had to get up to speed in a hurry. Once I'd gotten on top of the material, however, I was fortunately able to see a strong and clear contribution I could make towards rendering this soldier's mind-bending ordeal into a piece of dramatic cinema. Incredible human beings don't always make compelling onscreen protagonists, but between the work we've done as writers, Jean Stephane Sauvaire's guiding hand as director, and Robert Pattinson's committment to playing this inspiring figure with the fearless honesty for which he's known, I don't think that will be the case here."

5. Did you work directly with Eric Maddox to sort out what to take or not take from the book?

"Both Erik Jendresen and Trace Sheehan worked more directly with Eric Maddox than I did, and Mr. Pattinson has spent an extended amount of time with him at this point. They will be able to speak to your question better than me."6. In the story, the blue shirt is very important and during a lecture in Oklahoma University, Eric Maddox said that Robert Pattinson will probably wear it, did you include it in your work?

"Eric Maddox wore the same blue oxford shirt throughout his intelligence effort to help locate Saddam Hussein, and we included that costume choice as part of Maddox's character in the screenplay. Whether Robert will be wearing the actual shirt during the shoot is a question for the director, actor, and Staff Sergeant Maddox to answer."

7. Did you have a word in the castings? And in the choice for the place where it will be filmed?

"No, and no"

8. What do you think of Robert Pattinson's choice as the lead man?

"Robert Pattinson is a phenomenal choice. We were all thrilled when he came onboard. More importantly, after spending lengthy one-on-one time with Staff Sergeant Maddox, and getting Maddox's personal blessing to portray him in the movie ... he is the only choice."

9. What can you tell us (that nobody knows yet) about the movie or the project?

"All I can say is, you've never seen a story like this one, or experienced an intelligence, military or otherwise, like you will Staff Sergeant Maddox's in this film. His is truly a remarkable mind; I remain as much in awe of it now as I was after I first read the book, and I remain very proud to have been a small part of the process of bringing the man and his story to the screen"

10. Do you speak French (even for a little bit)?

"Non, je ne parle pas francais, sauf ... Commet Tu t'appeles? Je m'appelle Dylan. Ca va? Comme si Comme sa"

Follow Dylan Kussman on Twitter: @DylanKussman

Friday, March 29, 2013

Eric Maddox Talks Mission: Blacklist

Eric Maddox, the author of Mission Blacklist #1, spoke to an audience of about 300 people this past Wednesday at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, about the process of finding and capturing Saddam Hussein. He shares what Rob might wear in the movie: the blue shirt we gave you a preview of almost a year ago :)

Maddox shared the story of the steps leading to the capture of Hussein in chronological order, only leaving out “little bitty elements” he was asked not to discuss due to the classified nature of these elements.  
This same story is encapsulated in his book, “Mission: Blacklist #1,” on which a movie will be based starring Robert Pattinson, who will play Maddox.
“Somebody wants to make a movie about my story - it’s very exciting,” Maddox said.
Maddox said he has already met and gotten to know Pattinson. 
“He’s a great guy,” Maddox said. “When they brought his name up to me, I had never heard of him before. I don’t believe in vampire movies and stories. I just didn’t know who he was.” 
Maddox said he wore a single blue shirt for months in his search for Hussein, with no other changes of clothes. The shirt has a bigmouth bass embossed on it, Velcro pockets and bloodstains. 
“I’ve still got it [the shirt.] I think Rob is gonna wear it in the movie,” Maddox said.
Maddox had to wait five years to tell his story and write the book due to the U.S. government preferring to keep it classified, he said. 
“Since then, the United States government wanted me to endorse the movie, and wanted me to say who I am and what I do,” he said. 
While having accomplished the feat of capturing Hussein, Maddox said he wanted to stay very humble about his accomplishment.

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