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Bruce Willis starts shooting Red, and bad guys

01.18.2010

Bruce Willis doesn't tend to do things small. For example, he's taking some of writer Warren Ellis' atypically small and straightforward work, the three-issue espionage comic RED, and ramping up the action and tossing in some Oscar-worthy talent.

The movie is now officially underway in Toronto, under the eye of director Robert Schwentke (FLIGHTPLAN, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE). The original comic followed a former CIA operative enjoying a solitary retirement until the new company director discovers his secrets and decides to make it permanent.

The movie version expands on that: RED is the story of Frank Moses (Willis), a former black-ops CIA agent, who is now living a quiet life. That is, until the day a hi-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his identity compromised and the life of the woman he cares for, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), endangered, Frank reassembles his old team (Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren) in a last ditch effort to survive.

The movie also features Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Academy Award®-winners Richard Dreyfuss and Ernest Borgnine, Julian McMahon, James Remar and Rebecca Pidgeon (making a rare movie without hubby David Mamet).

Extra Tidbit: Bruce Willis "starred" in the 1998 Playstation game APOCALYPSE. It didn't help much.
Source: Summit

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5:25AM on 01/23/2010

swer

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12:05PM on 01/21/2010

YIKES!

ROBERT SCHWENTKE did a bang- upjob on both'FLIGHTPLAN'and(while not my cup of tea,but still good)'THE TIME TRAVELLERS WIFE',and HOLY HELL what a cast...WILLIS(IN GENRE OF CHOICE)FREEMAN,HELEN MIRREN,MARY-LOUISE PARKER,MALKOVICH,DREYFUSS,and my man,the always entertaining ERNIE BORGNINE!I'm digging this BIG-TIME!
ROBERT SCHWENTKE did a bang- upjob on both'FLIGHTPLAN'and(while not my cup of tea,but still good)'THE TIME TRAVELLERS WIFE',and HOLY HELL what a cast...WILLIS(IN GENRE OF CHOICE)FREEMAN,HELEN MIRREN,MARY-LOUISE PARKER,MALKOVICH,DREYFUSS,and my man,the always entertaining ERNIE BORGNINE!I'm digging this BIG-TIME!
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8:52AM on 01/19/2010
I'm hip to this mostly for the Toronto love.
I'm hip to this mostly for the Toronto love.
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5:35AM on 01/19/2010

Red

I've read the comic before and it's not even close to any of Ellis' better works (ie Transmetropolitan, Freak Angels, Black Summer, and even Crooked Little Vein). The cast is great and the whole idea of the team joining up is a great way to improve the rather dull and simple plot of the comic. I love Warren Ellis, however I am not at all excited to see this simple story be blown up to insane cinematic proportions. look at 300. it was visually awesome, however the majority of the story that was
I've read the comic before and it's not even close to any of Ellis' better works (ie Transmetropolitan, Freak Angels, Black Summer, and even Crooked Little Vein). The cast is great and the whole idea of the team joining up is a great way to improve the rather dull and simple plot of the comic. I love Warren Ellis, however I am not at all excited to see this simple story be blown up to insane cinematic proportions. look at 300. it was visually awesome, however the majority of the story that was added for the movie was just lame compared to the essential bare bones comic plot. I really hope this works out. God damn it they just need to get a good screenplay for a Transmetropolitan flick circulated. That's Warren Ellis' best work in my opinion, and it definitely deserves a cinematic overhaul. Not Red. Despite all I just said I am still very happy that Ellis is getting a movie made out of his material.
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4:13AM on 01/19/2010
The secret to Ernest's youth

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The secret to Ernest's youth

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2:21AM on 01/19/2010

this sounds prety awesome!

with a team like Brian Cox, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine, and John freaking Malkovich how can this possibly go wrong! I guess we'll see.
with a team like Brian Cox, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine, and John freaking Malkovich how can this possibly go wrong! I guess we'll see.
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12:33AM on 01/19/2010
They could have called it "Blue" and used the handicap sign as their poster considering all the old people they have as part of the 'old team'. Especially Ernest Borgnine (who I honestly thought was dead).

Finally, any movie with Karl "Kiss of Death" Urban in it is doomed to failure from the start. Look at his movie resume on IMDB if you doubt me.
They could have called it "Blue" and used the handicap sign as their poster considering all the old people they have as part of the 'old team'. Especially Ernest Borgnine (who I honestly thought was dead).

Finally, any movie with Karl "Kiss of Death" Urban in it is doomed to failure from the start. Look at his movie resume on IMDB if you doubt me.
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1:27AM on 01/19/2010
I totally thought Borgnine was dead too... good for him that he's still working, though.

And between LotR and Star Trek, I wouldn't exactly say that Karl Urban is box office poison.
I totally thought Borgnine was dead too... good for him that he's still working, though.

And between LotR and Star Trek, I wouldn't exactly say that Karl Urban is box office poison.
3:36AM on 01/19/2010
I admit K arl Urban has done a couple of stinkers but I don't think 'the kiss of death' worked on Star Trek or LOTR
I admit K arl Urban has done a couple of stinkers but I don't think 'the kiss of death' worked on Star Trek or LOTR
4:10AM on 01/19/2010
Me neither
Me neither
10:54PM on 01/18/2010
I'm in.....and "Malkovich?"
I'm in.....and "Malkovich?"
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10:40PM on 01/18/2010

Whoa

I thought it all sounded too familiar and then I read "reassembles his old team (Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren)" which just made it go from meh to BADASS on my list. I'm a huge Bruce fan and he always does good and this should be no different.
I thought it all sounded too familiar and then I read "reassembles his old team (Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren)" which just made it go from meh to BADASS on my list. I'm a huge Bruce fan and he always does good and this should be no different.
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