Seagal Ready for Action on Franchise's 'Half Past Dead' and 'Foreigner'20 Sep, 2001 By: Staff Reporter
Steven Seagal will star in Franchise Pictures' action feature Half Past Dead (aka Lockdown) for writer-director Don Michael Paul, who is making his feature directorial debut on the project. Sony's Screen Gems will distribute the film, which begins production next month in Berlin.
The film is part of a two-picture deal Seagal signed with Franchise Pictures that also will see the action star topline the feature Foreigner, which Screen Gems is in talks to distribute. There is no director on board Foreigner, though it is expected to go into production immediately after Dead.
Dead, described as Die Hard set in a prison, also will star Morris Chestnut in the lead role of a man who masterminds a plan to infiltrate a high-tech prison in an attempt to persuade a death row inmate to tell him the whereabouts of $200 million worth of gold from an old heist that the FBI was never able to solve. It's up to an undercover FBI man (Seagal) to stop him.
The project marks Chestnut's third project with Screen Gems, following roles in the studio's Two Can Play That Game and The Brothers. The actor, repped by CAA and Talent Entertainment Group, next stars in the Showtime feature The Killing Yard opposite Alan Alda.
Seagal, repped by WMA, most recently starred in Warner Bros.' Exit Wounds for producer Joel Silver. He next stars in Artisan Entertainment's Ticker opposite Tom Sizemore and Dennis Hopper.