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CANNONBALL RUN Reboot In Talks With 'Central Intelligence' Director
Warner Bros. still plans on rebooting the Hal Needham-directed Cannonball Run franchise following its announcement last year. These days however, the word now is that the studio is seeking to attach Dodgeball helmer Rawson Marshall Thurber to the direct the reimagining, and is also in discussions with Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Night At The Museum trilogy) to assemble the script.
The news comes with Get Hard scribe Etan Cohen's departure after being attached to the film in March of 2016 for a revival of the Golden Harvest-produced original comedy trilogy in 1981, inspired by the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash of the 1970's. The story focused on an illgeal cross-country race and its contestants willing to pull their own dirty tricks to achieve victory, with all three films host to a bevy of popular celebs in some capacity, including Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Dean Martin to name a few along with Sammy Davis Jr., Dom DeLuise, John Candy and even Jackie Chan during his earlier efforts to crossover from Hong Kong. 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Pictures and Orion Pictures each released the first, second and third film, respectively.
Andre Morgan who executive produced the original trilogy, and Vikings series producer Alan Gasmer are producing the film with Albert S. Ruddy and Raymond Chow executive producing. Thurber is currently tapped to reunite with Central Intelligence star Dwayne Johnson for Skyscraper ahead of its Summer release in 2018 from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures. (Deadline)
Chaos and Extraction helmer Tony Giglio is back and pretty much confirming just shy of a year after posting this teaser pic that actor and martial artist Michael Jai White does, in fact, get to fire that big ass gun. S.W.A.T.: Under Siege is the name and a likely direct-to-video a la sequel in name to its predecessors with no relation to its current TV form.
White plays the point man of this latest roster led by Sam Jaeger (American Sniper) and Adrianne Palicki (GI Joe 2: Retaliation) with a story that tells of a raid gone wrong and an international terrorist who (Matthew Marsden) descends on a S.W.A.T. compound in pursuit of White's character - marked conveniently by a Scorpion tatoo. Crave Online broke the exclusive with an official synopsis on Monday: When a D.E.A. and S.W.A.T. cartel takedown ends in a shootout, S.W.A.T. Agent Travis Hall (Jaeger) seizes a mysterious prisoner and takes him into custody. Before long, the S.W.A.T. compound is under siege by wave after wave of as…
Having had a stellar festival run throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with last year's Fantastic Fest premiere, director Shimomura Yuji's new film, Re:Born, has seen quite the journey to its praise. The same can amply be applied to the resurgence of its star, actor Sakaguchi Tak who, given personal career circumstances, essentially had to keep off radar and thankfully, that dry patch is now over and done.
How so? Well, despite intial speculations of Re:Born being his last film, it has instead been noticeably buzzed as his return and one that stands deservedly on ceremony. Together with WAVE innovator, close quarters fighting expert Inagawa Yoshitaka and host to a story sampling from the inspired dark, reclusive tales of real-life commandos, Sakaguchi stars as a small town clerk forced to adhere to his bloodlust once again following a string of military murders and the emergence of a squad of clandestined soldiers and assassins led by his former commanding officer now seeking…
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …