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Doug Liman (right) at the lens on the set of EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014)
The process of Fox's live-action Gambit movie has so far been very frustrating as it's one of the more deserving properties for film in the wake of well over a decade of X-Men movies. It's been a little over a month since Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt left the forthcoming Marvel adaptation, a daunting update at the time for fans with actor Channing Tatum and actress Spectre co-star Lea Seydoux tapped to star.
So what's happening now? Well, IGN came across a few tidbits from Deadline and The Wrap that the production is currently courting Doug Liman to sit the director's chair. Liman is currently directing Tom Cruise's newest, Mena, following the huge cult success of the live-action manga, Edge Of Tomorrow, which has since left its fanbase demanding what feels as a likely sequel should the momentum stay on course.
The topic of Liman's possible addition came when Fleming Jr. drew a point retorting Bart in Deadline regarding actress Jennifer Lawrence's essay on Lenny Letter regarding equal pay wherein the former also discussed actress Emily Blunt's return in Liman's hopeful Edge Of Tomorrow sequel along with Gambit.
Josh Zetumer wrote the script for the film while further casting details remain pending. As it stands, the film is arriving in 354 days, in which case, either filming starts REALLY soon, or the film could likely end up near the far end of next year or somewhere in early 2017.
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…
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…
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.