If there’s at least one other thing to expect going forward, it’ll be the return of Beyond Skyline star Frank Grillo to the Skyline franchise. Vertical Entertainment officially released the newest and third installment, Skylines, on multiple platforms last week starring Lindsey Morgan, Jonathan Howard, Alexander Siddig and Daniel Bernhardt, and over the weekend, the actor expressed interest in a fourth installment on Instagram.
Eager as you may be to catch what’s heading to Netflix UK next month, you can at least add the electrying sci-fi hit, Beyond Skyline, to your list of films to stream next month starting April 15. I can’t begin to express how happy I was when I had the chance to finally screen the film for a review as much as the film was able to prove its worth following its lesser-received 2010 predecessor, and rest assured, the addition of Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian to the roster with Frank Grillo and Bojana Novakovic was a plus.
The news was confirmed by noted film professor Christopher Probst who anchored the cinematography on the film’s adventurous production in Toronto and in Indonesia with the cast and crew led by director Liam O’Donnell. Probst delved further into the ins and outs of production with an extensive and detailed behind-the-scenes commentary in an Instagram post that leans well into the comments section, and you can certainly gather the passion applied by all involved, himself included.
Beyond Skyline is currently available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital HD, and is just one project that may or may not pair Grillo with Uwais in the months to come. It is also not the only Netflix acquistion of late for the Indonesian action star based on what I’ve heard and with at least four slated for arrival between now and next year, I’ll leave it to you to decide which comes first after this one. Happy guessing!
Next month, the alien invasion sci-fi action film, Beyond Skyline comes to Netflix. This project was a labor of love for director Liam O’Donnell @liamodin and I to pull together and when we first met to discuss making the movie, I pitched my fondness of old-school practical effects, classic in-camera slights of hand, creature effects work and achieving a sense of realism in integrating visual effects and practical photography. We both are fans of 80s sci-fi flicks like James Cameron’s Aliens, Predator, The Thing, etc. And those films definitely factored in the back of my mind in approaching the visual execution of our film. While we weren’t able to build every set practically, and many of the large aliens had to be achieved via CGI, I always wanted to anchor any of these elements with practical, on-set interactive lighting and effects . The film was filmed primarily in Indonesia, in Yogyakarta and Batam, while certain portions of the scenes set in Los Angeles were shot in LA and Toronto. The decision to shoot in Indonesia was not only financial but also factored into the storyline. It turned out that there was some sizeable stage space available to us in Batam that afforded us to build more sets and have a home base in close proximity to many of our exterior locations. We shot the film on Red Epic Dragon cameras @reddigitalcinema and Hawk V-Lite Vintage 74 anamorphic @hawkanamorphic lenses. . 1. Our cast of heroes led by Frank Grillo @frankgrillo1, Bojana Novakovic @bojnovak, Iko Uwais @iko.uwais and Yayan Ruhian @yayanruhiam make a stand at one of our Indonesian practical locations: the amazing Prambanan Temple ruins in Yogyakarta. 2. Another view of Prambanan as the characters discover it emerging out of a dense forest. . 3. Downtown Toronto standing in for LA for the opening of the film. In this pic, Mark (Frank Grillo) bails his troubled son Trent (Jonny Weston @jonnywestonofficial) out of jail. This scene was it with a 20x Ultrabounce overhead returning an 18K HMI, and an LRX backlight several blocks down the street. A 12x Full Grid half-light from frame right (lit with 2 2K fresnels) provides a little ground modeling to the talent. (continued)
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The Greg and Colin Strause-directed, independent 2010 critical sci-fi flop, Skyline, left a huge enough dent in box office earnings to warrant some wiggle room for a sequel. Enter Liam O’Donnell, having worked his way up from VFX work on several projects, as well as co-scripting and producing the first film and now sets his sights with a sequel as his directorial debut in Beyond Skyline – a film that by some accounts probably wasn’t expected to happen or even supposed to. It had been four years since the first film and so no one would see an announcement up until 2014, surprising everyone curious and keen, and not for nothing either.
The added touch of throwing in people like Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian would certainly pepper the hype up to a certain degree for fans fond of their work on Merantau, The Raid and it’s sequel; The mere thought of seeing the two for nothing short of an eyeblink in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be enough to ensue an outcry a year later to seeing their roles built more on a sci-fi property in the course of their escalation, and delightfully, O’Donnell achieves this with a formula that makes it all work seven years later in front of festival crowds and current exhibitor audiences in Indonesia.
Attaching Wheelman star, actor Frank Grillo gives us another worthy lead role performance this time as Mark, an ex-cop whose strained relationship with his son, Trent, upon bailing him from out of jail sees both swept into an epic fight for survival. That fight begins within the first ten minutes of the film as an armada of alien ships bear down on Earth with its minions reaching inwards of the buildings and tunnels underground, and the film doesn’t hesitate to keep the film moving as the action moves from the streets of Los Angeles to the nightmarish inner bowels of one of the ships, and eventually the jungles of Prambanan temple grounds of Yogyajakarta.
The script is never hampered by lagging and unwarranted character development from smaller roles, while a number of those are still kept interesting enough to lend weight to the story; Antonio Fargas chews up a few moments of scenery in the first act as a homeless former veteran named Sarge while Jacob Vargas helps audiences warm up to the narrative as Mark’s LAPD cohort, Garcia. Bojana Novakovic makes her entry early on as Audrey, a train conductor whose link derails in the tunnels during the invasion.
The introductory rift between Mark and Trent, the latter played by Johnny Weston, is an ample show of the kind of rigid, albeit copasectic relationship they have; You hear what’s not heard, which is as visbile as their affability considering tragedy is the only thing holding these two adults together, and the last thing Mark wants to do is lose his own son under any circumstances.
Some of the most important developments happen in the second act during Mark’s treacherous journey through the ship and its innerworkings, cohesively weaving the narrative together even more from the very top of the film as we learn not only what makes the aliens tick, but that of the film’s narrator. Further instigation accrues later as Mark and Audrey find themselves crashlanding in Indonesia where they cross paths with siblings Sua and Kanya (Iko Uwais and Pamelyn Chee), armed rebels already in progress fighting local military AND the invading aliens holed up with Harper, a hippie expert in cellular biology who contributes to the film’s revelations confirming Mark’s own beliefs based on what he’s witnessed.
The alien design here is exquisite in its display between practical costuming and visual effects, and with features ranging from shrieking blue eyes to tentacles of various sizes of kinds, whole giant alien bodies made of mechanized armor and others acting as hosts for the human beings they snatch. Much ado with bringing the likes of Uwais and Ruhian aboard anything is the inclusion of some meaty fight action, and O’Donnell makes some of the best and brilliant use of this among our human and non-human characters; A retractable gauntlet which you also see Grillo wear in trailers and footage, gives several of our protagonists a significant boost when going toe-to-toe with aliens in possibly some of the craziest, gory fight scenes you’ll ever see.
A pinnacle moment here occurs in the third act with Grillo and Novakovic along with Uwais and Ruhian as the camera swings around from in an almost Avengers-style shot before some serious asskicking begins, and with it, a rare moment with the latter two fighting side by side in a movie. Next to his continual improvement in English, Uwais’s scope as an actor stretches even further in O’Donnell’s inaugural effort with a script that shows him doing something we’ve never seen him do before, and like any notable action star of yesteryear, he looks and sounds gleefully cool doing it.
The hopeful commercial success for a film as splashy, ambitious and categorically rollicking as Beyond Skyline is a hugely deserved one. Granted, any director, and even a decent one at that, can still make a less-than-acceptable film and even if they’re familiar with the property and its preceding installments in some capacity. As imaginably approving as it is, this defintely is not the case – and with a director no less who, for all intents and purposes, has proven himself in more ways than several.
O’Donnell reinvigorates sci-fi here the same way Pete Travis and Alex Garland did when they rebooted Dredd five years ago in 3D – a movie that fell short of expectations at the box office but surged instantly to cult classic status when movie goers who didn’t support it at the time realized just how much they screwed up comparing it to Danny Cannon’s loud and bombastic 1995 predecessor. Provided similar folly doesn’t befall Beyond Skyline, I’d say we’re due for a fantastic threequel we all deserve.
I’m absolutely fired up about the release of Beyond Skyline… except in the states there won’t be a theatrical release, apparently. Instead, Lionsgate will be rolling out the hit sci-fi sequel on DVD, Blu-Ray and VoD on January 16, 2018 in North America, pretty much crusing any of my pre-ordained hopes and dreams amid my own reporting…
Anyway, I reviewed this bastard (check back December 11) and while I won’t be including this in any of my current Five-A-Day articles which I don’t feel like re-editing since I’m currently getting over being sick and the task itself is just damn tiresome, I’m happy to be lending this one with some lip service in the coming weeks. I dug the crud out of this film and I honestly want more after this.
Plotwise, sans the 2010 fumble from the Strause sibs, VFX artist Liam O’Donnell presses on here with actor Frank Grillo and international action star Iko Uwais leading the story of an L.A. detective who gets whisked away into an epic battle for mankind’s survival during a deadly alien invasion in which unlikely allies, and mysteries within the warships will be key to winning the war long term, one battle at a time.
Also starring are Johnny Weston, Bojana Novakovic, Callan Mulvey, Pamelyn Chee and Yayan Ruhian. Peep the Blu-Ray art below courtesy of Dread Central and keep an eye out for special feature info from here on, and feel free to take a stab at PRE-ORDERING the DVD while you’re at it!
Actor Frank Grillo and martial arts star Iko Uwais sharing a fight scene together is just a smidget of the entree of goodness as acknowledged by festival audiences nearly everywhere in Liam O’Donnell’s Beyond Skyline. Signature Entertainment is ready to share it all with U.K. fans for its Digital HD release on December 15 with subsequent DVD and Blu-Ray releases on January 8, 2018 and you can now check out the clip below to help warm up.
Vertical Entertainment is also releasing the new sci-fi action thriller in limited theaters and on VOD via day-and-date for December 15 in the U.S..
Get ready for intense sci-fi action adventure with Beyond Skyline, the stand-alone sequel to 2010 hit Skyline. Beginning with a new view of the alien invasion from the original film, we then move in an epic, world-spanning direction…
Los Angeles Detective Mark Corley (Frank Grillo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) thought bailing out his eighteen-year-old son, Trent (Jonny Weston, Taken 3), was the worst part of his day. But on the ride home, the skies above fill with a strange blue light. Within moments, the entire city’s population is vacuumed up into a massive alien ship.
In the aftermath, father and son lead a band of survivors to the marina. But when Trent is abducted, Mark relentlessly storms after his son onto the nightmarish warship.
As the aliens move across the planet, feeding off the remnants of humanity, the resilient Mark battles through the bizarre environment, uncovering their horrific secrets. Before long, he forges an alliance with an unlikely ally. Together they are able to crash the ship and rescue several abductees.
Landing in Southeast Asia, they encounter a highly skilled resistance force, led by the deadly Sua (Iko Uwais, The Raid 1 & 2). In a race against time, these warriors from different sides of the world must unite to save their families and take back the planet.
Starring Frank Grillo (The Purge: Election Year, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell, Devil), Jonny Weston (Taken 3, Divergent), Iko Uwais (The Raid 1&2), Callan Mulvey (Heartbreak High, Batman v. Superman, 300), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year, Get Out, Westworld) Antonio Fargas (Starsky and Hutch, Foxy Brown) and Lindsey Morgan (The 100).
BEYOND SKYLINE – Official Stills/Artwork (Signature Ent. UK)
There’s nothing new about the latest trailer for Liam O’Donnell’s new sci-fi action adventure, Beyond Skyline. What has changed, thusfar, is the addition of a theatrical release date now set for December 15 from Vertical Entertainment, so if you live in the states and you’re pining for some cult action and fantasy fandom with Frank Grillo and Iko Uwais in the spotlight, best check your local listings.
BEYOND SKYLINE: Liam O’Donnell’s Sci-Fi Action Sequel Scores Multi-Platform U.K. Releases This Winter
In the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2010 breakout blockbuster hit SKYLINE, tough-as-nails detective Mark (THE PURGE star Frank Grillo) embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his embittered rebellious son Trent (INSURGENT/ALLEGIANT star Johnny Weston) from a nightmarish alien warship as the extraterrestrial menace continues its human harvest. Set concurrently with the original sci-fi shocker, with Mark and Trent trapped on a subway train as the intergalactic invasion begins, THE RAID franchise martial arts star Iko Uwais joins the thrilling turbo-charged action adventure as a disparate group of survivors must learn the true meaning of family.
If last week’s trailer reveal for Liam O’Donnell’s new sci-fi, Beyond Skyline wasn’t enough, a second trailer has arrived for your viewing pleasure ahead of its upcoming releases. This one delves more into the story and crux of the character played by Frank Grillo who lands in Indonesia at somepoint amid the invasion.
Among our characters, we meet the role played by actress Bojana Novakovic, as well as the image of a young girl who turns out to be the subject of the dialogue as some kind of “key”. This, next to the story of a cop trying to rescue his son from an alien ship just adds more stakes to take in…and from O’Donnell’s own script at that.
Topping it all off course is some tasty action shots featuring Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, adding further excitment to the film’s push. It comes out in November in Indonesia with other dates in tow.
Watch the trailer now!
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year’s thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who’ve gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let’s bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O’Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven’t seen the first film yet have the good fortune of knowing that it won’t be necessary to do so to stay on top of this latest follow up as the story takes off from its own set of events leading up to, and after the alien invasion where Grillo plays a New York detective out to find his son after he’s whisked away onto one of the ships. At some point the story sees its way to the province of Yogyakarta, Indonesia where Grillo’s character crosses paths with a group of kickass rebel fighters (as teased infamously late last year following its CineAsia unveiling).
The film is also the centerpiece of efforts toward its 4D theatrical presenation under the X-Spatial brand. Details will follow there as the film’s rollout nears while the first date now up for grabs will be in Indonesia on November 1, and for this, the trailer, as exclusively unveiled at AICN, delivers on what the past few years have promised in all its body-snatching, alien-battling badass glory; Rest assured, don’t blink or you’ll miss Yayan Ruhian in action as well.
It’s sure been a long time since we heard anything major on director Liam O’Donnell’s new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline. Production wrapped in 2015 and it was a year later in December that footage eventually leaked following an unveiling at an X-Spatial 4D presentation in Hong Kong.
Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly stated that Berg would direct.
Much of the fandom for director Gareth Huw Evans‘s currently brewing Raid trilogy has settled since the second installment released last year to much excitement and acclaim. So, it may be an uneasy thing for some to possibly have to wait an extra three years before the saga finishes, although it is rewarding to know that Evans‘s storytelling vernacular goes beyond one franchise.
As such, Evans is now moving on to other properties, with at least two films now in-development, including the new movie, Blister. Not much is known about the plot of the film as of yet, although the director did offer a small blurb last year while on the road promoting The Raid 2, describing the film as his own take on “the contemporary American gangster story with echoes of The Wild Bunch”. Evans has since reunited with his fellow film folk in Indonesia, including Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian fresh from the set of their roles in director Liam O’Donnell’s upcoming sci-fi sequel, Beyond Skyline.
Correction: Day 1 of causing mischief with @iko_uwais @YayanRuhian @mpe_very and @gaya_yandi #Blister pic.twitter.com/yDJ7CyyWgi
— Gareth Evans (@ghuwevans) February 3, 2015
Currently, any and all development on a third installment of the Raid trilogy is on hold with Evans now underway with Blister in addition to other projects. Stay tuned and follow Evans on Twitter!
It might not be shocking to some, but unless your hopes were high in catching Kingdom series and The Purge 2: Anarchy co-star Frank Grillo in an upcoming remake of the 2011 contained crime thriller, The Raid, then there’s a good chance that isn’t happening.
Watching my boy @iko_uwais in #THERAID. There’s no way I’m doing a remake of this. Couldn’t do it justice. #respect
— frank grillo (@FrankGrillo) January 10, 2015
The tweet comes roughly a month after Grillo wrapped his scenes for director Liam O’Donnell‘s upcoming standalone sci-fi follow-up, Beyond Skyline in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with co-star and action director Iko Uwais; Uwais himself broke out to huge film festival stardom in the original release of The Raid, directed by Gareth Huw Evans, prior to the 2014 sequel wherein Screen Gems had officially announced plans for a Hollywood remake to be directed by The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes.
Grillo has long been tapped as the only actor cast in the remake as of summer last year, answering questions for the curious press wondering about the status of production as it was pushed back from September of last year to sometime this Spring. Now, with Grillo out, it appears the remake of The Raid is without a cast. However, an even bigger set questions remain: With Hughes still reportedly attached to direct and Uwais and his team directing the action, what does Grillo’s departure say about the film? Does this potentially leave room for a new actor to take his place at the start of a potential list? Or, is this film even happening?
Indonesia’s current film climate is a lagging a bit nowadays, and there have been casualties as a result-namely whatever the heck stonewalled production for Timo Tjahjanto’s The Night Comes For Us back in September. Thankfully some projects haven’t faltered, including Anggy Umbara‘s upcoming heist sequel, Comic 8: Casino Kings.
The film is arriving in 2015 with a larger cast and even greater scope to accomodate its larger budget following the success of its first installment in early 2014. Several cast and set pictures have appeared online, and if you’ve been enthusiastically following the career of fellow Indonesian action star Yayan Ruhian can expect to see him in the upcoming heist action adventure as well, that is if this picture has anything to say for it.
Ruhian contributed to the pre-production phase of The Night Comes For Us with action star Iko Uwais solely choreographing the fights, and Merantau and The Raid franchise auteur Gareth Huw Evans directing the action. Those efforts eventually got canned while Ruhian has clearly moved on Comic 8: Casino Kings, and training actor Frank Grillo earlier on with Iko Uwais for upcoming sci-fi sequel, Beyond Skyline.
Hopefully some more cohesive news will come our way soon, but in the meantime, it should be cool to see Ruhian on set with a number of seasoned Indonesian action favorites, even if he is ectoplasmic among them, figuratively speaking that is. Besides, One Good Thing and Yakuza Apocalypse should be on the way as well last I checked, and if it is at all in the cards, a hopeful reprisal as a new character in The Raid 3. These all remain to be seen, of course, but they are reasonable hopes to hold onto at least.
While commercial expectations for director Patrick Hughes‘s latest feature film, The Expendables 3, fell short in the face of the millions of illegal downloads it suffered from, the film still bares the brunt of mixed and mostly critical opinions that exemplify just what happens when you take an R-rated property and water it down to try and include a broader audience. With that in mind, it was just at the top of the year when Hughes was officially attached to direct an American adaptation of an overseas cult hit that has already garnered a substantially grand audience in the last several years, and with the current state of consumer opinions on Hollywood remakes of foreign films for lack of original ideas, to say the least, discretion is key.
Screen Gems is reinstituting the American standard of martial arts action with a remake of filmmaker Gareth Huw Evans’s his feature-length contained action thriller, The Raid. The proud predecessor of its 2014 sequel, The Raid 2 back in March, The Raid became one of the most celebrated modern day martial arts action thrillers of all time, with Silat expert and action choreographer Iko Uwais in his second lead role after debuting in Evans’ 2009 action drama, Merantau, and no doubt became one of the biggest building blocks of his career with upcoming work as a Hollywood choreographer recently assigned to direct the action with fellow coordinator, cohort and Evans screen regular, martial artist and actor Yayan Ruhian on the upcoming surprise sci-fi sequel, Beyond Skyline starring Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Kingdom).
On top of this, the two are also putting together the action sequences for Hughes‘ remake of The Raid, for which the plot has been largely subject to speculation despite some beliefs among netizens that it will likely do what most remakes do (see Brick Mansions). However, Grillo, the only actor currently cast for the film right now in the public eye, indicated some of the possibilities at the time in an interview with Collider back in June, stating, “You know, the script is great. Patrick Hughes, now that he has this time – who just directed The Expendables 3 – he’s tweaking it a little bit. Sony really is behind the project and I loved it. [I’m] one of the three main characters and, you know, I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to actually go do it because it’s gonna be Americanized, but not overtly Americanized. It’s really gonna keep a lot of what made the first Raid so great.”.
On Wednesday, in a fully released interview with The Hollywood News, Grillo took some time to update his take on what the vision for the film will be, and the current process of preparing the yet-unnamed actors involved and properly scoring the film involved in the film with respect to the original. “It’s close in story, obviously it’s an American version but it will take place in Indonesia.” he says. “But it’s going to have it’s own twists, its own identity. We’re not going to make a straight copy of the first RAID, we won’t do that.”
Production was initially carved in for September before ultimately moving back to January 2015, further adding some mystery to the process of developing the film. Of course, one obvious reason goes back to casting and training of its actors who may not exactly be the equivalent of Uwais and Ruhian – both already being homegrown, seasoned and experienced martial artists as well as screenfighters. And considering the caliber of the action sequences of the first film, and the talent involved at the time, it’s clear that this particular production has a long way to go, and as a fan of Evans’ work, Grillo know this. “I loved it.” he said. “I just thought it was really original and it’s a fanboys favourite so its a real delicate situation when you make a film that was recently made and is so good. You have to do it justice or else there’s no reason to make it.”
Grillo continued sharing his perspective on the subject of the film’s elongated development, saying “You know they keep pushing the date of the film for that exact reason. They’re trying to find the right actors for the piece, find the right actors who can do the physical work. Because they won’t make the movie unless it is as good as or better than the original because the original RAID was genius. So we’re in the process now of trying to put the cast together and find the right people to do both.” He was also asked about the style of the action and how it will contribute to a quality reinterpretation of the original film regarding the sequences, stating “It’s so much hand-to-hand combat and martial arts that they want to have a window (in the shoot schedule) just to prepare the actors to learn how to fight. That’s a big commitment so that’s why it’s taking a little while to gather motion.”
As you may guess, it’s easy to see why Grillo, Hughes, the mystery cast and stuntmen are taking their time. Nowadays, you can’t just remake a film and expect it to deliver all the same notes with forthcoming approval simply because it’s an English. That said, it’s still early days for this production, and a cast has yet to be determined with names like martial arts star Scott Adkins, The Winter Soldier co-star Anthony Mackie, Dracula Untold star Luke Evans, the Hemsworth brothers, Liam and Chris, and newly cast True Detective co-star, actor Taylor Kitsch having previously been speculated, and otherwise unconfirmed for roles in the film.
Out Of The Furnace co-scribe Brad Inglesby is providing the script with Evans himself serving as executive producer, alongside the company of XYZ Films who produced both orginal films and are likely to produce Evans’ third ‘Raid’ film which is expected to move forward by 2017. That said, depending on how you feel about Out Of The Furnance, both ‘Raid’ films and The Expendables 3 (and/or Hughes’ earlier work on Red Hill), for now, it’s safe to say this American remake of one of Indonesia’s latest awesome achievements in film is in good hands.
However, lest the debate end there, feel free to comment below and share your views on what you hope for The Raid in the coming months.
H/T: The Hollywood News