Celebrated “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi” director Ang Lee is in negotiations to direct the high-concept action thriller “Gemini Man” for Skydance.
First set up at Disney in the 1990s, the story centers on an aging assassin who tried to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is twenty-five years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.
Darren Lemke penned the original pitch which was set-up at Disney in 1997 with Tony Scott slated to direct. Brian Helgeland, Andrew Niccol and David Benioff worked on different drafts, while Curtis Hanson and Mel Gibson were also attached at one point. Jerry Bruckheimer recently came onboard as producer.
Popular with execs, the project was considered unfilmable for many years short of casting two different actors for the leads (ala “Looper”). The advent of digital de-aging technology though demonstrates this can work with one actor in both roles.
Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” notably feature scenes with Michael Douglas and Kurt Russell respectively playing both their present-day selves and three decades younger versions of themselves which are pretty much flawless.
Even so, that work has only really been for short scenes, not for the duration of an entire movie which would strain budgets, creative resources and likely be more subjected to scrutiny and potential flaws. Even so, Skydance believes things are finally ready to pull this off.
Source: Heat Vision