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F. Gary Gray to direct Willis and Foxx in Kane and Lynch

Jun. 10, 2010by:

Newcomer Simon Crane was originally scheduled to make his feature directorial debut on KANE & LYNCH, the adaptation of the popular video game with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx starring as the titular characters. But somewhere along the way, those nasty "creative differences" reared their ugly heads and Crane "left" the project (*cough*forcedout*cough*). The hot rumor was that Wayne Kramer (RUNNING SCARED) was in talks to direct the film, which would've been a perfect marriage of director and material, but now Kramer too is out and F. Gary Gray is in talks to direct the film.

As it turns out, Gray was approached before Kramer and reportedly passed on the film. Producers then went to Kramer to discuss the project with him and apparently Gray had a change of heart (perhaps egged on by his LAW ABIDING CITIZEN star Jamie Foxx) and decided he was interested after all. I'm a little disappointed and not because I think Gray isn't a talented director (that I suppose remains to be seen) but moreso because I think Kramer would've been perfect for this film. (Go watch RUNNING SCARED again and tell me I'm wrong.)

The film will follow Kane and Lynch as they have 72 hours to stop a doomsday device before Kane's family are killed by a group of criminals. Lionsgate is looking to get production on the film underway later this summer.

Extra Tidbit: That was originally Tom Cruise in the photo above making it perhaps the first and last time F. Gary Gray will be Photoshopped onto Tom Cruise's body.
Source: Variety

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5:32AM on 06/11/2010

no no no

this is all wrong
this is all wrong
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5:46PM on 06/10/2010

Kane & Lynch - now fucked!

I wanna cry (WITH RAGE!) Waht- they had Wayne Kramer wanting to direct this and they chose F. Gary Gray - they dude that makes the most bland, shitty action films. Why are these producers so completely fucked up? Running Scared was the shit. That is the style and tone that Kane & Lynch needs. It needs to be fucking crazy and psychopathic. Gray doesn't have that shit in him. A filmmaker like Kramer does; he always has something a little sleazy and artistic and razor-edged about his films.
I wanna cry (WITH RAGE!) Waht- they had Wayne Kramer wanting to direct this and they chose F. Gary Gray - they dude that makes the most bland, shitty action films. Why are these producers so completely fucked up? Running Scared was the shit. That is the style and tone that Kane & Lynch needs. It needs to be fucking crazy and psychopathic. Gray doesn't have that shit in him. A filmmaker like Kramer does; he always has something a little sleazy and artistic and razor-edged about his films. And he can direct actors, which Gray cannot (or at least, I've seen no evidence of in all his work). I had to sign up to voice my disappointment at everyone who made this lame decision. Gray has directed only one passable film and that is The Negotiator. Everything else has been shit ... including The Italian Job, which sucked Pg-13 cocks. Bruce Willis is an old man who is afraid to make a bad-ass cutting edge action movie. He should not be doing this film if he can't see the merits in someone like Kramer. Or if not Kramer, then go for the director who did CHOPPER, or OLDBOY, or someone with balls. That's all I have to say!
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3:05AM on 06/11/2010
Quote:Bruce Willis is an old man who is afraid to make a bad-ass cutting edge action movie. He should not be doing this film if he can't see the merits in someone like Kramer. Or if not Kramer, then go for the director who did CHOPPER, or OLDBOY, or someone with balls. That's all I have to say!

This is perfect. I absolutely agree with you on every level.
Quote:Bruce Willis is an old man who is afraid to make a bad-ass cutting edge action movie. He should not be doing this film if he can't see the merits in someone like Kramer. Or if not Kramer, then go for the director who did CHOPPER, or OLDBOY, or someone with balls. That's all I have to say!

This is perfect. I absolutely agree with you on every level.
1:40PM on 06/10/2010
Law Abiding Citizen had a great start but the ending was lame and ball-less. Wayne Kramer had the chops and skills to bring this video game movie to the next level. I am not interested in this anymore. This project will be added to the sad, stupid and failed attempts of making a good video game story into a forgettable movie.
I'll admit, I had some hope.
Law Abiding Citizen had a great start but the ending was lame and ball-less. Wayne Kramer had the chops and skills to bring this video game movie to the next level. I am not interested in this anymore. This project will be added to the sad, stupid and failed attempts of making a good video game story into a forgettable movie.
I'll admit, I had some hope.
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1:42PM on 06/10/2010
Sorry for this.
Not sure why this double post happened.
Sorry for this.
Not sure why this double post happened.
1:31PM on 06/10/2010
Law Abiding Citizen had a great start but the ending was lame and ball-less. Wayne Kramer had the chops and skills to bring this video game movie to the next level. I am not interested in this anymore. This project will be added to the sad, stupid and failed attempts of making a good video game story into a forgettable movie.
I'll admit, I had some hope.
Law Abiding Citizen had a great start but the ending was lame and ball-less. Wayne Kramer had the chops and skills to bring this video game movie to the next level. I am not interested in this anymore. This project will be added to the sad, stupid and failed attempts of making a good video game story into a forgettable movie.
I'll admit, I had some hope.
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1:25PM on 06/10/2010
I am so down for this. Gray is more then capable to make this work.
I am so down for this. Gray is more then capable to make this work.
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12:43PM on 06/10/2010
Am I the only one that didn't like Law Abiding Citizen? I think Gerald Butler is a fantastic action star (I enjoyed the hell out of GAMER) but LAC was so "Meh". I definitely agree that the director of Running Scared should do this because that movie had some serious balls which is what this needs
Am I the only one that didn't like Law Abiding Citizen? I think Gerald Butler is a fantastic action star (I enjoyed the hell out of GAMER) but LAC was so "Meh". I definitely agree that the director of Running Scared should do this because that movie had some serious balls which is what this needs
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11:58AM on 06/10/2010

I agree TheChanges23

Gray is a talent director. It's already been seen. The Italian Job was solid, and The Negotiator, Law Abiding, and ofcourse...FRIDAY!
Gray is a talent director. It's already been seen. The Italian Job was solid, and The Negotiator, Law Abiding, and ofcourse...FRIDAY!
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11:36AM on 06/10/2010
Meh, it doesn't matter who they get to direct this. Kane and Lynch was a terrible game with two terrible, offensive characters. About the only thing even remotely interesting about was the relationship between the characters and that they were both scum. This film is shaping up to be some kind of generic action film using the Kane and Lynch name. Until they show something enticing about this film (Foxx and Willis aren't enough), you can count me out.
Meh, it doesn't matter who they get to direct this. Kane and Lynch was a terrible game with two terrible, offensive characters. About the only thing even remotely interesting about was the relationship between the characters and that they were both scum. This film is shaping up to be some kind of generic action film using the Kane and Lynch name. Until they show something enticing about this film (Foxx and Willis aren't enough), you can count me out.
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1:40PM on 06/10/2010
quote;with two terrible, offensive characters.
This is exactly why I thought it had hope. You would be following two killers who literally shoot there way through the police and endanger innocent civilians at every turn. This to me would of been extremely interesting as it has never been done before, especially in Hollywood. (Do not say the movie HEAT either. HEAT followed like able bad guys.
I would of rather saw this movie concept get more of an independent/less money invested so it could
quote;with two terrible, offensive characters.
This is exactly why I thought it had hope. You would be following two killers who literally shoot there way through the police and endanger innocent civilians at every turn. This to me would of been extremely interesting as it has never been done before, especially in Hollywood. (Do not say the movie HEAT either. HEAT followed like able bad guys.
I would of rather saw this movie concept get more of an independent/less money invested so it could land a Unrated. Now that this new director is at the helm, this movie will be turned into a lame two bad guys (Who are really good at heart and are only bad because they are put into a harsh situation) <- Lame, I know. But this is what will happen now, Hollywood has taken over another project.
I would of rather saw something extremely raw and powerfully original following two ultra bad characters taking every risk only to endanger themselves and the people they love further.
10:34AM on 06/10/2010

That remains to be seen?

Hey I liked Running Scared too but Grey isnt a slouch...lets not forget The Italian Job, The Negotiator and of course Law Abiding Citizen...so i think he's a decent replacement AND a talented director. So i think he'll be fine.
Hey I liked Running Scared too but Grey isnt a slouch...lets not forget The Italian Job, The Negotiator and of course Law Abiding Citizen...so i think he's a decent replacement AND a talented director. So i think he'll be fine.
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10:56AM on 06/10/2010
Not to ignore Gray's ability at making decent popcorn entertainment, but his movies tend to be little more than pleasant diversions. But then again, he does know how to craft a decent pulpy thriller. And really, that's probably all this is anyway.
Not to ignore Gray's ability at making decent popcorn entertainment, but his movies tend to be little more than pleasant diversions. But then again, he does know how to craft a decent pulpy thriller. And really, that's probably all this is anyway.
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