In a move that’s not exactly surprising, Summit Entertainment brought back Jon and Erich Hoeber to write another installment of Red, the overachieving Robert Schwentke-directed action film that had been widely spurned around town because studios were nervous building such a film around an AARP-aged cast. Insiders at Summit confirm a report that the scribes have made a deal, though Schwentke and stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mary Louise Parker still have to be dealt with.
At the same time, Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly told Austrian publication Krone he’s already trying to get his film career on track and is looking for age-appropriate roles. “In the future I have to adapt my roles to my age. Clint Eastwood also has done it in the same way. Extreme fighting or shooting is not possible anymore.” Ah-nuld is resuscitating two projects he has held onto since the 1990s. One is With Wings As Eagles, which Randall Wallace wrote based on his father-in-law’s recollection of a German soldier ordered to execute American prisoners in WWII who instead helped them escape. It’s similar to the good-Nazi terrain Tom Cruise covered in Valkyrie. Schwarzenegger almost got it made before calling off to take time off for a health issue in the late 1990s. The other script drawing speculation is Crusade, a pricey period pic with a script by Walon Green that has long been considered one of the best unmade screenplays. That film got closest in the waning days of Carolco. Mario Kassar had the dough to make one big budget film, but inexplicably bypassed Crusade and made Cutthroat Island, even when Michael Douglas stepped out because director Renny Harlin and star Geena Davis (then a couple) made hims role less significant. Matthew Modine stepped in and the film became an epic flop that sank Carolco. Can Arnold, once the most bankable action star in the world, regain his standing after being away running the state of California most of the last decade? Who could have predicted that sequels to Red and The Expendables would be so viable?