Briefly: Bruce Willis may be bored by action movies, but he keeps making them, in part because we keep watching them. While there are loads of films selling distribution rights this week at the European Film Market, one has done better than many others, because it is a sci-fi tale with Willis in the lead.
VICE will star Willis, Thomas Jane, and Ambyr Childers in a story that is “set on a futuristic resort where synthetic humans serve the rich, who live out their darkest fantasies. The humanoids are reset every night by the resort’s owner Julian (Willis), but one female employee Kelly (Childers) malfunctions and retains every terrifying memory. Realizing what the tourists are doing to the staff members, she sets out to exact revenge.” So, a little Westworld, and a lot of other sci-fi films mixed together. We know roles for Willis and Childers, and so want to bet that Jane plays one of the resorts customers, possibly the one that makes Childers lose it?
Brian A. Miller (The Prince) will direct when the shoot starts next month in Alabama, from a script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore. [Variety]
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Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
So much for retirement. Just three weeks after his dramatic announcement that he would “#stopcreating” in the wake of the Daniel Clowes plagiarism scandal, Shia LaBeouf has booked a new movie.
LaBeouf has just joined Bill Murray in Barry Levinson‘s Rock the Kasbah, along with Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, and Zooey Deschanel. The indie comedy follows a music manager in Kabul. Hit the jump for more details.
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M. Night Shyamalan broke out big with The Sixth Sense, which starred Bruce Willis, and the two worked together on the follow-up Unbreakable. Now they’re back together once more for a film called Labor of Love. Read More »
Briefly: Two and a half years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger was looking at the action thriller Captive, back when he was mulling a whole bunch of post-Governor gigs. He never made the movie, but it’s still kicking around, and now his one-time fellow expendable Bruce Willis is in talks to star in the film. The movie is an indie with a kidnapping plot that has Simon Brand set to direct, and a March start date penciled in. Brand previously made the 2006 film Unknown, which also had a kidnapping plot.
Presumably the script is still the one by Benjamin van der Veen and Kario Salem, based on a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Seems like that’s the case, as the plot details reported by Variety are the same as they were in 2011. In short, Willis would be “an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom. As he frantically searches for a way out of his armored-truck prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill, a detective specializing in kidnap and ransom cases works to find him.” We don’t know who will play the detective at this point.
Posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Despite his declaration last month that he was “a bit bored” of action movies, Bruce Willis is apparently still eager to “earn lots of money” from the genre. The Die Hard star has signed on for The Prince, an action-thriller from Russian director Sarik Andreasyan. Emmet/Furla, who’ve recently worked with Willis on Lay the Favorite and Fire With Fire, will finance and produce. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Since making the first Die Hard in the ’80s, Bruce Willis has built himself a fine career as an action star. While he occasionally forays into other types of roles from time to time (like in last year’s Moonrise Kingdom), there’s no question that he’s best known for his ass-kicking turns. Heck, this year saw him appearing in three different action sequels — A Good Day to Die Hard, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Red 2.
But Willis claims he’s now growing weary of the same-old same-old. In a recent interview, he declared that he was “a bit bored” of action movies these days. Though to be clear, he still likes to “earn lots of money from those.” Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Sylvester Stallone has been dropping bombs on Twitter in the past couple days, beginning with the announcement that Bruce Willis would not appear in The Expendables 3, but that Harrison Ford had been added to the cast.
Sly has now confirmed the participation of Mel Gibson (he’s the bad guy) and Antonio Banderas for the third Expendables movie. And there’s an interesting statement from the CEO of Lionsgate, who seems to be attempting to prevent Bruce Willis from being totally pissed off about the Expendables situation.
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Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:
- Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
- Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
- James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
- Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
- Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
- 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
- See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster
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The Expendables 3 will be out in just about a year. Now, it is adding one of the biggest box office stars of all time. Sylvester Stallone took to Twitter to reveal that Han Solo and Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford, is joining the action sequel. It’ll be directed by Patrick Hughes.
He also revealed Bruce Wills will not return for a third turn with the series.
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