A remake of the 1974 classic Death Wish has been in the works for quite some time now, but development has seen its fair share of speed bumps. The film was originally a passion project for director Joe Carnahan, who wanted Frank Grillo to star, but he dropped out once the studio insisted on casting Bruce Willis. Then Gerardo Naranjo stepped in to direct, but nothing came of that.
Now, two new filmmakers are attached to the project and this thing suddenly has my undivided attention all over again. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado may not be household names, but this duo has been on the rise and their track record suggests that they’re a perfect match for a new Death Wish.
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Chris Weitz has had a varied career. Weitz directed The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Golden Compass and co-directed About a Boy and American Pie with his brother, Paul Weitz (Being Flynn). Chris Weitz’s career is a little all over the map, but he’s clearly comfortable with drama, as exhibited by About a Boy and his last feature, A Better Life.
For his next directorial effort, he might depict the hunt for Adolf Eichmann. Learn more about the project below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Michael B. Jordan has already revived one flagging franchise with Creed, and now MGM’s turning to him to bring another old property back to life. He’s set to lead a remake of the classic heist thriller The Thomas Crown Affair, which was originally released in 1968 and remade in 1999. And yes, this means Jordan is this generation’s Steve McQueen, or at least its Pierce Brosnan. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
A Rocky spinoff about Apollo Creed’s son may have sounded like a terrible idea on paper, but when Creed actually opened it was an unqualified success. Audiences loved it — it’s made $105 million so far in the U.S. and counting — and critics adored it. It made a creaky old franchise feel fresh again, without undoing all the earlier installments. Heck, it even won Sylvester Stallone a Golden Globe last night.
All of which is to say a Creed sequel was only a question of when, not if, and now we have our answer. MGM is reportedly eyeing a November 2017 release date for the film, putting it about two years after Creed‘s release. That’s the good news. The bad news is what this might mean for director Ryan Coogler‘s involvement. Read More »
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In order to star in boxing movies like Creed, actors like Michael B. Jordan have to train with real boxers. Not only does it get the actors in the right shape, but it helps them appear as if they could be real boxers and aren’t just pretending. And when it comes to the Rocky movies, there’s something else that makes the actors really feel like they’re in the ring.
While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, co-star Sylvester Stallone explained that in the Rocky films, there is a tradition of shooting what is called a “dead man walking scene” where the actor in the ring actually gets punched in the face by a real pro fighter. And that tradition ended with Michael B. Jordan knocked out on the set of Creed. Read More »
Creed just crossed the $100 million mark domestically at the box office. By this point, following the glowing reviews and the tremendous audience response, it’s fair to say director Ryan Coogler hit this sequel/spinoff out of the park. The film left you excited to see more of Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), and Bianca (Tessa Thompson) taking on more personal and physical challenges.
Following the success of Creed, it’s been confirmed we will see a sequel, but it’s only a matter of when. Find out more about the Creed sequel after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We know /Film is a movie website, but maybe you’ll forgive us for delving into the wide world of sports for a moment. After all, few moments have impacted culture worldwide like the 1985 exhibition boxing match between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago. This event shook the sporting world to its core and rattled the foundation of international politics – the world was never the same after Drago hit the mat and Balboa stood triumphant. It’s no accident that the Cold War finally came to an end a few years later.
Now, this astonishing match is finally getting the attention it deserves in a new episode of 30 for 30, ESPN’s acclaimed documentary series chronicling the most important figures and events in the history of sports. Whether you were alive and watching in the days of Balboa’s prime, or too young to realize just how much this event changed life on this planet, this is required viewing.
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The steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum have become quite iconic thanks to the famous training montage from the original Best Picture winning boxing drama Rocky. Plenty of tourists have ran up those steps and taken countless pictures there in honor of Sylvester Stallone‘s iconic character Rocky Balboa, and now the city of Philadelphia is honoring the forthcoming franchise spin-off Creed with an honorary, celebratory day.
In addition, you can watch just over five minutes of footage from Creed with seven clips that have been released online as we get closer to the release later this month. Get more details on the honorary day and watch the batch of Creed clips after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Is Elle Woods gunning for the White House? We haven’t seen the preternaturally perky lawyer/activist since 2003’s fairly terrible Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, but actress Reese Witherspoon says the time is right for a Legally Blonde 3. And as far as she’s concerned, the sky’s the limit for the character. Watch Witherspoon comment on the possibility of a Legally Blonde 3 after the jump.
Update: Luke Wilson is also up for a Legally Blonde 3. “Apparently, [the sequel] wasn’t as highly thought of as the first one,” he told James Corden. “That’s why we need to do [a third film], to win everybody back.” Watch him talk Legally Blonde below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
MGM is playing a game, and it would like you, the viewer, to join it. The studio announced today that it’s reviving WarGames as a video game of sorts — or rather, an interactive digital short that “combines the narrative of a compelling movie with the responsiveness of a great game.”
That means viewers will get to determine the outcome, potentially making for a slightly different narrative every time you watch it. Get full details on the WarGames interactive short after the jump. Read More »