Morgan Freeman Seeing ‘Red’ With Bruce Willis

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:51 am,

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A couple of months ago we reported on the fact that Bruce Willis is still a man of action who has a slate of action films lined up for himself. One of those films is an adaptation of the Wildstorm/DC comic book entitled Red, and now it appears that Morgan Freeman is in talks to join Willis in the espionage thriller.

Writing brothers Eric and John Hoeber (who have written the adaptations of Whiteout and Alice) are set to pen the script for Red, which is to be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) and Mark Vahradian. Alongside them will be DC Comics exec Gregory Noveck, who will be serving as executive producer. No director has been brought on-board yet.

The original Red comic (written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner) was a three-book series published in 2003-04, and was about, “a former black-ops CIA agent now living a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him.” Perhaps Freeman had so much fun working on Wanted that he wanted (get it?) to be a part of more assassin action. I’d like to think so.


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‘Red’ Comic – Issue #1

There’s no word yet on what role Freeman will actually play in Red: Will he be the principal bad guy who’s sent to kill Willis’ former black-ops agent? Will he be the “head guy” who sends the high-tech assassin after Willis? Or will the two of them be former allies who collaborate once more? I personally think it would be more likely that he’s the latter, simply because at Freeman’s age, I doubt he’ll want to be doing much full-on action, and he already did the “head of the organization” type bit in Wanted last year.

Red hasn’t got the most original concept in the world (brilliant agent “ironically” becomes the target himself) but the artwork for the comic looks cool. And for the big-screen adaptation, the cast they’re lining up so far is pretty noteworthy. I’m willing to give Freeman (who’s re-teaming with Willis after Lucky Number Slevin) in particular a chance in anything, especially when it sees him continuing in the action-thriller genre.

What do you think of Red being adapted for the big-screen? Do you think Morgan Freeman would have a good dynamic with Bruce Willis, as either friend or foe?

No release date has been set for Red as of yet, but Screen Rant will keep you posted.

Sources: Variety via /Film

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  1. I wish Freeman would retire at this point. He plays the same guy in all his films. Even the films he chooses all look alike.

  2. I hope he keeps making films forever. I love the man.

  3. Morgan Freeman is awesome. And he has the coolest voice in the world lol.

  4. Well, it’s good to see Freeman is doing O.K. The last news I had read about him, he had been in some sort of accident.

    Know nothing about this comic, though. Best of luck to these guys.

  5. @Phil G,

    Yeah, he was in a car accident where I believe he broke his arm. Good to hear he’s okay and still working after THAT.

  6. I’m sure they’ll rearrange the script so it reads nothing like the comic. Sort of what they did to ‘Wanted’ where the first 15 or so minutes of the movie was the comic almost frame by frame. After that nothing in the movie ‘Wanted’ is anything like the rest of comic ‘Wanted’. Super villains were replaced by an Assassin group. Not that it wasn’t an entertaining movie, but they could have changed the name to ‘Wanted: sort of…maybe”. Back to RED, I read the graphic novel recently and was searching on the ‘internets’ if the author was writing a prequel. That’s when I found out there was a movie in the works and one website quotes the re-written plot as “…a former black-ops CIA agent now living a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his secret identity compromised and his love interest in danger, the man must reassemble his old team to figure out who is out to get them…”. There is no ‘love interest’ and there is no ‘old team’. The agent Paul Moses’ (Willis) only interaction with a female in the comic is when he calls into his CIA case agent. When asked his status Moses replies, “Green” or not active. He’s old and lonely she lends an ear. At CIA headquarters the new politically appointed CIA Director (possibly Freeman?) is walked into a private room named ‘R’ by the current Deputy Director of Operations and shown video/files of what agent Moses has done for the Agency. The new Director walks out of the room hours later sweating and babbling “My god. One man. My god.”
    This tells us clearly that agent Moses doesn’t work with a team. We are never told what the Director saw that makes him want him dead. Another thing I’m sure they’ll screw up is making us believe Willis/Moses doesn’t understand or need new technology. In the comic we find out Moses is very tech/computer savvy. We learn this after the failed attempt on his life at his house and he calls CIA headquarters and when asked his current status he replies, “RED”. It’s a very quick and fun read and if they do anything right with this movie they’ll not change the ending.

  7. Willis will keep Freeman rolling!