Lorenzo di Bonaventura is one of the more prolific producers in Hollywood. In addition to producing the Transformers franchise and Red, di Bonaventura also produced the upcoming thriller Man on a Ledge. Our correspondent Sheila Roberts was able to speak with di Bonaventura during a roundtable conversation at the press junket for Man on a Ledge and while we’ll have the full conversation up closer to the film’s release, we wanted to share a few tidbits with you today. In addition to confirming development on Transformers 4, the producer revealed that Bruce Willis is likely to star in the shoot-em up Five Against the Bullet. Hit the jump for the details.
“There’s one called Five Against the Bullet which is really great and I think I have a shot at making a movie that will pay homage to movies like The Wild Bunch or The Magnificent Seven. It’s a hardcore shoot-em up with men of questionable morality coming up against maybe their humanity as a result of it. I’m really excited about that because those movies are really hard to make because they can veer into just an action picture or they can speak to you in a way that’s different, where you can get underneath the character. I aspire more to The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven and hopefully we can pull it off.”
Something akin to The Wild Bunch and The Magnificent Seven is certainly a tall order, but di Bonaventura thinks he has just the man to pull it off:
“Bruce Willis is probably going to do it. But there are five really great characters, so that’s what’s really fun. There’s actually a sixth character that is sort of a cameo that’s really interesting too. I think we’re going to be able to put together a very eclectic international cast and Sony is going to do the picture.”
While far from a confirmation, di Bonaventura and Willis worked together on Red so the two definitely have a rapport. An international cast is also an intriguing aspect and should make for a fresh actioner in a sea of generic explosion-happy pics. Hopefully we’ll hear more on the project soon as development moves forward.