dredd 2

That the first Dredd was a big fat flop at the box office hasn’t stopped its fans from clamoring for a sequel. And star Karl Urban has been all too happy to keep hope alive, promoting petitions and teasing conversations with the studio.

But don’t start lining up for tickets just yet. Producer Adi Shankar brings the Dredd 2 buzz back down to Earth, pointing out that there isn’t even a script at this point. Hit the jump to read his latest update on the possible sci-fi sequel.

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I Saw the Devil

Spike Lee’s Oldboy wasn’t really a success in any sense when it opened last month. Critics met the film with a shrug, audiences failed to meet it at all, and fans who were against it to begin with got to crow “I told you so.”

But Oldboy‘s failure isn’t keeping producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna from trying to remake a different Korean revenge thriller starring Choi Min-sik. The pair have just picked up the English-language rights to I Saw the Devil, released in 2010 by Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird). Hit the jump for more details on the new project.

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Katee Sackhoff is the latest actress to join the female take on The Expendables, written by Dutch Southern and produced by 1984 Private Defense Contractors. She joins Gina Carano as the second member of the team, both cast before a director has even been named. The film has been described as a similar idea to The Expendables in that it’ll team up a bunch of female action stars.

Sackhoff is best known for playing Starbuck on the recent version of Battlestar Galactica, will soon appear in the new Riddick and was on 24, Bionic Woman and more. Read More »

In a move that will surprise no one, former MMA fighter and Haywire star Gina Carano has just been cast in a still untitled film pitched as “The Female Expendables.” The project, which will be produced by Adi Shankar‘s company 1984 Private Defense Contrators (The GreyMachine Gun Preacher, Killing Them Softly) came together last month after the successful opening of The Expendables 2. Dutch Southern is writing.  Read More »

Briefly: The Expendables 2 made a reasonable showing when it opened a relatively slow weekend this past Friday, and so we presume that plans for another similar film announced last week are still going through. Adi Shankar‘s company 1984 Private Defense Contrators, which co-financed films such as The Grey, Machine Gun Preacher, and Killing Them Softly, has hired Dutch Southern to write what is being called a female riff on The Expendables.

Variety says that Shankar will fully finance and produce this film, and that the company is already talking to “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.” Without knowing any of those names — people like Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and even Lucy Lawless come to mind — it’s difficult to gague what to expect from this. Will Shankar turn to someone like Cynthia Rothrock, who toplined loads of late ’80s and ’90s action films, often for the direct to video market? There aren’t nearly as many big female action stars from the ’80s and ’90s as there are male, and I can’t even guess who would be willing to sign on the dotted line first.