A whole line-up of LEGO-inspired movies are in the works following the hit success of The LEGO Movie from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller,...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
This weekend was a slow one in looking for Hit List content. I also had to make a last minute edit to remove something I temporarily can't share but I do have a few treats to help make up for the light load this week...
Deadline reporting Divergent film series co-star Ansel Elgort as the first one up for a role in the film with Rob Letterman directing as of March.
A whole line-up of LEGO-inspired movies are in the works following the hit success of The LEGO Movie from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, including The LEGO Batman Movie which opens next February. One other title now making the rounds courtesy of the events over at Licensing Expo 2016 in Nevada is Tron: Uprising helmer Charlie Bean's The LEGO Ninjago Movie, based on the popular toyline and with an already-running series iteration of its own on Cartoon Network.
Prospects are looking great for anime classic, Akira with Justin Lin currently circling the long-awaited live-action adaptation according to much fan fervor stemming from last week. Time will tell to see if and how that latest bit sticks while it's been a few years since Lin was attached to a few projects, including an iteration of Jet Li classic, Shaolin Temple.
Filmmaker John Woo is back in the limelight in recent months, and for good reasons aplenty in the wake of his latest international production launch, Manhunt, a remake of Sato Junya's 1976 thriller now slated for 2017. Since then, at least one other helmer circulating his work is actor Stephen Fung who is currently up to direct a remake of Woo's 1991 heist action comedy, Once A Thief, which also piles onto his previous efforts at another Woo title, the 1986 Hong Kong cinema classic, A Better Tomorrow.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
The zombie genre has seen a lot of Americanized forms under Hollywood's and US Independent film's eyes. But when another country like Germany gets a hold of a tale for a brief 62 minutes, it is sure to be unique and memorable. Such as is Rammbock: Berlin Undead (US/Canada release 2010). An action/horror/thriller produced by Sigrid Hoerner, and released by The Collective and Bloody Disgusting Selects that partnered with AMC Theatres to bring independent horror film to screens in the United States in early 2011, we follow lovelorn Michael (Michael Fuith) in Berlin, personally returning a set of keys to his ex-girlfriend, Gabi (Anka Graczyk) while there is an outbreak of a virus that turns people into hungry carnivores. Think 28 Days Later (2002) with a German flavor. One can't help but compare Rammbock to the 2002 film but there is no particular pathogen like an infected monkey from a medical research lab as a backstory. Only media reports of people biting and infecting others are the narrative. What we are left with is just one man struggling to get back what he lost and we see from his eyes the people he interacts with.
Fans of those who've enjoyed the latest work from festival-acclaimed director Dante Lam and have been waiting can now breathe with a sigh of relief. With a release date now pending for the new action thriller, Operation Mekong, the first official trailer is online and in full form with a story pulled from the headlines, and told with a compelling display of action, drama and danger.
Friday, June 24, 2016
You're likely to hear a lot more as you may have been about comic book author and screenwriter Mark Millar (Captain America: Civil War, Kick-Ass, Wanted Kingsman). His 2013 graphic novel, Jupiter's Legacy from Image Comics is next on deck for a big screen adaptation with Mark and Brian Gunn, siblings of Marvel movie director James Gunn, providing the script.
Director Roland Emmerich, best known for churning out uber-destructive summer blockbusters tried something a bit different with the LGBTQ drama, Stonewall. It didn't exactly pan out as much as he'd hoped, but needless to say, fans of his usual work won't be bored this weekend, or seemingly not much thereafter.
Director Colm McCarthy's upcoming zombie epic, The Girl With All The Gifts, wasn't something I saw coming. The first official trailer arrived earlier this week though, and words nearly fail to express how solid this adaptation of M.R. Carey's 2014 novel looks.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
It almost feels like a return to normalcy now that we have action star Jason Statham back on our screens with the newest trailer for Dennis Gansel's Mechanic: Resurrection. The footage is as explosive and fun as you might imagine with Statham back in the role of Arthur Bishop following the firey finish of Simon West's 2011 remake of the Charles Bronson original.
or joke) about helmer Oliver Megaton's treatment of the action sequences in the second and third films - have taken center stage with respect to the affectionately named "Bourne-style" that has become so prolific with that of the Jason Bourne movies inspired by the Robert Ludlum novels.