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Remember the first teaser for Killers, the latest Indo-Japanese action horror thriller from co-directors Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (dubbed accordingly as “The ‘Mo’ Brothers”) from October? Well, December is here as we are just weeks away from the film’s upcoming four-night premiere at next month’s Sundance Film Festival, and Twitchfilm just forwarded one of two new posters, in addition to the latest trailer from co-production company Nikkatsu, which, among other things, delivers in terrific, gut-wrenching, skin-slicing, repeat-stabbing, vehicular manslaughtering, freefalling and blood-letting fashion.
Fan art continues to be a driving force for fans and followers of many popular properties such as movies, and director Gareth Evans‘s upcoming urban martial arts thriller epic, The Raid 2: Berandal is no exception, having seen its own fair share of unofficial fan-originated artwork from time to time. A lot of this kind of artwork simply goes viral without mention of its creator, which is kind of unfortunate considering that I would love to credit the person who forwarded this latest bit of art onto the internet to ultimately land in the hands of XYZ Films’s own, producer Nate Bolotin, which you can check out below, emulating actess Julie Estelle as “Hammer Girl”
Just six months away from principal photography, actors Joe Taslim and Yayan Ruhian, and fight choreographer Iko Uwais are running the numbers on the action sequences for producer Gareth Evans’s latest return to the set with director Timo Tjahjanto for upcoming martial arts crime thriller The Night Comes For Us. But even so, the prospects for the folks at Indonesia’s PT Merantau Films and L.A.’s XYZ Films are looking brighter and brighter.
Writer and director Timo Tjahjanto shot off a few tweets on Monday after a completing the first day of choreography for the upcoming production of The Night Comes For Us. Following his previous collaboration with The Raid 1 and 2 helmer Gareth Evans now in the producers chair since scribing Tjahjanto’s Safe Haven segment in the summer 2013 horror anthology, V.H.S. 2, The Night Comes For Us brings lead actor Joe Taslim and co-star Yayan Ruhian back together in a reunion that is likely to be one of the most celebrated after their stellar performances in Evans’ The Raid, featuring the two in one of the film’s most brutal, solid and most pulse pounding action sequences ever put on film, a signature quality of the work coming from Indonesian production platform PT Merantau Films.
Described as a story of vengeance and redemption, the current synopsis for The Night Comes For Us sees Taslim taking the lead as “Ito”, a Gangland Enforcer whom after a stint with the notorious South East Asian Triad, returns to his local crime family in Jakarta only to find himself trapped in a world of betrayal and chaos as the Triad plans its bloody campaign for expanision. With the script currently full speed ahead in development and the film set to kick off shooting sometime this April or May, the bulk of the film’s hybridized fight action mingling MMA and Judo with Silat will be handled by Indonesia’s latest action star, Iko Uwais, who will appear once more as the lead in Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal this Spring, with Ruhian returning as well.
Choreo day 1 #TheNightComesforUs http://t.co/KDbH2a33LK
— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) November 11, 2013
#TheNightComesforUs choreography @iko_uwais & @Joe_Taslim : bros before hos http://t.co/wPisla0uXL
— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) November 11, 2013
Production of The Night Comes For Us also comes in light of the upcoming release of Tjahjanto latest Indonesian/Japanese horror thriller, Killers, with co-director, Macabre helmer Kimo Stamboel, who is poised to steamroll production with Ruhian in his upcoming lead role in One Good Thing with fellow actor and Chilean martial arts action sensation Marko Zaror, from a script by production company XYZ Films’ own writer and producer Todd Brown of Twitchfilm. Tjahjanto and Stamboel’s Killers is set to make way to the big screen this February.
Stick around for more info as it trickles.
Hours after Killers co-writer and director Timo Tjahjanto delivered the brand new sales poster for his next directorial effort, The Night Comes For Us, Twitchfilm founder and writer, and XYZ Films executive producing partner, Todd Brown brought exclusive updates for the film, regarding credits and a new synopsis.
With writer/director Gareth Huw Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal nearing the completon of its post-production since wrapping in July, PT Merantau Films will be back at it with at least two more films, each to be directed by The Mo Brothers, Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel. Tjahjanto took to Twitter on Sunday to unveil the new poster for his own upcoming production of The Night Comes For Us, for which Evans will produce and direct action sequences for Fast And Furious 6 co-star, actor Joe Taslim since starring in Evans’ 2011 thriller, The Raid (a.k.a. Seruban Maut), with co-star Yayan Ruhian coming off both The Raid and the forthcoming sequel.
Best year ever? I’d say. Let’s get started. 😉