The 20th Arrow FrightFest London is weeks away and is leaving space in the line-up for “the Twisted Twins” themselves, Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary) to present new horror thriller, Rabid, revamped from David Cronenberg’s 1977 original.
Dean Cain and WWE Superstar The Big Show star in “Vendetta,” an action-packed thriller about a detective pushed beyond his limits who will stop at nothing for vengeance. When his wife is killed by a criminal that he put away, Mason (Cain), a hard-nosed detective, deliberately gets arrested in order to get revenge. While inside, Mason discovers a new criminal enterprise that those behind it would kill to protect.
For now, eschew any hopes of upcoming big-budget Hollywood studios putting out an R-rated comic book superhero action movie. Besides, as much as I am willing to be surprised, if the makers behind the upcoming Deadpool movie had any intention of leaving the first mark as of late, they would have been sure enough to do so publicly.
Alas, leave it to other superhero properties to take the mantle, like the longstanding comicbook line, Painkiller Jane, which centers on the story of undercover cop Jane Vasco, who wakes up one day with unique superpowers after being forcibly drugged into a coma following her blown cover during her infiltration into a New York City drug ring. The publication launched in 1996 by creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada prior to Syfy’s poorly-adaptated live-action TV movie in 2005 and series run in 2007.
Twin sister filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska are poised to direct the film following their work on films like Dead Hooker In A Trunk, last year’s American Mary, and the “T is for Torture Porn” segment in the upcoming sequel horror anthology, The ABC’s Of Death 2, a repetoire that would appeal to virtually anyone when mixing named favorites to direct an R-rated feature. As such, the sisters spoke to Crave Online on the matter, with huge emphasis placed on creative control and overall vision they share in adapting such a ballsy comic book setup for movie of this caliber.
“I’m not working for Marvel,” said Jen. “It has to be an R-rated character. When you come to a character like Jane, she drinks, she fights, she fucks, she talks like you and I talk, and that’s an important part of her character. That’s why we’d be really disappointed if that ended up being a PG or a PG-13 film because if you look at the character… Kids are reading this kind of content. I mean, when I was a kid I was reading ‘The Punisher.’ So Jane has to be true to the character and it’s got to be an R. We can’t tone it down or we’d tone Jane out of the entire script.”
“And this is the third shot, they kept watering her down, watering her down, watering her down,” added Sylvia. “Jen and I are not going to let that happen, and Jimmy Palmiotti – who is also one of the producers – he’s not going to let that happen. There are some scenes in this movie, there’s no way they’re not going to slap us with an R. Once you see it, it’s going to just be batshit crazy.”
As things currently stand, the sisters are also promising to deliver not just an R-rated comic book movie, but also what they also deem will be a “real” female-centric superhero film about a “bi-sexual, badass, dirty language, doesn’t give a f*ck cop”, comparing what they have in store to flops like Elektra and Catwoman. It’s a notably big move considering those films are close to a decade old now and Marvel and DC have since upped their game with their respective universes, not to mention Sony is working on its yet-to-be-titled female superhero film next to Warner Bros.’s pending standalone Wonder Woman movie. Then again, these are all PG-13 movies and are structured to gear toward family filmgoers, so it’s obvious that the audience will be largely different, but who knows?
At any rate, the Soskas’ are building an audience of their own with strong appeal toward the horror genre, so it’s worth noting that comic book movie fanatics will have something amazing to look forward to when the bullets start flying, the blood starts spilling and bodies start dropping. All they really need now is the support they so deserve!
The Soskas’ are currently overseeing the casting process, and any answer they are asked for about who will probably be no less vague than other answers prior to this or until otherwise. As for the script, well, move over Bullock and McCarthy! CraveOnline also quoted the two who say their script will be like “The Heat on crack,“ and will feature, “The dirtiest language and crudest comedy and hardcore violence, and yet at the same time, it somehow has heart.”
Well, dear Soska sibs, you now have mine, even while it is still beating. Just sayin’!
Jen and Sylvia are on their way with the impending release of the Lionsgate/WWE sequel thriller with wrestler/actor Kane in See No Evil 2 on October 21, 2014, followed by the production of Vendetta with wreslter/actor Paul Wight for next year. The ABC’s Of Death 2 are already out on VoD and will hit theaters at the end of the month from Magnet Releasing.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. & STAMFORD, Conn., May 22, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Lionsgate, the premier next generation global content leader, and WWE Studios are extending their longstanding partnership to encompass six new action films which will serve as starring vehicles for WWE Superstars as well as incubators for new and emerging talent, the two companies announced today.