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Monday, July 20, 2009

Morgan Freeman Joins Warren Ellis' Comic Book Movie 'Red'

Source: First Showing

He's back again for another comic book movie. Morgan Freeman is in talks to star alongside Bruce Willis in Summit Entertainment's espionage thriller Red, based on the WildStorm/DC Comic written by Warren Ellis. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing along with DC Comics' Gregory Noveck overseeing.

"Get busy living, or get busy dying... Hang on, wrong 'Red'."

The screenplay was written by brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber, who also adapted Whiteout. No director has been hired (or announced yet), although I expect we'll be hearing about one fairly soon. We first wrote about this movie a year ago, so it's good to hear that it's finally moving along smoothly.

"Ellis may look like the bastard son of Ivan the Terrible, but he's arguably the best writer in comics today."

The three-issue comic series, first published in 2003, tells the story of a former black-ops CIA agent now living a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up to kill 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.

"Another comic book adaptation? Show me the money."

The Hoebers' take involves the idea of an older operative set in his ways having to contend with younger agents as well as modern technology. We're not sure what character Freeman will play, but after Wanted, I just hope he's playing another villain, because I loved seeing him kick ass in that.

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