Simon West Will Direct ‘The Expendables 2′

Briefly: I know there are people who really like the films of Simon West (Con Air, Tomb Raider, The Mechanic) and I expect that audience will be thrilled that he is directing the sequel to The Expendables. Will he do a better job than Sylvester Stallone did with the original? Hard to say; two out of Sly’s last three films have been either genuinely good (Rocky Balboa) or a lot of fun (Rambo) so he’s probably got another good one in him. But The Expendables, a purely by the numbers exercise, sure wasn’t it.

So let Simon West have a crack at the sequel that will reunite Sly, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and possibly Bruce Willis, with new participants very likely. (There will probably be a new female lead, playing the daughter of Mickey Rourke’s character.) David Agosto and Ken Kaufman are writing this one, and I’m hoping they’ve come up with material to really match the testosterone level of the cast. The Expendables 2 will release on August 17, 2012. [Deadline]

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Danny Huston will join Nicolas Cage in the Taken-like action thriller Medallion. The film has Nic Cage as a thief whose daughter is abducted and shoved in the trunk of a NYC cab. With help from another thief who is also his ex-girlfriend (Malin Akerman) the guy faces a ticking clock if he wants to rescue his girl.

Simon West directs, from a script by David Guggenheim and the film is just about to shoot in New Orleans. We don’t yet know Danny Huston’s role. [The Playlist]

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Nicolas Cage has found a real partner in crime at Nu Image / Millennium films (or maybe it is the other way around) and the next film from the actor and mini-studio is the Taken-style action thriller Medallion, to be directed by Con Air helmer Simon West.

While the folks at the studio seem to want Amber Heard to be a part of their regular cult cast, too, it looks like Red Sonja, also with Simon West directing, might be the company’s next chance to put her to work. Nic Cage’s Medallion co-star will be Malin Akerman instead. Read More »

Simon West May Direct Amber Heard in ‘Red Sonja’

A Red Sonja film has been percolating for the last few years, kicked off when Rose McGowan was set to star with Robert Rodriguez producing. Teaser artwork was dramatically unveiled, and the film seemed like one of several that would be the fruit of the real-life relationship between the director and his Planet Terror actress. But things changed, and while it seemed for a moment as if the film might survive the end of the Rodriguez/McGowan relationship, that version of Red Sonja has been dead for some time.

The film is still being developed at Nu Image/Millennium, however. Now producer Avi Lerner says that he’s got Simon West set to direct a new version, and that he likes his Drive Angry actress Amber Heard for the title role. Read More »

‘The Mechanic’ Red Band Movie Trailer


CBS Films has released an uncensored red band movie trailer for The Mechanic, British director Simon West’s (Con Air, Tomb Raider, When a Stranger Calls) remake of the Charles Bronson thriller starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, and Donald Sutherland also co-stars. The story follows Statham as a veteran hitman who takes on an apprentice (Foster) who has a connection to one of the hitman’s previous victims. The trailer has a bit more blood than the previous green band trailer, and a brief shot of top-frontal nudity. I’m not sure I care much for the story (hasn’t this been done more than a few times before?) but the action sequences looks like a lot of fun. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Everyone know the jolt of fear that runs through your body when you think you’ve forgotten something in a taxi cab. Well imagine the jolt if, instead of a cell phone, it was your daughter left in the cab and you only had a few hours to find her. That’s the rough plot of Medallion, which will feature Nicolas Cage as former master thief, searching for his daughter, who has been taken hostage and locked in the trunk of a Medallion Taxi Cab in New York City. Read More »

CBS Films has released the official trailer for The Mechanic, British director Simon West’s (Con Air, Tomb Raider, When a Stranger Calls) remake of the Charles Bronson thriller starring Jason Statham. He’s got Ben Foster along for the ride, presumably taking over the role played by Jan-Michael Vincent in the original. Donald Sutherland also co-stars. The story follows Statham as a veteran hitman who takes on an apprentice (Foster) who has a connection to one of the hitman’s previous victims.

Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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In advance of the American Film Market, LionsGate has picked up US distribution rights to three films: Dredd (based on the Judge Dredd comics), Safe and Protection. All three films are from financing/sales company IM Global. Info on all three films is after the break. Read More »

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