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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?
Currently stemming from Florida's independent film scene is Victor Rios with his directorial debut, Fury Of The Dragon. Rios helms from the creative auspices of 333 Pictures and Frank Films, and cinematographer Armin Alic who co-helmed the 2015 indie action thriller, Room 236., and with a cast that brings actor Lilo Brancato and Wade Williams to the forefront of the tale of a mysterious vigilante on the streets of America and a detective who may or may not be out to stop him.
The film is currently in production with plans currently set for its own trilogy and it's early days at the moment. In the meantime, peep the teaser below and stay tuned for more info as it arises.
The season two premiere of the hit AMC Network series, Into The Badlands, was a homerun hit becoming the #1 returning show thusfar with 4.5 million viewers back in March. It's a milestone well-deserved after launching its six episode run back in 2015 from creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, and with ratings otherwise holding steady, much to the delight of fans, the show is officially poised for another round of epic drama and martial arts action. Per the announcement: Midway through its current second season, “Into the Badlands” is averaging 3.6 million viewers per episode, including 2.1 million adults 25-54 in Nielsen Live+3 ratings. In the current television season, the series ranks as the #4 scripted drama on cable and the #4 returning drama, behind “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story” and “Fear the Walking Dead.”“‘Into the Badlands’ looks like nothing else on television, a literal high-wire act attracting passionate and dedicated fans by the millions,” said Charlie Colli…
It's been a year and a half since we last heard on action star Jason Statham's prior attachment to a Hong Kong action film project. Given whatever may likely have changed or still may, gladly it still appears to be active by way of Road Pictures's newly announced production slate which lists a variety of titles in different genres slated for televised and theatrical production and release according to Screendaily.
That report now includes Straw, the title of said thriller currently being scripted by Kurt Wimmer which last had Statham written to play an ex-pat in Hong Kong joined by a female high-level Chinese operative to solve a kidnapping case with global implications. Statham and Chasman are still reportedly producing through their SJ banner with Road also involved.
Production was set for last Fall but should likely advance with the title still in circulation in the news. At any rate, fans still have plenty to look forward to with a forthcoming Fast And Furious spin-of…