Last year, Lionsgate scrapped its plans to build an indoor theme park called Lionsgate Entertainment City in New York City. But the company hasn’t gotten out of the theme park industry altogether – it’s just ramped up its efforts overseas.
A new report today brings us some details and the first concept art for a Now You See Me ride and a John Wick roller coaster at a theme park called Motiongate in Dubai, where Lionsgate already has a Hunger Games-themed attraction up and running. Get your first look at John Wick: Open Contract and Now You See Me: High Roller below.
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Many actors get the honor of playing at least one iconic character in their career, but Keanu Reeves has gotten to play three. Not only that, but Reeves will get to reprise all three of those characters in highly anticipated upcoming sequels. In the press tour for the first upcoming sequel, Bill and Ted Face the Music, Reeves spoke about his other two memorable characters, John Wick from the John Wick series and Neo from The Matrix, and answered the question that everyone wants to know: who would win in a fight? The answer is truly excellent (or bogus, depending on your preference).
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John Wick’s work won’t be done by the end of the fourth movie.
During a Lionsgate earnings call today, company CEO John Feltheimer revealed that not only is a fifth Wick movie in the works, but that the studio plans to film that sequel back to back with the upcoming fourth film. Yeah, I’m thinking he’s back (to back).
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The John Wick series turned a simple revenge thriller into a vast, expansive underworld of assassins who operate just out of sight. The Continental will expand that underworld even more, according to John Wick director Chad Stahelski, who revealed more details about the upcoming Starz TV series spin-off of the acclaimed action franchise. But while The Continental will focus on perspectives of different characters — including some characters who have appeared in the films — that doesn’t mean that Keanu Reeves’ famous hitman won’t appear in the TV show.
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Back before the coronavirus pandemic broke everything, everyone gathered together and celebrated the news that two big Keanu Reeves sequels – The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 – were going to be released on the same day, May 21, 2021. Then everything got shut down and delayed. So where does that leave that double-dose of Keanu? According to John Wick director Chad Stahelski, a guy who is also working on Matrix 4, the John Wick 4 release date is all but guaranteed to change at this point. Plus: Stahelski reveals that after John Wick 3, Keanu Reeves seemed ready to hang up his guns and call it quits on the franchise – only to then quickly change his mind. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 by Fred Topel
Starz first announced plans for a series set in the John Wick universe in January 2017, one year after the success of John Wick Chapter 2 in theaters. There have been sporadic updates on the series at each TCA and this year was no exception.
Starz President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch gave an executive session for the Television Critics Association and /Film asked for an update on The Continental.
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(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
The 2010s were a spectacular decade for action cinema – so much so, in fact, that we’re actually publishing two separate lists of the best action films of the past ten years here on /Film. We’ll have a list of the best international action movies arriving on the site soon, but in the meantime, join me as I run down the ten best domestically-released Hollywood action movies of the 2010s below, featuring a selection of films with astonishing stunts, thrilling chases, and fight scenes galore. Read More »
Chances are, you’ve all been watching and appreciating Chris O’Hara‘s work for a long time without even realizing it. He’s been in the stunt world going back to the early ’90s and worked on Fight Club with frequent collaborator, stunt performer-turned-Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch. Since then, the stunt performer-turned-stunt coordinator has worked with the Wachowskis, he contributed to the John Wick films and, undoubtedly the most dangerous stunt job of them all, We Bought A Zoo. He’s brought his expertise to huge franchises, including Jurassic World and The Hunger Games. During a press day for the Blu-Ray release of Hobbs & Shaw, we got a chance to talk to him about his latest work.
After speaking with O’Hara, I actually got to recreate a stunt from the movie with the help of a few very cool stuntmen. Just as you might exactly imagine, I made Dwayne Johnson’s skills pale in comparison. “It’s like a dance,” the stuntmen would say, breaking down the specific steps required to properly kick someone in the groin. (Keep your foot flat facing downward, if you’re interested.) Experiencing the specificity of the subtlest of moves, really, made the fight scenes in Hobbs & Shaw all the more impressive and artful. It truly is like a dance — except with more liability and danger. Go too far with an elbow hit and, well, it’s not pretty. Imagine an elbow landing on a temple and try not to cringe. Even seemingly minor moves are ripe with danger. Another observation from working with these stuntmen: as shown by the Academy Awards, they just don’t get enough of the love or acclaim they deserve. One of them even remarked it was nice to see excitement and appreciation over what they do for a living.
Below, you can find a few nuggets of information we learned from speaking with O’Hara about his take on the next-level fights in the John Wick franchise, finding stuntmen to fight alongside Dwayne Johnson, and the athleticism of Jason Statham.
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Joker hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but the dark, gritty comic book movie has already stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy. Many people are questioning the film’s reported violence, and showing concern that Joker is going to glorify its villainous lead character. Things got so heated that Warner Bros. actually released a letter which flat-out stated: “It is not the intention of the film, the filmmakers or the studio to hold this character up as a hero.” Now, Joker director Todd Phillips has again weighed in on the controversy, and he’s not happy about it. The filmmaker wants to know why his film seems to be being held to a higher standard than an ultra-violent action flick like John Wick. Does he have a point?
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