Filming has begun in for the new cinematic adaptation of the Warren Ellis graphic novel, Red. The Summit Entertainment production started principle photography in Toronto this week, and with a strong cast and crew, it looks to find some of that sought after success in the world of comic book adaptations.
The film’s impressive cast features Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Academy AwardÂ®-winners Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ernest Borgnine, John Malkovich, Karl Urban (Star Trek, Lord of the Rings), Brian Cox (Super Troopers, Troy), Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four, Nip/Tuck), James Remar (Dexter, Battlestar Galactica) and Rebecca Pidgeon (The Unit, The Shield).
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 (Parker), endangered, Frank reassembles his old team (Freeman, Malkovich and Mirren) in a last ditch effort to survive.
The movie is being directed by Robert Schwentke (The Time Travelerâ€™s Wife, Flightplan), with the script written by Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber (Whiteout, Battleship). Producing from di Bonaventura Pictures is Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian (Salt, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), along with executive producers Jake Myers (Shanghai, Hollywoodland) and Gregory Noveck (Jonah Hex).
After filming in Canada, the production will move to New Orleans for completion. Red is currently slated for an October 22, 2010 release.