Kane & Lynch now Willis & Foxx
It's been some time since we heard about the Kane & Lynch film adaptation of the video game, but every now and again a steady step forward takes place. The biggest step forward was the announcement of Bruce Willis taking one of the roles, well now the second lead could well be snapped up by Jamie Foxx.
I'm not utterly convinced by the pairing, and I wonder if Foxx could pull off the role that he's up for playing? Willis I have no qualms about as the role is right up his street. Here's the Kane & Lynch news.
We first heard about the film when the video game was bought by Lionsgate back in February 2007, even before the game had finished being made.
Then in June 2008 the news came that Bruce Willis was set to take one of the leads, Adam Kane Marcus, the mercenary, along with the news that Simon Crane was set to direct. Now he is known for being second unit and assistant director on a number of action films including Jumper (Filmstalker review), Stardust (Filmstalker review), Mr & Mrs Smith (Filmstalker review), X-Men: The Last Stand (Filmstalker review).
Kane & Lynch tells the story of an imprisoned mercenary, Adam Kane Marcus, who is broken out by a group of men who force him to carry out their orders while they hold his wife and daughter hostage. To ensure he does what they say he's teamed up with a schizophrenic killer called Lynch who often causes more problems than he solves.
Now it appears that Jaime Foxx is the man set to play against Willis as the schizophrenic killer called Lynch. Initially the idea of the two teaming up in these roles seems a little strange to me, but it could well work.
The story comes from Kyle Ward himself who apparently accidentally announced on Twitter that Jamie Foxx was looking to be taking the second lead, although the tweet has been removed since, First Showing caught the message before it disappeared and The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision confirmed the negotiations.
It's not a bad thing that the news has leaked, in fact it's a good thing. The project needs to keep grabbing attention before the allure of the adaptation fades and it becomes a stand alone film that is based on a game that some people remember playing.
I did. I played Kane & Lynch, although not to completion, and I thought it was a rather cool game, I just never played enough of it. Certainly there was a lot of story and background to it with plenty of work done on the cut scenes, story progression and characters.
Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx? I'm still not convinced he's the right choice for the pairing, but maybe it would work.