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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.
2013 saw the genesis of an ambitious and original new endeavor from Canadian martial arts film and stunt troupe, Team 2X. That project, from industry stuntman and coordinator James Mark (Wolves), hails this week from Raven Banner with forthcoming release, Kill Order, aiming to spark a new wave of feature length martial arts movie fandom with stuntman and martial artist Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) setting the stage for his own feature acting debut. When David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.Also starring are Dan Park, Denis Akiyama and Jessica Clement along with the mind-blowing feats of Team 2X for its November 24 premiere at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Raven Banner will then follow suit with a U.S./Canada release on F…
Friday night marked another big event weekend in which I had the opportunity to partially partake. A night of festive dining, laughter and comeradery that felt all too short for me, though I managed to fend off the sleep deprivation for a whole day to write about it. Feel free to check it out of you fancy it.
Of course, the work doesn't stop there. This week's installment of the Hit List is packed with a fresh new load of film, stunt and screenfighting talent and much more.
As such, it was actress and martial artist Geneviève Doang(STUDIO+ series Dragon Race) who left a striking impression on me a few Winters ago with one of the best action comedy short you'll ever see involving two heroes kicking NAZI ass, Le Aventures De Tranh Et Nowak. The short, also starring actor Quentin d'Hainaut, was intially meant as a pilot for a hopeful series that never came to pass but you can still catch the short online. And, in pairing fashion, you will find that footage visible in thei…
Word has it that actor Lin Gengxin is a possible front runner to lead famed Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's newly confirmed adaptation of classic literary, Return Of The Condor Heroes. The story is inspired by Jin Yong's 1959 publication, the second installation of the Condor Trilogy which began in 1957 and has seen numerous film and TV adaptations, as well as its expansion into books and video games.
Hark reportedly aims to adapt the book into a trilogy of its own while fans are expecting to hear of Lin's attachment as Yang Guo, whose taboo romance with his sifu, martial arts master Little Dragon Girl, and their adventures in the martial arts world is central to the story. Lin has worked with Hark on several occassions with credits together including Young Detective Dee: Rise Of the Sea Dragon (2013), The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014), Derek Yee's Sword Master (2016) which Hark produced, and this year's sequel hit, Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back whi…