F. Gary Gray is reportedly in talks with Nu Image/Millennium Films to direct Kane and Lynch, a video game adaptation to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. No official offer has yet been made to the director of such hit-and-miss fare as Friday (hit), The Italian Job (hit), and Be Cool (miss), but Gray is considered to be at the top of Millennium's shortlist for the project, which also reportedly includes Wayne Kramer (The Cooler) and Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job).
Lionsgate is set to distribute the adaptation, which follows Adam "Kane" Marcus (Willis), a death row inmate who is sprung from prison by his former team of mercenaries, who then threaten to execute his kidnapped wife and daughter if he doesn't retrieve a stolen treasure for them. As he travels from Los Angeles to Japan and Cuba, Kane must eventually join forces with Lynch (Foxx), a sociopathic killer also involved in the escape, who has been recruited by the mercenary team to keep an eye on Kane.
It will be interesting to see what the studio and the more-than-capable F. Gary Gray are able to do with the Kane and Lynch source material; I don't know that the video game's rather linear plot line will lend itself to a particularly engaging movie, although this would not be the first time we've been sold mindless violence as entertainment. Regardless, Heat Vision reports that Kane and Lynch is a "top priority" for Millennium - producers Daniel Alter, Adrian Askarieh, and Bruce and brother David Willis acted quickly to find a replacement director when stunt coordinator Simon Crane walked away from directing the project in May due to creative differences.
Filming is set to begin this summer, with an expected release date in 2011.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Source: Deadline New York
The bald bad-ass will be back! Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox has hired Spanish filmmaker Daniel Benmayor (Paintball, upcoming Bruc) to direct the sequel to their 2007 video-game-based action flick Hitman.
Whether or not star Timothy Olyphant will return is still unclear at this point, but he'll have to make a decision soon as the studio is looking to start production as early as this fall. Daniel Casey has written the most recent draft, which Kyle Ward was originally hired to write.
Made for about $30 million, the original film (directed by Xavier Gens) grossed about $100 million worldwide. Not too shabby for a flashy flick without any semblance of substance. Even if Fox can coax Olyphant back into the fold, there are oodles of hurdles for the creative team, which includes producers Adrian Askarieh, Alex Young and Chuck Gordon, to overcome. Without a coherent plot, the Hitman film franchise won't come close to churning out as many sequels as its interactive progenitor has.
Source: Deadline New York
Cinematic adaptations of video games usually leave blisters on the brains of their audiences, much like what die hard gamers experience after an all-nighter of first person shooting. Still, movie studios continue to try to turn best-selling playable scenarios into profitable films and today, Deadline New York has confirmed that Kane & Lynch, Lionsgate Films adaptation of the Eidos Entertainment title Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, will star two of the most profitable leading men working in Hollywood - Jamie Foxx and Bruce Willis
Willis' involvement as Kane was long ago confirmed, while the role of Lynch remained open for some time. Yesterday, screenwriter Kyle Ward sent out a tweet stating that Foxx had committed to the role, but the rumor was confirmed today.
Willis plays a mercenary who gets framed, and then is broken out of prison by his former mates, who've kidnapped his wife and daughter, and give him 72 hours to recover a doomsday device . Foxx will play his partner, a ticking time bomb of a guy prone to violent rages.
Simon Crane is directing, and Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter produce with David Willis and Millennium.
Filming is expecting to begin sometime this Spring.