I can reveal that actor and horror icon Tony Todd is in final negotiations to star in Ranjeet S. Marwa’s new action thriller, Blood Rush. Production has since scaled back from plans for a summer shoot, now aiming closer to a Fall season start date due to the Coronavirus outbreak that vastly affected the film industry at large this season.
Directing from his own script for his Rocket Sky High production label, Marwa’s Blood Rush centers on Max Wayan, a widower whose grievance period after the tragic deaths of his wife and child, finds him escaping into a cultist underworld. Trapped in a cycle of violence and gripped by a force of evil that won’t let him go, Max will have no choice but to face his demons and fight his way out.
Joined by long time friend Nick Khan who boards the project as fight choreographer, Marwa has been steadily lining up the production since its launch at the start of 2020. He’s reuniting actor Zack Lee with fellow The Night Comes For Us co-star Sunny Pang (Headshot), along with The Raid franchise and John Wick 3 cohorts Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman, Mad Max: Fury Road actor Nathan Jones, and Malaysian-born actress and martial artist out of Singapore, Grace Teo (The Rule Breakers).
Celebrated genre film director Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre, The Night Comes For Us, May The Devil Take You 1 & 2) is weighing in on the project as a key production consultant since convening with Marwa earlier this month in Jakarta. That aesthetic, brought on by Tjahjanto’s involvement, now grows even more viable with the prospective circling of Todd for the key role of ‘Major’ in Blood Rush.
A cult favorite among various fan circles, Todd’s resume vastly crosses the realms of sci-fi, horror, action, animation and gaming. He is most prolific for starring in Candyman, Bernard Rose’s acclaimed 1992 adaptation of Clive Barker’s “Books Of Blood: Volume Five” short story entry, “The Forbidden”, in which a Chicago grad student’s thesis inquiry violently reignites a deadly urban legend.
Todd returned for two standalone sequels with different directors in 1995 and 1999, and is also expected to reprise the role of hook-wielding revenant, Daniel Robitaille, for Universal Pictures’s June release, Candyman, a direct sequel to Rose’s film starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for director Nia DaCosta (Little Woods).
The deal isn’t yet finalized but I’m told it’s won over Todd’s interest in the script for the time being. Todd, whose credits also partly include The Rock, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, Hatchet and Jesse V. Johnson’s The Debt Collector, is repped by Jeff Goldberg Management.