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Mark Dacascos To Direct And Star In SHOWDOWN IN MANILA In 2015
From L to R: Casper Van Dien, Alexander Nevsky and Mark Dacascos
Rising action star Alexander Nevsky has been well on his way with his post-bodybuilding career with starring and producing films in the last several years, including Black Rose last year with fellow action legend Matthias Hues. Nowadays he's resurging and it appears he's got some great company for the forthcoming February production of the new film, Showdown In Manila.
Word from Kung Fu Cinema's forum indicates the film will be the directorial debut of its lead actor and action star, Mark Dacascos. There's no word on what the plot will entail, although activity from Nevsky's Twitter account comfirms the appearance of many of the film's noteworthy cast including Nevsky and Hues, along with Casper Van Dien, Cynthia Rothrock, Oliver Gruner, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Monsour del Rosario, and Don "The Dragon" Wilson.
The film also makes for a potentially stellar great return for producer Andrzej Bartkowiak who played an integral role in transitioning Li's crossover career in 2000 with Romeo Must Die and in 2002's Cradle 2 The Grave in which Dacascos starred as the villain. Bartkowiak directed five Hollywood features before attempting to unite British action hero Scott Adkins and French action auteur Cyril Raffaelli back in 2010 for the ill-fated production of Turkish actioner, Dark Deal prior to going under the radar.
Hopefully this particular production will bring greater prospects for an otherwise awesome cast list with Dacascos already set to kick off 2015 with a few other big moves, including Martin-Christopher Bode's Ultimate Justice with Hues, and the upcoming Thai actioner, Relentless with Van Dien and helmer John Milton Branton, in addition to Don "The Dragon" Wilson's recently-announced Blood Raid.
Much is happening right now for the new year for the cast who have other titles on the way as well, with Wilson and Rothrock in The Martial Arts Kid and White Tiger, as well as the Wilson's long-awaited Kazakh-producted thriller with Tagawa co-starring in The Whole World At Our Feet, to name a few. Indeed, do watch this space!
Production I.G.'s longstanding Blood saga has been a mainstay in manga and on film and TV, save for Chris Nahon's own less-than-stellar effort nearly a decade ago. Since then, the animated franchise has seen its own evolution despite bearing some controversy which forbade it in both Japan and even China despite positive reviews.
That legacy extends further to Blood-C: The Last Dark, as its 2015 live-action stageplay, Blood-C: The Last Mind from director Shutaro Oku who has since moved on to a live-action setting for the upcoming spin-off, Asura Girl: Blood-C from Production I.G. and all-female animation group, CLAMP. Fujisaki Junichi, whose shared credits with the entirety of the Blood franchise date back to the 2000 Playstation game, wrote the script which will expand on the principal villain, Fumito, from the 2011 Blood-C anime now in a prequel setting. The story takes place in prewar-period Japan under the military government. The bloody battle between the tyrannical Specia…
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…
Whatever likes and shares that followed online notwithstanding, some folks on the internet lost their minds when they learned an Indian action star was going to reprise the lead role in a Rambo remake. It's not a bad move seeing as how actor and martial artist Tiger Shroff (Heropanti, Baaghi) has earned himself some notable starpower in the last few years.
Alas, he'll be the one playing the title role as inspired by Ted Kotchoff's 1982 adaptation of David Morrell's 1977 novel which helped catapult a younger Sylvester Stallone into Hollywood stardom. As for whether Shroff looks the part or not, he took some time over the weekend to share a preliminary poster for the film which, for what it's worth, answers the question for folks who are curious. 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 t…