Who would have ever guessed that the Groundhog Day approach to movie plotting would prove so effective for the action genre? From studio blockbusters like Live.Die.Repeat to indie fare like the Rope a Dope series, time loops seem like a great way to frame balls-to-the-wall action. Now, writer/director Filip Kovacevic takes the genre in a more cerebral but no less thrilling direction with Incarnation.
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Roughly a year and a half since a press release was issued officially announcing New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ live-action adaptation of the popular game, Splinter Cell with actor Tom Hardy set to star, the official word has come in confirming Hardy is now working on the script with director Doug Liman. Liman‘s attachment came as of March this year just months away from the forthcoming release of his new sci-fi action adventure, Edge Of Tomorrow.
In a new report from IGN, Liman attributed a few details about what fans might expect upon the film’s production. “Everything about Splinter Cell will be younger.” he says. “It’s a chance to come up with a new franchise that is fresher and newer and younger, and Tom Hardy is such an incredible actor.”. The Bourne helmer also added “Some of the tropes of the game will for sure be in the film, but also the fun of that is when you lose them. To strip that stuff away and really make the character have to operate without it.“.
Based on the highly acclaimed Ubisoft video game franchise created from a series of books began by late military sci-fi author Tom Clancy, Splinter Cell centers on the story of Sam Fisher, a highly-trained special ops soldier who works in a fictional black-ops sub-division called “Echelon”. The team is best known for its use of cutting edge weaponry and unique combat skills to take on terrorists and neutralize powerful enemies, in action-packed stories ripped from real-world headlines. American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer is adapting the live action screenplay for Basil Ilwanyk to produce.
Splinter Cell is one of currently two known live action video game adaptations Hardy is reported to be appearing in, with the other being director Reuben Fleischer’s upcoming production of the classic Midway game, Spy Hunter. In the meantime, further details remain to be seen with the long-awaited release of his next big role in director George Miller’s reboot road thriller, Mad Max: Fury Road, which is releasing on May 15, 2015.
Liman‘s new film, Edge Of Tomorrow releases this Friday.
H/T: Total Film
I’m kind of a fan of former Goonie, actor Josh Brolin. No, I haven’t Spike Lee’s version of Oldboy yet, and I will, eventually. But I don’t really feel like he’s gotten his just dues as an actor, although he has earned some approval among filmgoers and film producers on the level, so much so that he was once a named candidate for the role of Bruce Wayne in the then-untitled Batman V. Superman movie.
Furthermore, I have also enjoyed seeing him on screen since appearing in films No Country For Old Men, American Gangster and Gangster Squad – films that didn’t need to rely heavily on special effects to appeal to me as opposed to just applying human talent through acting and physical performance. And it just so happens that filmgoers like myself will get to see more of that when Brolin joins the production of the upcoming crime thriller, Sicaro, from producer Basil Ilwaynk for Thunder Road Pictures, Edward McDonnell, ans also produced by the film’s financier, Black Label Media.
The film was announced at Cannes earlier this month upon North American and international pick-up by Lionsgate with Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve attached to direct. Brolin will be joined by actor Benecio Del Toro, with the film’s leading lady, Emily Blunt from a script written by Taylor Sheridan that centers on a law enforcement officer from Tucson, Arizona who travels to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries to track down a drug lord… Yes, my interest is pretty peaked!
Sicaro begins shooting this early June. In the meantime, action fans will be able to continue their summer blockbuster binge with Del Toro reprising his role from Thor: The Dark World as The Collector, and Marvel’s newest addition of Brolin as intergalatic villain, Thanos in the upcoming releases of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy on August 1, 2014, followed by the May 1, 2015 release of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron; Blunt will appear nationwide in the critically-acclaimed upcoming North American release of Doug Liman’s new live-action manga sci-fi adventure, Edge Of Tomorrow, starting this Friday in theaters everywhere.
Keep an eye open for more updates!
H/T: Deadline, Variety
Right about now, actor Tom Cruise and actress Emily Blunt are kicking off their three-city tour headling the gloval event premiering their newest live-action feature-length graphic novel sci-fi action adventure, Edge Of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. The film has already gained positive reviews from MANY critics around the web who have attended advanced screenings before the film’s nationwide North American release on June 6. And this week, netizens now get to see a new 13-minute featurette discussing the film below, as well as TONS of other video material you can now catch below, with Cruise and Blunt joined by co-star Bill Paxton, director Doug Liman, and much more.
On the other hand, you may want to grab asnack first. Enjoy!
The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over. But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.
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Actor Tom Cruise has a busy two years ahead of him, with the long-awaited sequel to Top Gun over at Paramount, the forthcoming production of helmer Joseph Kosinski’s racing biopic, Go Like Hell, the Christmas Day 2015 release of Mission Impossible 5 and the newly announced development of the Jack Reacher sequel. This week however, movie goers finally get to see what awaits for the June 6, 2014 release of the sci-fi action epic, Edge Of Tomorrow from director Doug Liman, with Cruise starring a soldier stuck in a vicious cycle of death as he struggles to help win a devastating war against an alien invasion. The new trailer comes following recently unveiled viral teaser photos and stills from the film via its Twitter and Facebook accounts since new footage was displayed during the Summer 2013 comic-con circuit.