It’s been a while since we heard anything on the videogame movie “Kane & Lynch” (over a year now, in fact), but according to producer Adrian Askarieh, Bruce Willis has indeed signed on to play Kane, with casting for the pivotal Lynch character still in the works. Also, they’ve nailed down a director in former second unit man Simon Crane, who has done work on “Troy” and “Tomb Raider”.
According to Askarieh, it was easy to get Willis, since the “Die Hard” star called the “Kane & Lynch” script written by Kyle Ward (who is also penning “Hitman 2”) one of the best action scripts he’s ever read. Major kudos, considering that, well, Willis once read the script for “Die Hard”, and some consider that the best action movie ever made.
For the gamers out there, the movie won’t exactly follow the game, but will maintain the basic premise. In the movie, Willis will play Kane, a mercenary who teams up with a schizophrenic psychopath (Lynch) to save his wife and daughter. Much machine-gun firing, killing, and bullet casing flying ensue.
Shooting for the movie, says Askarieh, is expected to start in March of 2010. Locations will probably include South America, Europe and Louisiana.
Askarieh also confirms that they’re working on a sequel to “Hitman”, and that he doesn’t know if original star Tim Olyphant will return, now that the actor has a TV show (FX Channels’ “Lawman”) and would need to shave that dome for the movie. Askarieh does say that they would love to have Olyphant back, but that might depend on where Kyle Ward goes with the script. Of course, it goes without saying that if Olyphant wants back in, they could easily tailor the script for him.