The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) is returning to the big screen, thanks to still another TWD bromance buddy, comic book writer/show executive producer Robert Kirkman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, RK is producing the sci-fi thriller Air, which will star Norman and two-time Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou as custodial workers in an underground cryogenic facility. It sounds like another post-apocalyptic piece for Norman, since the story takes place after a nuclear fallout makes air above-ground unbreathable. As THR put it, Norman and Djimon’s characters “take care of the cryogenically sleeping personnel that are meant to re-establish society, but they struggle to preserve their own sanity and lives while maintaining the extremely fragile environment of the last livable place on earth.” Sounds intriguing!
Norman may play a custodian on screen, but he’s actually executive producing ($$$) the film, along with Bailey Conway and Noah Rosen. THR describes it as a “low-budget pic,” though, with video game writer/designer Christian Cantamessa co-writing the script and making his feature debut with the movie.
Another producer, in addition to Robert Kirkman, is David Alpert, who also exec produces TWD. So it’s a full TWD love-fest. Air was previously known as Wake Cycle (the new name is better!) before it went into its own sleep mode on the production side and had to be revived by producers. THR says Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is in final negotiations to acquire the movie, which is a good sign for the rest of us actually getting a chance to see it.
Before TWD, Norman was probably best known for starring in The Boondock Saints movies, but his first sci-fi thriller was Mimic, back in 1997, which was directed by Guillermo del Toro. Not a bad place to start. Djimon has his Academy Award nominations from Blood Diamond and In America, but you may also know him from Gladiator, Amistad, ER, or Push and he'll be in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7.
This movie sounds pretty awesome, and we can’t wait to hear more about it. We’re also not too worried that this means anything for Daryl Dixon’s future on TWD, since the 16-episode AMC show filmed last year from early May to late November, leaving plenty of time to film a movie in between.
What do you think? Will you see Air when it comes out?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter