Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee has officially lined up his sci-fi film starring Will Smith.
Paramount Pictures has scheduled sci-fi action-drama Gemini Man for U.S. release on October 4, 2019. The sci-fi pic will star Smith as 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.
Spawned from a pitch by screenwriter Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After, Turbo, Goosebumps), the project was originally set up at Disney back in ’97 but apparently stalled due the caliber of visual effects that weren’t available at the time.
The script has passed through a number of writers over the years, including Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River), Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) and David Benioff (25th Hour, Game of Thrones). A few big-name directors have also circled the pic, including the late Tony Scott (Top Gun, Man on Fire) and the late Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile).
This marks yet another very different type of movie for Lee, who has proven himself to be filmmaker who doesn’t like to repeat himself often; from martial arts drama with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, to superhero film with 2003’s Hulk, to acclaimed romantic-drama with Brokeback Mountain and vfx-powered adventure with Life of Pi. His most recent effort was 2016’s war-drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which pushed technical boundaries but failed to attract critics, audiences and box office numbers.