Mission: Blacklist one of 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2014 – Prepare for “darker shades of the psychosis”

With Embankment still listing Mission: Blacklist with a second quarter start this year, the film still made an anticipated list for 2014.


Ioncinema ranked Mission: Blacklist number 92 out of 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2014:

Director: Jesper Gandslant
Writers: Erik Jendressen, Dylan Kussman and Trace Sheehan
Producers: Preferred Content’s Ross M. Dinerstein, Jendresen, Kevin Waller
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Robert Pattinson

His last two oeuvres in the complex, dark The Ape accompanied by the estrogen-filled audit called Blondie demonstrate Jesper Ganslandt’s filmic temperament as one that is both alluring and volatile, so naturally we’re thinking that the Swedish auteur could embed this fact-based thriller with darker shades of the psychosis. We’ve lost track of this project which was supposed to have begun lensing in January, and with Robert Pattinson in constant flux we imagine that we’ll be getting a news flash update of sorts fairly soon.

Gist: Based on the book Mission: Black List #1 – The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein – As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture by Eric Maddox with Davin Seay, unlike other Interrogators fresh out of training, Eric Maddox (Pattinson) has a brilliant and beautiful mind. He has a unique ability to decipher highly complex patterns from seemingly random events. His mission is to trap the world’s most wanted man, Saddam Hussein – and he must defy his superiors to uncover his prey. The closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous the hunt becomes.

Release Date: Still in development, to have a shot at a 2014 calender release this will need to shoot before the month of May to break out this year.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress!

VIDEO: Eric Maddox talks about Mission: Blacklist and when filming should begin

Here’s the full interview.


If the embed doesn’t work for the full interview, click HERE if you’d like to watch!

Eric also mentioned Robert Pattinson and the project during an interview with KGOU Radio. Here is a portion of what he shared, thanks to Spunk Ransom:

GRILLOT: So I have to mention here, as we’re finishing up, your book Mission: Blacklist is going to be made into a film. Robert Pattinson’s been cast to play you in your movie. How do you feel about that? What are we going to learn? What are we going to see in this film?

MADDOX: I’m very excited about it. The one thing I’ve asked is that the movie be as real as possible. And working with Rob, that’s the one thing he insists on. He always asks me, ‘Is this real? Did this happen?’ So it’s exciting. We’ll see.

GRILLOT: Well we’ll be looking forward to that in the next year.

Click HERE to listen to that full interview.


TWEET: Mission: Blacklist screenwriter talks pre-produciton status and new director, Jesper Ganslandt

YAY! All has been quiet on the waterfront but screenwriter, Dylan Kussman, dropped a little hint about the progress of the film:

Jesper Ganslandt took over the helm of Mission: Blacklist when Jean Stephane-Sauvaire left the film last month. Click HERE if you missed the announcement. We’ll keep you posted!

FUNDING: Mission: Blacklist qualifies for California tax credits to fund filming in the state

The Hollywood Reporter released a list of films that qualify for California tax credits and Mission: Blacklist is on the list. From THR:

Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 2.17.24 PMFor the fifth year the state is handing out $100 million to help keep production in the state — with 14 features, 12 cable series, two TV movies and two relocating series qualifying in 2013.

The Entourage feature film, cable series Bunheads and Major Crimes and the TV movie Cloudy With A Chance of Love are among the projects set to share in up to $100 million in tax credits from the state of California for the fiscal year running from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

The list of 31 projects that qualifies includes 14 feature films, 12 basic cable series, two relocating series and two movies of the week. The relocating series, which qualify for a 25 percent credit, are the fourth season of the MTV show Teen Wolf and TNT’s King & Maxwell.

This is the fifth year that the state has made funding available under a program that began in 2009. Not all of those listed below will actually get money, because some will drop out or move to another state and many TV projects are pending renewals. There is a waiting list of projects that will then be moved up and qualify for funding.

For the full list, click HERE.

Could Mission: Blacklist be finding a home in California? Iraqi scenery rebuilt in the arid deserts heading east of the state? We’ll keep you posted. Eric Maddox reported that filming would begin August 2013.

Thanks Clara for the heads up!

Embankment updates Mission: Blacklist status to Summer 2013; Delivery Summer 2014; Plus where’s Sauvaire??

UPDATE: Director name still missing from Embankment site.

UPDATE: It looks like Jean Stephane-Sauvaire’s name has been put back onto the Embankment site!
We’ll keep you updated if there are anymore developments

screencap from EmbankmentFilms.com

screencap from EmbankmentFilms.com

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screencap from EmbankmentFilms.com

Embankment Films updated their Mission: Blacklist page and there are some notable changes:

  • The film is now slated for production, late Summer 2013. That matches with the report from Eric Maddox, for an August start month.
  • The film will be ready for delivery Summer 2014.
  • Jean Stephane-Sauvaire’s name is removed as the director. Hmmmmmm

We’ll continue to keep you posted on the film!

Via: @BlacklistMovie

INTERVIEW: Mission: Blacklist screenwriter talks about the film and compliments Maddox, Sauvaire & Pattinson

Mission Blacklist France scored an awesome interview with Mission: Blacklist screenwriter, Dylan Kussman. He shared about his work on the film’s script, praised Eric Maddox, Jean Stephane Sauvaire and Robert Pattinson and more!


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.”

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.”


Dylan Kussman

Dylan Kussman

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.”

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.”

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

“No, and no”

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.”

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”

Click HERE to read the interview in its entirety. No word yet on when the film will go into production. April was the last known time frame so we’ll see if that pans out by months end.

PICS & TWEETS: Eric Maddox showered with praise at captivating speaking engagement for @OUCAC

Eric Maddox spoke at the University of Oklahoma last night and saying he was well received is an understatement.

Eric Maddox

Eric Maddox at OU

From the Oklahoma Daily:

Sooners learned Wednesday about the incredible impact people can have after leaving OU from a graduate who went on to become the military interrogator responsible for orchestrating the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Eric Maddox explained the process of finding and capturing Saddam Hussein and detailed the dilemmas he faced to about 300 people in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. The audience ranged from students to faculty to Maddox’s own father.

One student was struck by the thought that someone who walked the same campus as she does went on to have such an impact on the world.

“Seeing someone who went to the same school, walked down the same halls and experienced the same things and then went on and did something great for your country — I think that’s really inspiring,” said Alexis Taitel, international studies junior and president of the Campus Activities Council Speakers’ Bureau, which organized the lecture.

The event included a presentation of colors by the ROTC, a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and a question and answer session between Maddox and the audience.

After all he’s been through, Maddox wrapped up the event by saying how important it is that after you graduate you are still a Sooner, and that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

The tweets about the event were filled with awe and respect for the American hero:

Not everyday do you get to meet a real hero. Thank you Eric Maddox for serving our country. #respect #usa
Jordan Maun

So honored to have alumnus like Eric Maddox who have made such an impact on our country #Boomer
Farrah Fahim

Hearing Eric Maddox speak about how he led the main interrogations to find Saddam Hussein was incredible. #impressive #OUAlum
Julie Stark

if you didn’t go listen to Eric Maddox you made a mistake. #CAC
Ali Nutt

So amazing hearing Eric Maddox speak about the capturing of Saddam Hussein and how god influenced him to do it!
Hayley Luckock

Well Eric Maddox is definitely a pretty cool guy. #USmilitary
Melanie Olson

People like Eric Maddox make me proud to be a Sooner! So blown away by his story! Thank you @ Speakers Bureau for an amazing event!
Erin Bret

Thank you @ for such an amazing event tonight! Absolutely LOVED listening to Eric Maddox this evening!
Miranda Konowitz

If you were an OU Intl. Security major and didn’t see Eric Maddox, you missed out….
Lester Asamoah

Had an awesome time hearing the inspiring story of Eric Maddox, lead interrogator of the Saddam Hussein capture and @ alum tonight!
Andrew Roberts

Mind blown from Eric Maddox’s story.
Evan Schlinke

Not much was revealed yet about the film but an official OU twitter shared this:

@ He did! He mentioned meeting Rob pattinson and that he’s honored that someone wants to make a movie out of his story.

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Red Dawn is already associated with a film from 2012 as well as one in the 80s so this seems like a misunderstanding, which the student confirmed. More pictures from tweets and instagram were just as great – Eric with proud Sooners.

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UPDATE: Embankment Films Lists Mission:Blacklist In Their Line-up At AFM 2012 + Start date removed

UPDATE: April 2013 has been removed from STATUS on Embankment Films site:

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Robert Pattinson on Mission: Blacklist: “That’s probably out of anybody’s comfort zone.”

Metro had a chance to speak to Robert Pattinson during Breaking Dawn Part 2 promo and he mentioned Mission: Blacklist. We excerpted the portion with the mentions and bolded the ones specific to MB:

What drives him

As evidenced by recent choices — including David Cronenberg’s challenging “Cosmopolis,” which featured him getting a prostate exam — he’s not afraid of risk. “I signed up for a lot of stuff in the last year. I was really fixated on working with a lot of people who are kind of dangerous,” he says. “The business part of show business has really just taken a big s– on the show aspect of it, and so I think anyone who has any visibility should be trying to do something that is really, really subversive. I think it would be interesting trying to get really subversive stuff into the mainstream. You’re in the cinema not just as a consumer but as a participant.”

It’s that sensibility that led him to sign up for the lead in “Mission: Blacklist,” a film to be made in Iraq next year. “That’s probably out of anybody’s comfort zone,” Pattinson offers of the film, which is based on a true story. “It’s about this guy call Eric Maddox who was an Army interrogator who almost single-handedly found Saddam Hussein. No one really knows the story of it, and the story’s absolutely amazing and kind of hilarious in some ways and bizarre.”

Comfort zones

That project teams Pattinson with French director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who used real Liberian child soldiers for his last film. “I think that’s like his thing,” says Pattinson. “I wanted him to be in his comfort zone, so we were both pushing, saying we need to shoot this in Iraq — that’s the whole point.”

You can tell where his passions lie by the fact that, during this interview, the actor talks more about “Mission: Blacklist” than “Twilight.” But promotion for “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ must be done. The story finds his Edward and Stewart’s Bella protecting their child from killer vampires. It’s already predicted to be the highest-grossing effort in the series. And the actor is busy lining up another high-profile project, lest he lose his ability to get the riskier ones made. “This year I’m thinking I should probably try to do a movie which at least one person will see,” he says, “so I’m trying to figure that out now.”

Click HERE to read the article in its entirety

VIDEO: Robert Pattinson talks about filming in Iraq and his parents reaction

Excerpt from MTV:

Nerve-racking as “The Rover” is, it pales in comparison to the real-life dangers presented by “Mission: Blacklist,” Pattinson’s upcoming war movie based on the true story of Army interrogator Eric Maddox, who was involved in the capture of Saddam Hussein. The role requires Pattinson to film in Iraq, which understandably made his family members uncomfortable at first — but the actor thinks his loved ones are beginning to warm up to the idea.

“My parents seem to be coming around to it now,” he said with a laugh. “That’s strange. I don’t know what happened.”

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