Jamie Foxx has signed on to play schizophrenic killer James Lynch in the film adaptation of the video game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. Bruce Willis, who will play Adam “Kane” Marcus, has been attached to the project since 2008.
The film (which will drop the “Dead Men” from its title) is based on the popular video game from Eidos Interactive. Screenwriter Kyle Ward, who also wrote the upcoming video game adaptation of Uncharted for Sony, leaked Foxx’s casting news on his Twitter account. The post has since been removed, but all of the major outlets have since confirmed the story.
The plot revolves around the titular duo as they’re broken out of prison by mercenaries and essentially coerced into retrieving a “doomsday device” within 72 hours or Kane’s family will be murdered. The psychopathic Lynch, prone to rage-induced blackouts and murderous rampages, serves as a watchdog for the mercenaries and reports back to them as the duo progress through the story.
This role shouldn’t be much of a stretch for Foxx, considering he was initially set to play the psychopathic role of Clyde Shelton in Law Abiding Citizen before switching roles at the last second with co-star Gerard Butler. It’s also familiar territory for Willis, who has made a career playing characters in the wrong place at the wrong time in films like Die Hard, Hostage, 16 Blocks, and many more.
Kane & Lynch will be the debut of director Simon Crane, who made a name for himself as a second unit director on movies like Vertical Limit, Troy and Hancock, and as a stunt coordinator on classics like Total Recall and Cliffhanger. It’s always refreshing to see someone work their way up the Hollywood ladder. As I’m sure you’re aware, the track record of the genre has been horrible, with duds like Super Mario Brothers and Max Payne serving as shining examples of what NOT to do. It’s all a matter of personal taste, but most fans agree that there has yet to be a worthy video game adaptation to hit the big screen. Perhaps Mr. Crane will be the one to break the streak.
Kane & Lynch begins filming in August for a 2011 release. Anyone out there played the video game? How do you think it will translate into a film, and do you think the casting is right for this movie? Sound off in the comments section.