Well, if Dito Montiel is an example of anything, it’s of that famous old saying: when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. It was about a year and a half ago that the director endured savage reviews at Sundance for “The Son Of No One,” his procedural starring a promising cast of Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche and more that ultimately wound up getting a cursory release before disappearing onto home video. But he’s dusted himself off and gotten another film on the way, “Empire State,” and the first two images of the film’s stars, Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson, have emerged.
Penned by Adam Mazer (“Breach,” “You Don’t Know Jack“), the thriller is based around the real-life robbery of the Sentry Armored Car Company in 1982; an $11.4 million haul that, at the time, was the biggest cash robbery in U.S. history. Some good source material indeed, and we’re equally intrigued by the supporting cast that includes Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Nikki Reed and more.
No release date on this yet, but with some pics emerging, could a fall festival bow be possible? Guess we’ll see. Either way, here’s hoping Montiel can bounce back from “The Son Of No One” and show that he’s made of better stuff. [Kinopoisk]