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Osborne's BATTLING BOY Adaptation Advances At Paramount, Plan B With New Writer
Reports are now out and about with word from Deadline that multihyphenate Jason Montzoukas is on board to scribe Paramount Pictures's Battling Boy for producers at Plan B. The film has been in the works since last summer as a live-action animated hybrid with animator Patrick Osborne set to debut as director following his work on films like Bolt, Wreck-It Ralph and the upcoming March release of Zootopia.
The film is based on author Paul Pope's 2013 publication from First Second Books with a story that takes place in the world of Acropolis where a 12-year old demigod and the daughter of a deceased hero take on subterranean monsters who swallow children whole. Montzoukas has a mix of writing, acting and producing credits whilst best known for scribing the 2014 Kevin Hart/Ice Cube cop comedy, Ride Along and FX series The League, as well as upcoming releases of Christian Ditter's How To Be Single and Dan Mazer's Dirty Grandpa.
Paramount is fast tracking this one, so expect some casting news soon.
EXCLUSIVE: Emerging director, actor and martial artist Vincent Soberano is hot on the campaign trail for his current film slate this week in Beijing. With at least two of his upcoming releases now privately showcasing in Beijing for an audience comprised of major Hollywood and Chinese industry executives and distributors therein, it's a milestone to marvel at with Soberano now hailing as the first Filipino director to be privy to a screening of this kind.
Not for nothing either, as the footage speaks for itself and those who've seen last year's teaser trailer for Blood Hunters: Rise Of The Hybrids would likely stand in accordance. Since then, the eight-time world Muay Thai champion's craft behind the lens has only continued to grow and with none other than latest of one of the aforementioned two titles now readying for a local theatrical release this May with martial arts revenge thriller, The Trigonal: Fight For Justice. An underground fighting circuit run by an intern…
Actor and action star Donnie Yen is maintaining his high profile at Filmart in Hong Kong, including a pair of titles currently being sold under Hong Kong’s Mega-Vision Project Workshop that list Kam Ka-Wai's Big Brother and Tanigaki Kenji's Enter The Fat Dragon. Both have made headlines quite a bit in the past year in addition to several others that are also being shopped at Filmart while the latest is just breaking out of Asia by way of Emperor Motion Pictures.
For this, we turn to a recent teaser poster circulating ahead of production for Call Of Heroes helmer Benny Chan action thriller, Crossfire. The project is being hailed as a big budget spectacle that will star Yen as a former police inspector who travels to South America to rescue his kidnapped wife. The title stand among a bustling raft of films hosted by EMP with Dante Lam getting first billing for another spectacular military action spectacle to follow up his previous successes in Operation Mekong (2016), and Opera…
Inexplicably, Fruit Chan's latest action thriller, The Invincible Dragon, has taken a pretty long road in post-production. A 2018 release may be likely for that matter considering it's been about a year since the first trailer went live and will yet finally see action star Max Zhang deservedly on the big screen.
It's especially a fine time to make the move too, given Zhang's current profusion both locally and overseas with multiple projects lined up at Filmart and readying rollouts later this year as well. The actor and martial arts star is joined by actor and former MMA middleweight champion Anderson Silva who gets to chew some dialogue and fisticuffs with our lead in stellar fashion. Once upon a time, the undercover agent with dragon tattoo continually helped the police solve mysterious cases, which made him known as a rising star. However, his impulsive personality dragged him into endless trouble. He got himself into fights with the Macau detective (Kevin Cheng), a…