Some projects just linger on in development hell for ages because no one is able to figure out how to do them. One such example is “Gemini Man”, the sci-fi action TV series that debuted in 1976 and lasted all of one season. One wonders why anyone would bother with a property that barely is remembered let alone had any pop cultural impact, but apparently Hollywood had been trying for the last two decades to get a remake off the ground.
The Hollywood Reporter today brought word that Hollywood is indeed serious about it, and are looking to Oscar-winning director Ang Lee to be the one to bring “Gemini Man” to life. The premise basically revolves around an over-the-hill hitman forced to do battle with a younger clone of himself.
Two decades after the project was first pitched to Walt Disney Pictures, the “unfilmable” sci-fi actioner Gemini Man appears to once again have a shot at the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter brings word today that Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee is now eyeing the Gemini Man director’s chair.
First pitched way back in 1997, the project was slated to have the late Tony Scott directing, and when that fell apart, it went to director Curtis Hanson (who has also since passed away, sadly), then subsequently Joe Carnahan was set to take a stab at it. One name after another both behind and in front of the camera came and went, and eventually the project gained a reputation of being “unfilmable”.
It’s unknown what changed for this to finally see some real development (for now), but having such a major creative force like Lee at the helm is certainly going to yield some interesting results. Lee has an incredibly diverse body of work, but he’s never done a science-fiction pic with an action-heavy focus (“Hulk” doesn’t count). THR says that Lee plans to cast the same actor for both roles, and take advantage of the advances in CG de-aging effects that have become so effective in recent years. A good example is young Robert Downey Jr in “Captain America: Civil War”.