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Warren Ellis’ RED to be Adapted for Television; Sadly, Probably Without Helen Mirren

Retired and Extremely Dangerous


The RED films are awesome, action-y fun (based on the Warren Ellis comic) that, much like Constance Tillet in my previous post today, remind me that you’re never too old to whoop some serious ass. They give me hope that I, too, may one day grow up to look flawless like Helen Mirren and wield machine guns with abandon. I have high hopes! 

Who am I kidding? I don’t look flawless like Helen Mirren in my thirties. In any case, NBC is doing an adaptation of RED based on the film franchise, and the film’s creative team is all aboard! Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, who wrote the 2010 hit and its 2013 sequel will be writing the show, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, who produced both movies, will be producing along with Lionsgate TV. According to Deadline Hollywood:

The TV series version will retain the core concept of the films but will be set in a more grounded and authentic world, focusing on the characters’ darkly hilarious struggles to survive civilian life as they simultaneously fight for and against the very organization that threw them out.

Would you watch a RED TV show? But more importantly, who do you think should be cast in the lead roles? Shoot us your best fantasy casts in the comments below!

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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.