MTV has released this interview with Red director, Robert Schwentke and in his own words, he plans on turning the Warren Ellis/Cully Hamner project into something of a comedy, or at least something “lighthearted”.
“I love the script,” Schwentke said told MTV News. “It’s very funny, which the comic book isn’t.”
I don’t think it was ever intended as comedy, sir. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I laughed at a Warren Ellis script. It is funny to me however that when a film is optioned, the director/studio has a completely different vision. I understand that certain things don’t translate to page from the screen all that well and the movie may suffer from it. Schwentke also went on to say that the violence had been toned down. Understandable since they are probably aiming for a PG-13 rating. I contacted Cully Hamner to see how he felt about the so-called changes.
“Well, talking about a prospective movie and a finished movie are two very different things. When we were first approached about a film version of RED, I fully expected that the material would see some changes—if for no other reason than the length of the original comic.” Makes sense. He then added, “It would be presumptuous of me to give an opinion on a movie that hasn’t yet been made, based on a couple of comments from the director. But hey, you know, our comic is still there and available for anyone who’d care to see what our intent was.”
So what do you think, readers? Do you think Red‘s new direction will be well-suited under proper direction, or do you smell another Schumacher?