Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
A dozen years ago, Antoine Fuqua‘s Training Day made Denzel Washington the first black man to win Best Actor since Sidney Poitier in 1964. The pair liked the results of their collaboration so much that they’ve been looking for an opportunity to work together again, and this year they finally got their chance when Fuqua signed on for the long-gestating crime thriller The Equalizer.
While the film won’t come out for another nine months, the first image from it has just hit the web. Check it out after the jump.
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As films move and shift in and around that crazy 2015 release schedule, one that’s methodically, quietly, and steadily moving forward like a killing machine is the Terminator reboot. Alan Taylor hasn’t even officially been announced as the director, yet they’re also very close to casting one of the film’s leads: unsuspecting mother turned soldier Sarah Connor. Reports state Taylor and Paramount are now down to two actresses: Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke or Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson. However, with Taylor’s Game of Thrones roots, it seems Clarke might have the edge. Read More »
There’s a new take on Beauty and the Beast, starring Lea Seydoux, of Blue is the Warmest Color, and Vincent Cassel, and you can get a look below. The film is from Christoph Gans, and visually looks a bit like the recent fantasy offerings from Burton and Raimi, but filtered through the gauze of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s style. There’s a lot of Disney in here (wait for the ballroom dance) and a little bit of Jean Cocteau, too.
Gans got some attention with a so-so mid-’90s adaptation of the manga Crying Freeman before winning over genre audiences with The Brotherhood of the Wolf in 2001. He’s been pretty quiet since (he had Silent Hill in 2006) and this marks his return. See a trailer below, which lacks subtitles, but has more than enough visual story cues for everyone to follow along. Read More »
Want a new look at RoboCop, from director José Padilha and starting Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, and Samuel L. Jackson?
A Japanese TV spot is now online, featuring a few minor bits of footage that most of you probably haven’t seen yet. Read More »
Two of the biggest stars in the world are attached. A high-profile comedy director wants to make it his next film. There’s just one thing in the way – that pesky script. That seems to be the case with Uptown Saturday Night, a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier film starring Poitier and Bill Cosby. Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) wants to make the film his next movie, and he’s got Will Smith and Denzel Washington set to play the lead roles. Now, in hopes to jump start the project to film next year, Warner Bros. has hired Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) to rewrite the script. Read More »
Briefly: George Romero’s Day of the Dead, the third of his original loose trilogy of zombie films and in some ways the strangest, hasn’t been left in a grave to journey quietly into movie eternity. It has been ravaged by a sorta-sequel and a sorta-remake (from 2005 and 2008, respectively) and now will be exhumed once more for another remake.
Millennium Films, which has some hand in the first remake, now has Mark Tonderai (House At The End Of The Street) to do a modern version. He scripted with Lars Jacobson. Deadline reports that the new film takes place some time after a viral outbreak has destroyed most of humanity, “a group of scientists and survivors attempt to find a cure, and instead open Pandora’s box.”
Producer Christa Campbell (Texas Chainsaw 3D) said earlier this year “These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in World War Z.” But then World War Z went on to make hundreds of millions of dollars, and that has a way of changing minds. So who knows what we’ll see here. No cast has been announced.
Survey a bunch of movie fans on the most rewatchable films of the Eighties and Road House is guaranteed to come up. The classic-bad-action film starring Patrick Swayze as a no-nonsense bouncer features some of the most cheesy dialogue and fighting you’ve ever seen in a major motion picture. But thanks in part to Swayze’s charisma, the film also has its charms. It’s one of those movies, that is extremely hard to turn off when happened across on cable.
That said, the premise of Road House isn’t what brings people back. It’s how it’s played, which is why this latest piece of news is a head-scratcher. It seems MGM has hired Rob Cohen, director of xXx, The Fast and the Furious and recently Alex Cross, to remake Road House. Read More »
Briefly: The Crow is one of a few reboots that has had a very halting development process over the last few years. The James O’Barr comic, about murdered musician Eric Draven, who returns from the dead to avenge his killing, and that of his young wife, will reportedly star Luke Evans when cameras finally roll under the direction of by Spanish helmer F. Javier Gutiérrez.
A new rumor, from Schmoes Know, now says that The Walking Dead and Boondock Saints actor Norman Reedus is now set to play a guy named James in the reboot. Who is James? Good question! Given the roles that Reedus often plays, it’s easy to suspect he’ll be among the crew of malcreants that Draven faces upon his supernatural return to the land of the living. But given the dark world of the story, he could end up doing just about anything. And, frankly, given the number of times The Crow has faltered in the past, until an official start of production announcement hits there might not be much reason to ponder the question too deeply.
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