It’s the ultimate battle for which Will Smith (a la Men In Black) “makes this look good” with visionary director Ang Lee’s Gemini Man scoring an October 11 release. Paramount Pictures has an impressive slate on its hands which also lists this particular sci-fi thriller that’s been long in the making with years of its constant on-and-off the shelf treatment between directors and studios.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director Ang Lee’s new sci-fi thriller finally gets a first trailer with Gemini Man launching on Tuesday. The long-awaited action thriller that spent more than a two-decades in development hell at Disney before landing a new home at Paramount and Skydance in the last several years.
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Big things are finally impending after more than two decades for Paramount and Skydance’s long-awaited production of fantasy action thriller, Gemini Man. Will Smith, cast early on as the lead will be joined by actor Clive Owen and actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead as trade news sources THR and Variety have noted in recent memory for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon helmer Ang Lee to direct.
The project was originally set up at Disney from a pitch by Darren Lemke in 1997 but remained on the backburner due to the lack of technology for the same actor to produce dual performances on screen. Nowadays with such tech on hand, the Bright star will lead the film as an over-the-hill assassin who becomes the prime target of a cloning program that assigns his killer, a rendition of himself 25 years younger, to take him out.
Owen will star as the head of the cloning program with Winstead playing the agent assigned with surveiling our aged assassin who pairs up with him to prevent his demise. Especially being noted in news cycles this week at Slashfilm and Omega Underground is the mention of industry stunt coordinator and swellest-dude-ever, J.J. Perry, who will serve accordingly next to recent credits like John Wick: Chapter Two, The Fate Of The Furious and the recently-wrapped Dwayne Johnson headliner, Skyscraper which opens this summer.
Slashfilm reported this week that production will commence next month with cameras rolling from February 26 through July 21 in Savannah, Georgia; Budapest, Hungary; and Cartegena, Colombia ahead of an October 14 theatrical release next year. Smith comes off having hit big this season with David Ayer’s Bright ahead of a sequel confirmed earlier this month.
Darren Lemke’s pitch for assassin thriller, Gemini Man has been in a development slump for twenty years before news finally picked up last Friday. Thus, with the film ultimately landing at Skydance and acclaimed director Ang Lee possibly game to helm the pic, it looks like the film could have its star.
20 years in the making, it appears a new and long-awaited high-concept action thriller may finally see the light of day at Skydance. Titled Gemini Man, Ang Lee (Billy Long’s Halftime Walk, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is reported to be in talks to direct the film once housed at Disney as a pitch from Darren Lemke until Skydance scooped it up last October.
The plot, according to THR‘s exclusive, would follow an aging assassin on his way out of the game until he finds himself fighting a clone 25 years younger and stronger than him. The film reportedly stayed stagnant over the years due to the lack of technology required to replicate actors’ faces as we now see exemplifed with Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy, Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Robert Downey Jr. as seen in Captain America: Civil War, and even to some degree in James Mangold’s Logan, for example.
Development still pressed on, however, circling between directors like Tony Scott and Curtis Hanson, and writers like Brian Helgeland, Andrew Niccol and David Benioff, the latter who was paid $2 million for his treatment. Lee will be joined by Jerry Bruckheimer who will produce with Don Murphy, once attached to produce Scott’s film of yesteryear, now executive producing.