Robert Schwentke Directing Summit's 'Red' Comic Book Movie
by Alex Billington
July 28, 2009
Would you want to see a comic book movie directed by the guy who did Flightplan and The Time Traveler's Wife? No wait, don't answer that. It's a loaded question and I want to give Robert Schwentke the benefit of the doubt on this one. According to THR, Schwentke is in negotiations to directing Summit's big screen comic book adaptation of WildStorm's Red, written by Warren Ellis. Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman are already attached to star, with a screenplay by Whiteout's Erich and Jon Hoeber. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing. Schwentke is also attached to Conspiracy of Fools at Warner Bros.
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. 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. I'm looking forward to seeing what Schwentke can do with this. At least I hope it'll have good action, because what would a spy movie be without that?