If there was one movie that appears to actually tap into subjective perceptions of folks keen on criticizing the actual science behind the Covid-19 pandemic, you could rightly enlist Adam Mason’s new film, Songbird. The addition of Michael Bay as toplining producer certainly bodes well to promise this ought to be a heavy-handed and menacing enough thriller for the history books.
REMOTE CONTROL: Gerard Butler Partners With STX, Hyde Park, ‘Bond’ Producers For Espionage Thriller Novel Adap From ‘The Rhythm Section’ Scribe
Gerard Butler is off to the races with his latest involvement with STX at EFM in Berlin for Remote Control, which has been in the works for more than a decade. The project was at one point shopped to Sony back in 2009.
STX Entertainment’s STXfilms is continuing its partnership with actor Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions for high-concept superhero comedy, Night Wolf.
It was last October that actor Dave Bautista was tapped for an STXfilms starring vehicle – unnamed at the time but reported as bearing franchise potential. The status of that mystery project remained so even right when scribes John and Erich Hoeber were tapped to pen the script back in April.
Peppermint is an action thriller which tells the story of young mother Riley North (Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerilla. Channeling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force – eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI- as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice.
You can always count on news of a Jason Statham action thriller on the rise to rouse the fanboy feels and of course The Meg is first on the menu this August with a Fast saga spin-off filming next year with Dwayne Johnson. Time will tell what else arises in the big screen prospects for the knife-chucking, brass knuckle-wielding, football deflating Expendable apart from an update from Borys Kit at The Hollywood Reporter announcing Killer’s Game from STX.
The film, based on Jay Bonansinga’s 1997 novel, will center on a principled, veteran assassin who learns he is dying. Thinking his days are numbered, he stakes a six-million dollar prize on his own life, only to realize that he’s been misdiagnosed and is still in perfect health, and is now forced into a breakneck fight for survival against hungry gamesmen out for blood and a six-figure boost.
After more than 20 years, xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage helmer D.J. Caruso is in talks to direct for Statham potentially to star, and with STX Films negotiating to finance as well as distribute. Names such as Michael Keaton and Wesley Snipes had been in talks to star over the years as the project landed at several studios and in the hands of numerous directors; Simon Kinberg even penned a draft long before he became known for his involvement in the X-Men cinematic universe efforts at Fox.
Steve Richards of Endurance Media and Andrew Lazar of Mad Chance are producing the film with production start and release dates pending among other casting additions. The film may also add to the currently growing list of projects in Statham’s roster, sans the previously-hyped Tony Jaa co-headliner, High Value Target, which currently remains in the air.