'Galaxy Quest' Director Dean Parisot Set for Summit's 'RED' Sequel
Well isn't this a bit of interesting news to end the week. THR's Heat Vision is reporting that director Dean Parisot is now in "final negotiations" to direct the sequel to Summit's 2010 action hit RED, based on the WildStorm comic mini-series. Parisot last directed Fun with Dick and Jane in 2005, as well as Galaxy Quest in 1999 before that, but has been mostly active only on TV since. THR says it's likely, even expected, that actors Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman will all be returning, but nothing has been signed or set yet. Though the writers, Erich & Jon Hoeber, are definitely back working on a script.
Details are just coming together on this sequel, but it sound like this is a big step forward if they've found a director they like enough to sign on in final negotiations. I'm very curious to see what Parisot has been up to and if he can bring some unique flair to this sequel, since I honestly thought the first RED was somewhat forgettable mindless action. THR states that Summit, which was recently bought by Lionsgate, is "eying a production start later in the year, most likely after Willis shoots Die Hard 5." Action and more action for Bruce Willis coming up in 2012, and 2013 for that matter, whenever we'll see this arrive. RED, standing for Retired-Extremely-Dangerous, was originally based on a comic mini-series by Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner published in 2003, though by now I'm sure they're coming up with their own story for the sequel.