VIDEO: News On 6 Interview Eric Maddox And Say Mission:Blacklist Starts Filming In August

News on 6 (Oklahoma) did a great interview with Eric Maddox recently about how he became an interrogator and ultimately tracking down Saddam Hussein.
They also say something VERY interesting at the end of their report. They say that Mission:Blacklist starts filming this August!

We’re keeping everything crossed and will obviously update you if there’s anymore information on this.

In the meantime check out the interview below………


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.

VIDEO: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire talks about Robert Pattinson, filming in Iraq and Mission: Blacklist

Fantastic interview with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire by Agentinnen.Net. Tons of insight into his work ethic but he starts to talk about Mission: Blacklist, Robert Pattinson and Iraq after around 18:30.

Couple of highlights (via):

  • “My character in Mission: Blacklist is a tough character because it’s not at all what we can imagine from Robert Pattinson or what we know with this guy. It’s going to be very interesting. I’m sure it’s going to be great because he’s really intense.”
  • On Robert: “I know he’s a great actor…I’m really excited to be working with him on this film.”
  • “We’re going to do the set in Iraq. We’re going to work with Eric Maddox. It’s going to be interesting.”
  • He’s going to work with professional Iraqi actors.
  • “To do a good movie, you need to take risks and try to find different ways to do films. Not doing it the same way as everyone is doing it. We have to try and change. Try to imagine some different stuff and different way of working with the actors and shooting the film.”
  • “Going to Iraq for me is really important because it’s going to be so different from shooting there as to shooting in LA in a studio, for example, even for the actors, being there and understanding how it was and meeting the Iraqis. You need to understand the structure and everything. It’s part of the process.”
  • At 24:00, he starts to talk again about his pre-production experience with Mission: Blacklist and the prep work – 5 weeks in Iraq, sleeping in Saddam Hussein’s palace etc.
  • At 26:00 next project is Mission: Blacklist filming next year (we know it’s scheduled for summer 2013)

INTERVIEW: Robert Pattinson talks Eric Maddox and Mission: Blacklist – “An interesting story”

We know that Mission: Blacklist has been pushed to summer 2013 but before that push back, Robert Pattinson mentioned the film briefly in an interview.

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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 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.

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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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Robert Pattinson Tells Industria Magazine How He Met With Eric Maddox For 16 hours

Robert Pattinson likes to spend a lot of time researching his roles before filming a movie and if that means spending 16 hours with Eric Maddox to get the low down on how he found Saddam Hussein then that’s exactly what he’ll do.

Would anyone else like to have been a fly on the wall in that room?

Q: What are you doing next?
A: I’m doing Mission: Blacklist #1 with Jean-Stephane Sauvaire who made Johnny Mad Dog, about Eric Maddox who is the interrogator who led the US to find Saddam Hussein. I hung out with Eric in Washington, he had just got back from Afghanistan, and he gave me the full run down, over 16 hours, of how he found Saddam Hussein. He has a photographic memory and talking through every single detail. Hopefully we will be shooting in Iraq, I think it’s going to be very cool.

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He also mentioned meeting Eric and the pressure of doing a good job on the movie to “Skip” Magazine in a translated article

SKIP: Has your approach to looking for parts changed now?
Robert: Sure, I’m older and more confident. I was always afraid that I would never get offered any roles like this one. And to be invited to Cannes on top of it all, you suddenly begin to really see yourself as an actor. I mean Wow, I can really do cool movies as well (laughs)! I have very recently signed on to a couple of projects which, at this time last year, I wouldn’t have thought I’d be able to do. In one of them I’ll play a soldier who was present when they arrested Saddam Hussein. To prepare I’ve spent some time with the guy and of course it’s very important for him that we get it right. That’s quite a lot of pressure – but I like it that way!

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“Mission:Blacklist Is A Really Fascinating Story” – Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson was asked about upcoming movies in this new video from the “Cosmopolis” Berlin Press Junket.
Watch below at the 2:16 mark where he talks about starting shooting Mission:Blacklist in the next couple of months and how it’s such a fascinating story
We totally agree with him!

Robert Pattinson Talks About The Possibility Of Filming “Mission: Blacklist” In Iraq

Rob mentioned “Mission:Blacklist” and the possibility of filming the movie in Iraq to a couple of magazines.

First up this translated interview from “Les InRockuptibles”

“I have a project with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, who directed Johnny Mad Dog. It’s called Mission: Blacklist, a movie about the search and capture of Saddam Hussein. And you know what? He wants to film in Iraq. F**k yeah! Nobody else would have the balls to do that! Everyone wants him to go to Tunisia but he insists: it’s happening in Iraq, I’m filming in Iraq. He’s right! At least, as long as we don’t get kidnapped *laughs*.”

He also mentions about wanting to shoot in Iraq to Metro France

Your next movie will be with Cronenberg then?
I don’t know when exactly we’re going to shoot. It will be David’s first movie in America. In Los Angeles, to be exact. It will be about the industry of cinematography and I promise that it’s going to be really weird. Till then, I’m doing Mission: Blacklist with the French director, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, who did Johnny Mad Dog. It’ll be about the search of Saddam Hussein and we want to film in Iraq, in Tikrit, even tho it’s complicated. But I’m 26 and it’s the kind of thing that tempts me. If someone should do it, it will be me!

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VIDEO: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire talks about the industry, the power of cinema, and more

Mission: Black List director, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, shared his thoughts in this video on the industry today as well as advice for future filmmakers.

YouTube video summary:

French film director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire talks briefly about the industry of modern cinema and gives advice for the aspiring filmmaker.

Sauvaire also spoke at length with The Filmlot during the promotion of his film, Johnny Mad Dog. The excerpts are mainly his views on filmmaking and you can see why Mission: Black List is a project he wanted to be attached to.

What ignited your interest in filmmaking?

Maybe it was just the desire to tell stories you’ve never seen before – to tell stories that we don’t want to see – in this case, child soldiers. No one wants to show this reality because it’s brutal; it’s quite difficult to watch. I think cinema has to show the things that we don’t always want to see. I think [cinema] doesn’t only have to be entertainment, but can also show the world as it actually is. For me, cinema has the power to not only show the reality of the world, but can sometimes change it.

Do you have any nuggets of wisdom from this last experience that you’d like to share with new filmmakers out there?

I’d say you have to be patient. It took five years to do this movie – from writing the script to the end – so you have to be dedicated and willing to sacrifice to do this job. It’s not a usual job, so it gives you a lot of happiness but it’s not so easy, and you have to sacrifice most things. Since twelve or thirteen, I dreamed about making movies… now I’m in my forties, so imagine all the time it takes to make the first feature film! It’s quite long. So the only thing is to always keep in mind what you want to do and to be patient. Anybody can make a movie if they’re patient… It’s just a question of time and patience. That’s the only advice I can give! (Laughs)

Click HERE to read the entire interview. He is speaking mainly about his work with Johnny Mad Dog but you still get a better impression of the director.

If you are interested in seeing Johnny Mad Dog, it is available in full on YouTube HERE.

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