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!

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!

Eric Maddox Talks Mission:Blacklist, Robert Pattinson & What Makes A Good Interrogator

Eric Maddox spoke at the University of Oklahoma last Wednesday and shared the story of the steps leading to the capture of Hussein.
He spoke about his book Mission:Blacklist being made into a movie, not knowing who Robert Pattinson was & more.

Eric Maddox

Check out an excerpt from the article below:

“What I’m about to tell you is not the opinion of the United States Army, it is the opinion of Eric Maddox,” he said.

Eric Maddox – interrogator, author and OU alumnus 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 father.

“My faith plays an absolute role in every single thing I do,” Maddox said.

A devout Christian who had planned on going to law school after graduating from OU, Maddox decided to change his plans during a run near his hometown of Sapulpa.

“I joined the army because I was running in Tulsa between semesters, and I heard a voice that said, ‘you need to be an airborne ranger,’” Maddox said.

After talking with his dad about what he would have done differently with his life, Maddox said he decided he needed to be an airborne ranger.

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.

Maddox also explained what characteristics make good interrogators.

“I love to listen to people talk. If you like to do that too, you possibly might be a good interrogator,” Maddox said. “You also have to be self-critiquing to be a good interrogator – ‘what did I do to screw that up? And what can I do better?’”

Head over to OUDaily.com to read the full article and also check out pics & tweets from the night  HERE

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

NEW Robert Pattinson Talks About His “Mission Blacklist” Haircut & A Postponement Of The Original Date For Start Of Shooting

While Robert Pattinson was in Berlin for promotion of his movie “Cosmopolis” spoke to Interview.de. They asked him about the buzz cut he had the last time he visited Berlin for “Bel Ami” Promotion.

Here’s the part of the interview where he talks about his hair and also mentions how the original date for the start of shooting of “Mission Blacklist” was postponed. (NB Rob has mentioned in a few interviews recently how MB is to start shooting in the autumn but nothing has been officially announced yet)

Note: Interview is translated using google

Interview with Mr. Pattinson, your hair is long again. Note: He had a crew cut the last time. Did you actually cut your hair for your role in “Cosmopolis” or “Bel Ami”?

Robert Pattinson:
Neither. It was for a movie where I play a soldier who discovers Saddam Hussein. The shooting should have begun in the spring, but was postponed to the autumn.

Original Source Interview.de | Translation Source


NEW: Robert Pattinson talks Mission: Blacklist – Will film entirely in Iraq; Starts in a month

In the September issue of Black Book magazine, Robert Pattinson is on the cover and in his interview, he mentioned Mission: Blacklist. The key points in the article are filming will be entirely in Iraq and Rob leaves next month.

The article was from the perspective of Rob’s heart (???) so keep that in mind when you read the excerpt:


After Twilight hit, things changed. Rob, as they say, broke. “My circle of friends narrowed pretty quickly.” Says Rob, “I like to be the parasite, not the other way around.” We stopped going out. We stopped performing at open mics. Now I hardly ever race anymore. Now, when he’s not being Edward or Eric or someone else, Rob lives like the Hermit of Silver Lake. He wakes up and makes himself some juice. He reads synopses of books on Amazon for a few hours. He makes himself soup and peruses some scripts. Largely these are just words, congealed and bland like day-old porridge, microwaved rehashes of other supernatural epics. Occasionally, I spike when something he reads intrigues me. Like his next drama by the French-Liberian director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who’s last film, Johnny Mad Dog, is about Congolese child soldiers. This one will be filmed entirely in Iraq. We leave next month. Perhaps there, the bullets whistling by, or at least the possibility that a bullet could whistle by, will cause me to throb. Until then, we’ll bide our time in the back of a car, idling at an intersection and waiting for the light to change. Jeff asks if we’d like to go anywhere in particular, but we’re not sure. “I never go anywhere.” Rob says matter-of-factly, “I don’t even know where anywhere is.”

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