Bruce Willis isn’t unfamiliar with the comic book and superhero genres, having previously starred in adaptations of “Sin City” and “Surrogates.” He’s set to voyage further into the medium with “Red” this coming weekend, but the ride won’t stop there — if rumors are to be believed, at least.
This past summer, a rumor floated around that Willis might be up for the part of Ben “The Thing” Grimm in 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the “Fantastic Four” franchise. When MTV News spoke with Willis at a recent press junket for “Red,” Willis identified the rumor as exactly that — a rumor — but it’s a rumor that he just so happens to like.
“It’s a rumor, but I love rumors,” said Willis. “I haven’t gotten that call yet. It’s a good rumor, though. I like that film. It’s a good comic, as well.”
Beyond “Fantastic Four,” there’s another superhero project that Willis would “absolutely” love to pursue: a sequel to “Unbreakable,” the 2000 thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Asked about the possibility of that project coming to life, Willis said: “You better talk some sense into M. Night Shyamalan and see if we can get that to come around.”
Of course, we did our best, as MTV News hosted an “Unbreakable: Ten Years Later” panel at New York Comic Con this past weekend alongside Shyamalan himself. Asked if Willis had any messages to relay to the director, the actor declined, saying he didn’t “want to put him on the spot.”
“I’ve already had this conversation with him,” said Willis. “I think a lot of people would like to see a sequel to that film. But we’ll see… all things [come] in whatever time it takes.”
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