Panda Plan is the name of the next Jackie Chan headlining action adventure, previously touted in August as “Project P” following suit from the actor’s rollicking 1983 Golden Harvest hit, Project A, and its 1987 sequel.
Film duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (The Endless, Synchronic) are adding to their Marvel creds following their work on Disney+ series “Moon Knight” well as season two of Loki. The two are now joining the current production of Daredevil: Born Again, to direct the remaining episodes of the series following recent reports of the studio’s change of creative direction and reconfiguration of its TV production model. They join Dario Scardpane who is showrunner on the series with former showrunners Chris Ord and Matt Corman exec producing.
The first few stills are now out for Neil Marshall’s new action thriller, Duchess. Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to the pic for a 2024 release, as announced on Thursday by Palisades Park Pictures CEO, Tamara Birkemoe.
Allison (Naomi Grace) is at the center of brewing mystery in her idyllic town at the height of a bitter Mayoral election. Hitting the ground and literally running when her girlfriend Melissa (Olivia Nikkanen) is brutally murdered by a gavel-wielding killer wearing a demon mask, black cloak and a bench wig, Allison is among the first in this story to be affected by the bloodshed while the family of the deceased, including the victim’s father, defeated Mayoral Candidate Harold Faulkner (Jayce Bartok) and his son, Adam (Devin Druid) struggle to cope with Melissa’s death.
Barbarian star Georgina Campbell leads the cast in Lovely, Dark, And Deep, taking centerstage of Theresa Sutherland’s feature debut for an atmospheric supernatural thriller that’s as moody as it is gutwrenching at times. There’s a thematic pattern of forgiveness that permeates our main character, but that message is shrouded in an almost chilling air appropriate for a film of this genre if you’re the type that prefers cliffhanger closure and edge-of-your-seat uncertainty.
Quirky and brutal crime comedy is afoot in Jeremy LaLonde’s latest screening out of Toronto, Daniel’s Gotta Die, penned by Matthew Dressel and starring Joel David Moore in the lead. The cast includes Iggy Pop, Jason Jones, Carly Chaikin and Mary Lynn Rajskub, along with Chantel Riley and Varun Saranga, and is bookended by late actor and comedian Bob Saget.
I’m of the opinion that the Matrix comparisons are a little overrated when it comes to Victor Ginzburg’s new film, Empire V. It’s the kind of wording that will have people thinking it’s being sold as an action horror flick with some sort of vampire-fu and well…it’s not. Not that I wouldn’t mind this being that kind of film, but it’s worth looking into if you’re curious about cinema and other interpretations of certain subgenres in film.
Writer-director Jared Allmond’s latest, The Hive, is coming to North America via cable and digital VOD on October 27. The new sci-fi home invasion thriller hails from Buffalo8 and stars Timothy Haug and Christie Griffin, along with Miles Taber and Julianne Ruck.
Mathieu Turi’s latest supernatural thriller, The Deep Dark, ventures into Northern France in 1956 where we meet Amir (Amir El Kacem), cash-strapped and in need of work as he sets out from Morrocco to the Northern French mines for work. Tasked with joining the crew one day with archeological professor Berthier (Jean-Hugues Anglade) tagging along to collect samples, the crew, led by Roland (Samuel Le Bihan) finds itself blowing up a gallery to access a long closed-off mine.
An eye for psychedelic visuals and a keenness for nostalgic horror and gore are driving forces for director Sam Fox whose latest vision, Fck’n Nuts, is currently circulating to make the case. The ten-minute thriller centers on Sandy (Maddie Nichols), a young woman who cowers in the all too-familiar fear of the worst she finds herself forced to re-live when her latest beau of interest, Dan (Vincent Stalba), ignores her vociferous pleadings to not come over and meet the parents.
Director Shingo Soejima and his team have alotted weeklong screenings at Osaka’s Theater Seven venue for his latest whimsical assassin thriller, Kigurumi Blade, from November 18. Soejima, who won the crowd over during last year’s JFFH run for his feature debut, Eleven Greed, directs Kigurumi Blade from a script he wrote with Kunihiko Okamoto, and produced with Kazuki Maeda.
POV is currently slated to screen for Filmquest on October 26 through this portal. Follow the project on Facebook as well. Tap here for the trailer.
PENDUKO Stands Strong In The First Teaser Poster For The New Live-Action Filipino Superhero Adaptation
The 49th Metro Manila Film Festival kicks off in December, and for comic book and superhero fans attending, that means first dibs at Jason Paul Laxamana’s new adaptation, Penduko, which now graces netizens with a first look poster to catch below. The film, which began shooting in August, features Maria star Cristine Reyes with lead actor Matteo Guidicelli in the title role for the character’s latest iteration on screen based on Francisco V. Coching’s original Engkantos comic which took off in 1954.
THE UNLEASHED BLAZE: Production Starts On ‘Raging Fire’ Follow-Up From ‘Gallants,’ ‘Full Strike’ Director
Emperor Motion Pictures revealed the start of production for The Unleashed Blaze, reportedly a thematic sequel to the late Benny Chan’s Raging Fire which starred Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse. Derek Kwok (Gallants, Full Strike) is directing the film which reunites Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse who previously starred together in the aforementioned Chan’s 2011 martial arts epic, Shaolin.
SUITABLE FLESH Review: Sultry Psychological Thrills Bookend Joe Lynch’s Gory Supernatural Heather Graham Starrer
Vertigo Releasing will release Suitable Flesh in UK Cinemas from October 27, and on Digital Download from November 27
My early Asian cinema fandom wasn’t without my enjoyment of director Kim Sung-su’s work, so it’s great to see him still at the helm. His latest is titled 12.12: The Day (f.k.a. Spring of Seoul) and rejoins him with his Asura: The City Of Madness leading men Hwang Jung-min and his Beat star Jung Woo-sung, along with Cheer Up, Mr. Lee and Emergency Declaration actor Park Hae-joon.
The seventeenth Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicks off its five-day event well into the weekend beginning on Wednesday, October 18. For all that and more, the official website has the line-up ready for all who are curious and eager to get their tickets and badges, and for a small curtain raiser, I’m tossing my hat in the ring for a selection of four titles worth looking into as the festival rolls out the red carpet.
Deadline’s Andreas Wiseman is exclusively reporting confirmation of the long-awaited sequel to Michael Mann’s 1995 hit crime thriller, Heat, as of Friday. The filmmaker made the announcement at the news firm’s Contenders Event in London while currently campaigning his latest banner work, Ferrari, starring Adam Driver.