Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the two madmen behind Crank, appeared on The Movie Blog Uncut and talked briefly about their upcoming adaptation of Jonah Hex.
For those of you who don’t remember, a few months ago, a photo of Thomas Jane made up to look like Jonah Hex leaked onto the internet. At first some believed it to be a concept photo for the actual film, but Neveldine and Taylor quickly denied any knowledge. Jane came out and publicly admitted that the concept photo was actually something he did on spec, in an attempt to convince Neveldine and Taylor to cast him in the film. So what is the outcome? Will Neveldine and Taylor cast Jane as the gunslinging anti-hero?
“He’s a great guy,” admitted Brian Taylor, later adding “But we… don’t see the guy as Jonah Hex, to be quite honest with you. But we like him.”
“It was a really huge compliment to us,” Mark Neveldine added. “And we’ll have him in one of our movies.”
So who is going to play Jonah Hex? The directing duo wouldn’t reveal any names.
“We have some options.”
And the casting process won’t really begin for a few more months. The duo are still hard at work editing Crank 2: High Voltage, and are planning to begin pre production in January 2009. Principal photography would begin in March 2009 in either Louisiana, Georgia or Arizona.
Another interesting tidbit that was revealed during the show was in relation to the lightweight consumer grade cameras that they used to shoot the Crank sequel. Apparently the cameras allowed for so much freedom, that they shot over 279 hours of footage in the 31 days of production, which is more footage than James Cameron shot on Titanic (138 days).
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Lionsgate has released a new production photo from Crank 2: High Voltage. Click on the image below to enlarge.
Official Plot Synopsis: In this high-octane sequel, hitman Chev Chelios’ (Statham) launches himself on an electrifying chase through Los Angeles in pursuit of the Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart. CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE is written and directed by Neveldine/Taylor, the duo behind the 2006 hit film CRANK, and the upcoming GAME starring Gerard Butler.
Jason Statham (THE TRANSPORTER, THE BANK JOB) returns to star as hitman Chev Chelios. Reprising their roles from the 2006 original are Amy Smart (ROAD TRIP, MIRRORS) as Eve, Dwight Yoakam (SLING BLADE) as Doc Miles, and Efren Ramirez (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE) as Venus. Rounding out the cast are Clifton Collins Jr. (CAPOTE, the upcoming STAR TREK prequel) and Bai Ling (RED CORNER, LOVE RANCH).
Crank 2: High Voltage hits theaters on April 17th 2009.
What must it feel like to see a man in your suit parade around an electrical field? Jason Statham, sit back and put on some shades. Today, the LA Times unleashed a crop of behind-the-scenes photos for Crank 2: High Voltage. Apparently directors and /Film buds, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, have thought up a zany Godzilla-esque dream sequence for their much anticipated, free-basing sequel due April ’09. And while it looks promising—nice stubble, check—can it possibly top Bobcat Goldthwait’s man-in-suit destruction from One Crazy Summer?
Discuss: Crank 2: High Voltage, safe for the olds? What is your favorite man-in-suit movie?
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Crank 2: High Voltage is set to begin shooting on April 28th in Los Angeles and the casting announcements were made over the weekend:
- Jason Statham returns as hitman Chev Chelios
- Amy Smart returns as his girlfriend Eve
- Dwight Yoakam returns as Doc Miles
- Efren Ramirez returns, but as a character named Venus (Ramirez played Kaylo, who died in the original film)
- Clifton Collins Jr. has been brought on board to play Chelios’ nemesis
- Bai Ling has also been brought on board
Crank 2 begins seconds after the end of the original film. Chelios must face a mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered robotic heart which requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.
Mark Neveldine has plans to introduce a new moving bullet-time camera rig which he invented for the production. It should be insane, but what else do you expect from Neveldine/Taylor.
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I’m down in Albuquerque, New Mexico visiting the set of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s untitled Gerard Butler sci-fi action film (which is going under the codename: Game). Lakeshore Entertainment producer David Rubin was able to reveal to me a few new details about the upcoming Crank sequel. If you don’t want to know any spoilers, stop right now and proceed no further.
The big question everyone wants answered is how does Jason Statham’s character survive for a sequel to be made. When I asked Brian this question at Comic Con he started telling me about this cool video he found on You Tube where a skydiver fell to earth unable to open his parachute. The real life video footage was shot from a helmet camera. The interesting thing about this video was the guy got up on his two feet and began walking immediately after the fall, working on pure adrenaline. Brian wouldn’t tell me how Chev Chelios survives, but would only remark about this viral video with a grin.
Producer David Rubin recalled shooting the last scene in Crank, how “we all laughed because ‘there would never be a sequel to this movie.'” He went on to say that that “the way they’ve answered it is really exciting and fun. It’s really funny and really clever.”
Recently Hollywood Reporter did a story about Statham returning for the sequel titled Crank 2: High Voltage, and even gave away a few plot details: “Chev faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered artificial ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.”
When asked about the “robotic heart,” Rubin laughed and stated “It’s funny. I saw that published, and I just kind of chuckled. I don’t know if you would call it robotic. That was a real stretch.” So who knows what gimmick might be used . Rubin promises that we’ll be entertained by their answer.
“The guys are just so unique and their vision is just so specific to them that if you are excited about their vision than you’ll love the way they solve and answer that question.”
I also asked about rumors that other characters who died in the first film, making a return for the sequel. Rubin responded: “You never know with those guys. Are they really alive or are they not? And are they those people or are they related to them?”
As for new actors to join the mix, Rubin stated that “We have a lot of ideas right now about Crank 2 and a lot of really exciting stuff that the fans are really going to dig, and it’s just about a process of fantastic idea elimination. Just like this movie, the guys like to start with a lot of ideas and they’re constantly exploring them and taking them to their fullest potential and then seeing which ones are going to live.”
The screenplay has been finished for a while now, but Mark and Brian are still constantly incorporating new ideas.
“The great thing with Neveldine-Taylor is the smallest idea they might have some times that we think is not really that prominent, sometimes can sometimes blossom into this huge thing,” Rubin said. “And with ‘Crank 2’, those guys are making a lot of notes and the ideas are still percolating. The script is great but it’s interesting because there’s Neveldine-Taylor as a writing team and there’s Neveldine-Taylor the directing team and the transformation happens when we’re actually in our office prepping the movie and when… they become the directors of the movie, the ideas just transform and have a life of their own.”
Crank 2 will begin preparation early next year, only nine days after Game wraps principal photography. Production will begin in April 2008, hopefully in Los Angeles.
“The script takes place in LA, so we’d like to shoot it in LA…”
Crank is an underrated popcorn action movie. Crank succeeded where Shoot ‘Em Up sometimes failed, keeping the plot light and fun (and don’t get me wrong, I loved shoot ‘Em Up, the film sometimes had an uneven tonal h=style that sometimes reached darker areas than it probably should have). Well it’s now officially official that they are making a sequel. Of course, we all knew this was going to happen long ago when Writer-directors (I like to call them psychotic geniuses)Â Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor let word out earlier this year. The film has a new title: “Crank 2: High Voltage”.
Jason Statham has also officially signed on to return as hitman Chev Chelios, who must face a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered artificial ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working. How is that for implausibly clever screenwriting? A chase begins through Los Angeles. I’ve been told that the film will continue seconds after the conclusion of the first film, and that many of the character, including many of the ones that you thought were dead, will also return in this sequel.
I’m very excited for this one, as you can probably tell.