CS Interview: Jerry Bruckheimer about Gemini Man
Will Smith's action thriller Gemini Man finally hit digital services and will hit Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD on January 14, and ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to chat with producer Jerry Bruckheimer ( Bad Boys for Life) about the long journey the project took from the beginning in the late 1990s to hit the big screen earlier this year.
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Gemini Man follows the story of an older elite assassin named Henry Brogan (Will Smith) who is trying to retire. In the movie, he is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young agent who apparently can predict all his movements. Directed by Ang Lee, Gemini Man is produced by renowned producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison, along with Smith, James Lassiter, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.
The movie stars Will smith (I am the legend) in double roles; Clive Owen (closest, sons of men), who is the main villain / head of a cloning program; Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Birds of Prey) as an operator working for the same agency as the Smith character; and Benedict Wong (MCU, mortal class).
The project was initially under development in 1997, with Tony Scott (State Enemy) in charge of directing and Don Murphy (Transformers) linked to production at Disney and circling dozens of list A actors, all from veteran Harrison Ford (Star Wars), Robert de Niro (The Irishman) and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man and the Wasp) for newcomers Chris O'Donnell (Women's Perfume), Denzel Washington (Red Tide) and Jason Statham (Snatch). But after realizing that the technology was not yet ready for the project, Disney withdrew from the project and Skydance Media acquired the rights in 2016 to Darren Lemke's (Shazam!) Screenplay with Bruckheimer also producing.
One of the technological advances Ang Lee used when shooting the movie was to do so in 4K and 120 frames, which Bruckheimer described as “showing every defect, so it makes it three times harder to do what he did to Junior if he had filmed it. in the normal way ”in 24 frames. While the goal was to release the movie in as many high frame rate theaters as possible, this is another area where the project was still ahead of the times in its technology, with Bruckheimer saying that “we certainly have many 60 frame theaters, which is very close. "
"It's a natural evolution, and what happens as more filmmakers see it and want to try it will force cinemas to do so," he said. "Theaters are about filling seats, and if they think they can take more seats with projection equipment that can accommodate 120 frames or up to 60, they will."
Although at one point Clint Eastwood (Richard Jewell) thought of the role of fighter against his younger self, when Smith signed, Lee rewrote a page to update the age gap to slightly smaller than it would have been with the Oscar winner. Bruckheimer described the change as "not too difficult," as the smaller difference allowed the actor to do more physical things, since "there are some very big fights out there."
As we move into a new decade, Bruckheimer is watching the return of two of his most iconic franchises to the big screen, with the long-awaited three-pound Bad Boys for Life hitting theaters in January and Tom's Top Gun: Maverick starring Tom Cruise in theaters in June. The original films from both series he produced with production partner Don Simpson, who passed away in 1996, and Bruckheimer believes "he would be thrilled" to see these franchises come back and that he himself is excited about their return.
"It's like visiting an old friend," he said. "It's great to get back to work with Tom again after all these years. The last time we worked together was Days of Thunder and, being back with Will and Martin, they are a great couple. They are good friends and had so much fun. shooting the movie as much as on screen together. It was a real joy, it's like going to summer camp again. "
Having worked with Cruise a few times before and knowing the actor's love for doing his own stunts and keeping things practical, Bruckheimer knows he should be worried about the 57-year-old still taking risks, but says “Tom is such a perfectionist, he wouldn't be there if he didn't think he could handle it. "
"He's trained," said Bruckheimer. "You have never seen a person work diligently to take care of himself and make sure everything is perfect. He worked with some of the greatest naval airmen who work with him. The first time he wanted to do that, we put Tom at 14, and he was the only one who could handle it. We put the other actors up there and they all threw up and we couldn't use a picture of it. So this time we spent three months training the actors to do that.
In addition to producing many big-budget action projects, Bruckheimer is known for working with directors who started in the world of advertising and music videos, from Tony Scott (Top Gun) to Adrian Lyne (Flashdance) and Michael Bay (6). Underground).
"I think visually I have to give something really interesting to the public, something that, whether it's a commercial or a trailer, they don't know is unique, but it is," he said. "People trained in the visual arts, like many commercial directors, who started at film school are either artists or have a very strong visual sense. They are moving images and we will make it as interesting as possible, so it sets you apart when you are watching his commercial or his trailers. "
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One of the franchises that crashed after Bruckheimer's departure as a producer at Beverly Hills Cop, for which he produced the first two of Eddie Murphy's trilogy. A fourth film is currently in progress, with Murphy returning in the lead role and directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys for Life), linked to the director and production that will begin upon completion of the production of Murphy's other sequel, Coming 2 America. After years of trying to bring the action comedy franchise back to life, Bruckheimer believes they have found the right way to bring the show back to its quality roots.
"It's all in the story and the narrative, because the current character is a great character, and now Eddie is going out with Dolemite as My Name and you can see he's never lost his great talent," Bruckheimer said. "He's even better, so I think we'll have fun developing the story and working with him. He wanted to do it for years, is that we never got the studio to do it, with the studio's change management, so everyone had a different point of view than the movie should be. ”
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