Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
If The Assignment was released in the ’70s, its ridiculous, politically incorrect premise would have ensured it a cult following for years to come. But this is 2017, so a thriller about a hitman forced to undergo gender reassignment surgery by a vengeful physician is (let’s break out the “P” word) problematic. There’s a conversation to be had about this: does the simple passage of time allow us to accept yesterday’s trash as something endearing and quaint? If director Walter Hill, who has been making movies since 1975, directed this 40 years ago, would it inspire an instant cringe?
I’m not going to make any sweeping proclamations until I get around to actually seeing this one, but I can’t help but admire the audacity of its mere existence, even as my brain is on fire with how wrong it all feels.
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I want to like Bullet to the Head. I really do. It marks the return of Walter Hill, who has made films I love (producing Alien, and directing The Warriors, 48 Hours) and it features Sylvester Stallone in a tough but smartass action role, which is a zone in which he can be very comfortable. But this third trailer for the movie doesn’t do anything to make the film’s problems seem less pervasive.
The story features Stallone as a hitman who teams up with a cop from NYC (Sung Kang) to find and stop the guy (Jason Momoa) who killed the cop’s partner and took Stallone’s daughter (Sarah Shahi) hostage. The use of Saliva’s woefully simple-minded song ‘Badass’ underscores the routine-looking action and good guy/bad guy buddy interaction between Sly and Kang. There could be something hidden here that the trailers aren’t capturing, so check out the footage below and see if you can see a great action movie between the lines. Read More »
Here’s a new look at Walter Hill‘s graphic novel adaptation Bullet to the Head, starring Sylvester Stallone as a hit man who teams with a cop from Washington DC (Sung Kang) to take down the guy who killed each of their partners. The first US trailer we saw was… well, let’s just go with “dated,” for now. This UK version has a little more energy, but isn’t a lot better. I’m hoping that Walter Hill’s feature return plays a lot better than these trailers make it look so far, and we’ll find out early next year. For now, check out this new trailer below. Read More »
Just as The Expendables 2 is about to open, some of the key players from that movie are also starting to get the word out about their next films. Earlier today Arnold Schwarzenegger’s standalone film The Last Stand had its first trailer go online, and now we’ve got the first real look at Sylvester Stallone in Bullet to the Head, the graphic novel adaptation that pairs him with Sung Kang in the fight against Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones).
For many film fans, however, the debut of this trailer is key because it’s the first new directorial work from Walter Hill in some time. Hill, who made a couple films you might have heard of (The Warrriors, 48 Hours, Driver, Streets of Fire) replaced original director Wayne Kramer, at around the same time as Kang replaced Thomas Jane. How do things look? See for yourself below. Read More »
Briefly: Uh-oh. Despite the fact that Joel Silver and his Dark Castle shingle, which has a home and frequent partner in Warner Bros., are behind the Sylvester Stallone graphic novel adaptation Bullet to the Head, the film needs a new distributor. Originally set to be directed by Wayne Kramer, then eventually helmed by action godfather Walter Hill, the movie features Stallone and Christian Slater teaming up to take down the guy (Jason Momoa) who killed both of their partners.
The film was set for an April 13 release, but that has been scrapped and the film is off WB’s calendar right now. Does that mean it is good and the studio wants to put it in a better fall spot? Or does that mean the movie is terrible and WB is just trying to make it go away? We have no way of knowing, but you can always check the argumentative comments thread in Deadline‘s initial post for some clue.
Sylvester Stallone is really back in action this week, with that teaser trailer for The Expendables 2 and a poster to go along with it. Sly even gets to hold down the poster solo, despite the fact that the whole selling point of The Expendables 2 is that it is an even bigger action ensemble than the first.
Now here’s a look at the aging action star in Bullet to the Head. The movie is the return of action director Walter Hill, who was Stallone’s pick to replace original helmer Wayne Kramer when some “creative differences” arose between star and director. The film is based ona Matz and Colin Wilson graphic novel, and also features Christian Slater, Jason Momoa and Jon Seda. Check out the full first image from the film, also seemingly featuring Momoa, below. Read More »
The film formerly called Headshot just got a shot of Slater. Christian Slater, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Holt McCallany have all joined the cast of the now-untitled movie that Walter Hill will direct based upon the graphic novel Bullet to the Head. In addition, we’ve got confirmation that Sung Kang (Fast Five) will play the sidekick role to Sylvester Stallone — i.e., the part that Thomas Jane was initially hired to play. Read More »
Thomas Jane isn’t a particularly cautious guy when acting as an interview subject, which is what makes him so much fun to talk to. (See also: Shia LaBeouf.) And he’s certainly got stuff to talk about now, because until recently he was meant to co-star in the film once called Headshot, which Walter Hill will direct with Sylvester Stallone playing the lead role. The film has lost that title, and it also lost Thomas Jane at some recent point.
The scuttlebutt was that Joel Silver had wanted to follow what he saw as the buddy-movie formula, and so cut Thomas Jane loose in favor of a non-white actor. Turns out that was exactly the case, and Thomas Jane talks about that, as well as his new werewolf movie, after the break. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
That Walter Hill project formerly known as Headshot still doesn’t have a title, but its cast is filling up quickly. Yesterday, we reported that Fairly Legal‘s Sarah Shahi had signed on to play Sylvester Stallone‘s daughter, and today there’s news that Jason Momoa has been added as the villainous Keegan. Momoa was most recently seen in Game of Thrones as Khal Drogo, and will next appear in Conan the Barbarian, opening August 19.
Adapted from Matz and Colin Wilson‘s graphic novel Bullet to the Head, the film follows a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and an NYPD detective who come together after their respective partners are murdered in order to launch “a high-stakes investigation that leads from the dingy back alleys of New Orleans all the way to the power corridors of Washington, D.C.” Production on the project is scheduled to begin this month in Louisiana. [Latino Review]
After the jump, Riki Lindhome boards Josh Schwartz’ Fun Size, and casting announcements begin for Season 2 of The Walking Dead.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley has been tapped to star as Jeff Buckley in a new biopic about the singer-songwriter. No, not that one — the other one. In true Hollywood fashion, there are currently two Buckley-based projects in the works: the one Jake Scott’s making with Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert as executive producer, and this one, directed by Daniel Algrant (Naked in New York). Scott’s film will be look at Buckley’s (tragically brief) life and career arc, whereas Algrant’s will focus on Buckley’s breakthrough performance at a 1991 tribute concert for his father, the late Tim Buckley. According to The Playlist, Algrant’s will also include a romance between Buckley and a working at the concert.
I really only know Badgley from Easy A and the handful of Gossip Girl episodes I’ve seen, and I can’t say he’s ever left a strong impression on me. (Well — I hated his Gossip Girl character, but that’s probably less his fault than the writers’.) So I can’t say whether this will be a good thing or a bad thing. Either way, there’s a chance he’ll be going up against fellow teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson, who’s still rumored to be circling the corresponding role in Scott’s movie. [24 Frames]
After the jump, rising star Andrea Riseborough wins the female lead in Welcome to the Punch, and Fairly Legal‘s Sarah Shahi signs on for Walter Hill’s next project.
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