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Will Smith is practically willing to kill himself to get a role right, and now he's getting the chance to prove it in his next project, Gemini Man.
In development for the past 20 years, Gemini Man will see Smith as an aging assassin who wants to get out of the game. Problem is that he's standing in his own way. Literally. It seems that said assassin has been cloned without his knowledge, and his younger—more agile and quicker—self has set him as a target. Peaceful retirement, it would seem, is not in the cards.
In some ways it sounds like a remake of the 2012 Bruce Willis film Looper, but, as noted, has been kicking around a lot longer. It began with an original script by Lost writer Darren Lemke, followed by additional drafts that were written by Jonathan Hensleigh (The Rock, The Punisher) and David Benioff (The 25th Hour, Troy). Although Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, Chasing Mavericks) and Joe Carnahan (director of The A-Team and writer of this year's Death Wish remake) were involved for a time as director, that job will be taken on by Ang Lee (Life Of Pi, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk).
Part of the the reason for the long delay is the fact that the technology wasn't there to de-age somebody on screen effectively. Obviously that has changed in the last few years. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, "Technological evolution took small steps toward Gemini's direction. David Fincher aged and de-aged Brad Pitt in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. Tron: Legacy did the same with Jeff Bridges. Marvel in recent years has made it much more common with Captain America: Civil War, which features a young Robert Downey, Jr.; Ant-Man's young Michael Douglas; and again in Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 with Kurt Russell. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also did it with Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing. But all these examples have been short scenes, not for the duration of an entire movie, something that would strain budgetary and creative resources as well as believability."
Paramount Pictures has announced that Gemini Man will be released on October 4, 2019.