Remember at the top of the month, when Mania.com told you that the film version of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's 'Red' was gaining some major heat?
Well, today we know the name of that heat, and that name is Bruce Willis.
The Risky Biz Blog at The Hollywood Reporter has a profile on the actor, who is still commanding leading man offers in action roles in his post-50 career. Among them is a bid to have Willis topline the comics adaptation for Summit Entertainment.
Even more interesting is that Richard Donner's name is being thrown around as director on the piece.
According to Risky, Summit extended and offer to Willis, who has made a counter-offer. Negotiations are ongoing and in the early stages and things could still fall apart.
The comic property is owned by Ellis and Hamner, although it was published by DC/Wildstorm. The story calls for Willis to play a former black-ops agent who has gone into retirement but is forced back into action when a high-tech assassin comes a-callin’ to threaten him and his girlfriend. As we reported Erich and Jon Hoeber have written the buzzed-about script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing, with DC Comic’s Gregory Noveck as an executive producer.
Willis' next pic, 'The Surrogates', is also based on a comic.