Tuesday, December 22, 2009

TREK's Urban in RED?

Mania.com (via MTV) thinks so:

'Star Trek' Actor Karl Urban To Join 'Red'?
by Blair Marnell

Director Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s “Red” already boasts an impressive lineup of stars including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker. However, a report has surfaced naming Karl Urban as the latest addition to the cast.

According to Mania.com, Urban will portray a character named “Cooper.” The report also states that Julian McMahon will play the Vice President of the United States and that Ernest Borgnine and Richard Dreyfuss have officially signed on to the film — reiterating an earlier report of their involvement.

Urban is well known among genre fans for his roles in “The Chronicles of Riddick”, “The Lord of the Rings” series and his turn as Doctor McCoy in last summer’s “Star Trek.” If the report is confirmed, then “Red” will be Urban’s second comic book related film of 2010 following the release of “Priest.”

Originally published in 2003 as a three-issue miniseries by Wildstorm, “Red” follows a retired black ops agent as he is targeted for assassination by his former agency.

Much has been written about Schwentke’s “lighter” approach for the adaptation of “Red” . However, Ellis recently spoke out about why the decisions were made to change the tone and expand the story with a larger cast of characters.

“Red” is scheduled to begin shooting next month with a recently announced release date of October 22, 2010.

Friday, December 18, 2009

RED FAQ: Now Even MORE Updated AGAIN!!!

Okay, here's what I know (which is probably what a lot of you already know):

1) RED, the 2003 comic by Warren Ellis and me, is going to be a feature film from Summit Entertainment, and produced by Lorenzo diBonaventura and Mark Vahradian. The writers are Jon and Erich Hoeber, and the director is Robert Schwentke.

2) The announced cast, as of today, is headed by Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren. I'm sure there are others, but to my knowledge, they haven't yet been revealed. *Update 11/5* Hollywood Reporter has added Weeds' Mary Louise Parker and Walk Hard's John C. Reilly. *Update 11/13* HR has now also added Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox. *Update 12/15* Actor James Remar has been added to the cast. *Update 12/21* According to Mania.com, STAR TREK'S Karl Urban joins the cast.

3) The film starts shooting in Toronto on January 11th, 2010, and will continue in Louisiana.

4) The release date has previously been reported November 19th, 2010. Summit has now officially pegged the release for a month earlier, on October 22nd. 2010.

5) No, I am not involved in the production. I'm angling for a set visit, though. We'll see.

6) Yes, I'm aware that there apparently going to be changes to our original story, and no, I'm not angry about it. It was a tight little comic, perfect for its format, but frankly, I don't see how it can be adapted to film without some revision. It's in the way that it's done, and I won't judge until I've seen what they're gonna do.

So, there you have it. I'll update the FAQ periodically, as various folks continue to send info my way.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

James Remar Cast In RED

Just in from Variety:


By Justin Kroll

James Remar ("Dexter") has been cast in Summit Entertainment's "Red." Remar joins Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker in the film about a black-ops agent played by Willis now in retirement, who has to contend with younger more high-tech assassins who show up to kill him.

Cool. I always liked that guy.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ellis On RED...

Warren has posted some thoughts on the soon-to-shoot film adaptation of our graphic novella, RED.

Haven't yet had the time to read the latest draft of the Hoeber Bros.'s script for the film, as Warren has, but I'm hoping to get around to it this weekend. If I have any stray opinions that don't violate the script's confidentiality, I'll try to post 'em.