There’s a new Jason Statham movie coming, and in the first look at the picture, you’ll find that the star looks so much like… Jason Statham. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” must be the mantra of everyone involved with any film starring the guy. So for the film Wild Card, we see Statham appearing, more or less, as himself. The trick this time is that the movie is a remake of a film called Heat — not the Michael Mann movie, but a mid-’80s Burt Reynolds movie scripted by William Goldman (The Princess Bride, All the President’s Men, Marathon Man) based on Goldman’s own novel about a bodyguard and gambler who gets into bad stuff with the mob.
In an interesting twist, this film also uses the ’80s-era Goldman script, as the author never thought the original turned out all that well. (He’s right.) So this is a remake, but one that ditches the typical modern remake playbook. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Thought shark-tornadoes were a ridiculous idea? Wait til we send them into outer space! Or at least, that’s what the artwork on the new Sharknado 3 seems to be saying. Also after the jump:
- Tina Fey says it’s “too late” for a Mean Girls sequel
- Bette Midler is totally up for a Hocus Pocus sequel
- John Lasseter explains why they’re making Toy Story 4
- Jason Statham is returning for a sequel to The Mechanic
- The Transporter Legacy sets a summer release date
- Rumors has it Sam Smith will sing the Bond 24 theme
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Posted on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
The unstoppable Fast & Furious series continues next spring with Furious 7, and today we have a first look at same. The high-speed sequel brings back franchise favorites like Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Michelle Rodriguez, while adding fresh faces like Jason Statham and Kurt Russell. James Wan directs. Watch the first Furious 7 trailer after the jump.
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I’m just going to assume that you didn’t download the leak of The Expendables 3, and that if you’re waiting to see the film you can hang on for two more weeks. Here’s one final Expendables 3 trailer to make the wait easier, and this clip has plenty of action from Patrick Hughes’ sequel. Sylvester Stallone returns as the leader of a paramilitary gang, and this time the crew stares down a one-time comrade turned arms dealer played by Mel Gibson. It’s all action, and the roster of stars old and new is so huge that the returning cast members barely fit in the trailer. Read More »
A second Expendables 3 trailer has just been released. It asks that you “hang on for one last ride.” However, with a cast like this (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kellen Lutz, Ronda Roussey, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson to name a few), it’s hard to imagine The Expendables won’t be back again (and again). Especially since this latest trailer looks bigger than the last two films in every single way. It features the first actual footage we’ve seen from the August 15 release, including tons of action, attitude, humor and a roll call of the entire roster. Check out the latest Expendables 3 trailer below. Read More »
The badasses of action are back in not one, not two, but sixteen character posters for this summer’s The Expendables 3. Everyone’s here, including the returning cast (Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Randy Couture), the new young team (Kellen Lutz, Ronda Roussey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell) and some new iconic additions (Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson). Directed by Patrick Hughes, the star-studded action film opens August 15. Check out sixteen Expendables 3 posters below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s not really surprising that suave, handsome Englishman Jude Law would book a role in a James Bond-esque spy flick. But it’s something of an unexpected delight to hear that he’s been cast in this particular James Bond-esque spy flick.
Law is joining Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Susan Cooper, the next comedy from Bridesmaids and The Heat helmer Paul Feig. More details after the jump.
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The one person more excited than fans for Colin Trevorrow’s sequel Jurassic World is Chris Pratt. The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy star has been confirmed as one of the film’s leads and, in a new interview, he talks about how the film ties into the original three, and some specifics of his character. It’s vague, but more than we’ve heard about the film in some time. Below, read about that as well as the following:
- Jason Statham signs for The Mechanic 2…
- …but not Transporter 4, which is an origin story reboot.
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Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Matthew Vaughn‘s Layer Cake was instrumental in helping Daniel Craig land the iconic role of James Bond, but nowadays Craig is so busy 007-ing that he presumably doesn’t have time for the sequel. So he’s being replaced with another glowering British badass. Jason Statham and his manager / producing partner Steve Chasman have picked up the rights to J.J. Connolly‘s book Viva La Madness, the follow-up to his Layer Cake. Hit the jump for plot details on the new story and more.
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Briefly: Jason Statham is best known as an action guy, but some of his earliest roles had a heavy touch of comedy to them. He was good at it, too — the very charisma that makes him bankable as an action star has its roots in those partially comic roles. I’m surprised he’s been away from explicitly comic work for a while, though there’s no doubt that many of his action films have a definite undercurrent of humor; it’s just not as thick as you’ll find in, say, Snatch.
Now Statham is in talks for a supporting role in Susan Cooper, the film that will re-team Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy. She’ll be “a bumbling secret agent” and he’ll be a spy on her side of the national fence. Which probably means he’ll be the straight man, which is a role he’ll be very ably equipped to play. [Deadline]