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Fuqua Seeks Consent To Kill
From Farrell, Butler and Fox

22 March 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline Hollywood

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Come in Jason Bourne / Jack Bauer / Jack Ryan, your time is up. That at least is the message CBS are attempting to send as they move towards setting up their new action franchise. Consent to Kill, the first in a planned series of movies based on the thrillers of Vince Flynn, is headed screenwards with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Tears of the Sun) directing.

So who to play tough-as-nails, rulebook-ignoring, I'll-torture-you-if-I-have-to CIA counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp? According to Deadline Hollywood, three actors are in contention for the gig (although it's not clear whether two of them know this). Gerard Butler is apparently the studio favourite, but Colin Farrell is also a strong contender. He may not have done much action in the scheme of things, but CBS supposedly like him because of SWAT. Er, why?

And then there's Lost's Matthew Fox, said to be lobbying very hard for the role. Can he make that Bruce Willis transition from small-screen hit to big-screen superstar?

There are currently ten novels featuring Rapp, of which Consent to Kill is the sixth (the first Bond film, Dr No, is the sixth Ian Fleming novel, so Rapp is at least in good company there). The plot, as is generally the case throughout the series, takes place bang in the middle of the war on terror, and sees Rapp getting a bounty placed on his head by a billionaire Saudi jihadist. The globetrotting adventure takes in the US, Afghanistan and Spain, with a script by Jonathan Lemkin, who wrote Lethal Weapon 4, and adapted Shooter, again for Fuqua.

Is Rapp the new hero we're waiting for? And will this be a hard-hitting polictical action thriller, or gung-ho nonsense? What say you, readers?

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Farrell would be my man. I think he's the only other actor who could've pulled off Bourne besides Matt Damon himself. Pride and Glory showed he could be a hard nut and I thought he was excellent in it. He also did the whole beating the crap out of people for information thing quite well, whilst maintaining a human element to his character. To be honest I dont know whether this is worthy as an "action chops" vehicle for him. Lethal Weapon 4 was pants and Shooter hasn't interested me eno More

Posted by Ash_G at 22:21 on 22 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: 24 much?
Please pick Farrell! I want to see him doing action stuff again! Or Fox at least, Butler no. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 20:31 on 22 March 2010 | Report This Post

24 much?
Can we really take another "I'll-torture-you-if-I-have-to CIA counter-terrorism agent" character? Jack Bauer only really got away with it because Keifer Sutherland is so vulnerable in the role, you just wanna give the dude a hug! On a semi-serious note, when it comes to the CIA I don't think we should be idolizing CIA agents that break the rules and commit atrocities, reflecting all the worst the organisation can be. Jack Ryan is the CIA agent we deserve on the big screen, a man wh More

Posted by Mopictures at 15:02 on 22 March 2010 | Report This Post

B rate options for a B rate sounding series More

Posted by dunstabledoug at 14:47 on 22 March 2010 | Report This Post

Because SWAT made a lot of money, and proved Farrell could headline a hit. He's too good for this - by the sounds of it. Fuqua has made one good film, and countless mediocre ones. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 10:53 on 22 March 2010 | Report This Post

I think they should give Fox a go with this one. More

Posted by stewart4 at 01:04 on 22 March 2010 | Report This Post

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