Variety is reporting that Bruce Willis is interested in starring in the film adaptation of Eidos Interactive’s video game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. Presuming newcomer Kyle Ward’s script follows the game’s basic storyline, the film will follow death row inmate Adam ‘Kane’ Marcus’ alliance with schizophrenic murderer James Lynch in order to seek revenge upon the men who killed his wife.
Veteran stunt coordinator Simon Crane will direct the film, making this his directorial debut. In the past 15 years Crane has worked as a stunt coordinator on such films as Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, and the upcoming Hancock.
Eidos Interactive, whose hit action game has sold more than 1 million copies, sold the rights to Lionsgate before the game’s release back in November 2007. Though not well received, most critics agreed the game delivered a compelling story. While his directorial skills may be unknown, Simon Crane, who is responsible for putting together some of the greatest stunts and action scenes in film history, will likely have no problem bringing the game’s fights and shootouts to the big screen.
Along with the interest of Bruce Willis to play Kane, Billy Bob Thornton is rumored to be in consideration for the role of his under-medicated, schizophrenic partner, Lynch. While most video game adaptations are disappointments, I’ll go out on a limb and say it’ll be better than Bandits.