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Veteran Action Directors To Helm Reeves' Next, JOHN WICK
Actor and first time director Keanu Reeves has a few new films coming out this year, which include the upcoming Japanese samurai epic, 47 Ronin, and his cinematic martial arts directorial debut, Man Of Tai Chi. With these in mind, action continues to be consistent theme in Reeves' career as he is now slated to star in an upcoming hitman thriller from producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road titled, John Wick, based on a screenplay by Derek Kolstad.
According to details reported at Screendaily, the film will headline a story about a former hitman who is driven back to his killer instincts when a thug steals his 1969 Ford Mustang, killing his dog in the process.The action heats up when he tracks the thug to New York City, only to become the target of a his father, a major crime boss.
The film is setting up to look like a major heavy hitter, as it is being directed by David Leitch and Chad Staheski, both who happen to be top notch stunt coordinators and second unit directors who own and operate the California-based stunt company, 87Eleven Action Design, having worked on films such as The Expendables 1 and 2, Ninja Assassin, The Mechanic and The Hunger Games and many more, along with the upcoming releases of The Wolverine with actor Hugh Jackman, After Earth with father and son duo Will and Jaden Smith.
Lionsgate is looking to pitch the film to distributors next week in France where the Cannes film festival is being held. No word yet on when JOHN WICK will begin filming. MAN OF TAI CHI is currently in post production with a targeted release this July in China, while 47 RONIN is currently set for a Christmas 2013 release.
Leitch and Stahelski took some time earlier this year to unleash a couple of new reels to showcase the work they have in store from previous films. Check them out in the embeds below, and for more info, feel free to visit the official website for 87Eleven Action Design.
Having extensively covered Universal Pictures's famed Fast franchise, this week's latest bit of coverage has to be the closest I've come. It's primarily attributed to the forthcoming live show which kicks off in London in January and obviously with a film saga so action packed, of course it's going to need a crew of some very talented stunt performers to take to task the very feats attendees can expect.
For this, it is with great pleasure to have been able to share an auspicious chat with Adam Brashaw, someone whose work thusfar in stunts, film and television have been all but impressive. He's only appeared in The Hit List a few times having done three shortfilms (two of which I have seen), and you need only to see the results for yourself apart from his exceptional work reel just above.
Brashaw is going nine years strong in his field with multiple credits to his name, including at least one upcoming film project which he discusses a bit about later in this in…
I still plan on catching Magnet's U.S. release of Miike Takashi's hit manga adaptation, Blade Of The Immortal next month. Folks in the U.K. still have a bit of a wait though and in all likelihood it won't stall any excitement that has already been drawn from the rave press reviews in the last six months, including this month at Sitges. Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...
Arrow Films is releasing the film theatrically on December 8. The trailer looks something a bit similar from the international pitch from months earlier but still delivers the desired effect. Enjoy, and set the date!
Among many of the film, TV and independent projects I've followed up on, one stood out as something worth following in its early days as I had known of the folks working on its action for its director, Charlie Dennis. Fast forward three Winters later and we were introduced to the world of gritty martial arts short, Deep Pan Fury, with UK actor Andrew Koji, whose extensive TV and film acting and stunt credits include 2007 Muay Thai flick, Fighting Beat, Justin Lin's Furious 6 and as the voice of Hien in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Conclusively, I couldn't be more proud of Koji this week, and that brings us to the longstanding developments of Cinemax's upcoming ten-episode martial arts drama, Warrior which is set to go before cameras in South Africa on October 22. Netflix series Fauda helmer Assaf Bernstein is directing from a script by Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper, in turn inspired by the unproduced work of late martial artist multihyphenate, entertainer and fil…