If you I were a betting man, I’d say the good money would always be on a video game feature film adaptation sucking harder than a vacuum machine manufacturers convention. While there are exceptions (see: Silent Hill), history has taught us that most video game to movie adaptations should rather just be scrapped before the cameras start rolling.
One such adaptation that was scrapped was Kane & Lynch, but it looks like it just got given a second lease on life as well a Spartan lead.
THR is reporting that Gerard Butler, fresh off the success of early 2013 box-office hit Olympus Has Fallen, is currently in negotiations to star in Kane & Lynch for Nu Image/Millennium Films, the same production company that had him shooting up the White House and will soon have him shooting up ol’ Blighty in the recently announced sequel, London has Fallen.
Kane & Lynch is a 2007 video game developed by IO Interactive that followed Kane, a death row inmate, busted from prison along with the violently schizophrenic Lynch, in order to track down a stolen fortune, while also doing some globehopping to rescue Kane’s wife and daughter. The game’s cinematic visuals and action thriller storyline borrowed a lot from Hollywood action thrillers, so naturally a film adaptation was optioned almost immediately by Lionsgate.
Originally, Simon Crane (Hot Wheels) was attached to direct, with Bruce Willis to star as Kane and Jamie Foxx as a strangely completely sane and passive Lynch. The script then went through several rewrites as well as possible directors (and even a couple of promo posters), before eventually just disappearing into the black hole that is Hollywood development limbo. Eventually though, Lionsgate’s rights lapsed which is where Nu Image\Millenium Films come.
F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator), who previously directed Butler in Law Abiding Citizen and who was one of the original names playing musical director chairs on the film’s first go-round, is now set to director again. Skip Woods (Hitman, Swordfish) and Kyle Ward (Machete Kills) will be penning the script.
What’s even more interesting, is that according to THR’s sources, the role of Lynch has been offered to Vin Diesel, “but it’s too early to say how that will go.” Personally, I feel that if they’re going to do Lynch correctly, with all his volatility, then Diesel is not a good choice. He’s never had the biggest range as an actor, and I just can’t see him pulling off the batshit crazy Lynch. Had he been 10 years younger, and about 15 kg’s lighter, John Malkovich would have been the perfect choice.
Here’s the trailer for the video game.
Last Updated: November 5, 2013