James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton To Battle A Bear In Red Machine
Next week all of you will be able to go to theaters and watch the likes of Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts and Nonso Anozie survive a plane crash and find themselves going head-to-head with a pack of wolves in the Alaskan wilderness that would love to eat all of them for dinner. But just in case that's not enough man vs. wild for you, Indomitable Entertainment and Paul Schiff Productions will be bringing you Red Machine.
Variety has learned that James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton have been cast in the new thriller about a monster grizzly bear. The story follows a pair of brothers that travel with their girlfriends in to the woods for a camping trip and are ceaselessly terrorized by a giant bear known as the "Red Machine" (hence the title). Marsden and Jane will be playing the brothers in the movie while Thornton will be "a legendary bear expert and hunter." David Hackl, who is best known for directing Saw V, is helming the project, which is based on a script by J.R. Reher.
Said Hackl about the movie, "In Red Machine I want to examine the thrill of very real fear. An audience is more easily drawn in by a story that they consider plausible and relatable -- something that could actually take place in the real world. Just by the premise you know something bad is going to happen."
All you really had to say was "Billy Bob Thornton will play a big game hunter" and I would have been satisfied, but Jane and Marsden are just icing on top of the cake. The Grey, if you haven't already heard, is a great movie, so here's hoping that Hackl can capture something similar.
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