RED 2 Producer Shares New Details About The Film
In an interview with Collider, Hollywood producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura discusses Red 2, Frank's (Bruce Willis) new emotional obstacle and how much time has passed from the last film.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, producer of the Red sequel recently chatted with Collider about the upcoming film, that has been filming all across the globe. The original took place in the United States, but the sequel will have an international flair. "In Red 2 we go to Paris, we go to Moscow, we go to London," Lorenzo told the site. "We do some United States, Washington DC and a few other places as well, but it’s really sort of an international road trip movie."
Surprisingly, the plot for the film has been shrouded in mystery. Outside of knowing a few brief details about the new additions (Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, and David Thewlis) to the cast, we haven't had much else. Until now we didn't even know how where the first film ended and the second one begins. "Six, nine months has transpired between the first film and the second film," Lorenzo explained. "The logic of it was, the first movie we looked at Frank, Bruce Willis’s character, the story of a guy who is desperately trying to fit in to a world of retirement that he just doesn’t really belong in, right? It just doesn’t come naturally to him; he doesn’t really know how to do it, of course then the Mary-Louise Parker character comes into his life. So in this movie we thought what would be really fun is to see a guy who doesn’t really know how to have a relationship, let’s see what would happen."
Perhaps the most important new addition is the director, Dean Parisot. He is replacing Robert Schwentke (R.I.P.D.), but Bonaventura doesn't think Parisot's film will depart from the tone of the original. "What we describe as tone for that movie is all the characters are playing it very straight while outrageous, fun shit is going on. So we are maintaining that tone," Lorenzo points out. "Dean has a different sense of humor than Robert so there’s certain kinds of things that are a different funny, you know, different kinds of actions are happening. So it will be a different movie and it will be a new experience for everybody, but also our hope that we retain the thing that everybody digs about it because that’s what we dug about it too."
And Parisot has been making quite a name for himself, winning people over with his directing skills on FX's Justified, and of course his hilarious Star Trek parody, Galaxy Quest. Which Lorenzo goes out of his way to say was a major influence on his decision to pursue Dean for Red 2. "We looked at that movie—it was interesting, when we were talking to directors about the first one, Robert came in and articulated the tone we were going for even though we probably could have articulated it as well, but we kind of instinctually knew what we were trying to get. But, Robert immediately articulated it. Galaxy Quest is a very similar tone so, you know, we knew."
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RED 2 - "The sequel to the action-comedy hit RED, which reunites our team of retired CIA operatives as they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe." The film is being directed by Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest") and will star: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, David Thewlis, and Mary-Louise Parker. The film hit theaters August 2nd, 2013.
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