Robert De Niro has been trying to make The Comedian for a long while; in the film, he’ll play a sharp-tongued stand-up comic who specializes in insult comedy. At one point there was even a rumor that it might end up as a reunion for De Niro and Martin Scorsese. Earlier this year it looked like The Comedian was all set to go, with Mike Newell signed to direct.
Scheduling problems intervened, however, as they often do, and now the film has a new director. Taylor Hackford (Parker, Ray) will direct Robert De Niro in The Comedian, with a shoot scheduled to begin early in 2016.
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Parker is a Jason Statham action movie with a crime fiction pedigree. The film puts Statham in the role of Richard Stark‘s principled but vengefully violent thief Parker, betrayed by partners and left for dead, and ultimately preoccupied with revenge. Stark’s character has inspired one of the all-time great weird crime movies (Point Blank, with Lee Marvin) and a couple of entertainingly straightforward takes on the genre, notably the Mel Gibson film Payback.
Directed by Taylor Hackford and co-starring Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, and Nick Nolte, Parker seems to be another of the very straightforward takes on the character. That’s not a bad thing, but neither is it terribly inspiring. Still, if you’re in the market for a straight-up crime thriller with some sex and violence, this will probably do the trick. Read More »
This year might be the point where studio reliance on tentpole films finally got out of hand. We’ve seen Sony schedule a date for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man — that’s a sequel to a film that isn’t even close to finished, and which, consequently, no one has seen. And now Lionsgate has staked out a spot for Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, which also hasn’t finished shooting and won’t be seen by audiences for another seven months. That info, as well as dates for the thriller Parker and Henry Selick‘s new animated effort, are all below. Read More »
Here’s one of several casting breaks to come your way in the next few hours, and this one is pretty damned good. Why? Because after the break you’ll find info on the following:
- Nick Nolte takes a role in hard-boiled crime thriller Parker.
- Jesse Eisenberg plays dopplegangers in The Double.
- And Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried join the increasingly promising FBI vs magicians thriller Now You See Me. Read More »
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Briefly: Casting has been coming together quickly for Parker, which Taylor Hackford is directing with Jason Statham starring as the classic Richard Stark anti-hero. (As previously played on screen by Lee Marvin, Mel Gibson and others.) Jennifer Lopez is in talks for a key role, and Clifton Collins Jr. and Wendell Pierce signed to play other small roles. Now Deadline says that Michael Chiklis will play “Jason Statham’s nemesis” in the film. Word is that the John J. McLaughlin script jumps off from a number of Stark’s novels to create a new story. The debut novel The Hunter (’62)and later novel Flashfire (’00) are said to be part of the ingredient list.
Parker shoots in August.
After the long Fourth of July weekend we don’t have a lot of news on the casting front, but there are a few good stories to share, and they’re all in a similar vein. Today, the theme is crime pictures. After the break you’ll find info on the following:
- John Malkovich is taking the lead in Siberian Education, which chronicles the culture of crime in a small community near the Ukraine.
- Parker, the new screen version of Richard Stark’s classic crime character, gets two supporting players.
- And French film The Lookout casts Daniel Auteuil as a cop out to catch a sharpshooter who ruined a well-laid police plan. Read More »
Jennifer Lopez is making her way back to movie screens in a big way. She’ll recently showed up in The Back-Up Plan, will voice a character in Ice Age: Continental Drift, and now she’s in talks for two roles: one in What to Expect When You’re Expecting (more on that in a different article) and one in Taylor Hackford‘s Parker, which is set to star Jason Statham as the character created by Donald Westlake (under his penname Richard Stark) in the novel The Hunter. Read More »
What does Jason Statham have in common with Lee Marvin, Chow Yun Fat and Mel Gibson? Soon he could be the fourth actor to play a screen version of Parker, the principled thief created by Donald Westlake (under the alias Richard Stark) in a series of pulp novels. The previous three films (Point Blank, Full Contact and Payback) have all been pretty loose translations of the novel The Hunter, which introduced Parker in 1962 and kicked off a series that now includes twenty-four books. For this new version, simply called Parker, John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) scripted based on The Hunter, and Taylor Hackford is slated to direct. Read More »
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The first movie trailer for Ray/An Officer and a Gentleman helmer Taylor Hackford‘s new film The Love Ranch is now online. The indie drama is based on true events, and tells the story of the married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada. The film stars Helen Mirren, Joe Pesci, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Gina Gershon, Taryn Manning, Bryan Cranston, Bai Ling, M.C. Gainey, and Scout Taylor-Compton. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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In 2008, Ray director Taylor Hackford made a film called Love Ranch. Starring Helen Mirren and the return of Joe Pesci, the film is based on the real story of Joe and Sally Conforte, who in 1971 founded famed brothel the Mustang Ranch. Had the film not ended up on the shelf, it would have been Pesci’s first film since 2006’s The Good Shepherd, and his first big role in a decade.
But the film ended up mired in litigation, and has finally been freed for release. Love Ranch will hit theaters in a limited run this June, thanks to E1 Entertainment. Read More »