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'Mack Bolan' Brings Bradley Cooper And Todd Phillips Aboard
Moviegoers can currently catch the voice of actor Bradley Cooper as a talking raccoon in Marvel's latest box office hit, Guardians Of The Galaxy. In the meantime, the star best known for his roles in such films as Limitless, The A-Team remake, and prominently in writer/director Todd Phillips's road comedy Hangover trilogy is currently on the path to work on forthcoming Mack Bolan project.
Deadline is reporting this week that Cooper may possibly reuinte with Phillips as star and director of the film, respectively, following earlier reports of the new deal that was set in place with writer Shane Salerno spearheading the efforts for a potential trilogy he described would be a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world, PG-13 action-drama film series”. Salerno solidified the deal recently with Gold Eagle Books and the estate of late author and war hero Don Pendleton, who launched the male oriented action novel series in 1969.
The novel series, whose current readerships spans over 40 countries to this day with well up to 900 volumes published and distributed over the last four decades to date, centers on Bolan, a highly-skilled weapons expert and elite sniper who served two tours in Vietnam as a Green Beret, whose 90-kill record earned him the nickname, The Executioner. When an Army chaplin informs him of the murder/suicide of his father, sister and attempted murder of his brother, he learns the truth and ultimately turns to vigilantism, waging a one-man war against the Mafia-a move that would ultimately put him back in the throes of the government.
Cooper's casting also comes decades after the project languished as Pendleton and a handful of producers shopped the film to several actors who were interested for a time, namely Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone and Vin Diesel. Cooper may also produce the film with Phillips and Salerno for their own banner under Warner Bros., with Warner Bros. Pictures senior VP of production, Drew Crevello and Warner Bros. creative executive overseeing the production.
Cooper's next film will arrive approximately this Christmas for his upcoming appearance in director Clint Eastwood's new bio-pictoral action drama, American Sniper, based on the 2013 autobiographical publication from late author and decorated Iraq War veteran Chris Kyle.
The past three years saw plenty of fluctuating news and updates surrounding The Expendables, The ExpendaBelles and as recently as this month, a forthcoming reboot of Hellboy. All three are housed at Millenium Films for which its founder recently sold 51% of his stake in the company for $100 million dollars, and this week, Avi Lerner sat down with THR to discuss the nature of his sale with respect to his career and the current film climate and landscape in which a company like Netflix has dominated in snatching up independent titles at the film markets, among other things.
Going forward in the interview, Lerner also revived talk of the aforementioned titles; A fourth film in the Expendables franchise had been long in the works following the intial trilogy which gave moviegoers The Expendables 3 in 2014. In March, Stallone left the franchise altogether as he did with Rambo last year, and has since moved on to other projects, including a second installment and likely third for the Escap…
Welp, it was to be expected. And it could be a good thing too with the current development of an Indian remake of muscle-bound action movie classic, Rambo, with Bollywood action star, actor and martial artist Tiger Shroff starring. Bang Bang! helmer Siddharth Anand will direct the film with the involvement of M! Capital Ventures, Original Entertainment, Impact Films and Siddharth Anand Pictures.
via THR: The Indian Rambo will follow the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed Forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land. Forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of the Himalayas, he unleashes mayhem and destruction, becoming the unstoppable machine he was trained to be.
The original film takes its cues from David Morrell's 1977 novel, "First Blood", lending a young Sylvester Stallone what would become one of the actor's most memorable, and incidentally iconic action movie franchises in the genre's history…
Action star and actor Wu Jing's Wolf Warrior was a box office hit in 2015. Going forward, it was anyone's guess what a sequel would entail until it was made clear early last year that a follow-up would come packaged with some major Hollywood muscle.
That element fashions itself accordingly in the wake of our first official full trailer for Wolf Warrior 2 with Wu front and centers as he faces off with more enemies in a fictitious war-torn African setting. Newly added are Wu's Legendary Assassin cohort Celina Jade, as well as Kingdom series star and Captain America 2 & 3 co-star, actor Frank Grillo, actors Han Geng and Gang Wu.
Rounding out the cast is, well... a montage of gun battles, explosions, close-ups, more tanks, even more tanks, slo-mo bullet animation, AC/DC, Wu Jing kicking ass and chewing out a few English words, intense stare-downs, hugging, and just a little bit of propaganda to bookend. This trailer, for the most part, sells it all in spades.
Check it out…