Published On: Mon, Feb 20th, 2012

Bruce Willis to return for ‘Red 2’ with Dean Parisot on board to direct

THR: Dean Parisot is in final negotiations to direct the sequel to Summit’s hit action movie Red.

Red saw Bruce Willis lead a cast that included Helen MirrenJohn Malkovich and Morgan Freeman, among others, as over-the-hill special ops agents forced out of retirement.

The quartet is expected to return for the sequel, although no deals are signed and sealed.

Robert Schwentke directed the first movie, which hit theaters in the fall 2010 and grossed almost $200 million worldwide. The movie gave Summit another franchise on top of its Twilight movies and showed the still-strong viability of older actors such as Willis.

Erich and Jon Hoeber, who wrote the script for the first installment, penned the sequel.

Summit, which has been bought by Lionsgate, is eyeing a production start later in the year, most likely after Willis shoots Die Hard 5.

Parisot, who last directed 2005’s Fun With Dick and Jane, beat out several other directors for the gig. The CAA-repped director is best known for helming 1999’s action comedy Galaxy Quest.

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