LOL: Hack Directors Venn Diagram

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Something that I came across a couple weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to post on the site is this wonderful Hack Directors Venn Diagram from MadAtoms. While I don’t necessarily agree with all of the selections, or reasonings (for example, attempt at style is counter intuitive to the dictionary definition of “hack”), I do think it’s both clever and funny. I’m not sure why Adam Shankman is getting picked on for not being funny when there are better examples of “Isn’t Funny But Makes Comedies” like Tyler Perry. And it is very fitting that Brett Ratner ended up in the center of the diagram.

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Paul WS Anderson never seems to stop working. It’s a lot easier, sure, when working with unabashedly commercial projects, but if some of the filmmakers that I like a lot more could manage to work half as often as he does, this would be a very different cinema landscape. Now, according to Shock Till You Drop, Anderson is working on a prequel to his 2008 film Death Race. Which, wait a second, means he’s writing a prequel to a prequel? Read More »

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Milla Jovovich is promoting The Perfect Getaway, but is also talking about Resident Evil 4: Afterlife, which starts shooting later this year. She has confirmed that her husband, Paul WS Anderson, will direct as well as produce, and that he’s reasearching 3D techniques in order to shoot this chapter in the format. She’s also given a bit of info about what we’ll be likely to see, storywise, and it sounds like Jovovich will be busy, if nothing else. Why? “The clones are definitely in it,” she tells Bloody Disgusting. Read More »

Do we really need another Resident Evil sequel? Paul W.S. Anderson thinks so. Of course, he isn’t known for his good ideas, or filmmaking skills, or… well, all he he’s really known for is having made some really shitty genre films. The director tells the Sunday Sun that he’s writing “an adaptation of the Long Good Friday right now, set in present-day Miami. Then I will probably write Resident Evil 4.”

It was reported a while back that he was in talks to make another film, but this looks like the first confirmation that he’s going to give it a go. Hey, at least he’s not trying to direct a new Beverly Hills Cop or remake Conan. The Resident Evil franchise is like a little doggy cage, keeping him busy while also keeping hims from finding new projects to ruin.

via: horror-movies.ca

LOL: AVP Child Predator Gloves

Still undecided about what to be for Halloween this year? Paul W.S. Anderson’s Alien vs. Predator continues to inspire fanboys four years later with these nifty “Child Predator Hands.” Windowless van, heavy duty trash bags, sleep-candy and mouth breathing not included. (Made in China)

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Paul W.S. Anderson Leaves Spy Hunter

A big screen adaptation of the video game Spy Hunter has been in the woks for almost five years now. Last year it was announced that Universal had hired hack director Paul W.S. Anderson (not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson) to helm the project, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached to star. Our friends at LatinoReview have some good news for video game fans – it looks like Anderson has lost interest in the film adaptation.

And with that, the current status of the project is now in flux. Is The Rock still going to do the movie? Will Universal Pictures even make the movie? Is a Spy Hunter movie even worth making? And if so, who will step up to helm it? Lets hope Uwe Boll isn’t on the short list. The answers to those questions and much more will be provided by you the /Film readers, in the comments.

Death Race Movie Trailer

Universal has released the first movie trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson’s Death Race remake starring Jason Statham. The prisoners who participate in death race have access to explosives and big guns which they incorporate into their cars in this anything goes race for freedom, but they don’t try to use them to escape? Seems to defy logic. But then again, when did we ever expect a Paul W.S. Anderson movie to conform to laws of logic. Check out the new trailer below and tell me what you think in the comments.

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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. Death Race will hit theaters on August 22nd 2008.

Plot Synopsis: Jason Statham leads the cast of an action-thriller set in the post-industrial wasteland of tomorrow, with the world’s most brutal sporting event as its backdrop. A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks. Now, adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for televised violence and a spectacular arena come together to form the “Death Race.”

Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames (Statham) is an expert at survival in the harsh landscape that has become our country. Just as he thinks he has turned his life around, the ex-con is framed for a gruesome murder he didn’t commit. Forced to don the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein — a crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill — Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island’s warden (Joan Allen): suit up or rot away in a cell.

His face hidden by a metallic mask, one convict will be put through an insane three-day challenge. Ames must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in the country’s toughest prison to claim the prize of freedom. Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, one desperate man will destroy anything in his path to win the most twisted spectator sport on Earth.

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Universal has released a batch of new photos for Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Death Race. Check them out after the jump. As always, click to enlarge.

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Death Race Battle

The new issue of Empire Magazine offers our first look at one of the explosive vehicular battle sequences from Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Death Race. Click on the photo above to enlarge. Before this photo hit, the Vegas odds of Death Race being any good were lower than Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe, and that’s saying a lot (and before anyone asks, there aren’t any actual Vegas odds…). W.S. Anderson, not to be confused with Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood), is the guy responsible for Mortal Kombat, Soldier, Resident Evil, and Alien vs Predator. His track record is worse than Ratner’s. But for some reason this new photo has caught my interest. Is there any chance this thing might actually be good? Here are a few mini reviews from an April test screening:

“Liked it quite a bit. The racing scenes felt like Mario Kart on steroids, as they had little markers when the racers drive over them, they get certain things like offensive or defensive weapons activated on their car. The violence in this movie is pretty brutal, people getting hit by cars, and some impalements. Definitely R-Rated material. The plot was kinda predictable, but it was a silly action movie, not Shakespeare.”

“I saw it. I thought it was a solid 7/10. Pretty entertaining, if you don’t think about certain aspects of the story. I’m normally not that big into racing movies, but this one was pretty good. Apart from Event Horizon, it’s probably the only movie I’ve liked that Anderson’s directed. The thing I hated most though was the ending, since it felt too abrupt. I also thought it was kind of annoying when they played the same group of songs twice, but since it’s a work-in-progress I guess that can change. And yeah, it’s definitely going to be rated R. If I had to guess the MPAA rating, it would be something like “rated R for strong graphic violence, language, and brief nudity” (people get blown up, beaten, shot to hell, set on fire, run over; the f-word is said a lot especially motherf__er; Statham’s butt is briefly seen when he gets hosed down in prison). Not the greatest movie, but pretty damn entertaining (and the audience seemed to like it as well).”

“I thought it was rad for what it was, a silly action update of an old cult classic. Statham was solid as he always is, the Frankenstein mask was bad ass. Ian McShane ruled every scene he was in like he typically does, and Tyrese was kept to a minimum, even though he ended up being the only other real main character. Odd. About the ending, I was semi-shocked by the abruptness, and it almost felt like they left a lot on the cutting room floor for this workprint, like there were possibly scenes about Case that weren’t in what we saw. I’m sure everyone there wanted to know what happened with her. If you’re looking for a gory action movie involving cars, this is a sure bet, I’m sure it’ll make some money when it comes out. I agree with what’s been said about it being Paul W.S. Anderson’s best movie, and I’m not a big fan of Event Horizon so I guess that’s saying something. It could also have been that it was free, if I paid for it, I might not like it so much. Just being honest there. Solid action flick, the kind that rarely seems to get made anymore.”

“I liked it. Statham kicks ass (again). Joan Allen plays a baddie badder than Cruella Deville. The cars are souped up with machine guns, shields and crazy stuff. Competitors race for their lives. What’s not to love? There was this amazing scene where this tattooed driver gets creamed by another driver just as he is escaping from his wreck of a car – whoa, one of the most amazing, shocking, BLOOD-splattering moments ever! No way its not gonna an R rating. Don’t miss. It doesn’t suck. Not for miles.”

A trailer is expected to be attached to Wanted, which hits theaters in June.

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Official Plot Synopsis: Jason Statham leads the cast of an action-thriller set in the post-industrial wasteland of tomorrow, with the world’s most brutal sporting event as its backdrop. A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks. Now, adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for televised violence and a spectacular arena come together to form the “Death Race.”

Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames (Statham) is an expert at survival in the harsh landscape that has become our country. Just as he thinks he has turned his life around, the ex-con is framed for a gruesome murder he didn’t commit. Forced to don the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein — a crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill — Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island’s warden (Joan Allen): suit up or rot away in a cell.

His face hidden by a metallic mask, one convict will be put through an insane three-day challenge. Ames must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in the country’s toughest prison to claim the prize of freedom. Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, one desperate man will destroy anything in his path to win the most twisted spectator sport on Earth.

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is scheduled to hit theaters on August 22nd 2008.

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Shock Till You Drop received a tip over the weekend from a source at 20th Century Fox who claimed that a sequel to last December’s generally hated Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem is a “certainty.” A second sequel in the battle royal sci-fi horror franchise would be rather surprising, as AvP-R didn’t reach $50 million domestically, though it made about $130 million worldwide. However one might expect sales of the DVD, set for April 15th, to be rather healthy. As aforementioned, after much boasting by visual effects wizard brothers Colin Strause and Greg Strause, their film still sucked about as much as the first AVP flick from Paul W.S. Anderson. The source didn’t clarify whether the Brothers Strause would return.

The question here is whether this potentially landmark franchise can ever retain the promise that existed in so many fanboys’ heads before it became a cinematic reality. Twentieth Century Fox has to realize at this point that the key factor to making an AVP film that can reach $100 million domestic (and a third film still could) is the director. At this point they need to go with a well known action director rather than a young hot shot with visual acumen.

While some of the thrill is gone after two outings, especially amongst the non-geek mainstream, an injection of class and a detachment from the prior two films could still make considerable bank. I doubt they could get Ridley Scott at this point, but that’s the type of talent they should aim for. And this isn’t about AVP so much as rebooting the Aliens and Predator franchises, neither of which are particularly strong go-to’s right now. As seen from the boffo grosses and insatiable interest in I Am Legend, moviegoers want their dark sci-fi, so do it right or don’t bother.

Discuss: Can you ever get excited for an AVP film again after the first two?