Steven Seagal (Above the Law) will
direct and star in Attrition, a Kurosawa-esque project that Seagal wrote years ago. In addition, Seagal will also produce. If all goes as planned, the movie will be his first directorial project since 1994’s On Deadly Ground, 22 years ago.
Attrition will be shot completely in Thailand through Wych “Kaos” Kaosayananda’s production company, Kaos Entertainment. Kaosayananda (Zero Tolerance, Tekken 2, Once Upon A Time in Vietnam) himself, will be serving as both producer and cinematographer for the film.
Seagal will play Axe, a warrior who’s in search of a missing Thai girl who possesses mythical powers. “I’ve written something called Attrition, which kind of reminds me of a [Akira] Kurosawa movie. I’m hoping to make that soon, maybe in China, maybe in Hong Kong, maybe in Thailand. We’ve got a lot of great offers out there. We’re going to be getting real busy this year,” Seagal told JoBlo in 2015.
Attrition is currently in pre-production phase.
Updates: There’s some news circulating that Steven Seagal will no longer be directing Attrition. Instead, Mathieu Weschler, the filmmaker behind Covert Operation (aka The Borderland), will be taking over directing duties. In addition, Kaosayananda’s Kaos Entertainment has moved on due to production delays. Bey Logan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II), of the Hong Kong-based film company, B&E Productions, has stepped in as producer. And last but not least: Tiger Hu-Chen (Man of Tai Chi), Fan Siu Wong (Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky) and Yu Kang (Wu Xia) are attached as cast members. Until any of the above news is made official, please take this information with a grain of salt (via SS.net).