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Captain America and Thor are getting most of the glory these days, but don't think the strapping young superheroes are the only ones dominating the comic book movie space. There are some other retired and extremely dangerous folks out there doing their part to keep the genre fresh and exciting.

"Red 2" is already well on its way towards the masses, promising an epic showdown between Bruce Willis and John Malkovich's former operatives and a new nemesis played by Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins. But the sequel isn't the only place you might be seeing "Red" in the future. If Lionsgate has its way, you'll get these salty old warriors on the small screen as well.




Remember "Red," the 2010 comedy-action movie about aging spies called into duty one last time? Adapted from the Warren Ellis graphic novel of the same name, it wasn’t entirely faithful in plot or tone, though critics didn’t care (as they never do). But it did make a boatload of money for its budget, which is why a sequel is forthcoming.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that a sequel will be directed by Dean Parisot, who was previously in charge of flicks like "Fun With Dick and Jane" and "Galaxy Quest." He’s not quite known for his strong visuals, but with his experience in action-meets-slapstick, it’s safe to say that "Red 2" probably won’t get too serious.


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Way back in January, we got word that a sequel was in the works for "Red," last year's well-received adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's comic book miniseries. After all, Helen Mirren is on board for another go-around as one of the greatest secret agents ever to wield a sniper rifle, so why not?

When MTV News snagged some time with "Red" producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura at the "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" premiere, we asked him about his plans for "Red 2."

"We're trying to put it together," he told MTV News. "We just got a script and it's really good. We're all just now discussing how to put it all back together again." Read More...

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News of the "Red" sequel has been scarce since Summit Entertainment made the official announcement back in January. As far as we know, brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber are hard at work on a second installment of the well-received, Golden Globe-nominated first film.

Of course, this leaves us no choice but to harass potential cast members whenever we have the opportunity. Case in point: During the "Arthur" junket over the weekend, I asked "Red" actress Helen Mirren what it will take to get her to do the sequel.

"Nothing, just get me the script," Mirren said. "You don't have to do anything. I'm there," she added. "Absolutely." Read More...

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Maybe "RED" wasn't the top comic book movie from last year, but that's only because it was a crowded 2010 for comics in film.

The tale of four geriatric super-assassins pulled from retirement — a loose adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's three-issue miniseries for WildStorm — was still very entertaining overall. After all, how can you go wrong with a cast that features Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren?

Well, you can't — and that's why there's going to be a sequel. Read More...

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The Walking DeadAs much as we love them, comic book movies and television shows aren't always seen as critical darlings, certainly not awards show magnets. In 2008, we thought that trend would end when "The Dark Knight" garnered huge box office numbers in addition to rave reviews, making the lack of attention from the Academy Awards all the more noticeable.

Sadly, it wasn't meant to be.

But where the 2008 Oscars failed, the 2010 Golden Globes could succeed. The list of nominees for this year's Globes was released earlier this morning, and to the happy surprise of many, two different comics-related projects made it onto the list: "The Walking Dead" and "Red." Read More...

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Sure, "Red" has an amazing cast of actors — Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Richard Dreyfuss, among others — but we're not alone in calling out Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren as one of the most intriguing (and unlikely) of the bunch.

In the film, Mirren plays one of several retired black ops agents forced back into the killing business when her former team is targeted for assassination. Wielding everything from a mounted machine gun to a sniper rifle, her character (Victoria) is the picture of serenity while mowing down enemies with high-powered weaponry. When MTV News caught up with her at the "Red" press junket, we asked the actress about what inspired her performance.

"I guess [it was] a bit of a no-brainer, really," said Mirren of taking the role. "I was a little bit nervous because I thought, 'Am I destroying my reputation as a serious actress here?' and then I thought, 'Yes, I am! Fantastic! Go for it, girl!'" Read More...

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After Sam Raimi's fourth Spider-Man movie bit the dust, John Malkovich was left without a part. The actor didn't get to play The Vulture, but he did get to play Marvin Boggs in "Red." Malkovich described the role thoughtfully, as a well-meaning man whose life was altered by government experiments. He even used the United States' recently outed syphilis experiments in Guatemala to provide a historical footnote.

"[Marvin]'s probably someone who, if not bright, can certainly follow his little obsessions, and in terms of this story he was supposedly one of the CIA's own people that they experimented on with LSD," Malkovich told MTV News, "and of course seeing what came out about our little experiments in Guatemala, whatever 40, 50 years after — I mean this we know happened. Read More...

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The headline says it all for the latest "Red" clip we're posting on the site here. It's Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle.

Helen Mirren.

Sniper Rifle.

If you only need one reason to see "Red," let it be that one. Or the fact that it's based on a book by Warren "Internet Jesus" Ellis. I'll accept that reason, too. Read More...

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In "Red," Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren play retired black ops agents forced to get back into the game after they're targeted for assassination. Along with fellow agents played by Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich, the pensioners set out to discover who's trying to end their quiet retirement — though, as you'll see in this new clip, some have been quieter than others.

Based on Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's 2003 comic book, "Red" hits theaters this Friday, October 15. Read More...

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