'Serenity': Steven Knight knows his audience best, so here comes a tropical thriller in the middle of winter
Steven Knight has been there all along, knowing exactly what we want.
The 59-year-old Birmingham native is not only one of the three co-creators of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' that has, till date, aired in over 160 countries, but is also the man who created 'Peaky Blinders,' the show set in his hometown featuring the aftermath of World War I. In 2013, Knight was responsible for setting Tom Hardy in a car as the sole character starring in the action drama film 'Locke.' How did he know we wanted that?
While Knight has quizzed people through giving Chris Tarrant the most iconic role of his career with 'Who wants to be a Millionaire?', he has also conjured comedy series such as 'The Detectives,' and gave us light entertainment with 'Commercial Breakdown.' Now in 2018, Knight has secured a hand in intriguing the audience with spellbinding thrillers, even though his new 'The Girl in the Spider's Web,' did not fare well with the ratings.
What we will see from Knight pretty soon is the long-awaited neo-noir thriller film, 'Serenity,' both written and directed by Knight and starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jason Clarke. If the combination of these list of names isn't causing enough of a stir then the trailer will give you an insight on what a combined powerpack can do.
There's sex, murder, and a lot of blue. Anne Hathaway in blonde hair and Matthew McConaughey looking sharp and rugged giving out those chilling vibes as they exchange few words on a tropical island. The film, initially slated to release on October 19, is now a January arrival. One thing is for sure, the word 'Serenity' will not be the same anymore after January 25. 'Serenity' could be a tropical escape, as Knight knows best.
Knight began his career with screenplay writing, but it did not take a lifelong wait for the creator of 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,' to make a directorial debut in 2013 with 'Hummingbird,' an action drama. However, it was fated that the thriller genre was his long calling when in 2002, he penned 'Dirty Pretty Things,' a social thriller film following the lives of two immigrants in London; it earned him the Edgar Award and London Film Critics Circle award for British Screenwriter of the Year. This screenplay then went on to be nominated for the Academy Award as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
However, the British writer and director did not hesitate to experiment with other genres. After giving the viewers exactly what they wanted, from comedies to light fun television, he has now circled back to the thriller genre. Because 2018 needs that and (it sells). The first mention is a Netflix original starring Jake Gyllenhaal for a movie of an epic heist based on a true story. The series called the 'The Helicopter Heist,' is a book by Swedish author Jonas Bonnier that centers on 2009's daring Stockholm robbery where four men pulled off a heist stealing $6.5 million that was never recovered even after their arrest. Knight, who is a gifted screenplay writer, will bring the story alive on television, but the date has not been announced yet.