A few weeks ago, we got word that Red director Robert Schwentke was first in line to direct Ryan Reynolds in the supernatural action film R.I.P.D., based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name. Now there’s confirmation that Schwentke will in fact direct. The question is: does this, along with the rest of Reynolds’ schedule, kill Deadpool? Read More »

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Briefly: Robert Schwentke‘s movie Red is evidently testing well, and I’ve heard great things about it from a few people who’ve seen big chunks of the movie. (And it’s doing well enough that Schwentke is now up for gigs like Wolverine 2.)

But the film isn’t quite done, and the director is down in Louisiana this weekend with Bruce Willis and John Malkovich to shoot a new scene for the film. THR says this isn’t a reshoot in the usual sense. Rather, it is an addition to the movie: a one-minute gag that will (presumably) be an after-credits tag.

I know there is some resistance to the film based in part on the fact that it seems to seriously depart from the comic upon which it is based. But look at the cast: Willis, Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine and Brian Cox. That’s a hell of a lineup, and I can’t wait to see them romping through what looks like a sort of action farce.

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Fox’s sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine is moving forward, and the studio is reportedly on the cusp of hiring a director. The shortlist is very short, indeed: David Slade (Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is said to be the frontrunner, with Robert Schwentke (Red) as a backup option. Read More »

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Red director Robert Schwentke is already fielding options for his next film. One that came up earlier this week is the underwater adventure Shadow Divers, but now he’s been linked to the Ryan Reynolds film R.I.P.D., based on the Dark Horse comic series of the same name. But how will this one fit into the crowded Reynolds schedule that includes possible Green Lantern sequels and (hopefully, if you’re Rob Liefeld) the Fox film Deadpool? Read More »

Movie Trailer #2: Red

I know there’s resistance to Red based on the fact that the film looks quite a bit different from the Warren Ellis comics upon which it is based. I haven’t read the comic, so can only approach the film based on what I see — and I really enjoy the stuff we’ve been shown so far. There’s one trailer already, and a second premiered today in conjunction with the film’s appearance at the San Diego Comic Con. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Red

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I would never have guessed that the director of Flightplan and The Time Traveler’s Wife might turn out the most entertaining-looking under the radar comic book adaptation of this summer. But I grinned all the way through the trailer for Robert Schwentke‘s Red, which adapts Warren Ellis‘ graphic novel about a group of retired CIA agents. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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On Easter Sunday, I landed in New Orleans to sweat and drop by the set of RED, yet another comic book adaptation, but one packing the following A-list cast:

Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren (as a tea-sipping sniper with a 50-cal machine gun), Mary-Louise Parker, Star Trek’s Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Nip/Tuck‘s Julian McMahon, and Ernest Borgnine

And I would be remiss not to list the movie’s possible scene hog: a stuffed toy pig with wild eyes toted around by Malkovich’s character…a paranoiac-genius. Shocked? The movie, due in October, is loosely based on a very lean 2003 WildStorm comic book series by Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hammer, whom we spoke with on set. Willis stars as a retired assassin named Frank Moses, a hermetic, once-valuable man now wanted dead by pesky/shady forces. Naturally, Moses seeks defense and camaraderie from a badass crew of vets (Malkovich, Mirren, and Freeman). The film, described as “hard PG-13,” is directed by Robert Schwentke, best known for the Fincher-aping Flightplan.

RED is an acronym for Retired Extremely Dangerous, and the ensemble aspect means the end product should comfortably fit into the current action zeitgeist of grizzled, last hurrah actioners (The Expendables) and specialized, quick-quip posses (The A-Team). However, on set producers compared the tone not to other genre properties but to Ocean’s Eleven with a splash of True Lies. Ellis and Hammer have both publicly endorsed the decision to forgo their comic book’s bloody, quasi-polemic seriousness in addition to much of the storyline (wherein Moses was a lone wolf). After the jump are thoughts from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Constantine), and my own observations (excluding a strip club excursion later that night with various web editors). Look for interviews with several cast members, including an expletive-liberated Willis in top form, closer to release.

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There are a great many comic books being adapted to film these days, and it’s easy to get lost as you wade through the sea of adaptations, potential projects and also-ran efforts. But a good cast will get and keep my attention every time, and the lineup for Red, Robert Schwentke‘s adaptation of the Warren Ellis-penned comic book. The cast was already stellar, and now a few more excellent names have been added. Ernest fucking Borgnine? That’s crazy! He’s 92! Read More »

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