It seems like the cool thing for networks and companies to do right now is have their own streaming service and NBC is jumping on the bandwagon: NBC has announced that April 2020 will be the launch of their own streaming service, Peacock.
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Last year’s go-around with the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua hit pairing, The Equalizer, turned out some really amazing from its cast. One such performance came from supporting actress Haley Bennett who plays a friend to that of lead actress Chloe Grace Moretz in the story of a monastic former government operative whose fight for a young girl’s freedom from human traffickers turned into a sprawling one-man war against an entire criminal organization, and at the rate we’re going, we could very well see a sequel.
Before then, director Fuqua and our lead actor Washington are bound to rejoin for the production of The Magnificent Seven as of last June – a remake of the original 1960 classic western directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen. Actor Chris Pratt was announced for a possible role in the film last December as well, and now, Deadline is reporting the film could very likely reunite Fuqua and Washington with actress Bennett for a leading role – a widow who hires a bounty hunter to avenge her husband’s death at the hands of a rutheless gold-mining baron, offering enough money to split seven ways with his men to get the job done.
As a noteworthy mention, Pratt‘s name is also one with major circulation in the year following his successful start at Marvel as Star Lord in Walt Disney Co.’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, with any number of roles now lining up in his direction, including Cowboy Ninja Viking and Friday’s Deadline report of his pick by Steven Spielberg for a reboot of Indiana Jones. Hopefully we’ll learn more about which will come first in the months ahead as 2015 grows itself into another busy and exciting year for movies!
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It’s been more than forty years since actor Richard Roundtree made blaxploitation history in the 1971 film, Shaft, centered on a badass New York detective who infiltrates the city’s criminal underworld to help free a mob boss’s daughter. Directed by Gordon Parks, the film’s success spawned two more films while briefly extending its reign to television, accompanied by the award-winning sounds of Isaac Hayes’s chart-topping signature theme song for the franchise at the time. The film also succeed into a non-linear pseudo-remake in 2000 with actor Samuel L. Jackson starring, in which Roundtree himself made a cameo.
So now what? Well, the word from The Wrap is that a reboot is now underway with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis (Predator, Predators, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) producing for New Line. There’s no word yet on how the studio will plan to reboot the new movie whether through its 70’s or a more contemporary take like John Singleton fifteen years ago. In my opinion, a seventies setting would look real awesome and fitting for a proper reboot of such a classic with the right director and crew on board. As for who could star in the title role, there are quite a few who come to mind. I’d name names but, you guys have the floor.
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Following a batch of announcements within the past several months regarding the release of a new Appleseed movie, the latest trailer reveal has arrived for director Shinji Aramaki‘s new CG-animated action adventure thriller, Appleseed Alpha, courtesy of IGN. Produced by Halo: Legends helmer Joseph Chou, the film is the latest cinematic contribution to the franchise based on author Masamune Shirow’s 1985 cyberpunk manga publication, and will also serve as a prequel to the 2004 film, Appleseed, rebooting the story of female soldier Deunan, and her cyborg partner Briareos as they search for the city of Olympus.
The film will receive a DVD/Blu-Ray release on July 22, with a digital release planned for July 15, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
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After roughly a year of production filled with more than it’s share of challenges, it appears things are finally coming together with action star Donnie Yen‘s long-awaited two-part epic reboot thriller, Iceman 3D. And this week, we now have a proper trailer that says so, with a lot more to offer on the film’s narrative than seen in previous footage, and should continue to garner further interest.
Co-directed by The Wrath Of Vajra helmer Law Wing Cheong, Iceman 3D also stars Wang Baoqiang, Eva Huang and Simon Yam, and debuts in Hong Kong on April 17 before it spreads to China a week later, with details still awaiting for the sequel, in addition to Well Go USA’s North American schedule for the film. Stay tuned for more info.
In the Ming Dynasty, there are four orphans, Ying (Donnie Yen), Yuanlong (Simon Yam), Sao (Wang Baoqiang) and Niehu. Raised in Taoyuan Village, the four are close as brothers. Their exceptional martial arts allow them to reach the highest rank among the imperial guards. They take the order to kill the Japanese troop leader, and return in triumph. The Emperor then orders Ying to escort the Golden Wheel of Time from India back to the capital, which is said to have the power of time travelling and foreseeing the future. On the way of escorting, Ying is set up by his brothers and he chooses to fight against them. The duel has shaken the earth, an avalanche strucks and buries the four. Travelling 400 years in time to modern Hong Kong, Ying meets wasted May (Eva Huang) who gives him shelter.
The aftermath of late actor Paul Walker continues to draw a bittersweet level of anticipation fans still have a few films to look forward to, one of which includes director Camille Delamarre‘s upcoming action thriller, Brick Mansions, which is getting a theatrical release in Belgium and France on April 23, 2014. Deadline has reported the film’s newly announced North American release date set for April 25, 2014, with freerunning trendsetter and action hero David Belle and actor RZA co-starring.
The film is an English-language revival of Pierre Morrel’s 2004 French freerunning action thriller, Banlieue 13, written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri for an American audience, and sees Walker reliving one of two lead roles previous played by action star Cyril Raffaelli, as a cop who infiltrates a walled-in ghetto to put an end to a crimelord’s reign of terror with the help of a streetwise insider, played by Belle reprising his old character.
While the good news was that Walker had already finished post-production for his scenes three days before the tragic crash that killed him and friend Roger Rodas, Walker‘s death crippled any chances of the film’s screening and trailer release while the folks at Relativity regrouped to figure out just how to promote the film while honoring Walker’s memory. It appears that those efforts have brought the film one step closer as April draws near, so keep tuned in for more updates on Brick Mansions in the days and weeks ahead.
Meanwhile, Walker is expected to make his final big screen appearance with the April 10, 2015 release of Fast And Furious 7 which is currently filming in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates under helmer James Wan for Universal Pictures.
Following earlier announcements of the upcoming live-action series reboot of the classic Japanese property for The Next Generation -Patlabor- and further announcements within the past year, Anime News Network has forwarded the latest dates for the pending seven-part series leading up to the production of the feature film by 2015. The dates are as follows, kicking off the live action series at Japan’s Shinjuku Piccadilly theater:
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Ask yourselves, how many of you would love to see one of Kazuya’s spinning demon uppercuts? How many of you want to see Hworang throw out a sick live action display of kicks and combinations? How many of you wanted to see a Jack cyborg stomp the crap out of GunJack, P.Jack or Jack-2? How many of you wanted to see a cinematic display by actors who can personify the likenesses of Kazuya Mishima, Jin Kazama and Heihachi Mishima both dramatically and physically in the same explosive, epic fashion that was executed in the 2011 flick, Tekken: Blood Vengeance? How many of you wanted to see Jon Foo and Ian Anthony Dale transform into their genetically infused demonic selves in a gorgeous display of two destructive forces at war, like Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon in Man Of Steel? How many of you wanted to see the Williams sisters, Anna and Nina mix it up once and for all? How many of you wanted all this and more and were just left wondering what could have been after what never was?
A new announcement this week with reports from Deadline breathed life back into the news of Summit Entertainment film reboot for Russell Mulcahy’s 1986 fantasy swordplay action thriller, Highlander. While Snow White And The Huntsman still awaits a sequel, the VFX supervisor and second unit director for the first film, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, has been granted his first directorial debut here, for the screenplay from Iron Man writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, Neal H. Moritz who will be sharing producer credits with the original television and film series producer Peter Davis, and Justin Lin who will executive produce.
Nerd Reactor is reporting via Deadline that actor Alan Ritchson is being picked to play the character Raphael in Jonathan Liebesman’s upcoming film, Ninja Turtles, which starts shooting in New York City this April and is slated for theatrical release on June 6, 2014. The news comes a month after co-producer Michael Bay and actress Megan Fox made amends (as well as headlines) with the word that Fox will be joining the official cast as news reporter April O’Neil.
With actor Russell Crowe, and directors Rupert Wyatt and Nicolas Winding Refn all passing up having anything to do with rebooting The Equalizer, Deadline is reporting that filmmaker Anton Fuqua is being eyed to helm Sony’s big screen adaptation of the television series. The film will reunite Fuqua with actor Denzel Washington since their previous work on the 2001 crime drama, Training Day, which earned Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Deadline is reporting that producer Joel Silver is joining forces between his production company, Silver Pictures, and Studio Canal to revive the classic 1981 post apocalyptic sci-fi action thriller, Escape From New York. The reboot will reportedly be the set-up for a new trilogy, with Silver producing along with Andrew Rona, and executive vice president of Silver Pictures, Alex Heineman serving as executive producer. Currently, the developmental process is undergoing a search for a writer to pen the screenplay, while the word is that actors Gerard Butler (300, Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life), Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy, S.W.A.T.), Tom Hardy (Warrior, This Means War) and Liam Neeson (Darkman, Taken, Unknown) are at the top of the list for Silver’s latest re-imagining of the character, Snake Plissken, previously played by actor Kurt Russell.
No word yet on who will be cast in the film other than that of Megan Fox, who will portray April O’Neil in the film, which came as a shock to many just a few years after Bay and Fox fell out upon the release of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.