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Directed by Robert Schwentke
Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Mark Vahradian
Written by Screenplay:
Jon Hoeber
Erich Hoeber
Graphic novel:
Warren Ellis
Starring Bruce Willis
Mary-Louise Parker
Morgan Freeman
John Malkovich
Helen Mirren
Cinematography Florian Ballhaus
Editing by Thom Noble
Studio di Bonaventura Pictures
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date(s) October 22, 2010
Country United States
Language English

Red is an upcoming 2010 American action film based on the comic book limited series of the same name created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, and published by the DC Comics imprint Homage. The film will star Bruce Willis with Robert Schwentke directing a screenplay by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber. The film is scheduled for worldwide release on October 22, 2010. [1]



Red is the story of Frank Moses (Willis), a former black-ops CIA agent, who is now living a quiet life. That is, until the day a hi-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him. With his identity compromised and the life of the woman he cares for, Sarah (Parker), endangered, Frank reassembles his old team (Freeman, Malkovich and Mirren) in a last ditch effort to survive.

—press release from Summit Entertainment, [1]



In June 2008 Summit Entertainment announced plans to adapt Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's Red. Red is being adapted for the big screen by brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber, who also wrote the adaptations of Whiteout and Alice. The film will focus on the idea of an older operative set who is set in his ways having to contend with younger and more fit agents, as well as new techniques and modern technology. The project is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (GI Joe, Transformers).[4]

By April 2009, Bruce Willis was reportedly in discussions with Summit to take the starring role of Frank Moses.[5] It was reported in July 2009 that Morgan Freeman is in talks to co-star alongside Bruce Willis in the film.[6] Also in July 2009, Robert Schwentke, the director of The Time Traveler's Wife, was in negotiations to direct the thriller.[7] In August 2009 Schwentke confirmed to MTV News that he was onboard. He stated that he loved the script but there are differences between the comic and the movie stating; "It's very funny, which the comic book isn't ... It's not as violent as the comic book," and that "The script that I've read is obviously different from the comic, because I don't think the comic gives you enough for a two-hour movie,".[2]

In November 2009 it was reported that Helen Mirren will work alongside Freeman and Willis in the film.[8] It was also reported in November 2009 that John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker are in negotiations to join the cast. Reilly would play a retired CIA agent who is paranoid that everyone is out to kill him. Parker would play the romantic interest, a federal pension worker who becomes embroiled in the Willis character's struggle to stay alive.[9] In the same month Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox entered negotiations to join the cast. McMahon would play the Vice President with a dark side who is at the center of a shadow conspiracy. Borgnine will play the keeper of the CIA’s darkest records, while Dreyfuss will be a wealthy man who builds a fortune out of lucrative government contracts. Cox is a former Cold War spy and nemesis of Willis.[10]

In December 2009 creator Warren Ellis stated on his mailing list that "(I) Read the RED script. Not bad. Not the book, but not bad. Funny. Especially when you know the casting. Very tight piece of work. Talked to the producers last week. They're all kind of giddy over the casting coups. Who wouldn't want to see Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle?".[11] Also in December 2009 Summit Entertainment announced a release date of October 22nd 2010.[12] The same month James Remar had been cast in an unspecified role.[13] Karl Urban is playing the role of "Cooper".[3] In January 2010 it was reported that John Malkovich has signed to star opposite Bruce Willis in Red. Malkovich is stepping in for John C. Reilly, who exited the role in late December. The part will allow Malkovich to exercise his comic sensibilities.[14]

Principal photography began on Red on January 18, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. Red will film in and around the Toronto metropolitan area for nine weeks before moving on to the road and ending in New Orleans in late March for the final two weeks of principal photography. The film is scheduled for worldwide release on October 22, 2010.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Red Begins Principal Photography". /Film. 18-01-2010. Retrieved 18-01-2010. 
  2. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: Robert Schwentke's 'Red' Adaptation To Be A 'Funny' Take On Warren Ellis' Story". MTV Splash Page. 04-08-2009. Retrieved 20-01-2010. 
  3. ^ a b Rob M. Worley (21-12-2009). "TREK Doc cast in RED". Retrieved 20-01-2010. 
  4. ^ "Warren Ellis’ Red and Ocean Headed to the Big Screen". /Film. 12-06-2008. Retrieved 19-01-2010. 
  5. ^ "Bruce Willis is living hard". Risky Business. 29-04-2009. Retrieved 20-01-2010. 
  6. ^ "Morgan Freeman Joins The Big Screen Adaptation of Warren Ellis’ Red". /Film. 19-07-2009. Retrieved 19-01-2010. 
  7. ^ "Director closes in on 'Red'". The Hollywood Reporter. 28-07-2009. Retrieved 20-01-2010. 
  8. ^ "Casting Notes: Alan Cumming in Burlesque; Mirren Does Espionage; Dempsey Steals Laughs; Weaver and Shawkat Hit Cedar Rapids". /Film. 04-11-2009. Retrieved 19-01-2010. 
  9. ^ "John C. Reilly, Mary-Louise Parker seeing 'Red'". The Hollywood Reporter. 04-11-2009. Retrieved 19-01-2010. 
  10. ^ "Julian McMahon sees 'Red'". The Hollywood Reporter. 12-11-2009. Retrieved 19-01-2010. 
  11. ^ Warren Ellis (30-11-2009). "BAD SIGNAL Ungh". Retrieved 19-01-2010. 
  12. ^ "Red Gets 2010 Release Date". /Film. 17-12-2009. Retrieved 19-01-2010. 
  13. ^ Justin Kroll (14-12-2009). "James Remar". Variety. Retrieved 20-01-2010. 
  14. ^ "John Malkovich signs on for 'Red'". The Hollywood Reporter. 10-01-2010. Retrieved 19-01-2010. 

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