Gerard Butler is in serious discussions with Nu Image/Millennium Films to star as Kane in their adaptation of IO Interactive’s Kane & Lynch. F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen) is on board to direct a script written by Skip Woods (Hitman, Swordfish) and Kyle Ward (Machete Kills). If Gerard Butler agrees to star, it would be a reunion with Gray as the two previously worked together on Law Abiding Citizen. Butler has a solid working relationship with Millenium after starring in their early 2013 box-office hit, Olympus Has Fallen. There’s currently an offer out to Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious) to costar in the Kane & Lynch movie as Lynch but it’s unclear whether Diesel will accept the role.
A Kayne & Lynch movie has been in the works for years with Bruce Willis, Jamie Foxx previously attached to play the leads with Simon Crane directing. That incarnation of the project was setup at Lionsgate in 2007 but since then, the rights have lapsed and are now in the hands of Nu Image/Millenium Films. With Butler coming off one of his more successful movies in recent years, perhaps the Kane & Lynch movie will actually get made this time around.
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a 2007 third-person shooter video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Eidos Interactive in North America. The video game follows Kane, jail inmate on death row who, along with a schizophrenic killer named Lynch, is sprung from prison by international criminals who accuse Kane of stealing from them. They partner Kane with Lynch and give the duo 3 weeks to return the stolen money or Kane’s wife and daughter will be killed. The duo’s pursuit of the stolen funds leads them to Los Angeles, Japan and Cuba. To date, the game has sold well over 1 million copies.