Monday, July 20, 2009

Morgan Freeman to Join Bruce Willis in Film Adaptation of Comic Book Thriller Red

Red by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner

Variety is reporting that Morgan Freeman is set to join Bruce Willis in the film adaptation of the espionage thriller Red, a three-book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner originally published in 2003 / 2004. Brothers Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber (Whiteout) will write the script.

About Red: Paul Moses is a man with too much blood on his hands. For years, masquerading as a low-level clerk, he has travelled the world as a CIA agent, coldly and mercilessly killing America's enemies. Now, Moses is old, retired, and wants nothing more than to grow old and die in peace. But when a new, politically-appointed CIA director discovers Moses' existence and history, he gives the order for Moses' death, setting a chain of events in motion that nobody could have predicted.

Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman are two of our favorite actors who have previously appeared together in Lucky Number Slevin (2006) and in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), the disappointing ("dreadful" is probably a better word) adaptation of the Tom Wolfe novel. And though specific casting information wasn't provided, and adaptations can deviate considerably from their original source, based on what is known we would expect to see Willis in the role of Paul Moses and Freeman as the CIA director.

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