Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard) is well on the up-and-up at Netflix this season. The streamer’s latest acquisition of Hughes’ latest out of Sony Pictures, The Man From Toronto, will bow in all territories sans China later this year, following in line with Sony’s first look with the streamer in 2021.
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Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, upcoming The Man From Toronto) is circling back once more for an opp to direct a new take on the 2011 hit Indonesian crime thriller, The Raid.
The Man From Toronto is director Patrick Hughes’ newest endeavor from Sony Pictures. Production is slated to start in March with a potential reunion in store for actors Jason Statham and Kevin Hart following Hart’s cameo in David Leitch’s Fast And Furious Presents: Hobbs And Shaw.
Lest you fall sleep on The Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes’s latest R-rated affair, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, a brand new trailer has arrived ahead of its August 18 release.
In the spirit of keeping the summer movie hype going, director Patrick Hughes’s new action comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is back to boast a little more of its promising thrills apart from its first red-band trailer last month. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live took to its audience late Thursday evening to unveil an exclusive look at the second official trailer ahead of its August 18 release.
I don’t think anyone generally knew that the marketing for director Patrick Hughes’s latest action thriller, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, was going to be such a hilarious pisstake. Given the latest official artwork debut however, it appears they’re not kidding.
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Patrick Hughes gets it. Sure, The Expendables 3 may have been a measurable misfire, but judging by the first trailer for his latest endeavor, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, you get the feeling you’re on familiar territory and especially after taking in so much of actor Ryan Reynolds through all of the Deadpool fan fervor. It’s a good move. A smart move, and right next to casting Samuel L. Jackson to keep the buddy formula going, the film looks nothing short of the very promise we missed out on three years earlier.
The world’s top protection agent [Ryan Reynolds] is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen [Samuel L. Jackson]. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator [Gary Oldman] who is out for blood.
Everly star Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife with a cast that rounds out nicely featuring Gary Oldman, Elodie Yung, Joaquim De Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell and Richard E. Grant. August 18 is the date to mark on your calendar for the film’s theatrical release, otherwise whetting the appetite with even more gut-punching toilet humor, rip-roaring action and all other sorts of R-rated antics that will keep Hughes in your good graces.
Watch the new trailer below now!
It might not be shocking to some, but unless your hopes were high in catching Kingdom series and The Purge 2: Anarchy co-star Frank Grillo in an upcoming remake of the 2011 contained crime thriller, The Raid, then there’s a good chance that isn’t happening.
Watching my boy @iko_uwais in #THERAID. There’s no way I’m doing a remake of this. Couldn’t do it justice. #respect
— frank grillo (@FrankGrillo) January 10, 2015
The tweet comes roughly a month after Grillo wrapped his scenes for director Liam O’Donnell‘s upcoming standalone sci-fi follow-up, Beyond Skyline in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with co-star and action director Iko Uwais; Uwais himself broke out to huge film festival stardom in the original release of The Raid, directed by Gareth Huw Evans, prior to the 2014 sequel wherein Screen Gems had officially announced plans for a Hollywood remake to be directed by The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes.
Grillo has long been tapped as the only actor cast in the remake as of summer last year, answering questions for the curious press wondering about the status of production as it was pushed back from September of last year to sometime this Spring. Now, with Grillo out, it appears the remake of The Raid is without a cast. However, an even bigger set questions remain: With Hughes still reportedly attached to direct and Uwais and his team directing the action, what does Grillo’s departure say about the film? Does this potentially leave room for a new actor to take his place at the start of a potential list? Or, is this film even happening?
Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans.
Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
In 2010, filmmaker Patrick Hughes earned the spotlight for his then-directorial debut Western thriller, Red Hill. It earned several nomimations and became a hit among audiences, including actor Sylvester Stallone who went on to officially announce Hughes as the director of the new film, The Expendables 3, after dropping twitter hints like crazy beforehand. And while reading his tweets, it seemed as if Stallone‘s vision intended on outdoing his predecessors, namely Rambo (2008), in light of all the hype involving the fanfare for R-rated action – something which the Expendables franchise became known for four years ago with the first film.
Unfortunately, I have not yet seen Red Hill, so I cannot give a full and analytic comparison between that film and The Expendables 3. However, I did see the trailer for Red Hill, and I can honestly say it delivers a very different tone than what was promised in my viewing of the latter film on Monday night; To be fair though, the hype may have come long before it was reported that the studio behind the third installation was issuing PG-13 release, much to the chagrin of an entire niche of action cinephiles that grew up watching the film’s stars in R-rated blockbusters over the last three decades or more. As such, fans were left to bite the PG-13 bullet whilst awaiting what the film had in store for its release. Accordingly, this did not extingush the interest from many fans who may have been otherwise interested in a fourth film, from the looks of things based on this weekend’s box office numbers, there is a good chance that won’t happen. So if this is indeed “the last ride”, I’m glad I caught it on the big screen where it was meant to be seen. But, the film is not without its faults, and there are plenty.
Stallone returns as Barney Ross, the grizzled leader of the Expendables, who have since diminished in numbers over the years. With Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunnar (Dolph Lundgren) and Toll Road (Randy Couture) on hand, we soon meet veteran Expendable, Doc (Wesley Snipes) who puts the finishing touch on much of the film’s explosive opening sequence. The cast then reunites with fellow member Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) on a mission shortly after, only to find themselves out-gunned and nearly killed by Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), arms dealer, war criminal and former Expendable himself once thought to be dead.
Ross, troubled by potentially getting his long-devoted team killed and hell-bent on catching Stonebanks-preferably alive at the behest of his new boss, Drummer (Harrison Ford), abandons the team in search for new blood with the aide of Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer). Soon, we meet Thorn (Glen Powell), Luna (Ronda Rousey), Smilee (Kellan Lutz) and Mars (Victor Ortiz), all of whom are brought onto the team with the exception of Galgo (Antonio Banderas), an able-bodied mercenary himself with the gift of gab. The team moves in on Stonebanks and the mission is successful, until they are ambushed. Ross is left for dead, and his new team is captured by Stonebanks whose intent is to lure Ross back for a sick game of his own. With time running out, Galgo re-emerges, as do Drummer, Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and the old team, to help Ross rescue the others, and bury an old enemy once and for all.
When I first saw the 2010 film, the first of the trilogy, I left the theater excited, intended on seeing every film on the big screen with the promise of watching a really great franchise blossom for action fans like myself. Yes, it did hit a few bumps and missed out on some of the beats where it counted the most; I went with a friend to see the second film one evening, and he fell asleep! I couldn’t really believe it. And even some family of mine were hesitant to see the second film though it delivered on its continued promise of bringing mature, violent R-rated action for the audience it was meant for. As for the third, while I did enjoy it as much as I could, I can’t help but wish they took some more time with it. It felt a little bit rushed than appropriate for a trilogy installer and there are quite a few holes where I would have wanted some more back story into the the former connection between Ross and Stonebanks. And, some of the questionable CG in the film made it feel less epic than it should have for a Hollywood blockbuster.
The performances were adequate with the exception of a few; Snipes gets his moment at the top of the film with an eccentric element to his character that was fun to watch from time to time. Lutz, who has been slowly and gradually ascending in the ranks of action stardom in films like Java Heat and The Legend Of Hercules does nice job with his character opposite Stallone in some scenes, as does Gibson. Newcomer Powell did a good job with his role, as does former professional welterweight boxer-turned-actor Ortiz who doesn’t really have much to say, though his physical performance does most of the talking. As far as Rousey goes, this is pretty much her first acting gig in a feature of this magnitude, and while I welcome seeing her again in the pending production of The Athena Project for Warner Bros., she ought to stop badmouthing people who can actually act. As it stands, she’s a far cry from anywhere close to the acting talent Gal Gadot has. Not trying to knock Rousey, she’s damn good in the octagon, but she’s a cinematic half-talent, and she needs to work on her craft before bashing others who have been acting longer than her. Not cool.
All in all, much of the cast did a generally good job of delivering a toned-down, family-friendly action adventure film, with plenty of Stallone doing what he does best; He’s pushed himself fervently to physical extremes in his years in film despite being handed some turkeys along the way, but I commend him nonetheless. Lundgren pretty much frowns his way through his character, and that’s all we can really expect of him since there isn’t much to go on. Statham does an adequate job with a supporting role that both charms and dazzles on the big screen, whereas Couture doesn’t really stand out much at this point. He’s kinda just there, and herein lies where the film could have floundered; Were it not for Banderas carrying the rest of the film through despite us learning his background long after all said and done, the entire third act, coupled with the sight of Jet Li as the butt of a headshakingly ridiculous short joke and seeing him behind a big machine gun he can barely hold onto would have been a little more depressing.
Moreover, don’t look for Li much either. He’s in about three scenes in the second half of the film and he does none of his screenfighting whatsoever, but considering his hyperthyroidism, that is understandable. Nonetheless, the fight choreography in the climatic action finale does give you something to look at, with Rousey, Snipes, Statham, Ortiz and Banderas all having an ass-kicking good time. It is ensemble hand-to-hand fight scenes like this are exactly what make a film like this all the more enjoyable for action fans, and its a shame that this may very well be all we get for a trilogy that was meant for greatness before ultimately doing a one-eighty in an attempt to reach out to younger audiences.
Sorry to say, Lionsgate, but that was a big mistake. I really like the Expendables franchise at the core of what it was meant to be. But I wanted to love it, and turning your back on a loyal generation of action fans who grew up with many of these actors sends an otherwise debateworthy message about the state of action movies today, especially with a trilogy.
Many action movies are getting the short end of the stick now because the PG-13 fan base have emerged for YA novel adaptations and superhero movie lore. Sure, those movies are moneymakers for their niche. But if Lionsgate wanted a moneymaker by way of a younger audiences this time around, they picked the wrong franchise to do it. And no, we can’t forget the damage done by the film’s two-week early online leak by the millions. That is almost certainly a factor in the film’s flop over the past weekend, and there’s no excuse for it. Point in fact, there’s no excuse why any real patron of film should be stealing movies. I was hoping for Chan, Brosnan, Hogan and Johnson to stake their claim at some point in this franchise and it sucks this might never happen. And if it does, it might be a really, really long time.
So…yeah. The film doesn’t out-do Rambo (that will be for part five to handle), nor does it “raid the Raid” like Sly said he was hoping for it to – that task will now go to Hughes, actor Frank Grillo and the ensemble of twelve main characters he is casting for next year’s filming of The Raid remake. As for The Expendables 3, it’s really a film meant for 13 year olds boys who want to see Rousey in a red-dress beat guys up, and girls who think Lutz and Ortiz looks good without a t-shirt on…
Hey, they look better than me. I’ll give them that!
Director Patrick Hughes is releasing his newest film, The Expendables 3, this Friday, with Lionsgate determined to open the film on the big screen with subsequent, hopeful commercial success (provided the film’s leak will not be a factor). That said, fans are also clammoring to find out more about who Hughes wants and will have in his next film, The Raid, a forthcoming remake of the 2011/2012 hit directed previously by filmmaker Gareth Huw Evans.
In an interview with The Action Elite, the director managed to squeeze in some much-needed insight about casting in that regard. Needless to say, martial arts action fans who know well the name, Scott Adkins, may be pleased by what Hughes says this week:
AE: I just want to say one thing about your upcoming remake of The Raid; please cast Scott Adkins in some capacity. He’s one of the best martial arts stars in the business and we’d all love to see him have a major role. He also really wants to do it!
Hughes: (laughs) Actually I met with Scott when I was out in Bulgaria doing early pre-production; he was there at the same studio shooting Hercules. I hung with him quite a bit and he’s really an awesome guy. He’s definitely in the mix and we’re in the process of casting now…
Adkins (Ninja, Ninja 2, The Expendables 2), a long time cult favorite of the genre by many around the world, has been VERY vocal about being a part of The Raid franchise in any capacity, specifically The Raid 3 in Evans’ franchise following the electrifying reviews the second film receieved in January at the Sundance Film Festival. In March, Evans himself stated his own support for Adkins to appear in the remake following the Hughes‘s announcement as director. “…Me on a personal level, I’d fucking love to see them put Scott Adkins in there.” says Evans. “I’m just going to say that right off because I just think he’s great and I’ve wanted to work with him before. For him to be able to get a real, good fucking solid role like that in a studio film where it’s all about gearing up towards martial arts, something that he’s fully capable of, it’d be great…”.
While we await confirmation on this matter, Adkins is in talks to co-star in the upcoming production of director Stephen Fung’s Kickboxer remake this Fall, in addition to finally appearing in the long-gestated release of director Valeri Milev’s zombie action horror pic, Re-Kill, due date TBA this year. As for all things Raid-related, Evans is expected to commense with the third in his franchise between the next two to three years. Evans is also executive producing the remake for Screen Gems along with XYZ Films, which has since confirmed actor Frank Grillo for a role, with Battleship star Taylor Kitsch in talks to lead for the film’s production next year.
Stay tuned for more info!
Pre-production for the upcoming remake of director Gareth Huw Evans’s 2011/2012 cult smash hit, The Raid is well underway before its forthcoming film schedule next Spring. Several popular names made the rumormill in the last few months before it was officially reported that Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Purge: Anarchy co-star Frank Grillo would be the first among the names attached for the new film to be helmed by The Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes.
On Monday, the production finally saw its male lead attached in the form of actor Taylor Kitsch (Savages, Battleship, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Lone Survivor), accroding to forwarded reports from Comingsoon.net. The new film will see Kitsch starring in Hughes‘s Hollywood adaptation centered on an elite DEA fast team who get trapped inside a tenanment building behind enemy lines, fortified by a powerful drug lord and his army of loyal, bloodthirsty killers. It’s no secret either that Kitsch has some pretty big shoes to fill considering the first film from Evans, the kickstarter of its own franchise, is led by actor and genuine martial artist Iko Uwais, whose latest appearance in this year’s The Raid 2 has become an even bigger cult hit around the world.
The film is being written by Out Of The Furnace co-scribe Brad Inglesby for Screen Gems, the studio developing the remake. International sales agent XYZ Films is producing the film as well, with Uwais and the original team reportedly designing the fights.
Stay tuned for more casting news!
Check out the footage below, and if you wish to see a fourth film in which actor Pierce Brosnan hopes to star, it won’t kill you to wait until August 15 and buy a ticket then. Plus, it also helps validate what I do for my site here as a moviegoer myself. I didn’t start Film Combat Syndicate to endorse and appease torrent sites. So spare me.
The folks at Collider dropped some pretty interesting news about The Raid remake on Saturday since the film was announced for production earlier this year with The Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes tapped to direct. In an inteview with Perri Nemiroff, actor Frank Grillo delved into a number of topics, including the aforementioned film for which production was previously reported to be pushed back from this September to January next year so that the folks at Screen Gems could find a big name actor to lead, particularly shortlisting Grillo among names like Anthony Mackie, Ethan Hawke and Luke Evans to name a few.
“Well, yeah. I mean, we were officially offered the film, and so that was gonna go in September and now that doesn’t go until January.” he says. “So, you know, that’s the way the movie business is. You’re officially attached until there is no more movie, you know? But yeah, this is something that I’m planning on doing. Yeah.”.
Grillo also added his thoughts regarding the remake going into production just a few years after the initial film, telling Collider, “You know, the script is great. Patrick Hughes, now that he has this time – who just directed The Expendables 3 – he’s tweaking it a little bit. Sony really is behind the project and I loved it. [I’m] one of the three main characters and, you know, I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to actually go do it because it’s gonna be Americanized, but not overtly Americanized. It’s really gonna keep a lot of what made the first Raid so great.”.
There are no details as of yet regarding what role Grillo is being suited for, but there have been previous hints from Hughes himself regarding the plot which may center on a six-unit DEA task force implemented by the Bush administration upon evidence discovered linking the drug trade to 9/11, a premise which will set up a “clash of cultures” between martial arts and fighting styles between the cast members.
Silat action auteurs Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian are choreographing the action sequences for the new film, which is being produced by XYZ Films with the original film’s director, Gareth Huw Evans, serving as executive producer.
Grillo also expressed his “cautious optimism” regarding his chances of reprising his role as the official iteration of supervillain Brock Rumlow (a.k.a. Crossbones) in directors Joe and Anthony Russos’ Captain America 3, telling the press “Very early on the Russos said, ‘Look, this is an origin film for this character. We’re gonna discover who this is and this is a big movie with a lot of moving parts, but we’re gonna discover you in this film and, you know, here’s the information about who Brock Rumlow turns into and blah, blah, blah.’# And so we’ve had multiple discussions about what comes after that, that thing. So, you know, it’s obvious Rumlow is covered in rubble and burned to crisp at the end, but you see he’s still there. They don’t do that for no reason.”
Further casting details and confirmation awaits for The Raid as pre-production continues. In the meantime, Hughes will release his next film, The Expendables 3 on August 15.
You can catch Grillo in the forthcoming multiplatform release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier betweet August 19 and September 9. Grillo will also next appear in the July 18 North American theatrical release of The Purge: Anarchy, for which a new international poster has been unveiled. Check it all out below and stay tuned for more information!
H/T: ComingSoon.net, Entertainment Focus
For now, Marvel fans will have their leading man for Asgardian superhero, Thor, in actor Chris Hemsworth in the forthcoming releases of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and the currently-developing Thor 3. Although, it is worthy of noticing when an actor like Hemsworth finally puts Mjölnir down and steps into other roles, which brings us to the latesr updates regarding the long-developing reboot of the Lethal Weapon franchise.
Sources now indicate that Hemsworth is up for a role in new film with the working title, Lionhunters. The Lethal Weapon reboot was announced back in 2008 at the behest of franchise producer Joel Silver with script treatment by Shane Black followed by a retouching with Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall in 2011. Originally, the plan was to reboot the franchise with the original team, led by actors Mel Gibson and Danny Glovers reprising their roles as seasoned L.A. detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, respectively, in what might have been the film’s finale.
Also updating previous news of Zombieland helmer Reuben Fleischer’s attachment is the word that Fast And Furious 3-6 helmer Justin Lin is now being tapped to direct the film, following the production of his upcoming kung fu reboot, Shaolin Temple 3D, and a new Bourne film by August of next year.
All four Lethal Weapon films were directed by franchise helmer Richard Donner and became nearly $1 billion dollar blockbuster four-film success story between 1987 and 1998. I’m not too sure what the new working title would entail as it seems very peculiar.
Hemsworth‘s name was most recently mentioned alongside The Hunger Games franchise co-star, actor, Liam Hemsworth (although yet to be confirmed if anything), to star as the brother characters for The Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes’ upcoming action crime remake, The Raid for XYZ Films. The actor is also poised to star in director Michael Mann’s upcoming international thriller, Cyber, as well as a 2016 follow-up to Snow White And The Huntsman (2012).
Stay tuned for more details!
H/T: TrackingBoard via ComingSoon.net