Bruce Willis is an iconic man of action to males (and females) of a certain age. John McClane from the Die Hard films is probably his trademark role (although some might say it’s David Addison from TV’s Moonlighting) and throughout the last twenty years he has been synonymous with the action genre. That isn’t about to change anytime soon.
Willis has been in discussions to star in no less than three new action films – three new editions to a pending slate that already includes A Couple of Dicks (set to be directed by Kevin Smith) and Kane and Lynch.
The three latest films are serial killer flick Inventory, mobster movie Scarpa and CIA pic Red .
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
“In Inventory, Willis, who is in negotiations for the role, would play a detective on the trail of a murderer.
In Red, Willis would portray a former black-ops agent who has gone into retirement but is forced back into action when a high-tech assassin comes a-callin’ to threaten him and his girlfriend (The film is based on a WildStorm/DC Comic).
Willis has also been weighing an offer from Morgan Creek to play the title character in Scarpa, a mob biopic directed by Tears of the Sun helmer Antoine Fuqua about Greg Scarpa, an FBI informant who worked deeply undercover in New York’s Columbo family, though the odds are growing that Willis won’t do that pic.”
With regards to Red it’s believed that Willis’ 16 Blocks director Richard Donner will helm the film. Donner is still sprightly and knows how to knock an action sequence together even though he’s now 79 years old.
Willis has often tried to distance himself from the action genre – even though it has given him most of his biggest successes (The Sixth Sense being the biggest exception). He spent many years refusing to return to the Die Hard series before being lured back for 2007’s rather good Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0). He spent a large part of the 90’s and early 00’s making a variety of films in multiple genres, from comedies (The Whole Nine Yards) to drama (Nobody’s Fool opposite the late Paul Newman).
However, now at the ripe old age of 54, Bruce appears to be at ease with his tough guy image and seems willing to stand and kick ass next to the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford.
Bruce Willis will next be seen in Jonathan Mostow’s comic book adaptation The Surrogates which opens in September.
More on Inventory, Scarpa and Red as we get it.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter