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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)
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…
Director Kim Jee-Woon's 2005 action drama, A Bittersweet Life, certainly lended one of the most brutal and memorable titles Korean cinema had to offer near the start of the millenium with actor Lee Byung-Hun front and center. Fast forward to present day where Twentieth Century Fox is poised to advance a remake effort with the promise of actor Michael B. Jordan leading the cast.
Jennifer Yuh, Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3) is being tapped to direct the remake with the goal of steering it as potential franchise starter with Jordan playing a high-level mob enforcer who becomes romantically embroiled in a deadly cover-up with his boss's young mistress. 21 Laps's own Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing in association with CJ Entertainment with Jason Young overseeing for Fox.
Jordan is next slated to appear in the February 16, 2018 release of Creed helmer Ryan Coogler's Marvel adaptation, Black Panther, opposite lead star Chadwick Boseman. (Deadlin…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.