Why The Russos Are The Best Thing to Happen to the MCU Since Joss Whedon
RED (retired, extremely dangerous) starred Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich as former CIA agents targeted for assassination because of the secrets they know. Directed by Robert Schwentke, the $60 million original exceeded Summit’s, and pretty much everyone’s, box-office expectations, grossing nearly $200 million worldwide.
Brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber returned to write the sequel, “which reunites our team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe.” Although there’s been no official announcement of whether Schwentke or the original stars will return, Mirren confirmed last month that she’ll reprise her role as Victoria.
Summit also set dates for director Jonathan Levine’s zombie romance Warm Bodies, with Nicholas Hoult and Theresa Palmer (Aug. 10, 2012), Louis Letterier’s Now You See Me, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Mark Ruffalo (Jan. 18, 2013), and Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Ender’s Game (March 15, 2013).