Summit Entertainment has announced a release date for the comic book adaptation Red. The espionage thriller starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren will hit theaters on October 22nd 2010, up against SAW VII and Antoine Fuqua’s crime thriller Prisoners.
Warren Ellis’ Wildstorm comic book three-issue mini-series told the story of 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 focuses 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).