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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.
Well, it's about that time. The last Hit List entry for 2017 is upon us, and while it will be a little limited in content what with the slowdown of the holidays, it should still suffice. At any rate, it's not like I haven't told you all to subscribe to the hundreds or thousands of channels I've been sharing from. Quite the opposite! 😜
As always, we begin our weekly dining experience of Hit List thrills with an appetizer of terrific stunt reels, beginning with none other than stuntwoman and actress Heidi Moneymaker and stuntman and actor Jake Guinn. Just beneath those is a playlist ripe with stunt reels courtesy of Anita Clay, Cheech Vitale, Ari Loeb, Ben Hinnant, Dan Reardon, Jacqueline Holloway, Rabon Hutcherson II, Stephon Reynolds, Max Fisk (more on him later), Alexander Burgos, prolific Thai stunt team The Action Guys, and Ryan Glass's latest parkour showcase with the one and only Omar Zaki. Enjoy!
We only have one item to promote this week and for that, we tu…
We're continuing the Five-A-Day column today listing, and in no certain order, various action film titles fans may be keen on going into the new year. Here's yesterday's batch for starters and below are today's:
Legendary actress and martial artist Michelle Yeoh is reportedly the In Focus subject for the forthcoming International Film Festival & Awards Macao which takes place between December 8 through 14. It makes an even worthier note of the Star Trek: Discovery series co-star's forthcoming appearance Yuen Woo Ping's pending Ip Man spin-off, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy in which actor Max Zhang reprises Cheung Tin-Chi, the role he played opposite action star Donnie Yen in the 2016 kung fu hit, Ip Man 3. Details on all ends are pending for the film which also has Dave Bautista and Tony Jaa in its line-up.
Jimmy Henderson's third directorial offering, Jailbreak was a festival favorite among cinephiles and genre loyalists alike. Rising stars Jean-Paul Ly, Dar…
I just spent all afternoon trying really hard to understand why Alita: Battle Angel looks the way it does now...And I can't. Granted, I imagine it'll be a fun and fantastic spectacle for some when it hits theaters but I'm with the choir on this one. At first glance with actress Rosa Salazar in the title role, this might as well have been a Pixar movie.
Holy shit. Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment.Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new lif…