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'2 GUNS' Director To Helm Filipino Drama ON THE JOB
Sources indicated this week that filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur is being tapped to bring co-writer and director Erik Matti's Filipino crime drama, On The Job, to North American audiences for a remake. The announcement originally came in about a week prior to today's news, but we now know that XYZ Films, the people backing The Raid 2 and action star Joe Taslim's upcoming role in The Night Comes For Us, will be producing along with Kormakur.
The news comes just less than a month after Matti's film successfully caught the attention of North American movie distributor, Well Go USA.
Erik Matti's film, co-written by Michiko Yamamoto, stars Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Piolo Pascual, and Joey Marquez, based on real-life events involving recent stories of political corruption, with politicians tied to mobsters, and organized hits using day-release prisoners as assassins. Star Cinema is releasing the film in the Philippines this July, with Well Go USA theatrically releasing the film for limited screens in North America this Fall.
Kormakur's next film, 2 Guns opens nationwide on August 2, 2013.
Check out the Cannes Film Festival trailer for the movie below amd share your thoughts!
QUESTION: Are you looking forward to an American remake of On The Job?
Director Kim Jee-Woon's 2005 action drama, A Bittersweet Life, certainly lended one of the most brutal and memorable titles Korean cinema had to offer near the start of the millenium with actor Lee Byung-Hun front and center. Fast forward to present day where Twentieth Century Fox is poised to advance a remake effort with the promise of actor Michael B. Jordan leading the cast.
Jennifer Yuh, Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3) is being tapped to direct the remake with the goal of steering it as potential franchise starter with Jordan playing a high-level mob enforcer who becomes romantically embroiled in a deadly cover-up with his boss's young mistress. 21 Laps's own Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing in association with CJ Entertainment with Jason Young overseeing for Fox.
Jordan is next slated to appear in the February 16, 2018 release of Creed helmer Ryan Coogler's Marvel adaptation, Black Panther, opposite lead star Chadwick Boseman. (Deadlin…
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