Simon Crane to direct videogame adaptation

Bruce Willis is negotiating to star in “Kane and Lynch,” Lionsgate’s bigscreen transfer of the Eidos Entertainment vidgame “Kane and Lynch: Dead Men.”

Simon Crane will make his feature directing debut after serving as second unit director and stunt coordinator on such films as “Hancock,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” “Troy” and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

Willis will play Adam “Kane” Marcus, a mercenary who makes an unlikely alliance with schizophrenic killer James Lynch. The pair are forced on a mission to retrieve a stolen microchip. The vidgame has sold 2 million copies worldwide since its launch in November.

Kyle Ward wrote the script. Filmmakers are now looking to set an actor to play Lynch, and shooting will begin before year’s end.

Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter will produce with Jason Blumenthal and Todd Black and the Willis Brothers Co.

Askarieh and Alter were producers on the Eidos transfer “Hitman,” which grossed $100 million for 20th Century Fox. The producers are also developing “Jonny Quest” at Warner Bros., “Hack/Slash” at Rogue and “Spy-Hunter” for Universal.

Crane is working with Willis as the stunt coordinator on the Jonathan Mostow-directed “The Surrogates” for Touchstone Pictures.

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