Summit Entertainment's adaptation of RED scored at the box office, earning $164 million on a $58 million dollar budget. That must be why Collider reports that Summit has hired RED screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber to pen a sequel.
Based on the comic book by created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, RED sported an Oscar caliber cast that included Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Richard Dreyfuss, John Malkovich, and Ernest Borgnine. A cast that star Bruce Willis once referred to as "The Yankees".
There's no word on what the sequel will be about as the original comic book only lasted three issues and took up only a portion of the original's screen time before the movie ventured away from the source material. Both Hamner and Ellis have praised the adaptation, though they point out that the movie is "its own thing."
Also, a sequel script isn't exactly a sign that the RED sequel has the green light. But if Summit like the script, the Collider report speculates that the sequel will be made since RED was the most profitable movie Summit has produced outside of the Twilight Saga franchise. Then all they have to do is re-assemble its busy ensemble.
Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler's Wife) directed RED, which co-starred Karl Urban and Mary-Louise Parker. Posted 01.18.11 by Ryan
Back when word first got out last year that writer Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner's comic book Red was going to be adapted into a movie, Ellis warned fans that the movie version would be "a different beast" from the source material, and would retain a "lighter and funnier" tone. The first trailer for the movie showed the more comedic direction of the movie version, which almost certainly arose from the original comic book only running for three issues.
Speaking with MTV more recently, both Hamner and Ellis claimed that much of their book was included in the movie, leading Hamner to compare RED to other movie adaptations. What, from the book, is in the movie? >> Posted 08.16.10 by Ryan
Comic book fans can be extremely critical of movies based on the properties that they love, especially when the characters or story are altered from the original. Almost as if in advance of the expected criticism, comic creator Warren Ellis recently added a lengthy blog to his personal site defending the upcoming Robert Schwentke-directed adaptation of his book, Red.
People who've enjoyed the graphic novel will have to accept that it's an adaptation and that by definition means that it's going to be a different beast from the book. The film has the same DNA. It retains bits that are very clearly from the book, as well as, of course, the overall plotline. But it is, yes, lighter, and funnier. And if anyone has a real problem with that, I say to you once again:
Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle.
I mean, if you don't want to see a film with Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle, I'm not sure I want to know you.
Red also stars Bruce Willis, Richard Dreyfuss, Morgan Freeman, and Mary-Louise Parker. Shooting is expected to begin January. Posted 12.10.09 by BrentJS
Earlier this week, Helen Mirren officially joined the cast of the upcoming movie adaptation of the graphic novel Red. She took her place alongside a cast that already includes Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter writes that John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker have signed on as the newest additions.
The story of Red was written by noted author Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner. It focuses on a menial clerk, Paul Moses (Willis), who is actually a CIA operative with a long history of killing enemies of the state. He must come out of retirement when the new CIA director (Freeman) discovers his past and orders his death. Mirren is rumored for the part of Moses' former boss, although it is unclear how much screen time she will have, if any.
Reportedly, Reilly will portray a retired CIA agent with a streak of paranoia while Parker will play Moses's love interest, a pension worker who helps Moses in his struggle to survive.
Red is being helmed by Flightplan director Robert Schwentke and will begin shooting in Toronto and Louisiana this coming January. Summit Entertainment has scheduled a November 19, 2010 release. Posted 11.05.09 by reelz
It appears that Helen Mirren plans to cash in on the comic-book craze. Screen Daily writes that the 64-year-old Oscar-winning actress will star opposite Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman in the movie adaptation of the graphic novel Red.
The story was written by noted author Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner. It tells the story of a menial clerk, Paul Moses (Willis), who is actually a CIA operative with a long history of killing enemies of the state. He must come out of retirement when the new CIA director (Freeman) discovers his past and orders his death. Mirren is rumored for the part of Moses's former boss, although it is unclear how much screen time she will have, if any.
Red is being helmed by Flightplan director Robert Schwentke and will begin shooting in Toronto and Louisiana this coming January. Summit Entertainment has scheduled a November 19, 2010 release. Posted 11.02.09 by reelz
Bruce Willis is set to play an ex-CIA agent chased by a high-tech assassin in the comic book adaptation of writer Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner's Red. The movie will start shooting in January, according to Mania.
Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler's Wife) is directing the project and told MTV in August that the script will stray from Ellis' 3-issue series.
The script that I've read is obviously different from the comic, because I don't think the comic gives you enough for a two-hour movie. It's very funny, which the comic book isn't. It's not as violent as the comic book. I like switching gears and this is a movie that allows me to do something lighthearted in tone and is also an action movie.
Morgan Freeman is also set to appear in the movie in the unexplained role of "Joe." Erich and Jon Hoeber (Whiteout) adapted the screenplay. Posted 10.24.09 by Ryan