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And so it is - With the Tomb Raider reboot in development as of the last five years, the film finally found a director in The Wave helmer, Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug according to THR. It's a step forward for MGM and Warner Bros. following Graham King's GK Films's acquiring the property from Square Enix in 2011, with this now marking Uthaug's English-language debut.
The first two live-action features from Paramount Pictures, based on the now 19-year old game franchise released earlier by Eidos Interactive, starred Angelina Jolie and did fairly well at the box office, but not enough to keep going. Snow White & The Huntsman scribe Evan Daugherty was previously attached to provide the screenplay following drafts from writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children Of Men, Iron Man) among others. Those duties might now go to Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who wrote Hibernation, depending on how talks go while Cassidy Lange, Drew Crevello and Denis O’Sullivan oversee for MGM, Warner Bros and GK Films, respectively.
The games mainly center on a globe-trotting adventurer who dodges danger lurking at every corner, from booby traps in hidden caves and moutains to enemies both human and grotesque and gigantic. An actress is yet to be announced but with a director on board, hopefully we're not too far from that update.
Among many of the film, TV and independent projects I've followed up on, one stood out as something worth following in its early days as I had known of the folks working on its action for its director, Charlie Dennis. Fast forward three Winters later and we were introduced to the world of gritty martial arts short, Deep Pan Fury, with UK actor Andrew Koji, whose extensive TV and film acting and stunt credits include 2007 Muay Thai flick, Fighting Beat, Justin Lin's Furious 6 and as the voice of Hien in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.
Conclusively, I couldn't be more proud of Koji this week, and that brings us to the longstanding developments of Cinemax's upcoming ten-episode martial arts drama, Warrior which is set to go before cameras in South Africa on October 22. Netflix series Fauda helmer Assaf Bernstein is directing from a script by Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper, in turn inspired by the unproduced work of late martial artist multihyphenate, entertainer and fil…
Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme's peak success in the decade or so has been refreshing to observe. His acting and performances overall have turned solid and even a little more introspective to a degree, and his latest effort, Jean-Claude Van Johnson looks to echo that effort. Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars global martial arts and film sensation Jean-Claude Van Damme as “Jean-Claude Van Damme,” a global martial arts and film sensation…and, operating under the simple alias of ‘Johnson,” the most dangerous undercover operative in the world. Unhappily retired, he’s now whiling away his days in superficial Hollywood… until a chance encounter with a lost love lures him back into the game, eventually forcing him to confront the greatest enemy he’s ever faced: a Bulgarian drug cartel.
Just kidding it’s himself.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson stars Van Damme along with Kat Foster (Your Family or Mine), Moises Arias (The Middle), and Phylicia Rashad (Creed). The show is executive produced by Dave…
Having extensively covered Universal Pictures's famed Fast franchise, this week's latest bit of coverage has to be the closest I've come. It's primarily attributed to the forthcoming live show which kicks off in London in January and obviously with a film saga so action packed, of course it's going to need a crew of some very talented stunt performers to take to task the very feats attendees can expect.
For this, it is with great pleasure to have been able to share an auspicious chat with Adam Brashaw, someone whose work thusfar in stunts, film and television have been all but impressive. He's only appeared in The Hit List a few times having done three shortfilms (two of which I have seen), and you need only to see the results for yourself apart from his exceptional work reel just above.
Brashaw is going nine years strong in his field with multiple credits to his name, including at least one upcoming film project which he discusses a bit about later in this in…