We’ve noticed Bruce Willis’ recent run of films that all seem to fall under the action thriller category and wondered if he’d ever get out of the genre again. It seems he’s now taken the hand of his Sixth Sense/Unbreakable writer-director M. Night Shyamalan and hopped instead to drama with Labor Of Love.
According to Deadline, Willis will be a bookstore owner in Philadelphia (natch! It’s M. Night!) who loses the love of his life in a tragic accident. Never big on words, he becomes haunted by the notion that he never properly told his wife how much he loved her. Since she once asked if he would walk across the country for her, he decides to show his devotion posthumously by proving it. That trek leads from Philly to Pacifica in California, which was her favorite place.
The director, who could use a boost himself after disappointments like The Last Airbender and last year’s After Earth, has dug into his archives for the script, one of the first he sold back even before The Sixth Sense hit. Fox snapped it up then, but it lingered in limbo until more recently, when Denzel Washington expressed an interest.
Now, though, with financing from Bruce’s pals at Emmet/Furla/Oasis, who are negotiating to take it off of Fox’s hands, it's nearly ready to sell the rights at the Berlin Film Festival market. Assuming it all works out and the film gets made, expect the number of questions about what this means for an Unbreakable sequel to skyrocket.