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Lei Cui's MISSION 911 Goes Ballistic In The First Teaser Trailer
If there is any way that Ultimate Hero helmer Lei Cui can continue his current career trajectory, it might be pretty rewarding for action fans. His latest, Mission 911, is still in production as we speak following a release date push back, and much to our own delight with the promise of an action thriller larger in scale than originally conceived.
An explicit synopsis is still in tow while there are a few story details now reportable that I'm told draw comparisons between Groundhog Day and The Raid. At the center of it all, we meet a cast led by Richard Liu, Jess Hsu and Tiger Yang who play members of an elite tactical unit on a mission to stop a terrorist from acquiring a time travel device to undo the fall of the Third Reich. Actor and martial artist Alexandre Bailly, having built a rapport on Cui's previous movie, leads the charge as the main villain of the new China-set actioner, along with bringing stylish and kinectic Keysi fighting and close-quarters action to the fold, which Bailly himself mentioned in our recent interview.
More details will follow while the film readies for its December 2017 release and a 3D IMAX presentation to accomodate its scope. In the meantime, the first teaser trailer arrived several days ago and while we wait to see what further production tweaks will offer, the result we now sample here looks like an action-packed treat able to hold its own.
The past few weeks have been stirring the fan fervor a bit between Wu Jing's current Hong Kong run with hit sequel, Wolf Warrior 2, as well as Donnie Yen in lieu of his upcoming crime drama, Chasing The Dragon. Both names circulated the rumormill in hyperbolic fanboy fashion next to that of action star Jet Li (League Of Gods) who himself scaled back substantially on physically demanding roles in recent years due to his own health.
Whatever the case may be now, of course there's a photo flying around on social media with no context to it whatsoever, and doing nothing to ease the curiousity with specifics. For this, we now have some much-needed clarity with news of the new shortfilm, Master, now in production with Yen, Wu and Li involved. Unknown are the respective degrees of involvement while it is also reported that Jack Ma invited the trio to work together on this project.
Regarding the above photo, it was taken with congratulations to Yen in the wake of his recent fourteen-…
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.
Three years, two films and more than a global gross of $171 million dollars later, the fact is there's no way that the John Wick film saga was not getting third installment. That became clearer last October as well as back in June with reports of Derek Kolstad returning to pen the script; Chad Stahelski's involvement was still being ironed out even after sharing the helm with 87Eleven partner David Leitch for the 2014 original and debuting as a solo director on the sequel.
For this, we have new trade updates over at Deadline officiating Stahelski's return for John Wick: Chapter Three which now has an official release date set for May 17, 2019. Casting remains pending while the most obvious of the reprising bunch will be that of actor Keanu Reeves whose portrayal of the title character - a stoic hitman forced to violently broker his wishful exit from the highly-organized criminal underworld regulated by a self-sustaining global syndicate known as The Continental, which its…