In 2011, Liam Neeson starred in the Jaume Collet-Serra action-thriller ‘Unknown’ based on the French novel ‘Out of My Head’ by author Didier Van Cauwelaert. It also starred January Jones and Diane Kruger. Now we learned that Warner Bros. is developing a television adaption.
According to a press release from Warner Media,
“TNT announced today that it is developing “Unknown,” a one-hour drama based on the Liam Neeson box office hit produced by Dark Castle Entertainment. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the film told the story of Martin Harris, a doctor who lost his memory after a car accident and woke up to find his identity taken and the target of mysterious assassins. The series would pick up after the events of the film and follow a new lead character that is thrust into a mind-bending adventure full of twists and turns.”
They continue, “Sean Finegan (“Free Fall”) will write the pilot and executive produce. Karl Gajdusek (“Stranger Things”) and Speed Weed (“Arrow” “Summer I Turned Pretty” “Winx Saga”) will showrun and executive produce. Ethan Erwin, Alex Mace and Hal Sadoff of Dark Castle are also executive producers, alongside Erik Olsen (“The Dirt”) and Liam Neeson (“Unknown”). Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise,” “Black Adam” “Orphan,” “The Shallows”) is attached to direct and executive produce.”
Liam Neeson discussed the film with Den of Geek shortly after its premiere.
“Well, a thriller’s a thriller,” he explained. “There were a few I was offered, but they were a little bit predictable, stuff we had seen before and that is just the beauty of this script for Unknown. I thought it was very intelligent, a real psychological thriller that just had a feel of the gritty European thrillers from the forties and fifties and of Hitchcock too. There’s a Hitchcockian element in there as well, I think.”
The 2011 film had its premiere at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival before being widely released in the United States on February 18, 2011.
While receiving mixed critical reviews, the movie was number one at the box office and made a worldwide total of $136.1 million against an estimated $40 million.
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