Marsden, Jane, Thornton Will Fight a (Communist?) Bear in 'Red Machine'

January 19, 2012


In what could be the ultimate test of former superhero versus bear, James Marsden and Thomas Jane are attached to star as relatives fighting a bear in Red Machine, a film that will at last give some gravity to the premise of the 1988 comedy The Great Outdoors (but not so much gravity that it becomes Grizzly Man, because that shit was fucked up). Marsden and Jane will play estranged brothers who, with their girlfriends in tow, attempt to bond over a camping trip in the wilderness. Unfortunately, one thing stands in the way: The Red Machine, a named, possibly-communist grizzly bear that cares little for brotherly reconciliation and would like to consume both couples and all of their free market ideals. Adding another layer to this bear-and-man cat-and-mouse scenario, Billy Bob Thornton plays a bear expert hunting the bear that is hunting the couples. This hunt just got Benny Hill Show real.

The film is to be directed by Saw V's David Hackl, who explained to Variety, "Just by the premise you know something bad is going to happen." Which, uh, yeah? I mean, the premise is that people are being attacked by a bear, so I suppose I do know something bad is going to happen: people are going to be attacked by a bear, right?

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