Three More Action Projects Lined Up for Bruce Willis
by Alex Billington
April 29, 2009
Even at 54, he's still kicking ass. That's essentially the message Borys Kit wants to get across in his most recent article. In it, he talks about three new action projects that Bruce Willis has lined-up. The first is a thriller called Inventory that is in development at NuImage/Millenium, the second is a CIA story called Red at Summit Entertainment, and the third is the mob biopic Scarpa at Morgan Creek that Antoine Fuqua will direct. We already know that Willis stars in the sci-fi flick Surrogates due out this September. And we're also familiar with the Kevin Smith comedy A Couple of Dick that Willis will probably star in next.
In Inventory, Willis, who is still in negotiations for the role, would play a detective on the trail of a murderer. How's that for a very vague synopsis? No writer or director is attached yet, as far as we know, although there's probably a screenplay for this written by someone out there. Any names?
In Red, Willis would portray a former black-ops agent who has gone into retirement but is forced back into action when a high-tech assassin threatens him and his girlfriend. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing, and Erich and Jon Hoeber (of Whiteout previously) are writing the screenplay, which is based on the WildStorm comic series. Early word is that Richard Donner might direct.
In Scarpa, Willis would play the title character Gregory Scarpa Sr., an FBI informant who worked deeply undercover in New York’s Columbo mob family. Earlier in the year, Fuqua said that they were talking to Sean Penn for the lead, but that was before he won the Oscar. Not sure who is writing this either?
Although all of these roles could possibly come together, it's likely that two of them will fall through in the end. Summit is making offers to Willis for Red, although he hasn't agreed on any just yet. And it's also unlikely that Willis will join Scarpa, although it's interesting to see this as a consideration to begin with. It might mean that Fuqua didn't get Penn either. I still love Bruce Willis as much as I always have, however I like seeing him in more of the odd non-action roles (like Assassination of a High School President or What Just Happened). Whatever he ends up starring next, I'm sure I'll be looking forward to it. Interested?