RED is yet another comic book movie coming out this summer, albeit one whose comics connections are a little less clear due to the vast changes from the original, a three-issue miniseries by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. The film stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren as aging CIA operatives who have to get together one! more! time! to clear their names. As expected, the trailer proves that the proof-of-concept of “Helen Mirren, Action Star” is just as awesome as you thought it would be. Or, as Warren Ellis wrote of the film:

Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle. I mean, if you don’t want to see a film with Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle, I’m not sure I want to know you.

BTW, we had a chance to talk to Hamner about the movie at HeroesCon (as did everyone else) and he seemed to be enjoying the experience of having his work made into a Major Motion Picture, including a set visit. And yes, everyone asked him about Helen Mirren.


  1. Heh, looks fun!

    I’m excited for Helen Mirren stuff this year – first this, and in December the film adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest where she’ll be playing Prospero (“Prospera”).

    That chick’s a badass.

  2. From the same piece on Warren’s site that you just quoted he seemed to think to teh connection to the comic was pretty strong. Same theme and tone, same basic plot even, just with 3 more characters added who are in the same predicament as Moses.

    Why you hating? This seems like a comic adapatation that will actually bad-ass.

  3. I agree with Jeremy–this looks fun, but completely different in tone from the book. Although trailers can be misleading about tone if marketing thinks it will get more seats filled.

    Andrew, my TP says it’s copyright Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.