Steven Soderbergh has two big pictures coming down the pipe for 2011: Contagion, which he recently finished shooting, and Haywire, the thriller in which MMA fighter Gina Carano makes her big acting debut as a double-crossed black ops soldier who is out for revenge. We haven’t seen very much at all from Haywire, despite the fact that the film is finished and test-screening, but now there are some great concept posters floating around.

These aren’t likely to be final — more than likely when the movie actually hits theaters the one-sheet  art will foreground much of the strong supporting cast. (Like Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas.) So take a look at this art now — there are some excellent images here. Read More »

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Here’s a brief update on Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming spy/fight film Knockout, which has been the subject of several casting breaks over the past week. The latest (and last?) major cast member to sign on is Michael Angarano. Gina Carano plays an operative for a private military contractor who is betrayed by one of her teammates. Angarano will play a teenager who ends up as Carano’s unwitting partner after he helps her out of a tight spot, says THR.

That’s the first shred of plot that has lessened my interest in the movie, but I’ll still trust in Soderbergh and his screenwriter Lem Dobbs. Also in the cast, in case you missed the news, are Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum. Antonio Banderas is rumored to be signing on, too.

Meanwhile, care to place your bets on whether Agnarano is in the running to be the new Peter Parker in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot? Along with Anton Yelchin and Andrew Garfield, you’d think he’s very possibly on the shortlist.

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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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