Originally Published: March 9, 2005
Bruce Willis in in talks to star in the action comedy 16 BLOCKS for director Richard Donner. The story follows a troubled NYPD police officer who has to escort a happy, but down-on-her-luck witness 16 blocks from the police station to 100 Centre Street. What makes matters even worse is that they’re polar opposites and no one wants them to make it. Hilarity and action ensue. Production is scheduled to begin April 18th in Toronto.
16 Blocks is based on the pitch by Richard Wenk. It’s a redemptive tale for two characters who are polar opposites, the cop, a dark guy and a heart attack waiting to happen who is escorting this witness who’s a 14 time loser with a sunny outlook.
It sounds like it could be a good flick, in the classic kick-ass Willis tradition – if done right. Of course it all been done before (it sounds like a cross between Clint Eastwood’s The Gauntlet and the Robert De Niro/ Charles Grodin comedy Midnight Run) but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
Willis can next be seen in the thriller Hostage. It is also being reported that long in development Die Hard 4.0 kicks off production in late Summer, presumably after 16 Blocks wraps.