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Li Bingbing To Circle Stan Lee's REALM In The New Superheroine Movie
It's been a few years since comic book father figure Stan Lee circled the idea of producing a superhero movie with a Chinese lead. At the time it was with Blackhat co-star Leehom Wang who was then-tapped for the lead role in Annihilator for Magic Storm, and of course, one wonders exactly what happened for it to fizzle over time.
At least now we know that Lee isn't too straying too far from the idea of an Asian superhero movie lead since then, now with whatever the case may be involving The Forbidden Kingdom, Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Zhong Kui co-star Li Bingbing in the new film, Realm with Predators scribe Alex Litvak writing the script based on Lee's original concept. "What a kick it has been to create our first Chinese female superhero, and an empowering one at that," said Lee in a new report from THR. "It has been such a fun experience bringing to life an international woman character, and the ability to do so has been different from anything we’ve ever done! I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of it."
Plot details remain nil though Li, who is producing and starring separately in the upcoming 3D sci-fi adventure, Nest, is also producing Realm with producers from Stan Lee Global and Beijing-based Fundemental Films, and Fundemental's own Gary Glushon executive producing.
Production I.G.'s longstanding Blood saga has been a mainstay in manga and on film and TV, save for Chris Nahon's own less-than-stellar effort nearly a decade ago. Since then, the animated franchise has seen its own evolution despite bearing some controversy which forbade it in both Japan and even China despite positive reviews.
That legacy extends further to Blood-C: The Last Dark, as its 2015 live-action stageplay, Blood-C: The Last Mind from director Shutaro Oku who has since moved on to a live-action setting for the upcoming spin-off, Asura Girl: Blood-C from Production I.G. and all-female animation group, CLAMP. Fujisaki Junichi, whose shared credits with the entirety of the Blood franchise date back to the 2000 Playstation game, wrote the script which will expand on the principal villain, Fumito, from the 2011 Blood-C anime now in a prequel setting. The story takes place in prewar-period Japan under the military government. The bloody battle between the tyrannical Specia…
The past three years saw plenty of fluctuating news and updates surrounding The Expendables, The ExpendaBelles and as recently as this month, a forthcoming reboot of Hellboy. All three are housed at Millenium Films for which its founder recently sold 51% of his stake in the company for $100 million dollars, and this week, Avi Lerner sat down with THR to discuss the nature of his sale with respect to his career and the current film climate and landscape in which a company like Netflix has dominated in snatching up independent titles at the film markets, among other things.
Going forward in the interview, Lerner also revived talk of the aforementioned titles; A fourth film in the Expendables franchise had been long in the works following the intial trilogy which gave moviegoers The Expendables 3 in 2014. In March, Stallone left the franchise altogether as he did with Rambo last year, and has since moved on to other projects, including a second installment and likely third for the Escap…
Welp, it was to be expected. And it could be a good thing too with the current development of an Indian remake of muscle-bound action movie classic, Rambo, with Bollywood action star, actor and martial artist Tiger Shroff starring. Bang Bang! helmer Siddharth Anand will direct the film with the involvement of M! Capital Ventures, Original Entertainment, Impact Films and Siddharth Anand Pictures.
via THR: The Indian Rambo will follow the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed Forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land. Forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of the Himalayas, he unleashes mayhem and destruction, becoming the unstoppable machine he was trained to be.
The original film takes its cues from David Morrell's 1977 novel, "First Blood", lending a young Sylvester Stallone what would become one of the actor's most memorable, and incidentally iconic action movie franchises in the genre's history…