Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell and Matthew Fox are apparently the top candidates to star in “Consent to Kill” for CBS Films says Deadline.
An attempt to create another Jack Ryan/Jason Bourne-esque franchise, the film is based on the sixth novel in Vince Flynn’s so far ten-book series which follows undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp.
In ‘Consent’, Rapp becomes the target of several assassins seeking to collect a $20 million bounty by a Saudi billionaire out for revenge for his son’s apparent death at Rapp’s hands. With Rapp’s wife and unborn child in danger and Government bureaucrats doing him more harm than help, the character becomes basically a man who goes out and kicks ass.
As of now “300” star Butler is the front-runner, “Lost” star Fox “has pursued the role aggressively”, while Farrell is a personal favourite of CBS Films CEO Amy Baer.
Jonathan Lemkin adapted the script and Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “King Arthur”) is set to direct. Filming aims to begin in the Summer.