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Cannes 2015: C2M, SP International Join For Action Franchise Venture, HIGH SPEED
There's more news out of Cannes this week and while plenty of the announcements made have been amply exciting and refreshing, others haven't had as much of an impact, particulatly with regard to the niche exclusive to fighting games and the fandom in support of a certain Namco/Bandai property back in the running for a remake. Low and behold, however, this one involves an entirely seperate entity with updates pertaining to the new movie, High Speed.
According to Variety, China's C2M Media will be jointly financing the new action movie co-production with producer Steven Paul's indie banner, SP International. Initially with the hopes of getting stunt veteran and filmmaker Vic Armstrong on board to direct, Paul has been working on getting this particular production up and running for a while with the last known report dating as far back as 2013 as Screendaily. The plot at the time illustrated the film's inspired vision likened toward Cannonball Run (1981) and the Fast And Furious franchise with a story centered on the CIA's globetrotting mission to put the breaks on a potentially catastrophic criminal plot set to unfold during a multi-vehicular rally chase. The new report claims no specfic plot or cast/crew as it stands, except that the film is being described as "an action packed race around the world" with the intent on expanding into franchise of its own. Production is set to commence at the bottom of the year with a versatile Asian and European cast led by a principal American actor, and plans to finish in time for a 2017 release in Asia via C2M Media and in North America via Sony Pictures through its output deal with Paul's company.
So, an action packed race around the world eh? And it's titled High Speed, so I imagine fast cars, jets, jet packs, speed boats...basically Fast And Furious on a global scale is what comes to mind for me. It sounds fun and I think this could become something worthwhile for a franchise if it all works out.
Chaos and Extraction helmer Tony Giglio is back and pretty much confirming just shy of a year after posting this teaser pic that actor and martial artist Michael Jai White does, in fact, get to fire that big ass gun. S.W.A.T.: Under Siege is the name and a likely direct-to-video a la sequel in name to its predecessors with no relation to its current TV form.
White plays the point man of this latest roster led by Sam Jaeger (American Sniper) and Adrianne Palicki (GI Joe 2: Retaliation) with a story that tells of a raid gone wrong and an international terrorist who (Matthew Marsden) descends on a S.W.A.T. compound in pursuit of White's character - marked conveniently by a Scorpion tatoo. Crave Online broke the exclusive with an official synopsis on Monday: When a D.E.A. and S.W.A.T. cartel takedown ends in a shootout, S.W.A.T. Agent Travis Hall (Jaeger) seizes a mysterious prisoner and takes him into custody. Before long, the S.W.A.T. compound is under siege by wave after wave of as…
I suppose actor Keanu Reeves's current success and busy schedule with Lionsgate's John Wick franchise makes the current myopia on his previously-announced attachment to the Rain series somewhat forgiveable. Granted of course it's something I still hope to see flourish, and while it is especially great to see such a fresh new property blooming beyond the big screen with word via Indiewire regarding The Continental.
The show aims to spin-off from the films with further exploration of characters operating within the auspices of the titular assassins' luxury hotel chain. Chad Stahelski, who directed the latest sequel John Wick: Chapter 2 is developing the project with franchise scribe Derek Kolstad and have been doing so since long before the sequel's arrival. “They’ve got a really good structure,” Stahelski said. “It’s very tied to the film [in that] it’s about the Continentals all over the world, how certain people come into that world, and what happens in relation t…
Debut director Jonathan Li's upcoming action crime thriller, , is looking better and better since March. A new teaser as well as a brand new official trailer have arrived hailing the return of actor Max Zhang to the lens in one of several films coming down the pipeline.
The film centers on a reckless police inspector bent on bringing a major gold smuggling to its knees as infighting and greed breaks out between its ringleader and a triad boss. Also starring are Shawn Yue, Wu Yue, Gordan Lam, Janice Man and Kurata Yasuaki with both SPL 2's Paco Wong and Wilson Yip producing the film, thus amping up the film's intense marketability as a spectacular action thriller that martial arts fans will enjoy watching following its release this September.