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RED 3 in development

red.jpgI haven't seen RED 2 as yet, especially since it's not out until August in the UK, but I have seen RED and I loved it and I'm keen to see more. The idea of the retired agents being pulled in against younger, hi-tech equipped ones out to kill them was a good one but then dropping in a cast of big named actors, and unexpected ones at that, with a good dash of comedy made it great fun.

I was keen to see a second from the moment the first closed. While we have to wait to see just how good the second is there's news that the third is on the horizon already.

Erich and Jon Hoeber have been assigned the task of writing the third in the series which might see the return of the regulars on the cast as well as some new surprises, well it would have to see some of the regulars return wouldn't it?

The first two films have starred Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker with appearances from Morgan Freeman, Richard Dreyfuss, Brian Cox, Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Thewlis, Karl Urban, Byung-hun Lee, Neal McDonough and David Thewlis and Titus Welliver. Now that's a great cast list, particularly in the big names, and I really hope that Willis, Malkovich and Mirren return for the third one, maybe even persuading some of the other names from the first two films to return.

The films are adapted from the Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner graphic novel which features a group of agents who are marked as Retired and Extremely Dangerous living out their quiet lives in seclusion or, like some, carrying out private contracts because they just can't keep themselves away from the work. In the new secretive agency the young blood has decided to close the case files and hide away the past embarrassments of the organisation and that means sending out new, young and hi-tech killers to deal with the older agents. The older team are marked as RED and the come out of retirement, get themselves together and fight back.

That was RED, RED 2 sees them pulled out of retirement once again to help track down a missing portable nuclear device, as for the third there's no idea yet what the plot will be.

RED was directed by Robert Schwentke while RED 2 was directed by Dean Parisot and we're still waiting to see how that turns out. However if the studio have already commissioned a third script, and that's what The Hollywood Reporter are saying, they must be pleased with the second film, let's hope audiences are.

As yet there's no word of who would be directing the third film but with a cast like that, even if they have just Willis, Malkovich and Mirren returning, it's sure to attract some strong names. I'd definitely like to see it and that's without seeing the second.



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