meg first look

A film adaptation of Steve Alten’s 1997 prehistoric killer shark book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror has been on and off the table for the better part of two decades now. If you journey into the /Film archives, you’ll find a 2007 post about how New Line was killing their version after years of failed development. From there, the film continued to wade through murky development hell, with various directors coming and going. Finally, earlier this year, National Treasure‘s Jon Turteltaub climbed on board, Jason Statham signed on to star, and some Chinese financing made the whole project feel like less of a risk for Warner Bros.

Now, the first image from Meg has arrived, an image that stands in defiance to both God and man. This movie has officially been willed into existence.

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mechanic resurrection trailer

Jason Statham is nothing if not consistent. Although he’s taken detours into blockbuster territory with Furious 7, showcased some strong comedy chops in Spy, and made the (love ’em or hate ’em) wholly singular Crank movies, Statham’s bread and butter has always been the modestly budgeted action movie. The continuously expanding Jason Statham library isn’t full of too many great movies, but it is full of movies that make simple promises and then deliver exactly what you need them to deliver. He is the king of low expectations. You put on one of his movies hoping to watch a tough guy with a cockney accent obliterate a bunch of bad guys and he always delivers. And that’s not faint praise, either. There aren’t many actors who can pull that off.

Mechanic: Resurrection looks like another typical entry in the ever-expanding Statham canon. It looks refreshingly small when compared to most modern action movies, incredibly straightforward, and built entirely around the pleasure of watching this man kick every single ass that crosses his path.

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Spy Melissa McCarthy

Before Spy was released into theaters, writer-director Paul Feig already knew he wanted to make a sequel, and what it would be about. The director had hoped to turn The Heat into a franchise–something Sandra Bullock wasn’t onboard with–but it looks like he may get his wish with a Spy 2. The director of this summer’s Ghostbusters reboot is adamant about making the sequel, which would involve more of Rick Ford (Jason Statham), the one and only man who can walk through fire, waterski blindfolded, and take up piano at a late age.

Below, learn more about the Spy sequel.

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Fast 8 Cast Photo

Just over a week ago, a video from the production of Fast 8 featured nearly the entire cast of the action sequel on set, though not with all of them together. Now a new photo from Vin Diesel rounds up all the principal performers from the film directed by F. Gary Gray, including all the returning cast members and the new ones as well. It also gives us our first look at Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju in the film with that wild red beard of his intact. Check out the Fast 8 cast photo below. Read More »

Fast 8 Set Video

Production is underway on Fast 8, the next sequel in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise. Recently the film because the first major Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba, so that will be something cool to see on the big screen next spring. But this past week marked the first time Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) got his whole team together on set all at once.

Universal has a released a set video of the cast having the time of their life working on the sequel, and you can watch that after the jump. In addition, a couple other official videos straight from the set offer even more glimpses at the production and what we can expect from the action-packed sequel. Watch the Fast 8 set videos after the jump. Read More »

Meg Concept art

It looks like Meg may have finally crawled its way out of development hell. An adaptation of Steve Alten‘s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror has been in the works for a long time now, but the budget, time and time again, has proved to be an issue. In 2007, millions of dollars were spent on Jan de Bont‘s (Speed) version of the project before New Line pulled the plug. Eli Roth recently ran into similar issues on Meg. After Roth had exited the project, Jon Turteltaub took over the film.

Once The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Cool Runnings director became attached to the adaptation, things began to look up for Meg, which landed the all-powerful Jason Statham and superstar Fan Bingbing (X-Men Days of Future Past) as its two leads.

Learn more about the Jason Statham shark movie below.

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jason statham meg

Steve Alten‘s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror was first published in 1997 and the film adaptation has been in development for almost as long. Every few years, someone commits to a film adaptation of this tale of Man versus Giant Prehistoric Killer Shark and every few years, the whole thing falls apart. Now, nearly twenty years after the initial plans to make this movie, a new batch of names have become associated with the project.

Carcharodon megalodon, meet Jason Statham. Jason Statham, meet Carcharodon megalodon.

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The Expendables 4

Despite The Expendables 3‘s underwhelming box-office performance in the States, this franchise isn’t dead yet. They can’t seem to get these movies right, but that’s not stopping Sylvester Stallone (Antz) and all involved from making Expendables 4. Learn more about the sequel after the jump.

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Jason Statham in Death Race

Jason Statham surprised us all with his comedy chops in Spy, and now he’s about to branch out in an even more unexpected direction. Viva La Madness, the Layer Cake follow-up that’s been cooking for a couple of years now, is now being reworked as a TV series with Statham still attached to star. It’ll be his first-ever small-screen gig.

Get all the details on the Jason Statham Viva La Madness TV show after the jump.  Read More »

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Transporter Refueled second trailer

The Transporter is back, but this time it’s not Jason Statham behind the wheel. Instead, Ed Skrein has stepped into the role of a former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin, who ends up being thrust into danger at every turn thanks to his job transporting classified packages for questionable people, with no questions asked.

We’ve already seen the first trailer for the franchise sequel/reboot The Transporter Refueled, but now we get to see more of the story in a second trailer. This time Frank is interrupted during time with his father (Ray Stevenson) when one of his jobs gets him in deep with the wrong people. Watch the The Transporter Refueled second trailer below. Read More »