Bruce Willis Confirmed For ‘Kane & Lynch’

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Back in the summer of 2008 Screen Rant reported on the fact that John McClane himself, Bruce Willis had attached himself to star in the still up and coming video game adaptation, Kane & Lynch. In case you’re not familiar with it, the game is about a former mercenary (Kane) and a psychopath (Lynch) forced to “work” together. Fast forward (or “flash forward,” to give a hat tip to ABC’s great new TV show) more than a year and we have solid confirmation of Willis’ casting from the producers of Kane & Lynch themselves.

Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter recently spoke to the guys over at Collider while at the 2009 Scream Awards where, amongst other video game adaptations, they spoke a little about Kane & Lynch. On top of letting us know about a tentative production start date of early 2010 (Spring or early Summer at the latest), they also confirmed Willis’ casting with a smooth and simple, “Bruce Willis is Kane.” They wouldn’t reveal who they have lined up as Lynch, but they said they’re announcing that pretty soon.

Game Daily also got a chance to speak to Askarieh, where he talked a little bit more about Kane & Lynch, including how Willis got interested in his now-confirmed role. He said the script has been very well received around town, and when Willis read it, he called it one of the best action scripts he’s ever read (that’s coming from the star of the Die Hard franchise!) and being the actor he is, Willis has pretty much read every action script of the last two decades (give or take a few icon razz Bruce Willis Confirmed For Kane & Lynch ).

As far as a director goes, the previously reported Simon Crane is still at the helm, making his feature-film directing debut. His credits as a Second Unit Director and a Stunt Coordinator include Tomb Raider, Quantum of Solace, Hancock and Willis’ recent sci-fi film, Surrogates. Even though the dubious combination of a first-time director and video game adaptation doesn’t exactly inspire confidence from the outset, I’m willing to give the film a chance.

Who knows – maybe Kane & Lynch will be the film that breaks the video game adaptation curse, and will lay the way for quality ones to come. Willis being one of the two leads is certainly a HUGE positive, even if the role won’t be that much of a stretch for him. Until shooting gets underway and we start to see some actual footage from the film, I’m going to reserve strong judgment.

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What do you think of Willis being confirmed for the role of Kane in the Kane & Lynch movie? Have you played the game, and if so do you think it would make a good movie? Who do you have in mind for the role of Lynch?

For more information on the Kane & Lynch adaptation, as well as the other video game adaptations Askarieh and Alter have in the pipeline – including Hitman 2 - you can head over to Collider and Game Daily.

As stated, Kane & Lynch is hoped to start shooting in early 2010, but no release date has been set as of yet.

Sources: Collider, GameDaily (thanks to /Film)

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  1. If Nick Cage could find his Con Air roots I would think he could be a great Lynch

  2. I think either John Malkovich or Jeff Bridges could make a great cast as Lynch. Gameplay was kinda bad but it does have movie potential.

  3. gary oldman for Lynch. he always plays the best psychopathic characters in most of his movies

  4. Great casting choice. Perfect, pretty much.

    The game had a great cinematic feel, although I wasn’t interested in the gameplay and quit after a few hours.

    The characters were very interesting though.

    A directorial debut is better than a crappy director so I’m looking forward to more news.

  5. For Lynch, I’m gonna throw Joe Pantoliano’s name into the ring.

    He’s got the look, and the acting chops.

  6. sweet – thought hitman was good and cant wait for hitman2 as well.

  7. @ogb – “A directorial debut is better than a crappy director so I’m looking forward to more news.”

    Touche, bud.

  8. Btw, Ross, by any chance do you, or anyone else, know other “stunt coordinators” turned directors?

    I would hope he will at least get the action right since the action in the mentioned movies was pretty damn good. However all those movies did lack the story elements that I think this movie will DESPERATELY need to set it apart and make it good. I hope the director can learn from the mistakes of those movies.

  9. Kane & Lynch is incredibly cinematic. I hope they keep that shootout with the Japanese cops from the game. That was right out of the movie Heat and if there’s anyone who belongs in an epic Michael Mann style city wide war, it’s Bruce Willis.

  10. I wanna toss out some names for Lynch. Jeff Bridges, John Malkovich, or (deep breath) Val Kilmer. Check Kilmer in latter fare such as Felon. He could own this part. This seems a bit intense for Bridges, but to deny his resemblance to the character(or vice versa) would be foolish. Lastly, John Malkovich, as he could easily slip into that unstable man’s shoes. Problem with Malkovich is, he’d have to dumb himself down a little, and play it more physically than he’s ever done. I find his mannerisms to be a bit too…aristocratic to be believable as a regular Joe, and the way he speaks is not nearly rough enough for Lynch. That being said, my first choice, in the realm of playing opposite Willis, is Kilmer.

  11. This really could be the game adaptation that breaks the cycle!. Loved every ‘albeit short’ moment of the game. But i really want to see Assassin’s Creed as a movie!

  12. I am a big fan of Jason Statham,I think he would work well
    with Bruce

  13. @ Mike. Thats a cool idea, i would love to see the two of them on a movie together, but not on this one. I think Nic Cage could be great opposite Willis in this, or as someone already mentioned Val Kilmer.

  14. Why are they even making a movie? The game was retarded…