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The last time we heard about Ghost Rider 2, now being called Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance, there was a possibility that it would be moving forward without Nicolas Cage, because Sony needs to make the sequel soon or lose the rights altogether. (It could be Ghost Rider Shrugged!) Now there’s a report that Cage will likely star in the film. And there is a director nearly set. Or make that directors: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the men behind the two Crank films, are negotiating to make the sequel. Read More »

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Fans of directing duo Mark Neveldine and Brian TaylorĀ  (the Crank films, Gamer) should be sure to check out their newly launched website at neveldinetaylor.com. Many director sites are just promotional tools, but Neveldine/Taylor have gone the extra mile and also offer up some treats for fans. They point to some Jonah Hex storyboards on a Flickr account, first draft scripts, and quite a few interesting embeddable videos via their Youtube account. Given that the site also highlights their new Twitter account, it seems to be a central hub for all of their online activities.

The folks over at the Film Stage also recently had a chat with the directors, which includes some details on their future projects and is well worth the read.

Neveldine & Taylor’s Cash Money Dollars

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Crank filmmakers Neveldine & Taylor have written a new spec screenplay which is being shopped to all the studios this week called Cash Money Dollars. The story is about an unlikely trio, a shady Los Angeles private detective, a kick-ass New York City female Secret Service agent, and African-American Texas Ranger, who team up to stop a new wave of terrorist operations and save America. Sounds pretty crazy, but what do you expect from the guys who came up with films like Crank and Gamer?

Transformers/GI Joe producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is reportedly shopping the project to all the studios and is attached to produce. Bonaventura’s past relationship with Paramount Pictures puts them at the front of the possible list.

via: trackingboard, prodweekly

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Can you shoot a TV show on roller skates? Seat of the pants madmen directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the guys that made the two Crank movies on a budget with tiny prosumer cameras and other low-fi tech, are set to provide NBC with a new one-hour show that will be (no real surprise here) a “high-intensity” drama about crisis situations. Read More »

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Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (featured right to left above, respectively) first made a name for themselves in 2006 with their adrenaline-rush of an indie action flick, the low-budget Crank. Three years later, they solidified their reputation as unstoppable forces of pure insanity with its sequel, Crank: High Voltage. Today though, they bring us their first non-Crank-related directorial effort, the Gerard Butler vehicle Gamer, which also co-stars Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall.

I had a chance to chat with Neveldine/Taylor (as they’re so often credited in their films) a couple of months back at Comic-Con, which they were at to promote their latest helping of blood-splattered delirium.

You can read the full exclusive interview with Neveldine and Taylor after the jump.

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Gamer Movie Trailer

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Lionsgate has premiered the official U.S. trailer for Gamer on XBox Live (is this the first movie to ever premiere a trailer on a video game console? Possibly) The trailer has found its way online. Gamer (previously titled Game) is the new film from Crank madmen, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.

The story takes us to the sci-fi future world where prisoners do battle in a real life video game. A test screening was held in October, and you can read our Early Buzz report for the full scoop. It looks like a fun crazy-concept sci-fi film from the 1980′s. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, remember to hit the HQ button to see high quality video, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[Dave's note: I believe the song used in the trailer is Marilyn Manson's cover of "Sweet Dreams," a song originally made popular by Eurythmics. Not the first song I would think of to use, but I think it's employed to great effect!]

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Once upon a time this film was simply called Game, which sounded too much like The Game. Then in it became Citizen Game, too close perhaps to Citizen Kane (ahem) but now it has been retitled again and, hopefully, for the last time.

Neveldine/Taylor’s next action adventure smash ‘em up is now going to be called Gamer. Unless, of course, somebody decides that title sounds too much like Gamers or Gamerz, those twin terrors of post-Clerks RPG nerd dramedy.

See the new poster after the jump.

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Movie Review: Crank 2: High Voltage

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I’m afraid that telling you “If you liked Crank, you’ll like Crank 2” just wouldn’t be good enough. It also wouldn’t necessarily be true. Most of all, it would be somewhat rude – discounting an entire film as nothing more than an echo, or an indulgence for the cult of its predecessor.

The end of the first film seemed to quite clearly rule out any possibility of a sequel and one of the most telling characteristics of Crank: High Voltage is simply that it exists. This is a film that disregards anything like the basic narrative logic of a ‘dead’ character staying dead because the realities of dying are rooted in the rigid actualities of biology, chemistry and physics. These are three things that the film has absolutely no use for. But it does make great play with non-rigid and non-actual cartoon versions of all the above. When the film is at its best, it verges on Tex Avery, and Jason Statham is Screwy Squirrel given permission to cause suffering, pain and offence.

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