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There's no question of anticipation for actor Tom Cruise in the several titles and sequels fans are still hoping for, particularly with respect to the forthcoming release of Jack Reacher 2. The first film in 2012, inspired by author Lee Child's series of titular novels, did well enough globally which eventually left space for a sequel, and now filming is set to begin this November as of last month.
For this, we now have word from Deadline that producers at Paramount and Skydance have stamped the film's release date on October 21, 2016. Ed Zwick, who last directed Cruise leading the cast of the 2005 war epic, The Last Samurai, is directing, and as enthused as he is to helm the film, promises to sustain a tone similar to the darkness and humor seen in the first film, according to JoBlo.
The 2012 film, inspired by Lee Child's ninth installation of the book series, "One Shot", published in 2005, was directed by Christopher MacQuarrie and centered on Reacher as he gets swept into a conspiracy involving the murder of five people. The new film is said to be adapting the eighteenth book in the series, "Never Go Back", with Reacher resigned to using his cunning and brute force upon returning to his old military base when his dinner date is arrested and he's mysteriously charged with pummeling a guy and fathering a child.
Cruise is currently working on his latest crime pic, Mena, with Edge Of Tomorrow helmer director Doug Liman, and is also planning the next installment of the Mission: Impossible saga proceeding this year's successful run of MacQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
I could go on and on until I'm blue in the face about how excited I am for the new action thriller, Triple Threat. I won't, but I will throw my hat in with some words for seasoned stuntman and filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson who, in the wake of a stagnant directing career salvaged by the appeal drawn from his latest release, Savage Dog, has risen above expectations in opportune fashion.
It truly is something to be proud of... a succession accompanied, no less, by a line-up of some serious, prominent action starpower; Names like Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen as well as Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping and Jeeja Yanin are all but what one would dream of seeing in a single movie together on the big screen, which, at least until starting late last year, almost felt like an impossibility.
Then again, there were people who thought that Jaa would never appear in a movie with Donnie Yen dating back twelve years ago as the Thai action star took the mantle with groundb…
You've seen him play the Game Of Death opposite Bruce Lee in the late martial arts star's final film. You've watched him go down in the iconic bar room brawl as "Sticks" in Out For Justice. You might have even caught him in a heartfelt and defining moment in the finale scene of David Mamet's 2008 martial arts drama, Redbelt.
Or, if you're immersed in the martial arts niche enough then you've likely given a glance at martial arts legend, Dan Inosanto, in various viral self-defense videos online or in segments from the many documentaries he's been featured in within the last few decades, namely Jay Ignacio's The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts or Pete McCormack's I Am Bruce Lee. For certain, the actor and ardent teacher and FMA mainstay's relevance is guaranteed this week with the news of a new biopic based on the Guro's little-known life and history which includes helping the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bow…