Nearly twenty years since taking shape on the big screen, Dark Horse mainstay Hellboy is on deck yet for another reboot.
Renny Harlin is set to direct action thriller The Bricklayer, casting Aaron Eckhart in the latest update since the project began brewing ten years ago as a Gerard Butler vehicle, according to Deadline’s Andreas Wiseman on Friday. Production is set to commence in March at Millenium Media’s new Nu Boyana Studios’ locations in Greece and Bulgaria.
Screendaily‘s Jeremy Kay is exclusively reporting the additions of Sheila Shah, Jacob Scipio and Levy Tran to the current cast roster of the fourth installment of The Expendables franchise.
Eleven years since making trilogy headway, The Expendables franchise will reunite Lionsgate and Millenium Media to shoot its fourth installment later this October with much of the main cast reprising its roles; Jason Statham is reportedly leading the cast this time around and will be joined by Megan Fox as the female lead, with regulars Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Sylvester Stallone, Statham’s Furious Seven cohort/martial arts action star star Tony Jaa, and Stallone’s Escape Plan co-star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also starring.
Anyone else up for another Antonio Banderas-led turn at the action genre? Take a gander at Richard Hughes’ The Enforcer, which launches sales for the virtual Cannes market this month from Millennium Media.
Indeed, Millenium Media will ‘fall’ even further with a fourth installment into their Fallen franchise with Greenland star Gerard Butler headlining Night Has Fallen. The actor will also reteam with Angel Has Fallen director Ric Roman Waugh back at the helm with Robert Mark Kamen penning the script.
Hysteria helmer Tanya Wexler’s recurring career in comedic film and TV direction will continue going forward with Millennium Media on action pic, Jolt, according to Andreas Wiseman at Deadline.
It’s a great time to be Nicolas Cage amidst week with several films coming down the pipeline. His latest, Mandy, directed by Panos Cosmatos, internationally sold out EVERYWHERE at Cannes according to an exclusive at Variety this week and now Alex Ritman at The Hollywood Reporter is telling of what’s being described as in the vein of the “greatest detective noir films”.
Kill Chain is the name of the project to be directed by Numb3rs series producer and The Replacement Killers scribe Ken Sanzel with a story centered on the lives of three strangers who inevitably become entangled in a conflict none of them are prepared for. Paul Hertzberg is producing the film which Millenium is selling in its catalogue next to the like of Rambo V, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, The Expendables 4, and more.
Cage’s 211, also being sold at Cannes from Millenium, arrives in the U.S. on June 8.
…And just like that, it’s 2014 all over again. Only this time it appears to, at least, finally be official at a corporate level, and in lieu of Cannes, no less.
Jeremy Kay is at Screen International reporting that action star, actor Sylvester Stallone is set to commense principal photography this Fall on the long-teased and anticipated installment of a fifth Rambo film. The news comes four years after progress was made for a 2014 start which followed up with more stagnation, and eventually word of an impasse in 2017 between Stallone and producer Avi Lener regarding the actor’s wish to produce a fourth Expendables film.
Stallone appeared to have stepped away from the Rambo franchise entirely back in 2016, in a report at Variety in which he is quoted saying: “The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!,’… “It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.”
Rambo is the central character featured in David Morell’s 1972 novel, “First Blood”, which spawned four films with Stallone in the title role starting in 1982. The most recent film in 2008 had Stallone serving as star and director on Rambo, which reinvigorated an already decades-hardened fanbase of R-rated action cinema today.
Stallone’s return to action in the long-running series finds him living in a ranch in Arizona, deeply troubled and wrestling with PTSD as he picks up casual work wherever he can.
When a friend informs Rambo that her grand-daughter has gone missing after crossing into Mexico for a party, he sets off with her to find the youngster.
What ensues is a violent descent into hell as Rambo uncovers a sex-trafficking ring. He teams up with a journalist whose half-sister has also been kidnapped and must deploy all his skills to save the girls and bring down a vicious crime lord.
There was also talk of a TV series which the star of EFO’s upcoming Escape Plan 2 & 3, and of Michael B. Jordan’s titular return in MGM’s Creed 2, disentangled himself from along with any talk of film production, and he visibly did the same with The Expendables franchise last Spring. I suppose the question now is if the actor is pulling another bait and switch, but I guess that’s for another article.
Millennium Media is financing Rambo V with cameras rolling on September 1, and with locations including London, Bulgaria, and the Canary Islands.
Millenium Media and Cinelou Films are fast tracking the project with a new screenwriter now being sought to help construct a brand new story from the IP currently succeeding in print at Dynamite Entertainment; Avi Lerner and Joe Gatta are producing with Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon.