Feels like Akiva Goldsman‘s name has been all over the place recently. In addition to his many completed producer credits of late (Fringe, Jonah Hex, Fair Game) he’s producing the Paranormal Activity sequel and was once erroneously thought to be a directorial contender. He’s producing the Toxic Avenger remake. He’s writing and producing the Dark Tower adaptation, though that will likely not materialize for quite some time. And he has been looking for a film to act as his directorial debut.
There was a point where Goldsman was trying to make a film version of Mark Helprin’s novel Winter’s Tale. And while that may still happen, the news now is that his first feature as director will be called Man and Wife. Read More »
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The movie trailer for the big screen adaptation of Namco’s popular fighting video game Tekken is now online. Directed by Dwight H. Little, the guy responsible for crappy bargain bin titles such as Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and Marked for Death, which starred Steven Seagal, and from a screenplay written by Alan McElroy, the guy behind The Marine, Wrong Turn, and Halloween 4. The film version is a science fiction gladiator story set in the near future, about a rebel who rises up against the Tekken Corp. to seize freedom for his people.
The year is 2039. World Wars have destroyed much of civilization as we know it. The remaining territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations, the mightiest of which is Tekken. In order to keep the masses down, Tekken sponsors the Iron Fist Tournament in which fighters compete to the death for ultimate glory and receive a lifetime of stardom and wealth.
I’m not sure what looks better, this or the last Street Fighter movie. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.
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Dwight Little is directing the big screen adaptation of Namco’s Tekken. Little is the guy responsible for crappy bargain bin titles such as Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid and Marked for Death, which starred Steven Seagal. And the screenplay was written by Alan McElroy, the guy behind The Marine, Wrong Turn, and Halloween 4. Why is it that video game adaptations always attrac class-c directing and writing talent? With all the people working in Hollywood, their must be someone better that is willing to sell out for some good fast money.
According to Variety, the story “plays out as a science fiction story set in the near future, about a rebel who rises up against the Tekken Corp. to seize freedom for his people. It’s a gladiator story, but the videogame has a complicated enough storyline that it provides the template for a martial arts spectacular.”
Usually I would attempt to layout my argument against this movie, but I think the facts presented above are more than enough to convince you of this film’s eventual disastrous fate. Principal photography begins on February 4th 2008 in Shreveport, LA.