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Supernatural Action Horror Indie, LYCO, Heads To Cannes For Buyers In May
Shami Media Group has acquired the worldwide rights to actor and filmmaker Franklin Correa's recently-completed Pantero Productions action horror thriller, Lyco, just in time for its presentation at Cannes in May. The move marks the next phase of Correa's career for this, his sixth turn at the helm since picking up and moving forward from smaller roles and stepping into the director's chair in 2007.
Lyco hails as Correa's own homage to the work of John Carpenter, telling of an deadly curse that befalls two couriers, their boss, friends and loved ones when an ancient relic draws them in pursuit by assassins, a psychotic voodoo priest and his loyal fanatics. Correa leads the cast and is joined by Terrance Epps, Jorge Valentin and Macquell James with Marilyn Tolentino, Greta Quispe and Miguelina Olivares.
Noted horror director, Insane-O-Rama's own Marc Fratto (Hellfire) has applied his own polish to several works in recent memory, including Cha Ki Do founder, actor Paul Mormando's martial arts indie, Bound By Debt; Fratto scored Lyco with a soundtrack akin to more of an eighties tone, in addition to serving as director of photography and editor.
Correa took Lyco to the Urban Action Showcase and Expo last November prior to scoring wins in all three categories of the Blood, Sweat and Bones section, namely Best Action Sequence, Best Feature Film and Best Actor. An up-and-coming film professional since the age of eighteen, Correa is also a decorated Ninjutsu instructor with a fifth degree blackbelt under the guidance of Dr. Dan McEaddy.
Right about now you're waiting news over any and all pertaining to Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter Three which is still in production. This week, some of the best news to arise now sees word that Tiger Chen, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman have all joined the production starring opposite Keanu Reeves who returns to star.
A few photos have gone viral in recent weeks seeing Chen merely hinting a presence on set but this latest update is official. The three are said to play opposite Keanu Reeves according news over at The Hollywood Reporter with Chen back on set following a starring role in the 2014 kung fu spiritual drama, Man Of Tai Chi.
It's an update worth noting as it hopefully sets up for a larger Hollywood screen presence for all three martial arts stars who've seen their rise in all of the last nine years collectively, including that of Chen whose friendship dates back to production on The Matrix trilogy. Ruhian and Rahman have been earning their claim to…
Well this is spiffy. Who Taffy Edwards is remains a mystery while said individual sits in the directors chair for upcoming independent crime pic, English Dogs. The film is set to arrive sometime this year and has Time Rush actors Byron Gibson (Only God Forgives) and martial arts sensation, action actor Ron Smoorenberg (Asura) leading the cast.
Plot details are nil as things stand, save for what we can extrapolate from the official trailer that premiered on Wednesday in addition to the film's doughty tagline: "There are 340 breeds of Dogs on the Planet but there can only be one Alpha". And that's about all we got to work with along with what the trailer offers in its ambitious British gangster tropes with Thailand as the backdrop, and watching Gibson throwdown along with shots of Smoorenberg in his element on top of chewing some scenery as a crimeboss, which is always welcome.
Check out the trailer below!
An exasperating wait, no less, for folks like myself who live in the U.S.. Still, it's nice to know that a Blu-Ray/Digital HD release of the new tournament martial arts thriller, Boyka: Undisputed, is well on its way with an August release, while it's even nicer to know that the film's star, actor and martial artist Scott Adkins wants to do a fifth.
He says so at around the 11:40 mark in his latest interview now online following his recent appearance at MCM Expo in London this week to discuss the role and the film as a whole - And not for nothing either as he continues to pound away at fans who enjoy his movies, but insist on stealing them online which will otherwise kill any chance of the film happening before 2030 if we're lucky (my words, not his).
Adkins also shares several new images from his latest, Accident Man, and some gems on Michael Cuesta's American Assassin, working with Tony Jaa on the recently-wrapped ensemble action thriller, Triple Threat, and muc…