Ethan Hawke had an interesting year in 2013. He began it with the critical darling, “Before Midnight,” which capped off a trilogy he started with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy back in 1995. He followed it up with horror hit, “The Purge,” which made $87 million on a $3 million budget. Then he capped things off with “Getaway,” which was an unmitigated disaster. The film was not only ravaged by critics, but utterly tanked at the box office. Perhaps looking to rebound from that last embarrassment, Hawke has now signed on to rejoin his “Gattaca” director- Andrew Niccol- for a military thriller.
Deadline reports that the film is centered around Hawke’s character, a fighter pilot enlisted to work as a drone deployer. During the first half of his days he bombs the Taliban via remote control, then goes to his suburban home and feuds with his family for the other half. He develops a moral dilemma about his new job, wondering if what he’s doing is helping his country, or if its harming it by actually creating more terrorists.
The film does not yet have a title. Hawke and Niccol also worked together in “The Lord of War,” and will begin principal photography on this third film together in February.