Willis keen on 'Kane' vid game adaptation


Bruce Willis is in negotiations to star in Lionsgate's "Kane & Lynch," a video game adaptation that veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director Simon Crane will helm.

The game follows Kane (Willis), a death row inmate who, along with a schizophrenic killer named Lynch, is sprung by Kane's former team so that he can retrieve a stolen fortune. Kane travels to Los Angeles, Japan and Cuba, with Lynch serving as the team's watchdog in order to save his wife and daughter.

The game was developed by IO Interactive and published by Eidor Interactive. Kyle Ward wrote the screenplay. Daniel Alter and Adrian Askarieh are producing, along with Jason Blumenthal and Todd Black of Escape Artists, and Willis Bros. Prods.

The movie is eying a fall start, with a hunt now on to find an actor to play Lynch.

Willis, repped by CAA, is shooting "The Surrogates," which Jonathan Mostow is directing for Disney. Crane is the stunt coordinator and second unit helmer.

Crane, who has been looking to make the move to directing, has a stuntman CV that includes James Bond movies, the "Alien" franchise and the upcoming "Hancock." He is repped by ICM and Media Talent Group. (partialdiff)