Remember those Irwin Allen disaster movies from the ’70s? Movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno were supported by large casts and even bigger stars (especially Inferno with Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Fred Astaire and Richard Chamberlain). The upcoming actioneer RED (short for Retired Extremely Dangerous) sort of feels like that. Among the stars you have Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban and Richard Dreyfuss, and plenty more – including an actor that helped Kurt Russell escape from New York. The highlight of the trailer, for me at least, is Helen Mirren sporting heavy artillery. It looks to be fun, but you never can tell with trailers nowadays. Since it is based on a comic mini-series (released through DC Comics) and is being distributed by Summit Entertainment, maybe it won’t suck as hard as Jonah Hex.
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 (Mary-Louise Parker), endangered, Frank reassembles his old team (Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren) in a last ditch effort to survive.
RED is based on the Wildstorm comics, which is a label of DC Comics, and is directed by Robert Schwentke, who also directed Flightplan and most recently The Time Traveler’s Wife. Erich and Jon Hoeber, who also wrote the comic adaptation of Whiteout starring Kate Beckinsale, handle the writing duties of bringing Warren Ellis’ comic mini-series to the big screen.
On Ellis’ blog he fielded some questions about RED and explains what to expect:
Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle.
The man’s got a point.
Summit Entertainment will unload RED in theaters on October 15, 2010.