Karl Urban is reportedly in talks to take the mantle for the role of Johnny Cage in director Simon McQuoid’s pending sequel to the Lewis Tan-led 2021 actioner, Mortal Kombat. Urban’s name marks the latest addition to the group of new and returning cast members to continue the story, with actor Joe Taslim already contracted for another installment following his debut as franchise character favorite, Lin Kuei ninja and Cryomancer Bi-Han, a.k.a. Sub-Zero.
Eight episodes enlist the first of what’s to come with upcoming Amazon Original series, The Boys. Season one will debut on July 26 and in case you’re not yet an Amazon subscriber, the streamer’s latest NSFW trailer is out to help continue to make the case they’ve been making.
Collider debut the official trailer this week as well as poster art which you can view below!
ACTS OF VENGENACE: Antonio Banderas Narrates Silent, Brutal Redress In The First Trailer For Isaac Florentine’s Revenge Thriller
He’s built up to 27 film and television directing credits to his name in all of thirty years as one of the foremost leading filmmakers in the action genre. Most recently, more prolific efforts there have been a string of genre titles and faves like the Undisputed sequels, Ninja movies and Close Range all headlined by actor Scott Adkins whose career took a greater turn eventually appearing in Scott Derrickson’s Marvel adventure, Doctor Strange.
Nowadays and in the wake of a brief producing stint with Todor Chapkanov’s direct-to-video tournament martial arts action hit, Boyka: Undisputed, Florentine’s time in the director’s chair now furthers him some more long-awaited growth into the mainstream. This time, he’s got actor Antonio Banderas (The Expendables 3) taking the mantle and bringing his seasoned gravitas for a role peppered and spiced with heavy, meaty fight action from choreographer Tim Man (Boyka: Undisputed, Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear) with the new movie, Acts Of Vengeance.
Saban recently acquired the rights to the film which has Banderas in the role of a slick-talking lawyer who undergoes a physical transformation and a takes a vow of silence until he finds those responsible for the death of his wife and child. Florentine himself also makes an appearance in this one with a principal cast that has actress Paz Vega and Thor: Ragnarok actor Karl Urban also starring.
Remarkably, a first trailer is now available online and I wouldn’t be suprised if it were pulled until a release date was officially made public. Otherwise, I’m sharing it here so you can check it out for yourself. Peep it!
Marvel’s trajectory on the big screen has only ever gotten cooler these days, and especially with director Taika Watiti at the helm on Thor: Ragnarok. The film debut a second trailer for the comic-con crowd in San Diego over the weekend and subsequently online and while it wasn’t the only Marvel movie to peek out from behind the curtain, if the first trailer from April hasn’t sold you by now, perhaps this one will earn your favor. Beyond that, my hands are tied.
In Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett and Karl Urban are all coming to rock the hell out of this latest installment of the MCU on November 3. Catch the trailer now!
If there’s one thing you have to commend Marvel for doing, is keeping their end of all things film such good fun no matter how much people pine for something R-rated or family-friendly. At best, they’ve maintained quite the balance on all ends with thrilling action and storytelling with a cohesive narrative that keeps things nonetheless grounded in the whirlwind of fantasy we’re immersed in.
2012 brought movie goers our best possible chance at watching a decent adaptation of the 2000 A.D. title comic book, Dredd, with Pete Travis directing and lead actor Karl Urban starring, and the reviews consistently poured in to base claim appropriately. Unfortunately, the film commercially faltered and while some say this was due to bad advertising, others suggest that it probably suffered from the longstanding stigma behind its less-than-exemplary predecessor in 1995 with actor Sylvester Stallone at the time.
Nevertheless, social media became the ultimate tool for fans of Urban‘s performance seeking a sequel and any and all updates have pointed minimal, yet hopeful signs that another would come eventually. Blurbs from tge filmmakers, Urban, lead actress Olivia Thirlby and even as recently as executive producer Adi Shankar have kept the movement going while other inspired content creators have lended their efforts to maintain the continued tone of Travis’s film in their respective efforts with various webseries and shortfilm projects you can now find online. Of course, there was also the matter of understanding the business end of it which Shankar himself explained his own video discussing how film financing works and the challenges that await funding a sequel when its first film fails at the box office, all the while insisting that we at least keep the collective conversation online going so that we can help make Dredd 2 a reality.
Well, on Wednesday, that all came to a gut-wrenching screeching halt in an otherwise devastating report from i09 on the matter illustrating a recent statement from screenwriter Alex Garland who said the following:
There isn’t, as far as I can tell, going to be a Dredd sequel. The basic mechanics of film financing say that if you make a film that loses a ton of money, you’re not going to get a sequel. And that’s basically what happened.
And I understand and appreciate the support the film has had, and the campaigns that have existed for it, and it’s really genuinely gratifying — I love it in all respects except one, which is when I hear about people buying copies of the DVD in order to boost sales and to change the figures. And what I want to say to them is, “Don’t do that. Keep your money.” Because the people that are making the decisions are much colder and harder than that. And the graphs they’re looking at are not really going to be sufficiently dented by that.
So the support for the film is truly appreciated. But if there is going to be a sequel, it’s not going to be me and the team of people who worked on the previous film, it’s going to be another bunch of people. And good luck to them, and I hope it happens. I really do. I hope they do a better job than we did.
Thinking about it, it does make sense that this film was unlikely to happen as the current film climate is pretty rough these days, and while few films that do fail succeed at a sequel for some reason or another in special cases, the mechanics of financing a movie are just ridiculous, generally. Needless to say though, it really does hurt that a second installment, whether or not it would be in sequel or prequel form, will never see the light of day. Dredd came at a time when R-rated action movies were becoming a dying breed fighting for their existence with Expendables-hype in the wake of vast comic book movie lore and YA novel fandom for PG-13 audiences, and if you keep up with movies, you can guess which rating guarantees the most money…hence, the dwindling prevalence of big-scale R-rated actioners as of late.
At best, no matter how you feel or what you think led to this, Dredd will ultimately go down in history as a sheer example of why you should never lose sight of a good thing. Having said that, in my humble opinion, “good” is a word that understates just how amazing this movie is, and indeed, time will tell if another director will manage to “do a better job” as Garland expresses. Because as it stands, the next director will have his/her work cut out for them.
On a seperate note, Mad Max: Fury Road was just granted an R-rating today by the MPAA. Reviews are imminent, so do pay attention, and lets grant THAT film a chance at sequel glory if so deserved. Just sayin.
There may have been a point in time when director Pete Travis‘s live-action iteration of the 2000 A.D. comic book favorite, Dredd 3D, would have been lost to the ages as a commercial failure, thus crippling any hopes for a sequel. Well, it’s 2014, and if the latest second annual #DayOfDredd celebration on October 1, 2014 shows you nothing else, it shows you that Travis‘s 2012 has been nothing short of a huge success! And not for nothing either!
The goal here has always been a sequel, and it is a goal that has only inched itself closer and closer, thanks in large part to support from fans and the leading voices at the Make A Dredd Sequel campaign on Facebook. Those efforts are also showing signs of live, largely with support from the film’s male and female lead, actor Karl Urban and actress Olivia Thirlby, whose assurances of continual support of the film will eventually lead toward a much-deserved sequel (or a prequel depending on how things will work out regarding recent updates seen HERE.)
Thankfully, the film is now heading back to the big screen for a one-night only showcase of the film, slated for October 11, 2014 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. An Eventbrite page has also been set up for those interested in purchasing tickets, so feel free to check it out, as well as the official website for Tribeca Cinemas for more info.
Dredd 3D is produced by screenwriter Alex Garland and producers Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, and is executive produced by Stuart Ford, Deepak Nayar and Adi Shankar. Urban and Thirlby are joined by actresses Lena Headey and Rakie Ayola, and actors Wood Harris, Warrick Grier, Domhnall Gleeson, Deobia Oparei.
The film is also available on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD, and wherever movies are sold.
H/T: Make A Dredd Sequel
We are proud to announce the limited edition DREDD ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY by Jock and Alex Garland! It includes Garland’s script with Jock’s storyboards and sketches. The paperback and very limited edition hardback are available to order from the 2000 AD website. The paperback will be available from all good booksellers in July.
And now, hammering the last nail in the coffin is news we can pretty much file in the “No s#!+” category is the word from Charles Webb at MTV Geek according to producer Adi Shankar that the sequel to the 2012 cult fan favorite smash, Dredd 3D is invariably dead. The news comes as several independent filmmakers are making efforts to perform their own take on the vision from Alex Garland and Pete Travis shared in their film released last year from independent company, DNA, and distributed by Lionsgate, starring actor Karl Urban in the title role of the futuristic law enforcer alongside actress Olivia Thirby and the film’s villainous femme fatale played by Lena Heady.