Alex Litvak to pen Columbia Pictures' action-thriller

Bruce Willis is set to star in Columbia Pictures and Mimran Schur Pictures’ action-thriller “Five Against a Bullet,” which Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Jordan Schur and David Mimran are developing as producers.

Alex Litvak is writing the script, which follows a Mexican politician who, after the death of his father at the hands of a drug cartel, hires the five best bodyguards from around the world to protect him through a contentious election.

Willis will play one of the bodyguards.

“We have been excited about this project since acquiring the rights last year from Mimran Schur and believe Bruce Willis is the perfect actor to lead this cast,” said Columbia production prexy Hannah Minghella.

Col execs Sam Dickerman and Lauren Abrahams will oversee the project for the studio. Erik Howsam, who first brought the project into Columbia, will oversee on behalf of Di Bonaventura Pictures.

Willis and “Man on a Ledge” producer di Bonaventura recently teamed on “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” which Paramount opens June 29. Willis is currently prepping to reprise his role as John McClane in John Moore’s 20th Century Fox sequel “A Good Day to Die Hard.” Thesp next stars in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” Rian Johnson’s “Looper” and “The Expendables 2.”

Mimran Schur Pictures recently produced Gavin O’Connor’s mixed martial arts pic “Warrior.”

Willis is repped by CAA.

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