When the sci-fi action flick Lockout arrived in theaters in 2012, many reviews pegged the film written by Luc Besson as a half-ass remake of John Carpenter‘s 1981 classic Escape from New York with the action transported to a space prison instead of a dark future. It appears critics weren’t the only ones annoyed with the similarities between the two films because director John Carpenter actually ended up suing writer Luc Besson because the script plagiarized the 1981 movie.
Previously, a court ruled that Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production banner, along with the film’s directors/co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather had to pay $95,000 (or 85,000 Euros) to John Carpenter, co-writer Nick Castle and StudioCanal. But Besson decided to appeal that ruling, and now the appeals court has finalized their ruling, and yet again, it’s not good news for The Fifth Element director. In fact, it’s worse than it was previously. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Lockout doesn’t boast the most original premise in the world — it’s perfectly obvious why it’s drawn comparisons to both Taken and Escape From New York — but there’s at least one good reason to keep an eye out for this film, and that’s star Guy Pearce. The reliably compelling Aussie actor plays up his badass/smartass side as Agent Snow, a former government agent who’s wrongly been convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. He’s offered a chance to go free, if he can save the president’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from violent inmates at a maximum security prison… in space!
FilmDistrict has released the first five minutes of the movie, which see Pearce getting pummeled quite a bit for making cheeky remarks instead of explaining what happened in that hotel room, before showing us what really did happen in that hotel room. Watch it after the jump.
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The movie Lockout, in which Guy Pearce plays a Snake Plissken-like character charged with rescuing a bigwig’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from a satellite prison, came almost out of nowhere last year. We knew the film was coming together, but then the first clips of footage suggested that it aspires to be more fun, cheeky and Escape From New York-like than we’d expected. Response to the early footage was strong.
At WonderCon this weekend, a five-minute clip was shown to audiences, and that clip is now online. It covers a lot of ground, from a desperate fight scene/setpiece to Pearce administering one of the most stomach-churning emergency medical procedures we’re likely to see in a film this spring. Read More »
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2012 looks like it could be a year with a particularly strong crop of movies, and the b-picture isn’t getting left out of the action. This week alone we’ve got The Grey and Man on a Ledge (with the former being a lot more satisfying than the latter) and there are more coming in later months.
One of the more appealing ones is Lockout, aka Lock-Out, aka MS One: Maximum Security, aka a space-set blend of Escape From New York and Taken, starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. (I also see shades of the Jack recruitment mission from Mass Effect 2.) The trailers we’ve seen for the film (here and here) make it look like a great time, and now there is a new one that much more actively sets up the plot, in which Guy Pearce has to rescue the daughter of the US President from a locked-down prison satellite. Check it out below. Read More »
Luc Besson produced his own remake of Escape From New York without even telling us!
The film Lockout, (also Lock-Out, and now MS One: Maximum Security, at least in France) has been called ‘Taken in space’ because it is from Luc Besson’s company and has Maggie Grace once again playing a daughter in peril. This time she’s the daughter of the US President, and she’s stuck on a maximum-security prison satellite after all the prisoners are freed. Guy Pearce is the guy recruited to save her, and he’s certainly doing a pretty damn good riff on Snake Plissken.
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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp turns an eye to space for the film Lockout (or Lock-Out depending on where you live), in which Guy Pearce has to rescue Maggie Grace from a prison that has been taken over by the inmates. Yep, there’s a reason this movie has been referred to as ‘Taken in space’ ever since it was in the first stages of production.
But with the international trailer for the movie, Lockout does start to establish some character of its own. The core of the trailer is a conversation between Pearce and Peter Stormare in which Pearce gets slapped around more than a little bit. The effects seen in the trailer look determinately mid-budget, but if Pearce can channel some of the same kick-ass spirit that possessed Liam Neeson in Taken, the effects might not matter much at all. Read More »
As we’ve said in several pieces in the past, Rian Johnson‘s third film Looper (which follows Brick and The Brothers Bloom) is one of our most anticipated pictures in the next year or so. FilmDistrict and Tri-Star are releasing the film, and we’d hoped to see it sometime early next year. Sadly, we’re going to have to wait a bit longer than that. Tri-Star has set a date for the film: September 28, 2012. Read More »
Netflix is taking another small step towards replacing — or at least competing directly with — traditional pay cable services like HBO and Showtime. The company has signed a deal with new distributor FilmDistrict to stream movies in the post-DVD release window traditionally reserved for subscription cable channels. Read More »
Maggie Grace probably likes Luc Besson a lot — he produced Taken, in which she played the kidnapped daughter of Liam Neeson. She’s already attached to Taken 2 (which may or may not get made) and now she’s set to co-star with Guy Pearce in the Besson-produced space thriller Lockout. Deadline has few details to offer, saying first that Lockout “transports a Taken-like premise to outer space.” The script is by Besson and co-directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, and the other details we have make the film sound a lot like a retread of Taken in space. Read More »