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STRIKE BACK Stars Head To NBC With Two Seperate Pilots, BLINDSPOT And ENDGAME
Sullivan Stapleton (L) and Phillip Winchester (R) in STRIKE BACK
Careers remain ever-growing for actors Phillip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton following their finished run in Cinemax's five-season action series, Strike Back. The two are now venturing into other territories in the world of television as both will have their own respective shows on NBC's growing roster of pilots and potential series ventures.
Thursday's report from Deadline has brought word that Winchester will star in the forthcoming pilot for high-octane thriller, Endgame. Set in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show centers on Winchester who will play Alex, a former intelligence swept into a conspiracy that will force him to take on a series of obstacles in order to save innocent lives. Simultaneously, Stapleton will take on the role of an elite FBI unit leader whose name is mysteriously tattooed on the back of a beautiful amnesiac who awakens in Times Square, as described in the new series pilot, Blindspot. Mark Pellington is directing with Thor and Thor: The Dark World co-star, actress Jaimie Alexander leading.
Stapleton himself has already gained a stellar following on the big and small screen. His follow-up to last year's 300: Rise Of An Empire has now arrived in the form of Yahoo's new red-band trailer for the upcoming dark assassin comedy, Kill Me Three Times starring Simon Pegg. The film releases on-demand on March 27 prior to a limited theatrical release on April 10, courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
Stay tuned for more information on Endgame and Blindspot, and tune in this summer on Cinemax for the fifth and final season of Strike Back!
EXCLUSIVE: A filmmaker will go the extra mile to make a film happen, and with a concept that feels so good and workable that they're willing to risk more than enough. Finnish-Iranian actor and martial artist Ramin Sohrab certainly fits the mold with a career lasting up to a decade and wearing several hats throughout his career thusfar whilst primarily calibrating hismelf as Iran's answer to the likes of Jet Li or Donnie Yen. Malek, his 2014 proof-of-concept action short was a terrific exhibition of his skillset following four years of slow development in Iran and preceded another four years of even slower progress. His 2017 concept proof, Viulu, proved equally stellar despite taking it to BiFan at Korea last year in hopes of stirring up some funding only to end up seeing those efforts fall short as well.
Thus, landing right back at square one and with eight years in and nothing to show for it, Sohrab decided to tweak his 2014 gig just enough to earn the appeal of censors in Ira…
Crowdfunding officially kicked off on Monday with a new Indiegogo campaign for The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback. Action stars Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock are back and co-producing, as well as rejoining a cast of returning and new faces led by title star, actor Jansen Panettiere, and once more with writer/director Michael Baumgarten who helmed the first film as well as last year's Paying Mr. McGetty. Plot details are unknown for the sequel following the first installment centered on an embattled teenager struggling to face the odds in a new neighborhood with help of his martial arts expert sibs, Uncle Glen and Auntie Cindy. Returning are Brandon Tyler Russell, Matthew Ziff and martial artist TJ Storm to reprise their roles with Chuck Zito emerging for the sequel next to actor Sasha Mitchell and with award-winning stunt coordinator James Lew back to direct the action. Florida's Cocoa Beach will again serve as the backdrop from a script by Baumgarten with …
We've long known since last summer that a television spin-off series set in the John Wick universe was in the making. Pan over now to this week's events over at the Television Critics Association where news is just making headway for the series, The Continental, with word that the show has landed at Starz with actor Keanu Reeves attached. Serving as showrunner will be Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, Man in the High Castle) who will also pen the script outlining the show's forte exploring the auspices of the titular assassins' luxury hotel chain as seen in 2014's John Wick and last year's John Wick: Chapter Two. Thunder Road's Basil Iwaynk is executive producing along with franchise scribe Derek Kolstad, who has been building up his workload ever since then in addition to his latest start on STXfilms's Nobody with 87Eleven. Chad Stahelski and David Leitch who helmed the 2014 film and shared seperate duties on its sequel will also executive produc…