Meet Simon Crane. He’s got huge balls. Obviously, we’re not talking about actual testicular size per se – you could have a rhinoceros penis and elephant nards for all I know. No, we’re talking about nerves of steel.
And he’s got ’em.
Crane has signed on to helm the big screen version of the Kane & Lynch film. While this might be his feature film directing debut, he’s got stuntman experience out the whazoo.
The stunt itself made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most expensive aerial stunt ever performed. It was performed only once – and successfully.
Crane went on to do stunts and act as stunt coordinator for a variety of films, including GoldenEye, Titanic and Saving Private Ryan. He also worked his way up to second unit director on a variety of films.
While he is not stranger to video game movies (he was the stunt coordinator for the Lara Croft films), he just might be able to pull off the Kane & Lynch film version. There have a been a couple of choices regarding that movie that seem very smart – such as bringing in Jamie Foxx, instead of finding an actor that looks exactly like the in-game counterpart.
The cool thing about the Kane & Lynch teaser poster is that, design-wise, it is a striking image. Moreover, it doesn’t rely on a Scream-style movie star headshot to build excitement. Granted, this might change as the publicity machine kicks into high gear.
While it’s possible that none of these decisions were made by Crane, there is still something to be said about a middle aged guy who has worked his way up the studio ladder by putting his life on the line day in and day out.