Jesse Atlas’ directorial debut now sees Saban Films on par with Assassin, toplined by Andy Allo, Nomzamo Mbatha, Mustafa Shakir, Dominic Purcell, and Bruce Willis in one of his latest career-exiting screen appearances. Atlas directs from a script he wrote with Aaron Wolfe with Saban releasing the pic in theaters, on demand and on digital beginning March 31.
2022 is still a relevant year to be a Jesse V. Johnson fan, particularly this summer if you’re subscribed to streaming platforms like AMC+ or Well Go USA’s Hi-YAH TV, the latter where a few of his titles will soon be arriving. The former of course is currently running the exclusive premiere of his latest film, White Elephant, returning Johnson to the gangster genre once more following up the explosive turn out at the helm for Nina Bergman starrer, Hell Hath No Fury.
AMC Networks’ RLJE Films is announcing the forthcoming home release of Cosmic Sin and Breach helmer Edward Drake’s new actioner, Apex, on DVD and Blu-ray beginning February 8.
Hailed as the first in a trilogy, the recent wrap of principal photography in Puerto Rico for action thriller, Fortress, is here to underscore its milestone with a first look photo to view above. Willis reunites with fellow Hard Kill cohort Jesse Metcalfe, with actor Chad Michael Murray also starring for the James Cullen Bressack-directed pic.
Okay… Okay! I get it. It’s hard to muster any enthusiasm these days when you see the words “Bruce Willis” and “Direct To Video” so close together. Willis seemingly has a new one of these out every few months and most of the time he looks like he is barely awake, let alone interested in what’s occurring on set.
The first official still is now online for Cosmic Sin helmer Edward Drake’s new action crime thriller, Gasoline Alley, starring Golden Globe winner Bruce Willis (Universal Pictures’ Glass, Twentieth Century Fox’s Die Hard franchise), Luke Wilson (Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, MGM’s Legally Blonde), Devon Sawa (Hunter Hunter, upcoming Black Friday). Highland Film Group has since hit the international sales floor at the Cannes market with word that principal photography has since wrapped in different locations across the United States.
Jesse V. Johnson is taking the mantle for The Exchange’s latest world sales acquistion, White Elephant, casting Bruce Willis (Cosmic Sin), Olga Kurylenko (The Courier) and Michael Rooker (Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy) according to Scott Roxborough’s exclusive via The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. Production is already underway in Georgia from a script Johnson wrote with Erik Martinez, with Corey Large of 308 Productions producing, and BondIt Media fully financing, and sales slated for next week’s virtual market at Cannes.
Photos: Bruce Willis (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons); Luke Wilson (Creator Andrew H. Walker/Credit: Getty Images); Devon Sawa (Robyn van Swank); Edward Drake (Daniel Shippey)
Turning toward actor Bruce Willis for a moment, his latest sci-fi thriller, Breach, is out and about with its official trailer from Saban Films. John Suits directed the pic from a script by Edward Drake and Corey Large.
With the proliferation of streaming services, a new kind of action movie has risen to prominence; the low budget thriller featuring an aging A-list action star. From Mel Gibson to Russell Crowe, former box office titans found a second life as the marquee stars of DTV or direct to streaming actioners made on the cheap; though few have been as prolific as Bruce Willis. With over a dozen credits within the past decade, Willis is quickly becoming the king of this particular sub-genre. Hard Kill is his second offering of the year and his third with director Matt Eskandari. But with this many recent credits under his belt, one has to wonder; is Willis honing his craft or diluting his brand? Ultimately, it all comes down to the quality of the film itself.
Aging A-list stars showing up in low budget actioners is quickly becoming a genre unto itself. From Mel Gibson, to Russel Crowe, to Bruce Willis, these box office titans of yesteryear are finding a robust second life in the DTV and direct to streaming space. I had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Eskandari about his most recent directorial effort, Hard Kill with Bruce Willis and Jesse Metcalfe. He gave great insight into the unique challenges of making these types of films as well as the artistic opportunities the genre can provide.
HARD KILL: Jesse Metcalfe And Bruce Willis Battle Kidnappers And Terrorists In The Official U.S. Trailer
Bruce Willis is still stacking up the action movie pile well into the summer, and his latest, Hard Kill, comes from director Matt Eskandari, from a script by Joe Russo and Chris Lamont.
Bruce Willis speaking at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Glass”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. (Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Director Matt Eskandari’s latest thrilller, Trauma Center, is now in theaters as of last week. If you don’t get to check it out on the big screen and share an affinity for physical media? Lionsgate is happy to oblige with a February release on Blu-Ray and Digital beginning February 4.
Vice and The Prince helmer Brian A. Miller is back again to bring grounded action and thrills to the masses with Reprisal, opening in theaters and VoD on August 31. Reteaming once more with Bruce Willis and now with actor Frank Grillo tacking this latest feat on as one of several titles forthcoming for his proliferation, the official trailer is now online to whet the appetite accordingly with bustling action and drama fitting for a crime thriller with stars like Willis and Grillo front and center.