Gareth Evans’ Indonesian martial-arts extravaganza, The Raid, is currently just racking up awards at all the film festivals it shows at. Brutal and hard hitting, it’s being hailed as one of the best action films of all time. Naturally, this means that we’re now going to get a couple sequels. To facilitate these sequels, the film’s title is being altered ahead of it’s US release. It will now be known as The Raid: Redemption, whereas the first sequel, previously call Berandal (Indonesian for “Thug”) will be called The Raid: Retaliation.
As for what this sequel will be about, well Evans spoke about one idea he had at Sundance Festival:
“For The Raid sequel, I want to bring car chase elements to it as well. So we have like a cool fight scene where you go inside a car, fighting against four people as it’s speeding along a one-way.”
One badass guy fighting off four different people inside a speeding car? Oh hell yeah!
There’s a new image out of everybody’s favourite not-so-jolly green giant from The Avengers. I’d like to think that this pic is actually of the cameraman accidentally walking in on Hulk during his private “me” time.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is currently getting harangued by the critics. One criticism being levelled towards it – besides the absurd fiery bladder infection – is that the character is far better suited a hard R-rated styled film. Two people who agreed with this was Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier – the same guys behind Nic Cage’s other shlockfest, Drive Angry. They actually wrote a 23 page hard R-rated treatment, which was rejected by Marvel for being too violent. It was called Ghost Rider 2: Riders on the Storm, I have to admit, The Doors copyright infringement notwithstanding, is actually a pretty cool title.
Now, thanks to Wendago, that treatment is available in it’s entirety for your perusal. I haven’t seen Spirit of Vengeance yet, but honestly, this doesn’t strike me as it could be significantly better.
Did you know that there is a 3D CG animated Terminator reboot in development called Terminator 3000? According to the very extensive write-up over at GeekTyrant, Hannover House’s CEO, Eric Parkinson, has revealed that his company is developing the film, in hopes that current Terminator rights owner Annapurna Productions, picks it up.
Strange thing is, this is not the first time Hannover House has attempted to make this film. Hannover was the company that initially handled the video release of James Cameron’s original film, and according to Parkinson that entitled them to a portion of the rights. So they begun developing the film when the Terminator rights went up for sale, but once Annapurna purchased them, they were told to stop production. But apparently, they just didn’t take that to heart:
It’s in the time being in the hands of Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Productions, whether or not they want to proceed. We reached out to them, communicated with her council and expressed our outline with the basic story structure with the proposed principal creative team and how it can be financed and how Annapurna Productions can make a lot of money with upfront licensing. But there are issues at play that I am not privy to. I think that most people are aware of how long this ticking bomb that this Terminator licensing exists before it goes back to James Cameron.
There’s a new poster out, complete with creepy Jack Black smile, for School of Rock director Richard Linklater’s Bernie. The film is some of the most unlikeliest material for a comedy though, as it deals with the true story of a con-man who convinced an older woman to pretty much excommunicate herself from all friends and family, and then brutally murdered her after he got her to put him in her will. Yeah, that sounds like a real laugh riot, all right.
As if I needed another reason to curse the gods for the lack of IMAX in our country, it’s been revealed that James Bond will be making his extra-large screen debut with the next installment of the British superspy franchise, Skyfall.
Here’s the official press release:
IMAX Corporation, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that the long-awaited next chapter in the famed James Bond franchise, SKYFALL, will be released in IMAX® theatres simultaneously with the film’s international release on Oct. 26, and its domestic release on Nov. 9, 2012. This is the first IMAX installment of the iconic Bond film franchise.
Hopefully, this film has no “getting out of the water in a skimpy speedo” scene, as there are certain things that should never be 3-stories tall.
Women and Hollywood‘s Melissa Silverstein has put together this very telling video of how poorly the fairer sex is still being represented at the Oscars, and there are truly surprising stats there:
There is a quasi-feud currently happening between comedian Sacha Baron-Cohen and the Academy, but that’s not stopping the funny man from promoting his film, The Dictator. As such, some new portraits have been unveiled for the film via Buzzfeed, depicting the despot doing the type of things all dictators do. You know, like killing your tennis partners.
And that’s it for me, ladies and gentlemen. I need to go do some work on the claymation Back To The Future reboot I’m working on. I once rented Back to the Future and “forgot” to return it for a week. So this entitles me to a portion of the film rights, right? Good, because in my version Doc Brown is now a Taiwanese homeless lady who was once a great kung fu master, and Marty McFly is an impoverished youth from the slums of Harlem who thinks everybody are talking monkeys. Monkeys are funny.