Director closes in on 'Red'

Robert Schwentke circling Summit thriller

Robert Schwentke is painting the screen "Red."

The director of "The Time Traveler's Wife," who has been flirting with a number of projects, is in negotiations to take the reins of the Summit Entertainment thriller, starring Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman. Erich and Jon Hoeber wrote the screenplay, which is based on the WildStorm/DC Comic.

The spy film follows a former black-ops agent forced out of retirement when a high-tech assassin threatens him and his girlfriend. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing.

Schwentke, repped by CAA and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, directed "Flightplan" and "The Family Jewels." He also has been developing the Enron drama "Conspiracy of Fools" for Appian Way at Warner Bros.

New Line opens "Time Traveler's Wife" on Aug. 14.