It is well-established that low-budget supernatural films do well, and jokey low-budget party movies also do well. So why not combine the two?
This year’s Slamdance festival saw the premiere of Ghost Team One, a film that is being positioned as a sort of “Paranormal Activity meets Project X” combo. We saw a trailer back in January, which was effectively a red-band look that emphasized the film’s weirdness. Now that Paramount is getting ready to release the film, in October, there’s a new look at the movie. This one really emphasizes the “party” aspect, with a bit of supernatural activity thrown in. Read More »
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Celebrity Twitter accounts make some first-look reveals pretty easy. I’m surprised it has taken this long for Arnold Schwarzenegger to tweet out a cast photo from his new action movie The Last Stand. And I’ll say this: in this pic at least, he looks the part of an aged lawman who has retreated to a sheriff post in a small down. That’s Jamie Alexander with Arnie in the header pic; see the full image below for a glimpse of Luis Guzman and Johnny Knoxville as well. Read More »
Today Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil) begins shooting his English language debut, The Last Stand. The film is notable for being the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to a starring role. Arnie plays a former LAPD officer now working as a small-town sheriff, who has to deal with a drug kingpin who is fleeing to Mexico and will pass right through his town.
The obligatory ‘start of production’ press release is below, complete with the same plot synopsis we’ve had for a while. Along with that is the announcement of a few actors who are part of the film, including Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and one of my personal faves, Harry Dean Stanton. Read More »
The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams (who, like John Goodman, just guest-appeared on Community) was in the running for the title role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and though he lost the part to Jamie Foxx, he may still end up in the film, in a part written just for him.
Hopefully another new job won’t get in the way; Williams will now also be a producer and actor in Life Garland‘s indie thriller The Suspect, written by Stuart Connelly. Here’s how the writer describes the film: “Two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.” That’s a great premise that could be the beginning of a compelling film. We’ll definitely follow the development. Shadow and Act reveals that Isaiah Washington is also set for the film.
After the break, David Duchovny rides a sub, and The Last Stand and Cloud Atlas get new actors. Read More »
It’s an action/thriller casting break this evening, featuring the return of some classic actors to familiar old stomping grounds. So after the break you’ll find:
- Peter Stormare is a bad guy in Arniold Schwarzenegger’s The Last Stand,
- Anthony Hopkins will hunt a serial killer in Solace,
- and Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and John Travolta may be confirmed for The Expendables 2.
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Several months ago, we were among the first to report that Arnold Schwarzenegger was very interested in starring in The Last Stand, an original action movie set up at Lionsgate with Kim Ji-Woon (I Saw The Devil) attached to direct. He eventually decided against it, opting instead for the small character piece Cry Macho, but then some major personal issues stopped all projects in their tracks. A revival of The Last Stand was rumored to be close yesterday, and now it is a certainty. Lionsgate has officially announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to movies will, in fact, be The Last Stand, written by Andrew Knauer and Jeffrey Nachmanoff. Read the brand new plot description and more after the jump. Read More »
It’s been a rollercoaster year for Arnold Schwarzenegger. After finishing his term as Governor of California, the icon announced his return to acting, helped create awful-looking animated series The Governator, and waffled between a few projects including Kim Ji-woon‘s English-language debut The Last Stand and another film, Cry Macho, before settling on the latter as his first major post-political film role.
But then his paternity scandal caused him to put all media activities on hold for an indefinite period. That period has evidently now come to a close as there is a report that the actor will star in The Last Stand, which will shoot this September. Read More »
While rumors have been circulating for months about a whole slew of projects that Arnold Schwarzenegger was considering for his return to live action film, /Film has exclusively learned that The Governator has almost locked a deal to star in Lionsgate’s The Last Stand, Kim Ji-Woon‘s English language directorial debut written by first-time screenwriter Andrew Knauer. The film is about a lone border sheriff tasked with stopping an escaped drug dealer from crossing into Mexico in a super car. Liam Neeson was previously cast in the part but left the film a few months back. Read more after the jump. Read More »
March 4th finally sees the limited release of director Kim Ji-Woon‘s revenge film I Saw the Devil, which Peter loved at Fantastic Fest and I loved at Sundance. With that and Ji-Woon’s other awesome South Korean cross-over, the western The Good, The Bad and The Weird, his stock just continues to rise. A few months ago, we reported that Ji-Woon parlayed that buzz into his first English language directorial gig, the fast-paced action movie called The Last Stand written by Andrew Knauer. Liam Neeson was rumored to star as a sheriff near the U.S. border tasked with stopping a Mexican drug cartel leader from speeding home at 200 mph but we can exclusively tell you that Neeson has taken himself out of the running. Still, Kim is confident that the film will begin shooting this Fall. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »