Mel Gibson is in talks to star in Universal Pictures' spy thriller Cold Warrior, which Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black is directing.
According to Variety, the film is based on a script by Chuck Mondry and centers on a spy from the Cold War era who comes out of retirement to team with a younger agent from the new school to confront a domestic terrorism threat orchestrated by Russia.
Michelle Manning will produce. David Greenblatt and Anthony Bagarozzi are also producing. This is Black's first directorial outing since 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Gibson, whose return to the big-screen after nearly eight years, Edge of Darkness, comes out this weekend, also recently wrapped filming on the Jodie Foster-directed The Beaver. He will begin shooting in March the indie action drama How I Spent My Summer Vacation. He also recently committed to direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a pic about Viking culture to be financed by GK Films.
Gibson told Variety that he is hoping to segue to Cold Warrior in June.
After taking a nearly eight-year break from leading roles during which he directed and produced one film the violent Mayan epic Apocalypto and suffered one rather infamous public meltdown Mel Gibson returns to the big screen with a vengeance — literally — in Edge of Darkness a gritty political thriller directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and written by William Monahan (The Departed).
Revenge is a dominant theme in Gibson’s work — along with torture and religion it forms the Holy Trinity of the actor-director’s filmmaking obsessions — and the role of Thomas Craven a veteran Boston homicide detective who goes rogue in order to hunt down the men responsible for his daughter’s murder is right in his wheelhouse. But even though Gibson is at the top of his game in Edge of Darkness the film's “renegade cop” bit would still feel stale and played-out were it not for the solid work of Monahan and Campbell who together remind us that in the hands of talented filmmakers even the most conventional of concepts can be made fresh and interesting again.
Nonetheless the notion of seeing Gibson’s face in an actual movie and not in the pages of some tabloid is pretty strange at first and I’m convinced that’s why Campbell depicts the murder of Craven’s daughter — the inciting event of Edge of Darkness — with shocking brutality blowing nearly half her torso away with a shotgun blast to the abdomen. The grisly scene — an early nominee for next year’s WTF?!? Awards — shifts our focus from Mel as tabloid curiosity to Mel as angry grieving father in sudden and dramatic fashion.
And Mel’s the T-1000 of angry grieving fathers his weathered and weary face seething with barely-contained rage as he stalks his daughter’s assailants with grim unwavering determination. The trail lands him waist-deep in a fascinatingly complex conspiracy involving secret nuclear stockpiles shady defense contractors duplicitous government bureaucrats effete senators and corrupt cops (but thankfully no Jews as far as I could tell). And while none of those things matter much to Gibson’s character who simply wants to ass-rape every douchebag that stands between him and sweet bloody vengeance they’re crucial to us keeping us riveted to our seats throughout this taut pulse-pounding thriller.
As principal photography gears up to commence on Warner Bros.’ live-action Green Lantern movie, with Ryan Reynolds slated to wield the Power Ring as the legendary D.C. Comics character, questions abound for its director, Martin Campbell, whose latest film, Edge of Darkness, opens this Friday.
Will today’s moviegoing audience, having shown a preference for self-made superheroes like Batman and Iron Man, embrace a character who draws his powers from magical costume jewelry? Will Campbell seek to introduce a grittier, edgier version of Green Lantern, just as he did — to widespread acclaim — with another iconic character, James Bond, in Casino Royale? And, most importantly, will Campbell's film finally explain how Green Lantern manages to urinate, given that his primary weakness is the color yellow? We sat down with the director recently to find out:
Edge of Darkness opens Friday, January 29, 2009. Green Lantern is currently scheduled for a June 17, 2011 release.
The Lethal Weapon star was detained on a drink-driving charge three and a half years ago, but the incident became a public relations nightmare when Gibson was accused of making a series of unpleasant remarks to the cop who arrested him.
The actor apologised several times for his behaviour and quit booze following his outburst.
But the incident frequently comes back to haunt him as he promotes his new movie, Edge Of Darkness, and one recent interview with an American TV station turned nasty when Gibson objected to questioning on the subject.
The 54 year old is adamant he doesn't want to talk about the incident any more - because he would prefer to move on with his life.
He tells America's OK! magazine, "It’s said that I went into a rant, but I think it went on for about five words. I was drunk. It just turned into a big thing. I apologised profusely - not once but three times. So what’s the problem? It’s four years ago. Do I need to apologise again?”
"I was the producer on The Departed and there was a crowd that came to see Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio, but Mel drew a bigger crowd than those two together." GRAHAM KING on working with MEL GIBSON on the set of EDGE OF DARKNESS.
After stepping in front of the camera for his first lead role since 2002's Signs, in the Martin Campbell-directed political thriller Edge of Darkness, Mel Gibson returns to the director's chair for How I Spent My Summer Vacation, an action thriller set in a Mexican prison. We asked Gibson about what we can expect from the film, which he's currently shooting on location in Veracruz:
Edge of Darkness opens Friday, January 29, 2010.
The Braveheart star was arrested after he was spotted leaving a Malibu, California bar and subsequently sentenced to three years probation on a misdemeanour driving under the influence (DUI) charge.
He also prompted outrage after it was revealed he made anti-Semitic remarks to the arresting officer.
Gibson subsequently issued two public apologies about his comments, but he's still the brunt of Hollywood jokes - as Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais made clear during Sunday night's (17Jan10) ceremony.
The funnyman poked fun at the movie star's past drinking problems, joking, "'I like a drink as much as the next man... unless the next man is Mel Gibson."
But now, Winstone, who stars alongside Gibson in new movie Edge Of Darkness, has spoken out in favour of the Lethal Weapon actor, calling for people to stop giving him "a hard time".
He says, "Mel gets a hard time but you know what, it's all complete bollo**s. He's a proper geezer (great guy). Anyone can be drunk and get into a bit of bother with a copper who's got the hump (upset), you know?"
Mel Gibson was left fuming during a recent TV interview -- after a Jewish reporter quizzed him over his alleged drunken anti-Semitic rant in 2006.
The Lethal Weapon actor is back in front of the cameras to promote new crime thriller Edge of Darkness, and was being interviewed by broadcaster Sam Rubin for Los Angeles' KTLA 5.
After starting out pleasantly, the interview turned nasty when Rubin -- a Jew -- asked the star about the time he reportedly made a series of unpleasant remarks to the Jewish cop who arrested him for drunk driving over three years ago.
Rubin asked Gibson, "Some people will welcome you back, some people will say you should never come back."
A seemingly offended Gibson sat forward and angrily asked, "Why?" before Rubin answered, "Because of what happened before. The remarks that were attributed to you."
Gibson returned, "The remarks that were attributed to me. I didn't necessarily make those comments," before asking, "I gather you have a dog in this fight? Do you have a dog in this fight? Or are you impartial?"
The interview then continued after Rubin changed the direction of his questions.
Gibson publicly apologized following the incident and the arrest was expunged from his record last year, after he served three years probation. He also quit drinking.
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Leonardo DiCaprio will star for Mel Gibson in an untitled period drama about Viking culture. William Monahan is writing the script. Variety reports that Graham King will produce with Gibson and Tim Headington in a co-production of King's GK Films and Gibson's Icon. Gibson will direct the film in fall 2010.
The principals confirmed the project but would not divulge many details, Variety says. However, the trade does say that DiCaprio will play a Viking in a storyline that will be "as unsparing as Gibson's other period directing efforts, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.
King previously teamed with DiCaprio and Monahan in The Departed and just worked with Gibson and Monahan in the Martin Campbell-directed drama Edge of Darkness.
"This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry's finest cinematic talent, and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill," King said.
DiCaprio will likely take a film before this one. He just completed the Christopher Nolan-directed Inception and will next be seen in the Martin Scorsese-directed Shutter Island. Gibson just finished the Jodie Foster-directed The Beaver.
A six-part British thriller about a Yorkshire policeman involved in an investigation of a union election. His daughter, Emma, a left-wing environmentalist, is slain by a gunman, and the complicated plot involves the investigation of the murder, leading to revelations of corruption within the British and international military-industrial complex concerning nuclear energy and by-products.