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Chinese producing mogul Bruno Wu has been a very busy guy in the last three years, including putting together a joint venture with Hollywood producer Avi Arad. The initial goal, among others, included developing superhero properties based on Chinese culture and mythology, an objective that led to the assembly of Dragon Entertainment as of last year.
This week, the deal is finally taking shape thanks in large part to the involvement of China Film Group. Kicking off the new deal will be the forthcoming production of Genghis Khan's Treasure, based on the life and legend of the 13th century Mongolian conqueror. Filming for the English-language 3D epic will commense next year for a 2016 with Mongolian filmmaker Lisi Mai at the director's chair.
There are several depictions of Khan's life on film in some capacity; my most recent experience was Sergei Bodrov's 2007 epic, Mongol, which I enjoyed. To say the least, an English-language feature film sounds a little underwhelming on its face, although I'm still curious about the end result. It's early days now and there is no word yet on what the the plot will be or who will be starring, so definitely expect more announcements between now and 2015.
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…