ROUNDUP: Mission: Blacklist mentioned with upcoming films from Oscar winners, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck

Mission: Blacklist is still working on financing but it’s already being mentioned about in film circles alongside other upcoming military-based flicks.

Quick excerpt from Film School Rejects:

True-life American military tales are gunning for a real resurgence lately – what with Ben Affleck’s Argo, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and the Robert Pattinson-starring Mission: Blacklist – and it looks like that means we’re not safe from a 3D take on such projects. A morning press release out of the Cannes Film Festival (oh, and heads up, get ready for a metric ton of these in the coming days) reveals that Freedom Films and Paradox Entertainment have made a deal to produce the “epic action pic Thunder Run,” based on the book “Thunder Run – The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad.”

The article isn’t about the film but it was cool to see it name-dropped so soon among other credible filmmakers. Curiosity continues to grow from the film blogger circuit and we’ll see what the response is like the further along we go. A few showed genuine intrigue when the sales poster circulated.


The only thing I’m not a big fan of here is the title and the use of the colon. Unless you are inviting some kind or any kind of confusion with the Mission: Impossible why do this? Otherwise, Mission: Blacklist sounds interesting as we get a first look at a sales poster for the film, which will surely be floating around the Cannes marketplace next week looking for some money.


Here’s the fancy new sales poster for Robert Pattinson’s new movie, Mission: Blacklist which will be doing the rounds next week when Cannes 2012 kicks off in an attempt to find funding (I’m sure it won’t take long!). It features RPatz staring at us seductively and I rather like it!

It comes from the folks over at Rope of Silicon who make the very good point that adding the colon to the title makes it appear very much in the same vein as the Mission: Impossible franchise. Who knows why the Embankment Films would go down that road but I’m sure we’ll find out in due course.

AltFilmGuide made note that the colon originated from the book and not a filmmakers choice:

I thought Osama bin Laden was the world’s most wanted man, but never mind. Mission: Blacklist is based on (or perhaps merely “inspired by”) factual events. Maddox offered his version of the story in his and Davin Seay’s book Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein — As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture. (Note that the Mission: Impossible-like colon could already be found in the book’s title. It’s not something made up for the movie version.)

The film is also up on IMDb. It doesn’t have much filled in but the sales poster is up. 🙂 Click HERE to check it out.

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