That would be “Red”, the movie franchise based on the comic book by Warren Ellis. The franchise already has one successful entry, with a second currently gearing up for production in Europe, with all the surviving castmembers back and new ones added on (including “G.I. Joe’s” Byung-hun Lee).
Meanwhile, Lionsgate is not sitting on their laurels, and has already begun exploring the idea of a “Red” TV show. (They’re also looking at doing a TV show based on the “Step Up” dance movies, but yeah, who cares about that one, really.)
There’s really no other details, just that Lionsgate Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer let the cat out of the bag during a conference call with some journos earlier today. If the show goes forward, we should hear more about it later. If not? Well, it was just an idea, right?
“Red”, of course, stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich as retired CIA spooks who are forced back into service when their old agency decides they need to be gotten rid of. They, of course, disagree, and in the first movie, the unretired badasses successfully get themselves removed from the CIA’s kill list — and back into service once again.
Obviously you’re not going to get Willis, Mirren, or Malkovich to do a regular TV show, so a “Red” series would have to hire a whole new set of actors to repeat the movie’s gimmick: which is, Willis, Mirren, and Malkovich (and oh, Morgan Freeman, too) kicking the asses of people half their age. Though honestly, I’m not sure you can ever top seeing Helen Mirren with a machinegun…
Via : LATimes