Posted on Sunday, July 19th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Morgan Freeman is in talks to star alongside Bruce Willis in a big screen adaptation of Warren Ellis’ Wildstorm comic book Red for Summit Entertainment.
The three-issue mini-series is about a former black-ops CIA agent who is forced out of retirement when a high-tech assassin shows up to kill him. The official comic description from Wildstorm reads:
As a C.I.A. operative, Paul Moses’s unique talent for killing took him around the world, from one hotspot to another, carrying out the deadly orders of his superiors. And when he retired, he wanted to put his bloody past behind him. But when a new administration takes over the White House, the powers that be decide that Moses knows too much, forcing him back into the game against the agency that trained him.
The film adaptation will focus on the idea of an older operative set who is set in his ways having to contend with younger and more fit agents as well as modern techniques and technology. The comic was first published in 2003 and is being adapted for the screen by brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber, who also wrote the adaptations of Whiteout and Alice. You can buy the 128-page trade paperback on Amazon for around $10. You can read a review of the miniseries over on Popmatters. You can download a pdf preview from Wildstorm here. The project is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (GI Joe, Transformers).