Mel Gibson & Shane Black Re-Teaming for ‘Cold Warrior’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 12:58 am,

Tomorrow brings the release of the thriller, Edge of Darkness, which marks the first time Mel Gibson has acted in a movie in seven years (since the Robert Downey Jr. starring The Singing Detective), and the first time he’s taken a lead role since M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs. Now we learn that Gibson has added more to his upcoming acting slate as he’s in talks to star in Shane Black’s Cold Warrior.

Heat Vision Blog reports the news that Gibson is in negotiations to star in the lead role in Cold Warrior, a film about an ex-Cold War spy who comes out of retirement and teams up with a younger agent to stop a Russian terrorism threat. The project would reunite Gibson with Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black, who went on to direct the fantastic Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

The script is written by Chuck Mondry and it’s being produced by Michael Manning, David Greenblatt and Anthony Bagarozzi. There’s no word on who the younger agent would be but I’m going to guess right now that Sam Worthington’s name will be rumored at one point (as usual).

The deal is still in the early stages, but it does further Gibson’s plan to get himself out from behind the camera and remind audiences that he can still lead a movie. Along with Cold Warrior he’s also wrapped the Jodie Foster-directed comedy, The Beaver, and his next acting project, the prison-set thriller How I Spent My Summer Vacation, is currently in pre-production.

Gibson used to be a fairly prolific leading man with films like the Mad Max trilogy, Braveheart, Ransom, Payback and of course the Lethal Weapon franchise. For the last decade, though, Gibson has been flexing his directing muscles with the controversial The Passion of the Christ and the thrilling chase movie Apocalypto (both done in languages that are rarely used anymore in day-to-day life).

I’m glad to see Gibson back starring in movies and not just making them (although he already has a Viking movie in the works set to star Leonardo DiCaprio). If Edge of Darkness does well enough at the box office (which I suspect it will have no problem doing), then we can expect to see more Gibson-lead films beyond The Beaver, How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Cold Warrior. Terrific news in my eyes.

Are you excited to see Gibson re-team with Black for Cold Warrior? Are you glad Gibson is back leading movies or do you think he should stick to directing now?

No word on when we might see Cold Warrior. Edge of Darkness hits theaters tomorrow (Friday).

Source: THR’s Heat Vision Blog

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  1. Mel Gibson is a racist pig, a drunkard, an overgrown playground dork. He has as much acting ability as the lamp-post outside my window. I often wonder what would happen to these “big men” who feed little boys on their dreams of being battlefield heroes, if you really dropped them into a war zone. I guess he'd go through several changes of uderwear in short order – and then get blown away for being a clumsy clutz in the way of incoming rounds. Do us all a favour Mel – stay at home!

  2. Sounds Good.
    I might be interested,

  3. I will support anything Shane does, of course, but really wish Gibson would stay off screen.

  4. Gibson is a special kind of odd. He's not 'entertaining odd' like Nicholson… if people weren't so 'familiar' with him (what he looks like and how he sounds) and just some guy, he would be odd scary. He's definitely up there on the 'weird' index. Decades ago he just seemed arrogant. Now he's like the perfect, yet paradoxical mix of arrogant and insecure.

  5. Go Shane Black! Hope to see him again in Austin in October. Oh, and good for Mel too.

  6. Wow. Lots of irrational hate for Mel Gibson. Interesting how just about every other actor gets a pass for their mistakes from the Gibson-haters, except him. So he got drunk, once, and got behind the wheel. How many times has Downey Jr. done the same or worse? So when he was drunk he said some racially charged ramblings? Oh no. Yeah, best time to hold someone accountable for their words is definitely when they're drunk and don't know what they're saying or why. Yeah. No other celebrity has ever done anything like that.

    I for one love him as an actor and director. Truly prolific. Let's go down the list.

    As an action star, he's always been tops. His action movies have always been entertaining.
    Did a great job in 91 version of Hamlet.
    Braveheart is only one of the best movies to ever grace the silver screen – starring and directed by Mel. The movie was true genius and single-handedly brought the Epic back to the cinema.
    The Patriot – another awesome movie. Also patriotic. Don't see to many of those.
    The Passion of the Christ – bold, gutsy move from a bold, gutsy guy. His own budget, his own studio. A dead language. Lesser known actors. Oh yeah – INTERNATIONAL BLOCKBUSTER.
    Apocalypto – again Mel pulls it off, another blockbuster.

    The people who hate Mel are so blinded by their irrational hatred of him that they will not recognize the amazing talent that he has. But guess what? He doesn't need you anyway.

    Edge Of Darkness looks like a great, high-paced thriller with great acting. I'm excited to see Mel return to acting as well as continue his directing of amazing films that continue to change the history of cinema.

  7. I have to agree with Daniel. There seems to be a lot of hate for Gibson that goes well past the rational. Many actors do things that are foolish to down right stupid. Guess what they are human and I have to think that they usually regreat it the next day. I say let it go.

    As far as acting goes Im excited to see him back up on the big screen. I have always liked him as an action star. He is dymanic and brings a lot of life to the characters he plays. He is top notch in my book.

  8. Two of us made observational comments. How does that qualify as “lots of irrational hatred”? Comments are bound to ne made about Mel Gibson when the subject of the article is, wait for it: Mel Gibson. Nobody in this industry is an angel. I've read biographies and auto-biographies on Kirk Douglas to Bing Crosby and even Jimmy Stewart… I've nearly sworn off reading them because all of them came across as people I would never want to be friends with… yes, even Jimmy Stewart.
    Just a little reminder on the subject of irrational hatred… Hitler, Stalin and my mother-in-law are all examples of what that really means.

  9. Glad Mel Gibson is back. Yeah he has his issues, but dont we all.
    Edge of Darkness is a good flick, dont miss it.

  10. Glad Mel Gibson is back. Yeah he has his issues, but dont we all.
    Edge of Darkness is a good flick, dont miss it.

  11. Just saw this reported Cold Warrior movie on some outdated website that Google popped up. IMDB still shows it as “in development”. I would absolutely LOVE to see Mel Gibson in this. Absolutely!!! Hope there is a chance after Expendables 3 comes out for this to happen.
    I only recently discovered Mel Gibson and think he is fantastic actor.

  12. I’m also looking forward to Cold Warrior – can’t believe it’s been 4 years since the original article was published. Hopefully it will be released by 2016 (as a 2015 release is really unlikely now (as of summer 2014)