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Can An Action Movie With Clive Owen Turn Things Around For Katherine Heigl?

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 6, 2013 2:03 PM
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Katherine Heigl hasn't always been her own best advocate. A lead role in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" is mostly remembered by the fallout that came when she complained about the supposed sexist elements of the hit film. Then there's the saga with "Gray's Anatomy," with the actress battling with the creatives on the show and even withdrawing her name from Emmy contention one year because she didn't feel the material was up to snuff. While one could scoff at the irony of someone who went on star in movies like "27 Dresses" and "The Ugly Truth," Heigl had the last laugh because they were hits. And then suddenly, her choices were no longer so sound. "Killers," "One For The Money" and "The Big Wedding" were all bombs, with the Apatow-clone "Life As We Know It" as the lone outlier, a modest hit that you still probably forgot existed. So perhaps it's no shock Heigl is changing things up.

Strap in because she's teaming up with Clive Owen for "Survivor," a pretty dumb sounding action flick, set to be directed by James McTeigue ("Ninja Assassin," "V For Vendetta," "The Raven"). The movie will find Heigl playing a State Department employee working at the American embassy in London, who has to go on the run after its bombed, everyone is killed and she's framed for a crime she didn't commit. Not only will have to clear her name, but she'll have to stop another bomb plot set up for New Year's Eve. Look out "Salt"!

So basically, Heigl is trying to be Angelina Jolie, or at least showing she can kick ass as much as she can deliver pithy rom-com dialogue. Will it work? Do you care? Is this gonna turn things around for Heigl? You know where to go... [Screen Daily]

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  • Adam Scott Thompson | May 6, 2013 8:10 PMReply

    After thugging my way through "The Raven"... nevermore.

  • Freddie | May 6, 2013 5:47 PMReply

    Why do people persist with making 'these' films? They make fuck all at the BO and can destroyed by critics who, unfortunately, have to sit through them. Also, James Mcteigue made 'V for Vendetta', surely he can get a better project than this?!

  • Stephen | May 6, 2013 4:56 PMReply

    Christ, this piece needs some editing.

  • DEKE RIVERS | May 6, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    "Heigl is trying to be Angelina Jolie"

    No, She is trying to be Ashley Judd.

  • Simon Love | May 6, 2013 3:28 PMReply

  • Triny | May 6, 2013 3:21 PMReply

    Clive Owen needs to turn his own career around.

  • Brenda | May 8, 2013 1:03 PM

    Agree with both of you. His talent is being wasted on mediocre films. I think he is in dire need of a new agent because his current one apparently hates him.

  • jt | May 6, 2013 6:47 PM

    Agreed. Clive Owen is a major talent, and he should be more discernible with his film choices. Owen should have been Oscar nominated for his great turn in Children of Men, and he should have won the Oscar for Closer. Clive Owen, please come back to us.

  • Pat | May 6, 2013 2:39 PMReply

    Closer, Children of Men, and Insideman were great. Since then, it has been nothing but forgettable films and stuff that quickly died at the box office (Tony Gilroy and Tom Tyker hello). I will give him theHemingway film he did with Phillip Kauffman for HBO, but he was suppose to be the next Ralph Fiennes/ Colin Firth/ Kenneth Branagh.

  • Kitcon | May 6, 2013 2:38 PMReply

    Channing Tatum or even The Rock perhaps, but Owen is a bit past making action hits.

  • SunPapushi | May 6, 2013 2:15 PMReply

    Whatever happened to Clive Owen's career?

  • Bob Roberts | May 6, 2013 2:08 PMReply

    So you post the Soderburgh speech and then this headline? Come on....

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