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Ryan Phillippe To Make Directorial Debut With Thriller 'Shreveport'

by Charlie Schmidlin
June 21, 2012 9:17 AM
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Due to appealingly hefty tax credits and its wide-ranging choice of locations, Louisiana has served as home to a number of recent high-profile productions, but actor Ryan Phillippe is now set to show the darker side to such regional filmmaking with his directorial debut.

Variety reports that Phillippe will direct and act in the indie thriller “Shreveport,” which the “Crash” star also co-wrote with Joe Gossett. The story follows a has-been actor who is kidnapped while filming his latest project in the Louisiana city. As producer Mark Burg is financing the film under his Twisted Pictures (“Saw”) banner, there is sure to be some subsequent torture and blood-letting to follow, but further plot details are being kept under wraps for now.

Phillippe has certainly had enough potential on-set mentoring, from directors such as Clint Eastwood, Robert Altman, and er, Paul Haggis, to glean a modicum of wisdom for his first directorial effort, and it will be notable to see such an invested effort from the actor himself. Of course, it could just be another gruesome horror-thriller with little distinction from the rest, but there does remain a chance for some satirical observations from Phillippe's film career, which dates back to the 1996 Ridley Scott film “White Squall,” and the business in which he works to peek through.

Production on “Shreveport” will begin -- guess where? -- in Louisiana this summer, and if all goes well, maybe Phillippe will helm “MacGruber 2” if no one else wants to?

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  • R | October 14, 2012 1:05 PMReply

    Hey M, How many movies you been in loser? Keep petting those cats in Mom's basement troll

  • M | June 21, 2012 3:24 PMReply

    Hopefully his directing is better than his acting. If it is not, guy needs to retire, it's not like he is getting any good roles anyway,

  • triguous | June 21, 2012 11:50 PM

    I've been a fan of Ryan's since 1997's I Know What You Did Last Summer, when he stole the movie from Jennifer Love Hewitt's tits. And, as a fan, I can you that he's never been nominated for a Razzie.
    Plus, he's acted in more Academy Award-nominated films than you (or your favorite actor --maybe?) ever will.
    And he absolutely owns in The Way of the Gun. Seek it out. Watch it. Delete your comment.

  • Yod | June 21, 2012 11:25 PM

    What a stupid comment

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