In development for nearly 20 years, Gemini Man is about to get a new lease on life!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is in talks to helm Gemini Man for Skydance Media. The dormant “high-concept action thriller” was picked up by Skydance last year, with Jerry Bruckheimer now producing and Don Murphy executive-producing.
Gemini Man 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, Gemini Man was first set up at Disney back in 1997, with the late Tony Scott attached to direct and Don Murphy producing. Various other directors including Curtis Hanson were also set to sit in the director’s chair at one time or another, with Mel Gibson even eyed to star at one point.
The script — with various drafts penned by different writers, including Brian Helgeland, Andrew Niccol and David Benioff — was apparently well received by execs but has been considered unfilmable for years (that didn't stop them from developing the project) because they and the producer wanted to use the same actor for both roles. At the time, the computer effects weren’t up to snuff but they are pretty much now (recent examples include: Captain America: Civil War, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), so the studio now plans to move ahead with Gemini Man with Ang Lee (who dealt with lots of CGI in Life of Pi) behind the camera.
Do you guys think the time is ripe for Gemini Man?