A project that’s been in Limbo since it was first announced in 2010, is till very much alive apparently.
Then, F. Gary Gray was approached by Lionsgate to helm the project. But Gray eventually moved on for what may have been similar reasons as Crane’s.
Then the job was then offered to Wayne Kramer; but it was later announced that he was no longer in the running.
Soon thereafter, it was announced that F. Gary Gray was back in the picture, once again, and was in talks with Lionsgate to direct the film.
However, some days later, it was reported that Gray was OFF the project, yet again, and Lionsgate was in talks with Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) to take over the project, and in addition, the original script written by Kyle Ward had gone through a rewrite by Skip Woods (The A-Team, X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
“We’re doing a couple of rewrites but we’re still doing it. And it should be a lot of fun, a lot of action.”
The original cast was to feature Bruce Willis playing the mercenary Kane, with Jamie Foxx playing the “rage-prone killer” Lynch.
In the game the film will be based on, Kane and Lynch are forced to pair up and have 72 hours to travel the world and recover a doomsday device before Kane’s kidnapped wife and daughter are killed by the criminals who broke them out of prison.
The original Kane & Lynch game, which was released in 2007, is said to have contained over-the-top violence and profanity. I assume the film won’t be rated PG-13 then.
Director F. Gary Gray’s last feature film directorial effort was was 2009’s Law Abiding Citizen. Since then he’s been attached to a Marvin Gaye biopic, and a film adaptation of the graphic novel The Last Days Of American Crime, with first Sam Worthington, and then Noomi Rapace attached to star. There was also the N.W.A. biopic, which I haven’t seen an update for in a long while.