Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2009 by Devindra Hardawar
Things haven’t been so great for Wesley Snipes post-Blade 3. He appeared in a string of direct-to-video action movies, ran into a bit of tiff with the federal government, and pretty much seemed to fall of the radar. Now it looks like Snipes’ luck could be changing for the better: He has a role in Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming Brooklyn’s Finest, and today we’ve learned that he’s reteaming with Abel Ferrara (who directed Snipes in King of New York) for a new action thriller, Game of Death.
If you were expecting Snipes to be climbing an ascending pagoda fighting a variety of martial artists, expect to be disappointed. In this film Snipes will star as a bodyguard who is tasked with protecting a politician from five of the world’s best assassins. Now that I’ve written that out, I could see the film potentially being some sort of spiritual successor to the posthumous Bruce Lee project of the same name. Perhaps Snipes could take on these five assassins in sequence in a multilevel parking lot or shopping mall for an American perspective. Stunt goddess Zoe Bell and Robert Davi are currently signed to co-star.
Abel Ferrara has been in a similar irrelevancy doghouse as Snipes for some time now—and despite how schlocky this project may sound, I have high hopes for it. King of New York wasn’t a perfect film by any means, but it was an entertaining (if overly-stylized) crime film that made me think Ferrara had some sort of future.
Discuss: Would you like to see Wesley Snipes resurrect his career? Can anyone report back on his recent direct-to-video films?