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Tak Sakaguchi Will Be RE:BORN In 2015 For His Final Movie
Well, it has been more than a year now since the news stirred the web, and not much of anything has been said about Versus 2. So, unless you are an insider and you can divulge some verifiable knowledge about it, myself and the public will be more than pleased to hear of it. Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine. But, any rate though, for now, things are about to get a little more exciting for Sakaguchi's empassioned fanbase, with the release of a new viral video announcing the forthcoming production of a new Sakaguchi action vehicle titled Re:Born, reuniting the actor with longtime collaborator, stuntman, action director and filmmaker Yuji Shimomura.
As of yet, there are no early plot details available to describe the new film, but Sakaguchi and Shimomura will be overseeing the audition process somewhere between this July and August, with stunt talent agency, Worsal and Shimomura's stunt training team U'den Flame Works. And considering the body of work that the action pair share between Versus and Death Trance, as well as films like Alive and Shinobi: Heart Under Blade, along with Yudai Yamaguchi's Yakuza Weapon and Deadball, the project could shape up to be a stellar final foray into action for Sakaguchi, who rose from his heydays as an underground brawler, to a nearly fifteen-year career winning the hearts and minds of the film festival circuit and action cinephiles alike.
I fully respect Sakaguchi's decision as much I will miss him, and stand with the fans who graciously await what Sakaguchi will deliver in his last hoorah for Japanese action in Re:Born, which will release next year. Meanwhile, Sakaguchi will soon be seen in Sono Sion's latest film fest fave, Why Don't You Play In Hell?, in North American theaters and on DVD later this year, courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
Still to the surprise of many is the forthcoming second installment of the Escape Plan trilogy - Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades, following Mikael Håfström's initial 2013 hit pairing Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A third was announced back in April and news this week now confirms the start of principal photography for upcoming threequel, Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station with Death And Life Of Bobby Z and 15 Minutes director John Herzfeld at the helm.
The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…
I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.
For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.
Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…
I still actually have a ways to go in catching up with certain titles that fell off the radar for me in the last several years. William Kaufman's small scale 2010 film Sinners And Saints is one of them, especially after managing to snag a few viewings of his 2005 killer thriller, The Prodigy, which absolutely impressed me.
Assuredly, I'm not the last one to gush about Kaufman's work. Leave it to screenwriter Chad Law who knows a lot better and more having gotten in as many as four projects with the director while they now prepare for their fifth pairing, Sinners And Saints: Vengeance, which goes before cameras very soon with Johnny Strong and Scott Adkins first to front the casting.
It's early in the process for the film but the goal is reportedly to furbish it as an ample reboot with franchise potential which Law envisions our latest interview. Gladly, he also shares personal thoughts and ruminations on his own origins, film, the trade and his camaraderie with fellow…