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2019-07-26 19:05:53

Gemini Man (film)

Gemini Man is a American science fiction action film directed by Ang Lee and written by David Benioff, Billy Ray, and Darren Lemke. The film stars Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong, and follows an aging hitman who is targeted by a younger clone of himself.

Originally conceived in 1997, the film went through development hell for nearly 20 years. Several directors, including Tony Scott, Curtis Hanson and Joe Carnahan, were all attached at some point and numerous actors, including Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, and Sean Connery, were set to star. In 2016, Skydance Media purchased the rights to the screenplay (which had been through several rewrites) from Walt Disney Pictures, and in October 2017 Ang Lee signed on to direct. Filming took place from February through May 2018.

Gemini Man is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 11, 2019 by Paramount Pictures. Gemini Man, based on a concept by Darren Lemke, was originally sold to be produced by Walt Disney Pictures along with Don Murphy to produce and Tony Scott to direct in 1997.

In 2016, Skydance Media acquired the film from Disney, with Jerry Bruckheimer, Skydance‘s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger as producers and Murphy, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman and Michael Fottrell as executive producers.

Principal production commenced on February 27, 2018 in Glennville, Georgia and includes locations in the city of Cartagena, Colombia. The visual effects are provided by Weta Digital and supervised by Bill Westenhofer. Ang Lee was hired to direct the film for Paramount Pictures and Skydance in April 2017. The film never progressed at Disney, though, as the technology wasn't developed enough in order for the film to be produced.