Ang Lee Eyeing Clone Assassin Action Thriller ‘Gemini Man’

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This could be something special.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee, known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi, has entered negotiations to direct a long-gestating sci-fi action film titled Gemini ManTHR broke the news, reporting that Skydance is keen have Lee direct after acquiring the project in October 2016.

The plot follows an ageing assassin who is keen to leave the business behind but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone, who is 25 years younger.

Gemini Man has been making the rounds for over 20 years in Hollywood. First set up at Disney in ’97, the project went on to attract directors such as Tony Scott (Top Gun, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire) and Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile), with Mel Gibson being eyed for the lead when the latter was on the project. The high-concept project has also received scripts from a number of big-time screenwriters, including Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River), Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) and David Benioff (25th Hour, Game of Thrones).

The limitations of technology kept the project from moving forward, since producers and execs were keen to have CG effects capable of having one actor play both roles. Well, we’re more than capable of that now, as de-ageing effects in The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonCaptain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have demonstrated.

This project would benefit from a filmmaker adept at delivering both drama and ambitious visuals in equal measure, so Lee certainly appears to be the right fit. Stay tuned.