12 November 2012 6:29 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Oscar-winner Sean Penn has played many roles: a gay rights activist in Milk, a no-nonsense crime boss in the upcoming Gangster Squad and even a glam rocker-turned-Nazi hunter in This Must Be the Place. But action star? It looks like that may be the next challenge for Penn to tackle as he's negotiating to star in Prone Gunman, an action-thriller adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's novel. The French crime story centers on Martin Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by his organization and is led on a cat-and-mouse chase across Europe. If Penn takes the job, a potential action franchise might also be in the works. Hit the jump for more. Heat Vision reports that Penn is in negotiations to star in Prone Gunman and possibly his own action series if successful.  Prone Gunman was one of three of Manchette's books to be translated into English, along with 3 to Kill and Fatale. »

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