White Men Can’t Jump and Raging Bull helmer Ron Shelton is making a comeback as of this week with the new action comedy, Villa Capri. Sierra/Affinity is taking the film to Cannes this week with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones set to star.
The film is a return to the chair for Shelton following his his last two misfires, boxing road comedy Play It To The Bone in 1999 and Hollywood Homicide. This Summer will see him rolling cameras in New Mexico with his own script, in the vein of the 1988 comedy, Midnight Run, centering on a former FBI agent and former mob boss who are forced to cast their petty differences aside in order to fend off a mob hit.
reports eOne has already snagged rights to territories in Europe and Australia/New Zealand and will finance the film with Endurance Media, whose own Steve Richards will produce with Bill Gerber.
Freeman can next be expected to appear in Temur Bekmambetov’s Ben Hur this August with Jack Huston while Jones makes an earlier move for July with Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass’s Jason Bourne.
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