Filmmaker Andrzej Bartkowiak hasn’t been hugely heard of since the dismal-performing Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li. Going forward, the Romeo Must Die and Cradle 2 The Grave helmer’s latest comeback, Maximum Impact, is also a testament of…well, a few things since then.
There’s something gratifying when you hear news of director Andrzej Bartkowiak finally sitting in the director’s chair of an action film. It’s been well over a decade and change since his previous work on films such as Romeo Must Die and Cradle 2 The Grave graced audience with contemporary martial arts action cosigned with stylish choreography that notably raised the profile for Jet Li, budding at the time in his Hollywood crossover.
Actor, former Mr. Universe and film multihyphenate Alexander Nevsky (HFPA, Russia) is finally on deck to bring Hollywood Storm-produced action comedy Maximum Impact to theaters. Unified Pictures has officially acquired North American rights to the film joining Nevsky with screenwriter Ross LaManna (Rush Hour) and director Andrzej Bartkowiak (Romeo Must Die).
SAVAGE ATTACK: Photo Reveal For New Alexander Nevsky Heavily-Armed Action Thriller Filming In Asia This Fall
EXCLUSIVE: International action star Alexander Nevsky hit a personal career milestone this past Spring with the U.S. release of his murder mystery directorial debut, Black Rose. Onward, he still has at least two completed films coming down the pipeline, one of which includes Andrzej Bartkowiak’s upcoming action comedy, Maximum Impact, the latter which also has Mark Dacascos starring.
The other, Showdown In Manila, which stars the two with Dacascos debuting as director, became a hit overseas in Russia with a script by Craig Hamann who last directed Dacascos’s 1998 direct-to-video action thriller, Boogie Boy. As things stand, Nevsky and Hamann are now poised to reunite once more for a new project that will set up in Asia with Savage Attack as principal photography readies for the Fall.
We have included a first look photo of Nevsky from the film’s current development stage in his forthcoming return to the set. Hamann’s script will see Nevsky leading the TBA cast as a Russian-American CIA operative who springs into action when his former partner, working undercover, is caught and captured by the criminals he was infiltrating.
The project is being conceived as a cross between Assault On Precinct 13 and Gareth Evans’s The Raid with locations priming in The Philippines as well as Indonesia, the latter where Nevsky hopes to court notable local stunt talent, actor and fight choreographer Yayan Ruhian whose credits include hit thrillers namely Merantau, The Raid and its sequel, Miike Takashi’s Yakuza Apocalypse and Liam O’Donnell’s Beyond Skyline to name a few.
Nevsky is producing Savage Attack via his Hollywood Storm banner with Bartkowiak also producing while the search for a director continues. Bartkowiak’s Maximum Impact may see a late 2018 release with an official trailer arriving in the next few months.