Director Lexi Alexander (“Green Street Hooligans”) recently talked with Cinematical and gave an update on her next project, the upcoming “Punisher” sequel entitled “The Punisher: War Zone” for Lionsgate.
Alexander confirms that they’re not skimping on the violence – “it’s definitely going to be a hard R” – and the action is “about 70% gunplay, and 30% hand-to-hand combat.” More interesting is that this is not being treated as a sequel to the recent Thomas Jane-led ‘Punisher’, but a reboot much like the upcoming “The Incredible Hulk”.
“I would say it’s a complete different re-boot, just because neither one of the previous [films] were relevant. And with Castle, it’s one story — the mythology stays the same — and I think I just have a very very different take on it. I was lucky to put it in the right environment, which was dark and cold” says Alexander.
The story has former FBI agent Frank Castle arriving in New York to take on a underworld boss who plots to take control of the underworld. Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchinson, Colin Salmon, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok and Julie Benz also star and the film hits theatres next September.