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.
‘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