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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.
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…