It was announced back in late January that action fans would get to see another new collaboration between headlining action star and filmmaking duo, Scott Adkins and Isaac Florentine for the contained rural action thriller, Close Range. Adkins discussed the film among a list others and a few select topics in an interview with The Action Elite which aired on Saturday, describing the film as a “modern Western” crossover between films such as Die Hard and The Raid, in which he plays “Colton MacReady”, a man left vulnerable by a corrupt sheriff and his men while cornered in his own ranch and forced to protect his family from a blood-thirsty drug cartel after rescuing his niece from their capture.
“It’s a good character, hard as nails… which I’m good at playing.”, he says. “It’s a full-on action movie where most of the story takes place in one area, so we’ll be able to shoot it quite quickly, I believe. It’s kind of like a siege movie with my character fighting off a load of Mexican Drug Cartel guys, trying to keep my family safe and they’re all trying to kill us… which means I’ve got to kill them. So it should be a good action film.”.
The actor also shared his thoughts on SPL actor Wu Jing in light of his forthcoming acting/solo directorial debut, Chinese commando thriller Wolf War, wherein he offered some details a brief description of his character in the film, which reunites him with actress Yu Nan since their last appearance in the 2012 blockbuster hit, The Expendables 2. “I was just happy to come out there as I’m a big fan of Wu Jing and the stuff that he’d done in the past.”, he says. “This job offer came up for me to come and play the villain; as I say, I have a lot of respect for him so I was happy to come out there and do that…”. He later added, “Those guys really know how to do the action really well so it was a pleasure to do it. I haven’t seen the film yet but hopefully it turns out well for Wu Jing as he’s a really nice guy.”.
Throughout the interview, Adkins also delved further on his experience working with fellow action stars Darren Shahlavi and Michael Jai White on the first season of the sci-fi action adventure TV series, Metal Hurlant Chronicles, in addition to his hopes for a part under Gareth Evans’ developing vision for his Indonesian franchise follow-up, The Raid 3, or the upcoming U.S. remake of the first being overseen by Evans who is executive producing. He closed out the interview speaking out on the consequences of online piracy at the expense of smaller, independent movies, stating in part, “…I realize it’s difficult to support a film if you know there’s a torrent on the internet with let’s say Undisputed 3, but if it doesn’t come out in your country until about three months later then you’re gonna download it and I know that you can’t help that, because how else are you going to get it? The distributors need to sort their end out but also there are just people who download stuff and don’t pay for it and they don’t understand that if they keep doing this, then you’re not going to get these types of films anymore…”.
Metal Hurlant Chronicles is expected to begin airing both its first and second seasons on the Syfy channel, beginning this April, while further info awaits on Wolf War, Close Range, and the long awaited news on Undisputed 4. Visit The Action Elite to hear the full interview.