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Fuqua, Bruckheimer To Bring TRAINING DAY To Television
If you've been to the movies at all in the past few weeks and managed to catch Antoine Fuqua's latest boxing underdog drama, Southpaw, there's a good chance you've had a blast. So feel free to chalk that one up as another wicked addition to your theater going experience amid Fuqua's growing resumè what with the gems he's brought to the fray in the last two decades, namely his critically and commerically-acclaimed 2001 cop drama, Training Day.
Indeed it was a film to take note of if you love the crime genre or anything with actor Denzel Washington in it; The 2001 film joins Washington with actor Ethan Hawke in the story of decorated LAPD narc, Alonzo Harris, whose methods are executed with peculiar shades of grey as he takes rookie cop, Jake Hoyt out on assessment, only for things to go awry when Hoyt's life is put in danger thanks to Harris's crooked dealings. The film earned Washington an Academy Award win with a nomination to Hawke for Best Supporting Actor, and with this, it's obvious that the film has stood the test of time with news from Deadline that Fuqua, along with Jerry Bruckheimer, is taking measures to advance a television series that sets the film fifteen years later.
It's pretty fair to say at this point that we'll be seeing plenty of Fuqua in the coming years. He's gotten some amazing work done as of late with returning to Washington for The Equalizer last year and now all eyes are on the upcoming September 23, 2016 release of The Magnificent Seven while we wait to learn if he will return to direct The Equalizer 2 for its September 29, 2017 debut.
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.
I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.
For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.
Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…
Still to the surprise of many is the forthcoming second installment of the Escape Plan trilogy - Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades, following Mikael Håfström's initial 2013 hit pairing Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A third was announced back in April and news this week now confirms the start of principal photography for upcoming threequel, Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station with Death And Life Of Bobby Z and 15 Minutes director John Herzfeld at the helm.
The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…