Monday, May 7, 2007

Disney Seeing Double...


Walt Disney Pictures have gotten Jerry Bruckheimer to come aboard and produce the long gestating script: Gemini Man. Bruckheimer and the Mouse have hired screenwriter David Benioff(Troy and the awesome Wolverine script which is cool as all get out) to do a complete rewrite of the project. Benioff will be paid $2 million for the rewrite! Wow...

Gemini Man is the story of an aging hitman in a game of cat and mouse with a younger assassin that he soon finds out is a clone of himself.

I've read the old draft by Jonathan Hensleigh and thought it was a great read. I guess they're now aiming for a "PG-13" rating since the version I read was a solid "R". This script had Harrison Ford attached at one point with them talking of taking Star Wars footage of a younger Ford and CGI'ing it into the film. Ford dropped out and the script then had Mel Gibson linked to the project for a while. No one has talked about casting for the new version of Gemini Man since they'll have to wait for Benioff's rewrite.

Looks like Disney is branching out and trying to expand what audiences will accept as the Walt Disney Pictures brand. Jungle Cruise, Prince of Persia and now this. The key words here are epic and franchise I believe...

2 comments:

Padawin Pirate said...

Neat. I just discovered your blog and have been going back through the old post. Lots of great stuff! I'll definately bookmark it.

This sounds like a totally wild film. I can't wait to see it. I wonder who would play the main assassin? If they're aiming for an old guy that they can use footage of from earlier movies when he was young or just maybe put make-up on him so he looks older when he plays the aging version of himself. It would have been great to see Harrison battling his (Han Solo) version of himself!

Eric said...

Interesting to see how this concept was utilized in Tron Legacy.