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Rumor has it that Harrison Ford has chosen between those two projects! And it was the right choice!

Hey folks, over at Coming Attractions, Widgett is reporting that Harrison Ford has chosen between SUM OF ALL FEARS, his third Jack Ryan movie, and GEMINI... an awesome science-fiction/thriller film.

The report at Corona says he has chosen GEMINI (aka GEMINI MAN). If this is true, then Harrison Ford fans around the world can celebrate this decision as being a VERY VERY VERY GOOD ONE. It's not that I have anything against the Jack Ryan movie, I'm sure the script is fine and that it's a pretty darn good film waiting to be made. BUT.. GEMINI is a cutting edge thriller using the latest state of the art special effects and has a FANTASTIC SCREENPLAY behind it. The story it has going for it and the characters (yes, two of them) that Ford will play should very well make this a film that we all should shiver in anticipation for.

The next step will be to get a GREAT ACTION director in place for the film. The Wachowskis are busy, so you can't use them. John McTiernan is going to be busy doing ROLLERBALL. Robert Rodriguez will be in post production on SPY KIDS. John Woo is getting set to make WINDTALKERS. John Carpenter is directing GHOSTS OF MARS. Jonathan Mostow will be filming SECONDS. Michael Bay is on PEARL HARBOR. Steven Spielberg is on A.I. Joe Johnston is on JURASSIC PARK III. I guess that leaves Luc Besson available, but I don't believe there is a chance in hell of getting him on board. Tony Scott, to the best of my memory, is available... and possible.

There is a great fear in me that a terrible choice in director will be made... like Paul Anderson... and then all hope within me would instantly be sucked out into the cold emptiness of space.

If they do this right, we should see Harrison Ford circa STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE time period up on screen. We would be seeing a Harrison Ford that would be as young as he was in THE CONVERSATION and kicking mucho ass ta boot. And with the benefits of a really great script.

What does this mean for SUM OF ALL FEARS? Well, it'll mean that property will most likely continue to be developed with the hope of being the go project AFTER this film. However, with Spielberg, Lucas and Ford all talking about a fourth INDIANA JONES, I imagine Ford would sooner commit to that. And between the films, he'll most likely try to place a dramatic or comedic or romantic lead role... so that he's not all action. Which would most likely spell the doom of a Jack Ryan sequel, though fans can always hope.

BUT... BELIEVE ME... This was the far better choice. GEMINI is a project that the hardcore Harrison Ford fans... as well as the ones that love the Harrison from 1974 to 1986, then believe that he went downhill... will also latch on to. Be excited... this is a good one.

I'm working on confirming Coming Attractions' story, and will post a confirmation as soon as I find out, unless of course my sources say it's bunk. But this is Eisner's pet project at Disney right now, and they probably are willing to put the bank down to get Ford in place.

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  • May 9, 2000, 1:51 a.m. CST

    i suppose......

    by azrael79

    minor forgiveness is due although he still deserves a damn good ass-whooping for pulling out of traffic....

  • May 9, 2000, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Denise Richards Rules

    by honeys dead

  • May 9, 2000, 1:53 a.m. CST

    one thing

    by kev

    he has to get rid of that spikey hair style, ever noticed that that has been the common thread in all his recent bad movies.......air force one was the last dent one then he changed his doo for 6 days, 7 nights and random hearts.......style, man, style

  • May 9, 2000, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Does Robert Rodriguez really belong in that group?

    by Lord Bullingdon

    I say not.

  • May 9, 2000, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Gemeni HUH?

    by Syd Mead

    Anything beats his romantic crap but tell us more about the script ! --Syd.

  • May 9, 2000, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Zee Duck Smells Fun

    by Locoduck

    I'll except anything Harrison Ford does, so long as its NOT Indy 4. Lucuas is already hard at work destroying the memory of Star Wars, lets hope he doesn't try to take Indy out too. In reguards to Gemini, try giving it to Jake Kasdan, i don't know if he's got anything on his plate but if he's free, he's ready for the big time!

  • May 9, 2000, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Does Robert Rodriguez Belong in that Group: thoughts...

    by Freematt

    As the director of The Faculty... um, not really. As the director of El Mariachi, Desperado, and From Dusk Til Dawn..... a big HELL YEAH! But then, that's just me. :)

  • Can anyone help me?

  • May 9, 2000, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Comments

    by Lethal Waffle

    That would be great to see Harrison Ford back in a decent role... I miss the man... Let's hope they get a great director for it. Just a quick note though : as much as I love John Carpenter (big fan I am), I don't think he's part of the good directors for such a project... Tony Scott is OK but I'm sure we can find someone with a "darker" approach (and keep Richard donner away... last time he made a film on contract killers, he made a mess - ASSASSINS anyone ?). BTW there's a French website claiming that Mel Gibson is favorite for this role (and nort Ford)... ??

  • May 9, 2000, 2:27 a.m. CST

    scripts of upcoming movies??

    by thingie

    Hello. Hey, from the above I conclude that some lucky bastards have already seen the screenplay of Gemini.. I was wondering, is there some means of getting to read the scripts of movies that are still in production? Where can I get them? When can I get them?

  • May 9, 2000, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Rodriguez and Carpenter Definitely Belong. Tony Scott Is the Be

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...except that he said something about how nepotism didn't really play a part in him making movies,so in a better world we'd see about that. When he changes his name to Jake Ignatowski and doesn't tell anyone otherwise, we'll see. Ford is thinking right. I heard that Akiva Goldsman wrote THE SUM OF ALL FEARS and since movies with his name on the credits suck, I'm sure it would suck without being rewritten by somebody who can actually write, like this Jake Ignatowski guy. Indy 4 would be worth a look.

  • May 9, 2000, 2:47 a.m. CST

    The Finger!!! (Very Funny)

    by S. Bisley

    Here you go: http://starwars.about.com/entertainment/starwars/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.smartlink.net/%7Edeej7/finger.htm The only page you need on Harrison.

  • May 9, 2000, 4:15 a.m. CST

    follow the pointy finger...

    by Palmer Eldritch

    >> http://www.smartlink.net/~deej7/finger.htm << is a bit less of a mouthful

  • May 9, 2000, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay definetly doesn't belong in that group

    by Jon L. Ander

    i know other people have made that point over the years but dammit i had to say it again. I hope renny harlin doesn't get near it. My suggestion, RINGO LAM. somebody get him over from hong kong, he rocks!(ignore that Van Damme flick though)

  • May 9, 2000, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't say '86...

    by Owatonna

    ...but Ford's certainly been going downhill ever since Jack Ryan got his hooks into him and turned him into Harrison All-American, stolidly decent purveyor of righteous indignation. I'm not even going to start on the romantic stuff...

  • May 9, 2000, 5:29 a.m. CST

    SOAF

    by Payndz

    Seeing as Sum Of All Fears is being written by the uber-hack Akiva Goldsman, and will therefore stink like a soggy winnett in Satan's arse-crack, I'd say Harrison *definitely* made the right choice. Of course, he would have been even more right if it'd been Indy IV, but what can you do?

  • May 9, 2000, 6:12 a.m. CST

    What about...

    by Phantom Cruiser

    Richard (not including the last 2 Lethal Weapon movies) Donner, and Robert Zemeckis? Granted, even though it's a sci-fi action thriller, these are 2 directors that'll make sure the story comes FIRST, unlike some of the other people listed...

  • May 9, 2000, 7:32 a.m. CST

    deffence!

    by moxon

    I think I must deffend micheal Bay sure he aint the best director on eath but... come on the Rock and Bad boys were both great movies and show that while he has alot of room for improvement he still knows how too shoot good action sequences. I just id get this off my chest as most people seem too think he is complete crap!. Oh yeah id also liked too say that while Verhoven maybee a good director the last time he tryied action si-fi we got Starship Troopers and sure the movie was somehow o.k despite the worst acting on earth and a chessy script but this movie desevers somthin much much better o.k. James Cameron would be nice!.

  • So is this movie a better choice than another Jack Ryan film? Hell yeah it is! Fuck Jack Ryan, that shit sucks! Jack Ryan is a dull, uninteresting character who pales in comparison to the many other characters Harrison Ford has played. I hope to all that's good that your right about this one Harry, cause Gemini will, WILL, kick major ass. The idea of using special effects to bring a younger Harrison Ford side-by-side with the old Harrison Ford is fucking brilliant. I want to see this; hell, I HAVE to see this. And heres hoping that after this, Harrison finally gets the ball rolling for another Indie sequel. I'd hate to see him follow up with another crappy Jack Ryan film after making such a great movie like Gemini. Things are looking up:-)

  • May 9, 2000, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Kat Bigelow should do it

    by JMS Power!!

    You may be saying I'm crazy but I don't give a crap what you think. I love each movie this woman has made (yes even Point Break). Luc Besson is OK, but I am 100% sure that Ms. Bigelow would have made a better Joan Of Arc movie.

  • May 9, 2000, 10 a.m. CST

    Andrew Davis

    by Samthelion

    No Chain Reaction jokes, this guy can flat create suspense (the bus/train sequence in Fugitive was one of the decade's best). He's doing something right now, I forget what, but he'd fit this material like a glove. Also, I'd much rather see Ford go after a "good story" than a movie with "state of the art special effects."

  • May 9, 2000, 10 a.m. CST

    Rodriguez-- Great Action Director. Since when?

    by free flying soul

    El Mariachi aside, when Rodriguez gets stars and a budget, he can't hack it. Desperado? A vanity project choking on self-congratulatory hipness. Woo-lite. When Woo puts an actor in a slo-mo dive, at least he's dodging bullets, not doing a tumbling program. From Dusk til Dawn. More self-consciously psuedo-hip scripting and directing. A person wonders who Rodriguez is making these movies for-- an audience, or himself. His directing style can be described in two words: gratuitous and distracting. Not to the Michael Bay extreme, though. The Faculty. Not an action movie, so it's not relevant, except to say that it wasn't good. I agree with the Cameron suggestion. Remember when he used to make movies? He's got action credentials.

  • May 9, 2000, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Kat Bigelow!

    by moxon

    Point Blank was great (awesome skydiving sequences) but i cant think what else she made.... anyone?

  • May 9, 2000, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Shades of "The Mechanic!"

    by Uncapie

    "Gemini Man" sounds like similar to "The Mechanic" that starred Charles Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent.

  • May 9, 2000, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Ryan

    by Money G

    Of course you nerds like Darth Evil would take a science fictioney movie like Gemini Man over a thinking man's action film, Sum of All Fears. After all, you are all just........nerds.

  • May 9, 2000, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Rodriguez!

    by moxon

    Despite what flyin free soul may think Desperado, the Facuty and From dusk till dawn are all good in my book....Desperdo is very silly but i still think it is almost as good as el mariach and its in english, The Faculty is very good , well its one of the best aliens taking over people movies ive ever seen plus williamsons scpipt is pretty good and finally Dusk Till dawn is not exacttly the most intellegent movie ever but its still pretty cool. At the end of the day its just my opinion but I think hes cool, how ever he he was chosen too direct i think we can all agree it wouldt be the right choice!.oh yeh flyin free soul you missed roadsters which stars salma hayek and some guy i who forgot his name, and that one even i can admit is shit

  • May 9, 2000, 10:20 a.m. CST

    ALEX PROYAS ANYONE?

    by fried samurai

    I cant believe nobody mentioned this guy.He has to be the coolest filmmaker working today, DARK CITY anyone?I mean imagine what he could do with a script of this magnitude.I think it would kick MAJOR ass.

  • May 9, 2000, 10:27 a.m. CST

    hmmmm!

    by moxon

    I seem too remember strange days and blue steel were shit and as for the vampire flick was it near dark?

  • May 9, 2000, 10:29 a.m. CST

    hmmmm! 2

    by moxon

    ah yes so it was!

  • May 9, 2000, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Don't get so excited. He'll probably just drop out

    by Whitey

    like he did with TRAFFIC. Ford plays it safe because he knows he is a PRODUCT; he's one of the few stars who actually refers to him that way. The commercial viability of a tried and true product isn't going to be jeapordized by doing something TOO risky. So far this sounds like a high-concept genre movie, which is nothing unique in Ford's filmography. Until I read it in the trades -- and until the studio agrees to pay him every penny he demands since he'll never take a pay cut -- I'm looking at this casting "news" with a skeptical eye.

  • May 9, 2000, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Wasn't "The Gemini Man"...

    by agentcooper

    ...the name of a television show from the 70s about a guy (I think he may have been a government agent) who could turn himself invisible with a special watch? Does anyone remember this besides myself? Anyway, from what I've heard of the movie, it should be pretty good if they can pull it off. A lot better than Arnold's clone movie that's coming up, anyway. The Jack Ryan movies are okay, but not spectacular.

  • May 9, 2000, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Don't Forget Bigelow's Work On WILD PALMS

    by mrbeaks

    That gunfight cut to The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" shames every frame of film Michael Bay has ever shot. Bigelow is one of those directors who can make the most ludicrous script (e.g. POINT BLANK) into a watchable film. Give her a great script (e.g. NEAR DARK,) and she'll dazzle.

  • May 9, 2000, 11:57 a.m. CST

    veroeven, bigelow, cameron, james foley!!!!

    by yt

    What's the deal with Michael Bay and Luc Besson being on that list? Besson makes pretty, but completely convoluted and mindless films. And Bay makes extended pepsi commercials. I have the tv for that. Bigelow, Verhoeven, Cameron or the great underappreciated James Foley would be AWESOME!!!!

  • May 9, 2000, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Anderson

    by jam31

    Harry, Paul Anderson isn't the best director, but how could you think he could ruin this movie and that that talentless piece of shit MICHAEL BAY won't ruin "Pearl Harbor?"

  • May 9, 2000, 12:18 p.m. CST

    AICN/Ford Sellout

    by Dmann

    News about Harrison FORD???? How does this belong on AICN? This is a sellout! What does this have to do with Gladiator, or Iron Giant, or Buffy....AICN has sold out to people who want to watch movies that star people other than Russell Crowe or Vin Deisel, and TV shows other than Buffy and Angel!

  • May 9, 2000, 12:31 p.m. CST

    you mentioned a bunch of hacks . . .

    by BLVD.

    and forgot the most appropriate for something like this: VERHOVEN CRONENBERG CAMERON

  • May 9, 2000, 12:34 p.m. CST

    What about Zemeckis?

    by btrivedi

    Even though Harrison just worked with him, couldn't he be a solid choice for this material?

  • May 9, 2000, 12:59 p.m. CST

    You're Right About Bigelow! The Problem With Rodriguez...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...isn't his directing, it's his choice in scripts. He can't write and he really needs to do what Spielberg did and hire the equivalent of Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall to help him make wiser choices (avoid Quentin, he saves the really good stuff for himself,as he should and DUSK TO DAWN pandered too much to your shortcomings, Bob; avoid Williamson, even though he can write, he's a one trick pony;avoid horror altogether, you're not that good at it; you've done the cartoon type action, do something just as wild but more cerebral, etc.) It seems like it would be better if there was one guy directing, writing, producing, editing, etc., but whenever that happens, the results are not very good. Every now and then you get a Cameron who can write as well as he can direct and vice verce, but that is rare, just as its' rare these days for someone to have Cameron's ability to move between genres. This is why Spielberg does so well. Except for putting his name on a few scripts other people wrote in the 70s and early 80s, he chooses his own material but he doesn't generate it. I don't know why this works. It shouldn't but it does. Finally, I like Jack Ryan movies, particuarily PATRIOT GAMES. I got a big kick out of the Hong Kong crap for a year or so, but I really prefer action movies with brains and realism, or one or the other, if I can't get both (loved TRUE LIES, no realism but some brains). Jack Ryan is an action hero who doesn't always carry out the action himself. But Jack Ryan doesn't have to be played by Harrison Ford! George Clooney, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins or the third star of LA CONFIDENTIAL, Guy Pearce would all be excellent for versions of Ryan. Notice I didn't mention the guy who played the character the best, Alec Baldwin because I think Alec is too cool to go backwards, you know, but as Sean Connery says NEVER SAY NEVER. As long as Akiva Goldsman doesn't write it, it'll be okay whoever plays it. If I had a choice between Rosie O'Donnell as Ryan in a non-Goldsman script and Alec or Harrison as Ryan in a Goldsman written version, I'd see the Rosie movie.

  • May 9, 2000, 1:34 p.m. CST

    won't defend Rodriguez too much but...

    by Fatal Discharge

    he is doing something different now with SPY KIDS - a children's film. Also, I believe Tony Scott just signed on to TAKE DOWN so he's not available either. As for Ford's age limiting his action work, look at Connery who can still get the job done at 70. If he does do another Indy though, he should be teamed up with a younger male who can do more of the non-stop action we expect from that series. Oh and I just saw Clint Eastwood's TRUE CRIME and why does he romance a 20 year old girl and take off his shirt in that - ugh!!

  • May 9, 2000, 1:43 p.m. CST

    What's Cameron doing?

    by mephisto666

    I hated Titanic (through Leo's death there was an endless mantra from the back row... 'Sink ya bastard, sink ya bastard, sink...' well, you get the picture. However, with a decent script and a 'finger pointing' performance by Ford, how could Cameron go wrong?

  • May 9, 2000, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Yeah, confirm it...

    by haunted

    because some sources say that Mel Gibson has inked the deal to "Gemini", not Ford. An idea that I like best.

  • May 9, 2000, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Gibson,Cameron,Ryan!

    by moxon

    I have read on several that Gibson and Ford will both be in the movie , which would be great!. Cameron isnt doning anythin but sitting on his ass, and hes deffintily the most suited for the job CAMERON=ACTION/SI-FI BRILLIANCE. And as for Ryan movies there o.k but id much rather see this than another one so Ford has deffinitlly done the right thing!.

  • May 9, 2000, 2:36 p.m. CST

    oh yeah and.....

    by moxon

    I hated that bit in true crime too

  • May 9, 2000, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Great News

    by Seabird

    I for one am happy that Ford won't be in SOAF. I like Ford, but he was always too old for the part. I once read where Clancy sorta' envisioned Jack Ryan as a Tom Seleck/ Mag PI type of guy. As for Gemini, I picture more of a "dark" type of director for the movie - not necessarily just action oriented. Maybe Ridley Scott could give it that Blade Runner feel. Or would that be too canabalistic for him?...

  • May 9, 2000, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Dog Star

    by Money G

    You obviously don't get the Ryan movies then. Obviously, anyone taking their name after a band w/Keanu Reeves cannot be all that, anyway. Later, punk ass!

  • May 9, 2000, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Tony Scott?

    by flanigan

    Tony Scott for Gemini Man? Sure "Enemy" had its moments but they looked alot like the moments from "Last Boy Scout" and "True Romance" Same locales, same, well, everything. I think he is doing a Bruckheimer(sp?) film called "Takedown" right now. Rumors of Depp or Ed Norton. Either way he isn't available. Pre-Pro already started on this one.

  • Mosquito Coast was his last cool acting attempt. Since then, I'll give into The Fugitive. After that...I'm out.

  • May 9, 2000, 5:14 p.m. CST

    for fuck's sake, harry - michael bay? why not "think different"

    by tommy five-tone

    agreed with most of your action director comments, but including michael bay in your list was a freakin' family-sized faux pas! christ, i know you're tight with the guy, getting trips to the set and advance copies of his scripts, but based on 'armageddon' alone the guy don't know dick about characterisation. mctiernan - now that guy can bring it all together. but he's busy. gotta agree with jon l. ander and go with my original choice of ringo lam (take JCVD and henstridge out of 'maximum risk' and you've got yourself some kickass action movie right there), but kathryn bigelow is a solid alternate. but what about martin ('the mask of zorro') campbell? wolfgang petersen, perhaps? just remember, you need someone who's not going to be overawed by ford and let him fall into his old finger of doom, "how dare YOU, sir" routine. shit, why not peter weir? could be a cool change of pace for one of the best directors alive, and he's got some good stuff outta ford in the past.

  • May 9, 2000, 6:26 p.m. CST

    vampires in from dusk till dawn was the worst idea rodriguez eve

    by split_finger21

    desperado was good, and from dusk till dawn was REALLY good until the stupid vampires came around. "kick ass movie" to "what the f---? movie"

  • May 9, 2000, 7:14 p.m. CST

    fear and loathing

    by jbreen

    Nurse, over here straight away - this Gonzo chap (sorry, GoNzo), really needs his medication. He is quite all over the shop. Still, it is nice to see someone bringing up that hoary ol' chestnut about Harry being a studio lackey. The point being??? I personally imagine that Hazza get's a few freebies and trips and stuff and, good geek that he is, get's himself all pumped up by meeting the stars and seeing some pretty lights and sets. Lucky bastard. Do I care? No - I'm just here for the news and to read other people's 'opinion's'. Oh yeah, that means I can disagree if I want. I can! I have, wait for it, 'a mind of my own'. So if our Hazza is a bit excited about a flick I don't take it as gospel. I'm sure most people don't. Although, at a rough glance at his reviews there seems to be a fairly even balance across the scale in terms of his own enthusiasm. Whatever. But basically most people here are film geeks as well, and the kind of things Knowles get's Knotted about are probably gonna get most of us a little hot and heavy too (ie. Harrison 'Indiana/Solo' Ford has chosen a good sounding sci-fi flick. Wow - can't see why any mid 20's to late 30's geeks would be excited by that....). Hazza, you see, is a film geek - ' course he's gonna be an excitable fellow when it comes to films. Cheez - you need a guide book to understand this, son?

  • May 9, 2000, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Other directors possible for the project

    by lostoptimist

    Personally, I think Cronenberg sounds right for it but, oh well...It'll never happen. Could see Mimi Leder doing it or maybe Ted Demme (for some reason). Geroge Armitage and Alfonso Arau would be helluva good choices too. Hard to believe either of their plates are full. Knowing our luck, though, we'll probably get Phillip Noyce (all of whose movies are utter crap except for DEAD CALM and that guilty pleasure Rutger Hauer/Blind samurai film).

  • May 9, 2000, 8:05 p.m. CST

    BE AFRAID, OF JOEL SCHUMACHER !!!!!!!!

    by pompom

    I have bad dreams, no sorry nightmares about Joel Schumacher getting this or any other movie for that matter. This guy must have a lot of secrets in his possession on some very high up people to be able to get projects highlighted or may be he is the drug dealer to hollywood?, and they can't say no to him or he cuts them off.

  • May 9, 2000, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Harry Needs to Understand that Every Mention of Rodriguez...

    by Uncle_Sam

    serves only to discredit his own, already unstable, reputation. Hey, I understand that they're both from Austin, and Rodriguez hooked him up with a cameo, and all, but the dude's creds don't amount to anything. 'El Mariachi' was cool, but the rest of his movies were shit. 'The Faculty'? Harry's opinion doesn't count, and everyone else will tell you that it was some pretty rank shit. So, how many points does the guy have to his name? I'll give him one for 'El Mariachi,' and maybe another for having the courage to write in a spot for his buddy, but nothing else. 'From Dusk to Dawn' and 'Desperado' weren't anything, and 'The Faculty' was even less.

  • May 9, 2000, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Luc Besson: Leon; aka 'The Professional'

    by Oldman

    The film Leon is to my mind the greatest movie of all time. It has everyone in their pure prime (except Garry Oldman who I thought over acted slightly). Portman was absolutely incredible, Jean Reno played his part perfectly, and no action sequences has come close since this movie was released. If the producers are out there reading this, get Besson to direct. He'll give it a very dark and serious tone.

  • May 9, 2000, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Not to sound like a fanboy, but...

    by Vegas

    wouldn't it be more fun to see Fincher tackle this instead of the Panic Room? I would also suggest Jean-Claude Jeunet, Terry Gilliam, or Doug Liman, just for a different take on the old sci-fi than we usually get. But actually Jeunet would be my first choice.

  • May 9, 2000, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Oldman = Besson Bias?

    by Powerslave

    It's a joke, right?

  • May 9, 2000, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Ah, you pathetic bastards

    by stillife

    Geez, nobody mentioned David Fincher. What the fuck?

  • May 9, 2000, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Vaugeness Doesn't Help

    by AlexMars

    I wish Harry had described the plot a little bit more, it would make suggesting directors easier. Also what movie, action science fiction whatever, these days DOESN"T have great special effects oppertunities, etc etc (I would have quoted Harry directly but I'm too lazy to backtrack and cut and paste). Kate Biglowe would be cool if she somehow got the old kick ass "Strange Days" Angela Basset involved. Remember her?

  • May 9, 2000, 11:25 p.m. CST

    damn, can't believe i forgot this guy...

    by tommy five-tone

    GEORGE MILLER!!!

  • May 9, 2000, 11:27 p.m. CST

    damn, can't believe i forgot this guy...

    by tommy five-tone

    GEORGE MILLER!!!

  • May 10, 2000, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Geez, all the Director talk and EVERYONE forgets about...

    by BlowHole

    SIMON WEST! Geez, Con Air was FRIGGIN' AWESOME! That's it. (BTW, if someone did mention it... DON'T CARE! You can piss off) - Toodles

  • May 10, 2000, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Grandpa Jones

    by ZEMO

    I have every respect for Harrison Ford choosing to age gracefully. He hasn't gone in for the face-lift or any of the other physical tricks to maintain a youthful appearance. He still comes across as a solid leading man, but there are problems with physical credibility up on the big screen where nothing is missed. I sincerely hope that his Indiana Jones films are finished, because that character is a matinee idol and self-deprecating action hero. It just won't work anymore with an Indy huffing and puffing from one action sequence to the next with an attractive girl on his arm. I'll bet Harrison Ford in his heart of hearts knows this and doesn't want to misstep. He's balking at the idea.

  • May 10, 2000, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Very interesting...Cinescape reports this is total bunk...

    by nitzsche

    ...but then again, Cinescape sucks ass. They claim to have put a call into Ford's reps and the statement "That is absolutely not true" was received regarding Ford's involvment with Gemini Man. What gives? Is there certain confirmation, or are we only getting our hopes up, Harry?

  • May 10, 2000, 6:13 a.m. CST

    You Realize How Old Harrison Ford Is, Right?

    by Shaft9876

    He's a senior citizen. His time has passed. Time to accept it and move on.

  • May 10, 2000, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Arau?

    by Money G

    Alfonso Arau, a director for the Ryan series? Wha'fuck? Arau? Of "El Guapo" and "Joan Wilder.........zee Joan Wilder?" fame? Getteth thy head out of thy ass!

  • May 10, 2000, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Um, "Gemini Man?" What is this film about?

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    Point me to a script or a treatment, someone. Thanks.

  • May 10, 2000, 7:36 a.m. CST

    DAVID O. RUSSEL

    by t. mifune

    Of all the new young action directors (Bay, Wachowskis, et all), Russel is the smartest and his films don't look like beer commercials. As for Ford, I liked Frantic, Presumed Innocent, and the Jack Ryan movies, but since Sabrina he's been wading in the dumper. I hope this new Zemeckis movie brings him back. All he needs is one great movie.

  • May 10, 2000, 11:14 a.m. CST

    the score, and it's major environmental impact

    by Maniaq

    OK, a few things. First/foremost, wise decision by Ford if this news is to be believed - it's already been said but I agree - Alec Baldwin was the best Jack Ryan and they should have called it quits with Patriot Games. NEXT - I'm not going to bother throwing any more director-names into the mix, but I like both the Bigelow (sp?) and Martin Campbell ideas. I think Bigelow is a bit more cerebral a director and Campbell more action, but since nobody's seen the script, who knows which way this film is gonna lean? THIRD - did I read right? Did someone ACTUALLY say they thought Bad Boys was a GOOD film?? Seriously?? NEXT - getting back to Harrison Ford, someone said it was interesting they had a leading man, but no director - if he's onboard then chances are HE will pick the director - one of the perks of being Hollywood's No. 3 most "bankable" actor, behind Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise... FINALLY - for the ignorant who have thus far been ignored, A BRIEF PLOT SUMMARY:______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ford plays a hit man who is getting a bit old and nearing "retirement" (a la Bladerunner, I take it) who somehow stumbles across (movie magic) a younger version of himself who turns out to be his clone. The idea is that the clone is gonna take over from him when he's gone... Someone already mentioned "The Mechanic" and someone else mentioned "Assassins" - although they didn't seem to see the similarities in story - and some other one else also mentioned "The 6th Day" (what's with 6 movies anyway?) - the new Arnie movie. They all sound pretty darn similar to me, so I'm gonna throw my hat in with the "this film will probably suck" camp.###################################################################################################### "1 in 3 Americans suffer from Mental Illness. Think of your two best friends. Are they ok? Maybe it's you."

  • May 10, 2000, 2:40 p.m. CST

    A radical suggestion...

    by ClOWNE

    James Cameron directs Gemini. Discuss...

  • May 10, 2000, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Strange Days...Desperado...etc...

    by TheDrunkenJedi

    Sorry, but the only word to describe 'The Faculty' is OK (sory Harry), whereas 'Desperado' was Rodriguez at his best - sure, it was style over content, but hell, we need pictures like that as much as we need any other. No one can deny its ability to entertain!!!! I just hope that Ford does not humiliate himself by trying to hark back to his younger days (stand up Connery). Indiana Jones 4 I say!!! PS: The people who just dismiss 'Strange Days' as 'weird' obviously haven't bothered (or maybe were too scared) to look deep into this one - movies like this scare the shit out of Hollywood which is always a good thing!!!

  • May 10, 2000, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Malick is the BEST director, period.

    by VEER S

    TERRENCE MALICK probably wouldn't touch sci-fi, but if he did, it would be akin to 2001. He is a genius, an artist, and he takes his time, creating a dream-like canvas of mood, sound, and serenity. People who don't have patience for him are the same commercial idiots who would say that Michael Bay is a good director. Other amazing directors are: MICHAEL MANN, STEVEN SODERBERGH, DAVID FINCHER, ANG LEE, DAVID O'RUSSELL, and SPIKE JONZE. I might include P.T. ANDERSON if he wasn't such a melting pot of so many other directors, not to say I don't enjoy his work, I do.

  • May 10, 2000, 4:03 p.m. CST

    scott back at sci-fi!!!

    by STRIDER355

    go for ridley scott, who totally created the cyberpunk genre in my opinion, on screen anyway (the matrix failed miserably at this)......

  • May 10, 2000, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Subject of Directors- Rodriquez et al

    by oscar wilde

    Why does a guy so seemingly knowledgeable about films, a man who adores films, a man whose life's work revolves around the promotion of nascent film projects cling to the tenuous idea that a film's director, especially the director of an action vehicle, makes any real difference as to the success or failure of a movie? Until the French penned the odious auteur theory, directors were the producers' jobless brothers-in-law. Harry's ignominous list of great action auteurs boasts one certifiable master--Steven Spielberg; two competent technicians--Woo and McTiernan--and a few other blokes that can only be described as hacks or complete non-entities. Rodriquez chief among them. Sorry, but this guy's material is not only derivative, it is shamelessly so, with not even a false pretense of originality, or even a stylistic idiosyncracy. Lacking Woo's technical virtuosity, McTiernan's gift for claustrophobic tension, or Tarantino's skill as writer, Rodriquez can't even be said to have accidentally succeeded. El Mariachi was fun, but had it been a mainstream Hollywood film and not an ultra low budget indie, made with money Rodriquez earned from selling his hemoglobin to bloodbanks, it probably would have gone unremarked. The Wachowski's have no business on any list. What would either the Wachowski's or Rodriquez have done with a project like Ronin?

  • May 10, 2000, 4:23 p.m. CST

    The REAL list of great Action Directors

    by damnregisterin

    Fess up H. You blew this one...big time. What a terrible list of so-called "GREAT ACTION director's". What are you thinking? Harry's crappy list ------------------- 1. John McTiernan - Good pick...but hasn't repeated his older successes as of late. 2. Robert Rodriguez - Give me a break, the guy is a hack. Terrible choice H. 3. John Woo - Another horrible choice. Go back to HK Woo...America and Hollywood is not your place. Your HK films have ALL been better then the crap you've put out here. Hard Target? Face/Off? Broken Arrow? Are you people watching the same movies I am? Mark my word...MI2 will be horrible. 4. John Carpenter - I root for this guy more than anyone, and even I have to admit he has been shoveling pure crap for the last 10 years. "The Thing" was brilliant, but I'll never forgive you for destroying one of the best books ever (Memoirs of an Invisible Man). 5. Jonathan Mostow - Can we honestly say we trust this newcommer to a big time H. Ford flick? 6. Michael Bay - Bad boys was fun...but because of the actors, not the directing. And Armageddon is tops on my all time WORST movies list. Does this guy even KNOW what a storyline is? 7. Steven Spielberg - We can only dream. An obvious choice. 8. Joe Johnston - Good Pick. I like this guy, and he definitely understands effects (a very nice PLUS!). But of course he's busy. 9. Luc Besson - UGH! 10. Tony Scott - Ugh number 2! Please stick to commercials Mr. Scott. 11. The Wachowskis - Definitely Top Tier. I agree. Now here is my list of top Directors that wipes the floor with your list. My Dream Team -------------- 1. James Cameron! - Hello, he is the captain of my Dream team, and kicks ass with one hand tied behind his back. 2. The Wachowskis - Rookie Michael Jordan's of the Director Chair. 3. Steven Spielberg - Since this is our Dream team. Old solid Veteran. 4. John McTiernan - Veteran with lots of championship rings! 5. John Carpenter - Soft spot in my heart for the bastard that will always break my heart. He'll come off the bench. 6. Wolfgang Petersen - Overlooked. I signed him because you missed him! Here is my second prediction. The Perfect Storm will be MUCH better then Woo's lame MI2. Come on H., but your money where your mouth is! 7. Stephen Norrington - My rookie draft pick. I'll take him one on one against Mostow anyday. Hell, I'd take him one on two against Mostow and Rodriguez. 8. Ridley Scott. Over brother Tony any day, any where...any genre. Fess up H. You blew this one.

  • May 10, 2000, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Money G, Arau directed a film called 'LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE'

    by lostoptimist

    and another one I'm not too fond of so I won't mention the title but the guy can do something sinister and mysterious. His Dream project is doing a sequel to Peckinpah's 'The Wild Bunch'--He was in the original. I think if given the chance, he may do something wonderful.

  • May 10, 2000, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Whoever says Harrison Ford news is no news is unable to apprecia

    by THE SALEM SLUT

    ...How many great actors with ford's kudos are there who've been totally on top of the game (even with the occasional dud movie)for well over twenty years. How many are there with those qualifications. Is anyone holding their breath for the new Stallone flick? How about Arnold? Arnie already revisited his career defining vibe and stallone flogged his to death. I use them as examples cuz they are (or were untill recently in sly's case) cash cows, regardless of acting ability which is the thing that sets Ford apart from them. Ford generates a different kind of anticapation cuz anyone who watches his movies knows that somewhere there's another "BladeRunner" waiting to happen. Even the ones that dont promise to be another "BladeRunner" might be another "Witness". I didn't mention those George thingy ones cuz that would just be unfair. CIAO.

  • May 10, 2000, 8:51 p.m. CST

    TERRENCE MALICK is the BEST director, PERIOD!!!

    by VEER S

    TERRENCE MALICK probably wouldn't touch sci-fi, but if he did, it would be akin to 2001. He is a genius, an artist, and he takes his time, creating a dream-like canvas of mood, sound, and serenity. People who don't have patience for him are the same commercial idiots who would say that Michael Bay is a good director. Other amazing directors are: MICHAEL MANN, STEVEN SODERBERGH, DAVID FINCHER, ANG LEE, DAVID O'RUSSELL, and SPIKE JONZE. I might include P.T. ANDERSON if he wasn't such a melting pot of so many other directors, not to say I don't enjoy his work, I do.

  • May 10, 2000, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Why Sum of All Fears anyway?

    by Peter Overduin

    Easily the most boring and non-scriptable Clancy book? Where the hell is Without Remorse? He can do Sum when he is 80 - there's nothing in that book that requires him to do anything except learn how to make bombs, read books, and fly around the world.

  • May 11, 2000, 11:25 a.m. CST

    RIDLEY SCOTT too much to ask for?

    by morphic

    What's he up to? Wouldn't it be nice if he and Ford team up again? After the highly enjoyable but mediocre Gladiator he needs to proof himself worthy.. :)

  • May 11, 2000, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Directors!

    by Hollywood Man

    Let me get this straight, Luc Bresson who directed that piece of shit film 5th Element would be gtreat? But PT Anderson who directed three masterpieces would ruin it? Maybe you are thinking of another Paul anderson, if so, my mistake. And granted, PTA has not proved himself in the "Action" genre. But Tarantino has not proved himself in "Romantic Comedy" and I am sure he would nail it. Get a clue!

  • May 11, 2000, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Harrison is too old...

    by bruce le

    Anyone seen Random Hearts? The guy looked like he was 60 years old or something. IMHO, he should hurry to do a fourth Indy movie befores he passes out!

  • May 13, 2000, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Harrison Ford is almost 60 YEARS OLD

    by ChangKhan

    How can you get so excited about seeing the "young" Harrison Ford from 20 years ago?! People get old, let him go. Get over it, find a new action hero, grow up. The movie and script may be great, but I just can't get too excited about an action hero that could be my grandfather. Harrison's days as an action hero, sadly, has passed. Not that old people can't be cool (almost-70 year old Clint Eastwood is still a cool SOB), I'm just saying don't expect to see Han Solo just because Harrison's doing a sci-fi film. Expect Han Solo's grandfather.

  • Nov. 24, 2000, 2:34 a.m. CST

    David Cronenberg for director / GEMINI

    by AOLispongofmyarm

    Hey why not , eXistenZ , The Fly and Naked Lunch where great films and good, twisted sci fi