Ang Lee is setting up a sci-fi flick as a possible new feature. The Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk helmer is taking on a script that sounds awfully familiar. Per THR:
An action movie project that has remained one of Hollywood’s most fabled unproduced films for over 20 years is getting another shot at the big screen.
Ang Lee, the celebrated filmmaker behind Life of Pi and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is in negotiations to direct Gemini Man, the high-concept action thriller for Skydance Media, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.
The project was first set up at Disney in 1997 as a pitch by Darren Lemke, with Don Murphy producing and Tony Scott directing. While always popular with executives inside and outside the studio, Gemini was considered unfilmable for many years. The producer and execs wanted to use computer effects to have the same actor play both parts, but the technology to have one actor realistically carry that off for an entire movie did not exist.
So, it’s basically Looper. I’m sure Lee will do a fine job.