Over the past couple weeks we’ve heard a lot about the casting process for Guardians of the Galaxy at Marvel Studios. The film is the next big thing from the studio, and requires the assembly of a substantial cast to play the team of the title.
Chris Pratt won the lead role, and at the end of last week we heard that Jason Momoa had been offered one of the prime secondary roles. That was followed by some dithering about whether or not he was going to take the salary Marvel is offering. We’ve heard that sort of thing before, especially with respect to Marvel, which notoriously lowballs salaries for actors. Ultimately, Momoa has reportedly passed on the role.
But since we’re talking about this a lot lately, there’s some background to this dealmaking that sets Marvel apart from other studios, and it is worth knowing. Every studio tests actors for big roles in new tentpoles, but no movie studio does it in quite the same way Marvel does. The specifics of Marvel’s working method mean that the way things get reported are a little different from other outfits, as well. So let’s dig in to how the company does business, to get a better understanding of what some of the news reports mean. Read More »
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The leap to the big screen has been rough for Jason Momoa, who until a few years ago was best known for roles on Stargate: Atlantis and the late-model Baywatch. The Conan remake didn’t do him any great favors, but at least he landed in Game of Thrones. Numbers tell me that not many of you saw Momoa menace Stallone in Bullet to the Head last month, but here’s the thing: the movie isn’t good, but Momoa lights it up every time he’s on screen. The guy is charismatic, scary, and brutish all at once.
Now he reportedly has one of the biggest roles in town: Momoa has been offered the character of Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Read More »
I want to like Bullet to the Head. I really do. It marks the return of Walter Hill, who has made films I love (producing Alien, and directing The Warriors, 48 Hours) and it features Sylvester Stallone in a tough but smartass action role, which is a zone in which he can be very comfortable. But this third trailer for the movie doesn’t do anything to make the film’s problems seem less pervasive.
The story features Stallone as a hitman who teams up with a cop from NYC (Sung Kang) to find and stop the guy (Jason Momoa) who killed the cop’s partner and took Stallone’s daughter (Sarah Shahi) hostage. The use of Saliva’s woefully simple-minded song ‘Badass’ underscores the routine-looking action and good guy/bad guy buddy interaction between Sly and Kang. There could be something hidden here that the trailers aren’t capturing, so check out the footage below and see if you can see a great action movie between the lines. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
X-Men and Watchmen scribe (and Solid Snake voice actor) David Hayter has been trying to break into feature filmmaking for some time now, but luck hasn’t really been on his side. He was working on a (pre-Iron Man 2) Black Widow project before Lionsgate hit the brakes on that, and tried for years to land the Watchmen helming gig before Zack Snyder ultimately got the job. When a werewolf thriller titled Wolves was announced back in 2010, it seemed he was finally getting ready to settle into the director’s chair. Then not much was heard about the movie for a couple of years, and we more or less forgot about it.
Hayter’s continued working on the project under the radar, though, and now the first pieces of casting are falling into place. Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) nabbed the lead role a few weeks ago, and now he’s being joined by Jason Momoa (a.k.a. Khal Drogo) and relative newcomer Merritt Patterson. Dave Elsey, who won an Oscar for his makeup work on The Wolfman, is on board to design the creatures. More details after the jump.
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Just as The Expendables 2 is about to open, some of the key players from that movie are also starting to get the word out about their next films. Earlier today Arnold Schwarzenegger’s standalone film The Last Stand had its first trailer go online, and now we’ve got the first real look at Sylvester Stallone in Bullet to the Head, the graphic novel adaptation that pairs him with Sung Kang in the fight against Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones).
For many film fans, however, the debut of this trailer is key because it’s the first new directorial work from Walter Hill in some time. Hill, who made a couple films you might have heard of (The Warrriors, 48 Hours, Driver, Streets of Fire) replaced original director Wayne Kramer, at around the same time as Kang replaced Thomas Jane. How do things look? See for yourself below. Read More »
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Briefly: Uh-oh. Despite the fact that Joel Silver and his Dark Castle shingle, which has a home and frequent partner in Warner Bros., are behind the Sylvester Stallone graphic novel adaptation Bullet to the Head, the film needs a new distributor. Originally set to be directed by Wayne Kramer, then eventually helmed by action godfather Walter Hill, the movie features Stallone and Christian Slater teaming up to take down the guy (Jason Momoa) who killed both of their partners.
The film was set for an April 13 release, but that has been scrapped and the film is off WB’s calendar right now. Does that mean it is good and the studio wants to put it in a better fall spot? Or does that mean the movie is terrible and WB is just trying to make it go away? We have no way of knowing, but you can always check the argumentative comments thread in Deadline‘s initial post for some clue.
Sylvester Stallone is really back in action this week, with that teaser trailer for The Expendables 2 and a poster to go along with it. Sly even gets to hold down the poster solo, despite the fact that the whole selling point of The Expendables 2 is that it is an even bigger action ensemble than the first.
Now here’s a look at the aging action star in Bullet to the Head. The movie is the return of action director Walter Hill, who was Stallone’s pick to replace original helmer Wayne Kramer when some “creative differences” arose between star and director. The film is based ona Matz and Colin Wilson graphic novel, and also features Christian Slater, Jason Momoa and Jon Seda. Check out the full first image from the film, also seemingly featuring Momoa, below. Read More »
Let’s hear it for actors who try to take their careers into their own hands. It’s not something that always works out, but I can applaud people who are proactive when it comes to shaping the direction of their career path. We’ve recently heard that Bradley Cooper, for example, is so keen on making a film based on Dan Simmons’ Hyperion novels that he’s angling to write the script himself. And now Jason Momoa, who plays the lead in the new version of Conan the Barbarian, says he is writing a script for the sequel. Read More »
Here’s the latest trailer for Conan the Barbarian, in which Jason Momoa, under the direction of Marcus Nispel, seeks to reanimate the cinematic vitality of Robert E. Howard‘s signature character. Arnold Schwarzenegger created the version many know and love, and he leaves some big shoes to fill. Previous trailers and pics have left us doubtful that it is really going to work. (But also hopeful for a positive outcome.) Now take a gander at the latest trailer, from the UK, in which a young Conan picks up a sword on his way to becoming 20-something Conan. See if this does the trick. Read More »