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Sean Penn Becoming ‘Prone Gunman’ For Potential Action Franchise

Posted by , on November 12, 2012 at 9:28 pm 

Although he’s taken part in just about every genre in the last three decades, Sean Penn is about to head into new territory for a possible future project. The Hollywood Reporter updates that the Mystic River star is being eyed for a potential action franchise from mega-producer Joel Silver, not exactly something you’d expect for the actor.

Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette‘s novel Prone Gunman, Penn would take the role of hired killer Martin Terrier, a man who simply wants out of the business to marry his childhood sweetheart. Instead, his company double-crosses him and he is forced to galavant around Europe to survive. Reports indicate a Peter Travis wrote the script, while other sources say Dredd‘s Pete Travis was actually attached to direct the film at one point, but producers still have yet to secure a helmer.

The project is also said to explore politics with a leftist slant, something Penn would connect with. I could certainly see him in this sort of role, even if its a bit out of his wheelhouse. The actor’s screen presence alone could make the thriller aspects believable and with his only confirmed upcoming project left to shoot is his Josh Brolin-starring survival movie Crazy for the Storm, perhaps he could fit this one in — especially considering its fully financed by Studiocanal.

Could you see Penn carrying his own action franchise?

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