Deadline reports that Bruce Willis is in negotiations with Summit Entertainment to star in The Tomb, a prison break drama which may be directed by Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua.
Willis would play Ray Breslin, “the world’s foremost authority on structural security.” His character learns the layout of various prisons in order to make them escape-proof, but is framed for a crime and imprisoned in a high-security jail he designed himself. Obviously, Breslin spends the rest of the film trying to break out and track down the person (or people) who framed him.
One thing about the plot of The Tomb that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me: if Breslin designed the freaking prison, why would the people who framed him allow him to end up there? You’d think if they went to all the trouble of setting him up for a crime he didn’t commit, they’d at least do some research into which prisons he designed.
This sounds like typical fare for Willis, who honestly has been coasting a little since Live Free or Die Hard. I like the guy, and I’m actually excited to see him in Rian Johnson’s Looper if that deal goes through, but this seems pretty run of the mill for him. If Fuqua ends up directing, this would be the first time the director and actor worked together since 2003’s Tears of the Sun.
What do you think about The Tomb? Do you want to see Fuqua and Willis team up again?