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Gerard Butler may join videogame adaptation Kane & Lynch as Kane; Vin Diesel sought for Lynch

11.04.2013

KANE & LYNCH is one of those long-gestating projects that has had so many stops and starts that you start to wonder if it already came out and you just missed it. Based on the videogame from IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive. The film was originally set up in 2008 with Bruce Willis as Kane and stunt coordinator turned director Simon Crane was set to direct. In 2010, Jamie Foxx was set to join the cast as Lynch and it seemed like the film was a go from there, with posters promoting the film showing up at Cannes. However, right after that, Crane was replaced by F. Gary Gray (THE NEGOTIATOR), while even more names were being tossed around to possibly helm and the project basically "went dark" and wasn't heard from again.

Now that the history lesson is over, it appears that the adaptation is once again adding another notch in the belt towards becoming a reality. THR is reporting that Gerard Butler is in talks to join the project, taking over for Willis' Kane role and an offer apparently out to Vin Diesel for the Lynch part. Butler previously worked with Gray on LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (also with Foxx...anyone else confused yet?).

Here's the game synopsis:

The game follows Kane, a death row inmate who, along with a schizophrenic killer named Lynch, is sprung from prison to retrieve a stolen fortune. Kane travels to Los Angeles, Japan and Cuba, with Lynch acting as the team's watchdog in order to save his wife and daughter.

Having never played the game and being rather impartial to it all I will say that a Gerard Butler/Vin Diesel team up could be pretty cool. Gray is a serviceable director who can handle the material, but aside from that I feel shades of HITMAN at work.

What do you think? Do we still want/need a KANE & LYNCH film?

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Extra Tidbit: It may be a guilty pleasure, but I love Gamer with Gerard Butler. Excessive, crazy, ridiculous, and brutally fun. Also, Amber Valletta.

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2:42PM on 11/05/2013
Those two on screen together will be epic. Just wish it was for another film, and not a game adaptation.
Those two on screen together will be epic. Just wish it was for another film, and not a game adaptation.
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11:26AM on 11/05/2013
Just please, follow the same premise of the video game storyline- that's all I ask.
Just please, follow the same premise of the video game storyline- that's all I ask.
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12:55PM on 11/05/2013
They wont.
They wont.
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3:24AM on 11/05/2013
I can't remember which character is which, but only if Vin sports that mullet. This movie would ideally be better than hitman bc they'd follow the video games story (it seems), which hitman, and most video game movies don't do. Which is crazy, bc all the hitman games have amazing stories. Why don't they adapt games like they do books? ESPECIALLY IF AND WHEN UNCHARTED COMES AROUND.
I can't remember which character is which, but only if Vin sports that mullet. This movie would ideally be better than hitman bc they'd follow the video games story (it seems), which hitman, and most video game movies don't do. Which is crazy, bc all the hitman games have amazing stories. Why don't they adapt games like they do books? ESPECIALLY IF AND WHEN UNCHARTED COMES AROUND.
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5:20AM on 11/06/2013
I think there's an erroneous perception in Hollywood that video games don't have complete stories the way novels have, so an adaptation of a video game just needs some of the characters and the basic premise.
I think there's an erroneous perception in Hollywood that video games don't have complete stories the way novels have, so an adaptation of a video game just needs some of the characters and the basic premise.
10:42PM on 11/04/2013
The original video game was very good. With the good story it had and this cast this could be very good as well.
The original video game was very good. With the good story it had and this cast this could be very good as well.
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10:39PM on 11/04/2013
Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel? Say no more, I'm in.
Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel? Say no more, I'm in.
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10:08PM on 11/04/2013
Would dig them teaming up but in regards to the Lynch character Diesel would be miscast, maybe they'll play the adaptation more loose so it'll work for him?
Would dig them teaming up but in regards to the Lynch character Diesel would be miscast, maybe they'll play the adaptation more loose so it'll work for him?
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8:22PM on 11/04/2013
The game was OK. The plot has potential.
The game was OK. The plot has potential.
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8:03PM on 11/04/2013
I am a little bit more excited about this project, then I was before. Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx would not have been a great choice but it wouldnt have a true feel of the Kane and Lynch game. I think Gerard and Vin would be a better fit for this movie.
I am a little bit more excited about this project, then I was before. Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx would not have been a great choice but it wouldnt have a true feel of the Kane and Lynch game. I think Gerard and Vin would be a better fit for this movie.
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8:25PM on 11/04/2013
Willis would have slept thru the role.
Willis would have slept thru the role.
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7:58PM on 11/04/2013
I was sold on the Butler and Vin team up.
I was sold on the Butler and Vin team up.
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7:58PM on 11/04/2013
I was sold on the Butler and Vin team up.
I was sold on the Butler and Vin team up.
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7:36PM on 11/04/2013
Certainly sounds like better casting than Jamie Foxx and Bruce Willis.
Certainly sounds like better casting than Jamie Foxx and Bruce Willis.
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