You can’t talk about the last ten years of movies without talking about Crank: High Voltage, right? The gonzo action pic was one of the most fascinating sequels from recent years, basically taking structure of the first movie but ramping everything up to 200. Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine‘s action movie never holds back, never quiets down, and never stops throwing everything in the kitchen sink. No hijinks or action beat is too silly or wild or grotesque. It is, without question, the pinnacle of Neveldine/Taylor’s filmmaking career together.
Ten years after Crank: High Voltage showed audiences a whole new world, Taylor remains incredibly proud of the movie. It’s only grown crazier over the years, too. How many action movies look and sound like this these days? Not many. The “love it or hate it” experience revels in itself, and it plays by no other movie’s rules than its own. Crank: High Voltage is just an explosion of grim and ridiculous creativity.
To celebrate the film turning ten years old this year, Brian Taylor recently spoke to us about the film.
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Forget superhero or Universal Monsters cinematic universes – how about a Crank cinematic universe, based around Jason Statham‘s unstoppable character Chev Chelios? That’s what Crank co-director Brian Taylor wants, and honestly, that’s not such a bad idea.
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We’ve been hearing about a possible Crank sequel for over seven years now. The 3D boom of the early 2000s should have alone made it worthwhile to have a Crank 3-D in production. At one point the story was going to have Chelios track down Osama Bin Laden as the plot for Crank 3, but as the filmmakers once put it, “that got fucked up.”
So what is the status of Crank 3? Mark Neveldine provides a status update and also talks about the insane filmmaker duo’s dream remake of The Warriors. Read about it, after the jump.
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Mark Neveldine has been best known as the writing and directing partner of Brian Taylor. The two moved from commercials to the Crank films, and most recently released Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
It was a year ago that Mark Taylor was announced as the director of Sony’s Twisted Metal video game to film adaptation, and now Brian Neveldine is taking over The Vatican Tapes, a supernatural thriller that has been in development for a few years. The film kicks off when a tape depicting an exorcism gone wrong leaks from the Vatican. Read More »
OK, so while the idea of the guys behind Crank making a Ghost Rider film seemed like a good idea on paper, it didn’t quite work out that way. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance has a few good sequences, sure, but most of it is fairly dire.
But there is a bit more entertainment to be had from the production. A set of deleted scenes and behind the scenes clips gives us a bit more footage of Nicolas Cage as he plays a man in the throes of demonic possession. The best part is that some of this material has unfinished effects, so we get to see the kooky light rig and makeup that Cage wore on set as he played Ghost Rider. Read More »
It’s been a bumpy ride for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. The film is a sequel to a movie very few people liked; when first announced there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm for the project. Then Crank and Gamer directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor came on board. Their hyper-kinetic, seat of the pants directorial style seemed so perfect for Ghost Rider that expectations elevated a bit. A Comic Con appearance featuring a lot of wild clips from the movie along with some great behind the scenes footage generated a legitimate sense of enthusiasm for the movie.
Then Spirit of Vengeance premiered at Harry Knowles’ 24-hour film marathon / birthday party this year, and things deflated really fast.
Just for the sake of fun, let’s turn back to the days of all that Comic Con excitement. If you weren’t in Hall H when Sony showed off the behind the scenes footage from Spirit of Vengeance, you can now check it out below. No matter how the final film actually plays, this is a great making-of clip. It might be a lot more fun to watch than the film. Read More »
The recent BNAT screening of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, from Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, turned out to be a giant miscalculation. The audience that you’d assume was most likely to be receptive to the Ghost Rider sequel ended up hating it, and now Columbia has wave of bad buzz to overcome.
The first step in the effort to sell the movie is this new trailer, which expands upon the crazy, fiery teaser trailer that appeared a while back. Trouble is, this shows off a lot of the story and reveals that the whole movie isn’t just Nic Cage pissing fire as Ghost Rider. I don’t know about you, but all I really want out of this movie is more things on fire. (Or more things being pissed on, or fire-pissed on, etc.)
Indeed, this trailer suggests that we’ve already seen a lot of the action in the movie, by recycling all the big, crazy action beats from the teaser trailer. Take a look below. Read More »
The Comic Con footage from Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor‘s Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance was the sort of stuff that makes a guy want to type in all caps enthusiasm. Who thought a sequel to the lousy 2007 Nic Cage Marvel Comics adaptation would ever look like so much fun? What prompted the enthusiastic Comic Con response? Think crazy God of War-style chain violence, vomiting flaming bullets, and pissing fire. And that stuff is all in the just-released trailer. So check it out below and then get excited and all-caps shouty in the comments. Read More »
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Briefly: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the directors of the two Crank movies, were at Comic Con to promote Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which got quite the good reception. One would think that, if that sequel hits and does particularly well, the duo might be able to jump to some other desirable projects.
And while that might happen, we might also still see a third Crank film from the directors. Efren Ramirez, who was in both films (in 2006 and 2009) also appeared at Comic Con, and he says that a third film is in the works, one which will either go forward with the character played by Jason Statham, or with someone new should he decide not to return. The video of his statements is after the break. Read More »
Devindra said it best when writing up Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at Comic Con: “this might not suck.” The beautiful thing about those big Hall H presentations is that you can feel the mood of the room swing positive or negative in real time. The Hall H audience is like a 6000-person-sized elephant, only a bit quicker on its feet, emotionally speaking. As we saw footage of the making of the film, and then some of the final product, you could feel one big, stupid collective grin forming across the giant hall.
So the Ghost Rider sequel no one thought they wanted became the Ghost Rider sequel to which many of us will be at least willing to offer a chance, thanks to the daredevil direction of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and the fact that the title character vomits bullets and pisses fire. We don’t yet have footage to embed, but in the meantime you can get a first look at the film via scans of images that appeared in the new Empire. Read More »