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It looks like pleading guilty in the Anthony Pellicano scandal wasn't enough to destroy director John McTiernan's film career. In what seems like a bit of irony, McTiernan will do a film under the FBI (Film Bridge Intl.) in order to tell the tale of an FBI agent.
John McTiernan to Direct Deadly Exchange
According to Variety, McTiernan is set to direct Deadly Exchange, the first directing deal he's inked since pleading guilty in the Anthony Pellicano scandal.
Written by scribes Ron Shusett and Ian Rabin, Deadly Exchange revolves around a terrorist who goes undetected as he hunts down the FBI agent who assassinated his father 10 years earlier.
The project was pitched around the Cannes Film Festival and saw brisk business. The only issue FBI encountered was convincing others that the Die Hard director was not hanging out in a jail cell somewhere. In April McTiernan pleaded guilty in the Anthony Pellicano scandal. According to the director, he asked Pellicano to wiretap producer Charles Roven, with whom he worked on 2002's Rollerball.
Why any person would want to risk so much trouble over such a crap film is still under question.
Though he is in a bit of trouble, the director's plea shows that he is at least cooperating with the investigation. Add the fact that McTiernan is known for great action films including Predator, Die Hard and Die Hard With a Vengeance, we should expect to see the director back behind other cameras in no time.