Ang Lee in Talks to Direct Sci-Fi Actioner Gemini Man

Posted 2017/04/22 0 0

Celebrated “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi” director Ang Lee is in negotiations to direct the high-concept action thriller “Gemini Man” for Skydance.


Two decades after the project was first pitched to Walt Disney Pictures, the “unfilmable” sci-fi actioner Gemini Man appears to once again have a shot at the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter brings word today that Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee is now eyeing the Gemini Man director’s chair. The story centers on an aging assassin who tried to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.

Pitched by Darren Lemke (Goosebumps, Turbo) in 1997, Gemini Man was originally planned for the late Tony Scott to direct with Don Murphy producing. A later iteration would have seen the late Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile) directing while another put Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) at the helm. Writers on the project have included David Benioff, Brian Helgeland and Andrew Niccol, with stars like Mel Gibson being eyed for the lead. A few years ago, Carnahan even uploaded a pitch reel for an iteration he was working on with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, in which he envisioned Clint Eastwood in the leading role.

Lee’s most recent film was “The Long Halftime Walk of Billy Lynn,” for which he used an unprecedented shooting and projection frame rate of 120 frames per second — five times faster than the normal rate of 24 frames per second. He won Academy Awards for directing “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi” and was nominated for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Skydance, which picked up the dormant project in October 2016 and Jerry Bruckheimer is now producing, wiht Muphy exec producing. The company is ready to go all in, believing the time is right and the technology here. And it believes that Lee, who has pushed the envelope with Pi and experimented with cameras with the more recent drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is the right man to pull this off.