Nu Image/Millennium and Lionsgate are having a rough time finding someone to direct their adaptation of the Eidos video game Kane & Lynch. Stunt coordinator Simon Crane was set to make his directing debut on the flick, but dropped off in May. He was replaced by Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum), but 24 Frames reports that he has also left the project. This puts previous mentioned names Wayne Kramer (Running Scared) and F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) back into the mix along with Antonie Fuqua (Training Day). Production was set to begin next month but has been pushed back indefinitely.
The film is set to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx as escaped convicts Adam “Kane” Marcus and James Seth Lynch. Kane is forced to team-up with the schizophrenic killer Lynch in order to break out of prison and find a stolen microchip.
Chalk up another action flick for Dwayne Johnson as the actor has signed on to replace Clive Owen in the action-thriller Protection. The Wrap also reports that director Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) has left the project. We reported back in January that Owen and Alessandrin had come on board to replace Paul Walker and Simon West (Tomb Raider), respectively. Written by Brandon Noonan, the story “follows a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on a Mexican cartel in an attempt to rescue and protect a judge’s 21 year-old daughter, who has been targeted by the cartel for agreeing to testify against one of its members after she witnesses her father’s murder. The action will reportedly play out on both sides of the border.”
Johnson is currently shooting the action flick Faster and I’m jazzed that he’s picking up another pic in the genre rather than going back to the family films that underutilize his talent. Yes, it’s funny to see the big muscular guy dressed in a tutu, but we all know that Johnson’s destiny is to be in movies where he beats people into chunks.
While Production Weekly tweeted about it yesterday afternoon, Empire Online confirms that Clive Owen will replace Paul Walker in the action-thriller, Protection. The film has also changed up its directors with Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) replacing Simon West (Tomb Raider). Working off a screenplay by Brendan Noonan, the story follows, “a Special Forces soldier facing down Mexican gangs to rescue a judge’s daughter.” Clearly, it was the blazing originality of the project that attracted Owen. But with Owen, you usually get one good movie to balance out the bad one. Last year, folks suffered through The International, but there was also the enjoyable Duplicity. That’s not to say that Protection will be terrible, but he also’s doing Trust, which is about a family that’s blindsided when they discover that their daughter is the victim of an online sexual predator. I’m sure Owen will probably kick some ass in both films, but I think Trust offers a more interesting “Why” than Protection.