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Sony Will Reboot CHARLIE'S ANGELS With Elizabeth Banks Directing
I've never seen any of the Pitch Perfect movies (not exactly my cup of tea). However, the good news stemming from both films is the sequel's huge success this year at the box office, a nod which goes to actress Elizatbeth Banks who debuted as director, and much to her credit as it's now landed her in the position to direct another go-around at a reboot for Charlie's Angels.
According to The Wrap, the Hunger Games franchise co-star will also produce the film for Sony Pictures with her husband Max Handelman, based on the popular ABC series from 1976 to 1981 and centered on three women, accompanied by their associate, Bosley, who work various assigmments as private investigators for Townsend Agency at the best of actor John Forsythe's speakerphone voice. McG directed two quirky feature film adaptations in 2000 and 2003 which transitioned the same narrative whilst paving the way for "Destiny's Child" music fandom and riding the coattails of the Hong Kong crossover with fight choreography by veteran action director Yuen Cheung-Yan. NBC later attempted to bring the TV series back to life and lasted only eight episodes.
A writer is still being sought after for Banks's new film; personally, I actually hoped McG's work would see its way to a third, but I guess I don't mind observing how this can work out. I assume the usual dosages of action and comedy are part of the formula here at any rate as Banks's films will undoubtedly segway from previous iterations while inarguably staying true to the essence of the classic show for fans' sake. I'm cautiously excited for this one.
2013 saw the genesis of an ambitious and original new endeavor from Canadian martial arts film and stunt troupe, Team 2X. That project, from industry stuntman and coordinator James Mark (Wolves), hails this week from Raven Banner with forthcoming release, Kill Order, aiming to spark a new wave of feature length martial arts movie fandom with stuntman and martial artist Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) setting the stage for his own feature acting debut. When David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.Also starring are Dan Park, Denis Akiyama and Jessica Clement along with the mind-blowing feats of Team 2X for its November 24 premiere at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Raven Banner will then follow suit with a U.S./Canada release on F…
Friday night marked another big event weekend in which I had the opportunity to partially partake. A night of festive dining, laughter and comeradery that felt all too short for me, though I managed to fend off the sleep deprivation for a whole day to write about it. Feel free to check it out of you fancy it.
Of course, the work doesn't stop there. This week's installment of the Hit List is packed with a fresh new load of film, stunt and screenfighting talent and much more.
As such, it was actress and martial artist Geneviève Doang(STUDIO+ series Dragon Race) who left a striking impression on me a few Winters ago with one of the best action comedy short you'll ever see involving two heroes kicking NAZI ass, Le Aventures De Tranh Et Nowak. The short, also starring actor Quentin d'Hainaut, was intially meant as a pilot for a hopeful series that never came to pass but you can still catch the short online. And, in pairing fashion, you will find that footage visible in thei…
Next year will soon see the premiere of the CW's latest superhero serial adaptation, Black Lighting. That hasn't hindered actor and award-winning filmmaker Choice Skinner from installing his own seal of approval on the popular DC Comics character and as it stands, lending a spotlight to two major superhero IPs in the same universe.
For this, Skinner's own independently-produced and non-profit fan film project, Black Lightining: Tobias's Revenge, is finally set to air its finale on Tuesday at 9:00am PST/12:00pm Eastern. The news comes following the release of the first part back in April from Darkan Entertainment, LLC., and self-funded with sponsorship by Action VFX, with Skinner directing as well as starring and sharing writing duties with actor James Moten Black. Ex-Mayor and crime Lord Tobias Whale has returned to Suicide Slums to exact revenge against local famed superhero Black Lightning. Tobias gathers gang members from the local gang 100 and several other super v…