Well this comes as a bit of a surprise, but Thomas Jane has officially pulled out of the upcoming “Punisher 2”, the sequel to the 2004 comic book movie adaptation about a cop who takes up vigilantism when his entire family (and I mean all of them) is butchered by drug dealers. How do we know that this is official? Well for one, Jane emailed AICN himself and told them that he’s out. I mean, damn, you can’t get anymore “official” than that, boys and girls. So why did Jane quit? According to him, he simply doesn’t “believe” in the movie anymore. But wait, there’s more!
Says Jane in the email to AICN:
Punisher fans are already fighting an uphill battle as it is. And I’ve always felt a responsibility to fight that fight for them and with them so that Frank Castle gets the treatment he deserves.
I’m sharing this with you because I know you’re a fan, like me, and you’ve got your ear to the ground, and because we seem to share the same sort of taste and passion when it comes to movies and stories that get us off. What I won’t do is spend months of my life sweating over a movie that I just don’t believe in. I’ve always loved the Marvel guys, and wish them well. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to search for a film that one day might stand with all those films that the fans have asked me to watch.
But before that, there’s a pretty funny bit about how Jane spent 2 years of his life getting ready for the first “Punisher” movie, by exercising 4 days a week and not eating anything fattening. He goes on a pretty long, run-on-sentence-of-a-spiel about it that I thought was really funny. I didn’t know Jane was that funny of a guy.
Well, I can’t say if I’m disappointed or not. Heck, I thought the first “Punisher” was okay, but it also kinda sucked. I mean, they changed Frank Castle from a pissed off Marine to a kinda-pissed off-but-not-really DEA cop. And that whole bit about Castle going around getting all Shakespearean tragedy on John Travolta’s bad guy? What the drell was that about?
Anyways, I guess we can expect to hear something from writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh, who did the original, and word is he’s also doing the sequel. Or maybe not. But man, I gotta say, I am really curious to know what made Jane jump ship while the project seemed to be going full-steam ahead…
Meanwhile, you can catch Thomas Jane when he stars in the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Mist”.