Bruce Willis to Headline Ticking-Clock Action Thriller ‘Expiration’

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Cannes 2013 is in full swing as filmmakers from all over the world gather together to screen their latest accomplishments, and pitch their future projects. Some of the films already generating a lot of buzz include Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Fruitvale Station, Sofia Coppola’s rich-kid robbery drama The Bling Ring, and Jim Jarmusch’s vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive.

But enough about what’s being screened; let’s move on to what’s being sold. The latest news to come out of Cannes, according to a report by The Wrap, is that Bruce Willis has signed on to play the lead in Emmett/Furla Films’ new action-thriller, Expiration. Willis will play a hitman who is poisoned and has to find an antidote to the deadly drug that’s coursing through his veins, before his own time runs out.

The screenplay for Expiration was written by Brian Tucker, whose spec script for Broken City served a lengthy sentence in development hell – and also on the Hollywood blacklist – before finally making it to the big screen earlier this year, with Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg playing the leads. The film did poorly with critics and was a box office flop, which doesn’t bode too well for Expiration, but Willis is still one of the biggest names in the action genre and the right director could definitely inspire some confidence in this project.

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Being poisoned – generally speaking – isn’t too good for a person’s health, and therefore it will be interesting to see whether Willis’ character breaks down and becomes progressively weaker as the story progresses, or whether the poison will be of the “ticking timebomb” variety, allowing him to engage in the usual running/shooting/fighting action fare right up until the last minute.

The other major action movies ahead of Bruce Willis include Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which will be out later this year, the Tokyo-set sequel Die Hardest, and an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels called American Assassin, in which Willis will play a CIA counter-terrorism agent.

Emmett/Furla Films more or less specialize in action thrillers, and produced Broken City along with last year’s LAPD drama End of Watch, and this year’s 2 Guns, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, as well as a handful of Stephen Seagal movies. With no disrespect meant to the almighty Bruce, it’s going to take a bit more than his involvement alone to get really excited for Expiration – especially with so many similarly-plotted films already out there (most notably Crank).

Expiration doesn’t have a release date – or even a director – at this point, but we’ll keep you updated on any developments.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. So it’s the subplot of Escape From New York/Escape From LA when Snake Plissken had a bomb/deadly virus implanted in him with a time limit to make sure he did the mission?

    Or to bring it more up to date, Crank.

  2. I’ve seen Crank already.

    • @ Drew


      That is exactly what I thought!

      • I think an exception has to be made if the movie that originally used the idea was a terrible movie… If we let terrible movies “hog” whatever premise or storyline they picked for their turd, that would be a great loss if someone else could have made a better movie out of it…

        Not saying this will be better, I heard Broken City sucked, so… Just making that point…

        • Crank… Exactly.

  3. This premise is absorbed of originality (re: DOA) but that hasn’t’t stopped filmmakers or moviegoers yet. The poison, by the way, should form an organism in the blood that will slow Bruce down. That’s a fact but in movies it’s only a theory.

    • Which DOA did you mean, the thriller or the movie based on the Dead Or Alive videogames?

      I’d hope they do have a new spin on it though because I think literally every idea has been used and re-used multiple times already so they’d have to make it different somehow to pull in those who don’t wander into a theater just because they can hear explosions on the other side of the doors.

  4. Hey thanks guys I wanted to make a Crank joke too.

  5. expiration= crank……. pacific rim = transformer ……etc thanks hollywoodland

    • If you think pacific rim = transformers kill yourself.

  6. My interest was lost at Bruce Willis, the guy is a fraud, he hates movies and is setting out to make as many bad ones as he can before he implodes all over his iPod!

  7. Well, I will probably watch Expiration on Netflix when available, but this plot has been done before. On the other hand, i am definitely excited about American assassin! I have read all of Flynn’s books, and they are great action-thrillers, better than most! In fact, so good that the ideas for Olympus Has fallen and White House Down probably were swiped from Vince Flynn and Brad Thor novels. Both of those movies look good as well, by the way!

  8. I thought crank was pants. It was just too silly for me. If this is a serious take on that premise then I’ll probably enjoy it.

  9. Crank was terrible. So maybe this has a chance at being a much better film.

  10. You can link similar plots to just about every movie made, book written, etc. It’s not the plot so much that brings originality to story telling, it’s the execution. It’s just too easy to write off a movie based on a synopsis.