Bruce Willis is set to star in the upcoming drama Ten, directed by Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: The Ultimatum) and written by Skip Woods (The A-Team).
QED International will co-finance with Norton Herrick and produce with Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland), Palek Patel, Woods, Bill Block, and Paul Hanson. The project starts shooting in December and will cost $35 million.
Currently, there aren't any details on the script, but Willis has experience with Roth, who was responsible for placing him in major hits The Sixth Sense and Armageddon.
Without much script detail, it's hard to tell whether or not this is a good role for Willis to take. If it is a character driven drama, hopefully he can handle it. Outside of The Sixth Sense, the actor hasn't done too many successful dramatic roles that don't involve a shotgun or pistol. Regardless, Willis has enjoyed a quiet but successful 2010 so far with Cop Out and his small role in The Expendables. With Red gaining a bunch of pre-release buzz, he should round out the year nicely.
Looks like the world will have to move on without another video game based movie. Whatever shall we do?
Kane and Lynch was supposed to be a typical game-turned-action-flick. Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx were signed on to star (not sure who was supposed to be who, but come on, who cares?). Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) was said to be directing, but left the project as suddenly as he came aboard. Though filming was scheduled to start next month and financing and pre-production was underway, Alessandrin's departure has now stalled the project.
Production company Millennium Films and distributor Lionsgate are actively searching for a replacement to helm the adaptation of the best-selling game, which would likely garner a hard R rating what with the guns and girls and all. Presumably, Willis and Foxx are still attached but there is no word whether they’ll stick around while filmmakers like F. Gary Gray, Antoine Fuqua and Wayne Kramer are courted for directing duties.
Now look, I’m all for branded material being converted into movie. I think video games make an excellent source for films. It has to be done correctly, of course. But Kane and Lynch? Really? With a cheesy pun for a name and a plot that itself is derived from bloody action films from yesteryear, why make this into a movie? It’s not like this demanded the conversion; are they scraping the bottom of the barrel? I doubt even the hard-core Kane and Lynch fans out there are this upset about it. Do we really need another Max Payne?
Source: LA Times
Source: The Wrap
After making the rounds in a few comedies (including the surprisingly successful Tooth Fairy and this August's The Other Guys), Dwayne Johnson is back on track to return to his ass-kicking roots. He'll follow up October's Faster with the lead role in Protection, an action thriller once set to star Clive Owen, says The Wrap.
The film is about a twenty-one-year-old daughter of a Mexican judge who's targeted by mob types (after she sees them kill her father and other family members), and must stay on the run through dodgy places on both sides of the border, while an agent (Johnson) tries to protect her and the bad guy is hot on her trail.
Brandon Noonan wrote the script. The director's chair is currently vacant as one time helmer Patrick Alessandrin has reportedly also left the project.
Though he can be entertaining as a funny man, Mr. Johnson's choice of comedies has been pretty weak overall. We like him best when he's running and gunning and it looks like we've got plenty of that to look forward to in the near future.