The trades are officially reporting that Punisher and Jessica Jones are no more with Netlfix completely purging itself of its Marvel TV roster.
I haven’t bothered reading a lot of the speculative reports pertaining to a hopeful third season of Marvel’s The Punisher on Netflix, save for an interview with creator Steve Lightfoot at THR. That said and given the appeal, I’m hard-pressed to believe the fans of the show are disapproving.
While the fate of Netflix series, The Punisher, remains to be seen, the official January 18 premiere date is already set in stone as is the riveting performance now etched in Marvel history by title actor Jon Bernthal.
It was last February that Gerard Butler was set for upcoming actioner, Snow Ponies. Having taken a back seat since then, trade news out of the American Film Market is emerging with reports that noted debut directing gig from second unit director Darrin Prescott (John Wick: Chapter, Deadpool 2, Black Panther) is making its case through next week for buyers thanks to Endeavor Content.
Four weeks ago saw a lot of people become overnight Metallica fans with the first official trailer presentation for Netflix series, The Punisher. Without question, the song alone sells the ensuing tone of raging suffering and outward violence that consumes our protagonist as so seen in the pages of Marvel and preceding film adaptations.
IFC Films acquired the movie in May and have since snagged a theatrical and VoD release on November 17. The official trailer is just below.
Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson all did ample work in their theatrical portrayal of hit comic book character, Frank Castle and his titular alter-ego, The Punisher, hailing from its comic book roots in 1974. If actor Jon Bernthal shares the same prospects any, I wouldn’t mind in the least, and I can’t complain at all either with the current progress being made at Netflix.
The 40 year old actor and co-star of The Accountant, Baby Driver and Pilgrimage brought freshness to his fervor in the role for last year’s two-hander next to Charlie Cox in the second season of Daredevil; A psychologically-splintered soul sparked by raw killing instinct and a tramuatized mental state that keeps him in fight-or-flight mode, this iteration of the dark, skull-bearing, heavily-armed comic book hero has only gotten better and better since then, and thanks in part to a viral campaign ripe with blacked-out tweets and videos adding layers on layers to the intrigue and mystery of what the new show will bring.
That push now brings us a full-fledged trailer invocative of exactly the kind of ballistic, grim and violent world in which Bernthal’s ‘Castle’ lives and kills by. Netflix is still keeping the premiere date a secret but this trailer is absolutely insane and hits all the right notes for this iteration of the Marvel property, and that it’s getting its own fleshed out series with Bernthal carrying the torch and series creator Steve Lightfoot (Transporter: The Series, Narcos) shepherding makes this all the more rewarding.
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.
Daredevil series co-star Deborah Ann Woll also stars along with Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah, Daniel Webber, Jason R. Moore, Paul Schulze, Jaime Ray Newman and Michael Nathanson.
Watch the new trailer below!
I actually thought last week’s debut teaser for upcoming Marvel series, The Punisher, was as fake as most other fan-made trailers and only because of the grainy and low quality in which it was leaked by YouTubers. I then tuned into The Defenders series which pretty much confirmed it was legit, save for all the jocular John Wick comparisons, sledgehammers and such.
Regardless, it’s a series made all the more worthwhile for those keen on actor Jon Bernthal who made the character as fascinating as he did in the second season of Daredevil opposite Charlie Cox. Executive producer Steve Lightfoot is shepherding the series adapting the famed comic book anti-hero who notoriously hunts down criminals in the wake of his family’s murder.
A date still hasn’t been set but the teaser does the trick in doing exactly that – Teasing and leaving you wanting more. Peep it.
Leaving his Irish monastery for the first time, a young novice (Holland) departs with a devoted group of monks and a mysterious former Crusader (Bernthal) as they attempt to transport a holy relic to Rome. Threatened at every turn by savage tribes, traitorous Norman soldiers and those that seek the power they believe the relic holds, the young man finds surprising courage while faced with deadly challenges that will push his body, mind and spirit to the breaking point.
Warner Bros. is reportedly advancing director Gavin O’Connor’s latest action drama, The Accountant, with a sequel. O’Connor along with screenwriter Bill Dubuque and starring actor Ben Affleck are at the table in talks as well as producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Mark Williams for a continuation of the intial film that could see the return of actor Jon Bernthal.
The first film saw Affleck in title character, Christian, an autistic from childhood who is subsequently acclimated to his father’s miltary and psychological training and grows up as a mathematical prodigy. Operating nimbly under the watchful eye of the governement as a forensic accountant for criminals, his latest assignment at a Robotics firm leads to a series of deadly twists that eventually put him face to face in a violent reunion with his long lost brother, Braxton, played by Bernthal.
The Accountant grossed just over $155 million dollars for its release last Fall. Affleck’s next stint for Warner Bros. will be the November 17 release of Justice League while Bernthal readies upcoming SXSW favorite, Baby Driver this week on June 28 from TriStar. (Deadline)
The film is poised for its day at the Tribeca Film Festival before heading to a limited theatrical release on August 11 courtesy of RLJ Entertainment.
Bold Films just presented its latest teaser poster for the upcoming crime thriller, Shot Caller, for which we now have word of its new home this week at Saban Films according to Deadline. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Snitch) from his own script, the film sees Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones) leading the tale of a prison gangster fresh out from behind bars only to be forced back into the underworld by his superiors in lieu of a a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California.
Joining Coster-Waldau is actress Lake Bell and actor Jon Bernthal with Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Omari Hardwick (Power), and Benjamin Bratt rounding out the cast. Waugh produced the film via his Cadre Filmworks banner next to Participant Media’s own Jonathan King, and Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters for Bold Films whose Jeffrey Stott and Lisa Zambri executive produced. Rhodes Entertainment’s Matthew Rhodes and Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll also executive produced.
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
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Marvel’s Punisher is already underway for Netflix but actor Jon Bernthal still has plenty of work ahead of him as one of the best actors to put in front of a camera these days. The co-star of actor Ben Affleck’s latest, The Accountant, is now poised to star in Anthony Hayes’s new crime thriller, Stingray with production set for April in Canada next year.
Hayes co-wrote the script and is producing with John and Michael Schwarz, for which Bernthal will play a man entangled in a blood debt and forced in a matter of two days to kill one of his own family after accidently killing the brother of a powerful crime boss. The film is readying for the floor at the American Film Market next month.
With this, expect new characters to enter the fray and build Frank Castle’s violent, grim, semi-hinged and layered world of confliction between right and wrong. Marvel is announcing three new additions to the cast in order to build this world along with recent set miscellaneous photos accomodating Bernthal with the return of Daredevil series co-star, actress Deborah Ann Woll unveiled via Twitter this week which you can view at the very bottom.