Production Weekly reports that actor Bruce Willis is in negotiations to star in the actioneer 16 Blocks for director Richard Donner.

Based on the pitch by Richard Wenk, the mismatched buddy drama follows a troubled NYPD officer who's forced to take a happy, but down-on-hi-luck witness 16 blocks from the police station to 100 Centre Street, although no one wants the duo to make it.

It's a redemptive tale for two characters who are polar opposites, the cop, a dark guy and a heart attack waiting to happen who is escorting this witness who's a 14-time loser with a sunny outlook.

Production is scheduled to begin april 18th in Toronto.