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Like Its Title Character, A ROBOCOP Sequel Still Has A Fighting Chance
R-rated classics from the 80's and 90's are all the rave for the average action junkie, and the same goes for Paul Verohoeven's 1987 cyborg action cop thriller, Robocop. Needless to say, director Jose Padilha's 2014 reboot for Sony with actor Joel Kinnaman didn't exactly pan out well with its domestic U.S. release having earned a little over half of its $100 million dollar budget.
That said, foreign markets did aid in giving the film its extra earning muscle to more than double its budget, which is slightly telling of how optional sequels are for similar films in today's climate. Apparently the same goes for Sony according to the latest word from Den Of Geek who are now saying that sequel plans are neither a priority nor dead for that matter, with the likelihood of a Chinese co-production should the film move forward.
Verohoeven's R-rated hit foretold the story of Detroit police officer Alex Murphy, killed in the line of duty and reawakened as the future of law enforcement, only to discover courrption at the highest levels of the corporation that built him. Padilha's PG-13 revamp last year reinterpreted the same story with many changes that didn't necessarily hurt the film's delivery in its entirely, only certain aspects of it that were unnecessary to say the least.
Personally, I'm glad a sequel is still being mulled over as I initially hoped one would still happen. Let's hope Sony and the producers work a little harder to live up to the memorable and iconic standard that made the original film the cult classic it is.
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…