Universal Soldier, the 1992 action film that launched a series of surprisingly good direct-to-video sequels, is the latest title to receive the inevitable reboot treatment. Richard Wenk, the screenwriter of The Equalizer, says he’s about to turn in a script for a “re-imagining” of the film, which focused on two dead Vietnam War soldiers (Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren) brought back to life to be super soldiers in the 1990s. More on the Universal Soldier reboot below.
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Sony may intend to launch their Spider-Man cinematic universe without the help of Spider-Man, but that won’t stop the screenwriter of the upcoming Kraven the Hunter movie from dreaming big. Screenwriter Richard Wenk claims that the solo film of frequent Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter will feature an appearance from the friendly neighborhood superhero himself. Whether that will actually come to pass is another story.
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Sony has a plan. Maybe. They’re hell-bent on making their Spider-Verse – which is separate from the MCU’s Spider-Man related films – work. Tom Hardy and his big CGI tongue are coming to theaters this year with Venom. And then there’s the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, also due out this year. And now, here’s something for the future: a Kraven the Hunter movie. Sony has tapped Equalizer 2 writer Richard Wenk to pen the script for the film about the Spider-Man villain.
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Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Jake Gyllenhaal has had a really excellent run over these past few years, culminating in a career-best performance with Nightcrawler. But it’s not over. He seems poised to continue his winning streak with Southpaw, if the first trailer is any indication.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter, Southpaw stars Gyllenhaal as a boxer who’s lost everything — up to and including his daughter, who’s been taken away by Child Services. He begins the painful process of putting his life back together the only way he knows how, by re-entering the ring.
Rachel McAdams plays his beautiful wife, Forest Whitaker his strict coach, and Oona Laurence his cute kid. Check out the Southpaw trailer after the jump. Read More »
The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington in a version of the role that Edward Woodward made popular on TV in the ’80s, has barely even begun its marketing push, but a sequel is already under way. The first film opens on September 26, and so we haven’t yet seen a trailer. There’s only one official still (above). But The Wrap reports that test screening audiences have loved it, with one December screening delivering the highest-ever scores for an R-rated movie at Sony.
And so Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Mechanic, 16 Blocks) has been hired to script the sequel. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012’s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.
The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.
Hit the jump to read the full list.
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Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Universal isn’t giving up on its long-gestating Creature From the Black Lagoon remake. The project’s been kicking around in one form or another since the early ’80s, but has been pretty quiet the past few years. Now the studio’s starting fresh with writer Dave Kajganich. The scribe is no stranger to horror remakes. He was behind The Invasion, a 2007 remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In addition, he’s working on new versions of Stephen King’s Pet Semetary, It, and The Stand.
Kajganich will be starting from scratch on Black Lagoon, rather than rewriting any of the earlier drafts. Contrary to previous reports that Carl Erik Rinsch was in talks to direct, Black Lagoon has no director at this time. [THR]
After the jump, He-Man and Shadowman also get new writers.
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Looks like Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe aren’t going to revive ’80s TV show The Equalizer, after all. Last year Haggis was in talks to write a big-screen version of the show that starred Edward Woodward as a retired secret agent who tries to atone for his violent past by offering his services, pro bono, to those in need. The film also had Crowe attached to play the lead role, and it was easy to guess how he’d work out in the role originated by Woodward.
But things change, and in the year since we last heard about the project both Haggis and Crowe have evidently moved on. Today Sony released a statement about the company’s continuing first-look deal with production company Escape Artists. The release runs down several in-development projects, one of which is The Equalizer. It says that the film is being developed as a starring vehicle for Denzel Washington. Read More »