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Last week when the fantastic slate of name actors was announced for Steven Soderbergh‘s spy/action film Knockout, we were teased with the info that one more name was yet to be revealed. Now we’ve got that name, and I’m guessing it’s not one that most of you are going to be quite as interested in. But what the hell, in a fight film I figure Channing Tatum might be able to do some acceptable work, and maybe Soderbergh can teach him a thing or two. Read who he’ll play, after the break. Read More »

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When Steven Soderbergh announced that he would direct a spy/action film starring MMA fighter Gina Carano written by his The Limey screenwriter Lem Dobbs, the reaction was positive. Now that the name supporting cast is being revealed, I’m curious to hear what people have to say. Personally, each news item has elevated my interest. There are also some new details on the script, as the original idea for the film has been reworked slightly, though it is still very much in the action/thriller vein. Read More »

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You might have read about Steven Soderbergh making an action thriller with MMA fighter Gina Carano and been interested, but perhaps not actually excited. That’s about where I was, though the involvement of his screenwriter from The Limey, Lem Dobbs, was definitely a point in the movie’s favor. But with Soderbergh describing the movie as a combination of old-school Bond and John Boorman’s standard-setting weirdo action thriller Point Blank, my interest in Knockout just shot up to stratospheric levels. Read More »

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The mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano is to make her big screen starring debut in Steven Soderbergh‘s Knockout, a spy drama he’s comparing to James Bond but also sounds to me a little like Luc Besson’s Nikita. Described by producer Ryan Kavanaugh as “mainstream action film with universal appeal for a reasonable budget” this picture sounds like heaven on a slice of warm toast.

The screenplay for Knockout has been written by Lem Dobbs, who had a hand in writing Dark City and was previously responsible for scripting Soderbergh’s The Limey and Kafka, as well as Edward Ford, reputedly one of the great unproduced screenplays of all time. The boy can write.

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