Occasionally, there are gestating projects which, in spite of efforts and attached talent, just can’t come together at any expedient pace. Case in point, for the sake of this article, is Solace, which saw Anthony Hopkins sign in September 2011 — a period, I’m completely terrified to realize, is sort of becoming “a while ago” — for a part which, then, was said to be “John Clancy, a former doctor with psychic abilities who works for the FBI and is drawn into a unique serial killer case that pits him against a formidable foe.” Not the worst way to introduce me to a project. On its hands were a script — first drafted by Ted Griffin and Sean Bailey, then given a reworking by James Vanderbilt and Peter Morgan — and a lead actor, yet they, clearly, needed more to work with.
About 17 months later, traction has been found once more. A deal sealed in Berlin (and reported by Deadline) goes like so: Colin Farrell and a director Afonso Poyart (Two Rabbits) are both signed for their respective slots — good as is, but it’s also their direct involvement that allows Solace to go before cameras sometime in May. Further expanding things, Deadline also tell us he’ll be playing the serial killer (that “formidable foe”) who our FBI agent is trying to track down; when the last of the three leads is found, they’ll really be in business.
All in all, it isn’t such a bad way to get the ball rolling again, nor, for that matter, even be reminded about this project’s existence. (I mean, in all fairness, it has been a while.) Farrell and Hopkins squaring off in a game of wits? A little silly when thought out in the more literal ways, but what an opportunity for suspense and intrigue that’s been handed Poyart‘s way. FilmNation are selling rights at Berlin as we speak, so expect this one to get picked up in the near-future.
In your estimation, how is Solace coming back out of the gate?
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