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The Rock Will Be At The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time In China-Set Action Thriller, SKYSCRAPER
Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is keeping himself busier and busier as the days go by. He's currently onto his reprisal for Fast 8 after wrapping the newly adapted feature iteration of the hit TV show, Baywatch, and he's got a batch of titles with his name attached, including a remake of Big Trouble In Little China, and the recently-announcent forward movement of a cinematic universe to build from his upcoming role in The Janson Directive.
There’s more in store, but if you think he's stopping anytime soon, you may want to guess again following developments on Wednesday evening with a mystery action script nearing the end of a bidding war between several studios. On Thursday evening, the news finally broke that the script in question, Skyscraper, which would star Johnson, was acquired by Legendary Pictures to the tune of $3 million dollars. The film's plot hasn't been publicly addressed yet but earlier reports indicate that the film will carry similar tones to the John McTiernan action classic, Die Hard, so it's worth at least assuming this will all unfold in a story set in a really, really tall building given the film's title.
Rawson Marshall Thurber is the writer and director of the film paring him once more with Johnson following the June 17 release of the new action comedy, Central Intelligence, also starring Kevin Hart. Johnson will produce Skyscraper through his Seven Bucks banner along with FlynnPictureCo.'s Beau Flynn, adding to their syllabus which includes forthcoming game adaption, Rampage, and a sequel to San Andreas.
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…
I still actually have a ways to go in catching up with certain titles that fell off the radar for me in the last several years. William Kaufman's small scale 2010 film Sinners And Saints is one of them, especially after managing to snag a few viewings of his 2005 killer thriller, The Prodigy, which absolutely impressed me.
Assuredly, I'm not the last one to gush about Kaufman's work. Leave it to screenwriter Chad Law who knows a lot better and more having gotten in as many as four projects with the director while they now prepare for their fifth pairing, Sinners And Saints: Vengeance, which goes before cameras very soon with Johnny Strong and Scott Adkins first to front the casting.
It's early in the process for the film but the goal is reportedly to furbish it as an ample reboot with franchise potential which Law envisions our latest interview. Gladly, he also shares personal thoughts and ruminations on his own origins, film, the trade and his camaraderie with fellow…