Production on hitman actioner set to start in March
The Emmett / Furla production, announced Thursday at Cannes, has a $60 million budget and a start date of March. “Broken City” writer Brian Tucker is scripting the story of a hitman who is poisoned and has to find a cure before he expires.
“We are excited to continue working with Bruce,” said Emmett, who worked with Willis in 2012’s “Fire with Fire” and 2011’s “Setup”.
Tucker is also producing and Steven Eads is exec producing. Emmett / Furla said it in negotiations for a director and then will present the film to buyers in June.
“Expiration” is the latest in a long line of recent action titles with coin from Emmett / Furla, including ” 2 Guns,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, with Universal opening Aug. 2; “Frozen Ground,” starring Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens with Lionsgate launching in the U.S. on Aug. 23; and Afghanistan-set “Lone Survivor,” starring Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emilie Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana and opening Jan. 10 from Uni.
Emmett / Furla is also on board to finance Martin Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence,” which is being offered for sale at Cannes with Andrew Garfield attached.
Willis will be seen next in “Red 2,” due out July 19 from Lisonsgate.