In the long-running paperback series, which was last adapted into a 1985 film starring Fred Ward, Newark cop Remo Williams is framed for a crime he didn’t commit and sentenced to death. However, instead of executing Williams, the government fakes his death so as to train him as an assassin. Going to work for the clandestine U.S. agency Cure, Williams teams with Asian assassin Chiun and begins a long career of taking down evildoers across the globe.
Between The Destroyer and the recently announced Mack Bolan, men’s »
- Isaac Feldberg
Remo who? You might be too young to remember, but in 1985 a lot effort was put into launching "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" starring Fred Ward (and how come that guy isn't in more movies?). Anyway, as you might have surmised from the title, it was viewed as a franchise vehicle, but the movie wasn't very good, flopped, and everyone promptly forgot who Remo Williams was (though the movie did earn a Golden Globe nomination for co-star Joel Grey, and a Best Makeup Oscar nod as well). Well, three decades have past, and now it's time to try to make this action hero viable on the big screen. And that job will fall to Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon," "Iron Man 3") who has been tasked with directing "The Destroyer." The name comes from the original series of books that spawned Remo Williams, a Newark cop who is framed, sentenced to death, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It was pretty much a given that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black would have some heat coming off of directing the $1.5 billion-grossing Iron Man 3, but the guy is amassing a seriously stacked docket of upcoming projects. The latest one to be added is an adaptation of the long-running Warren Murphy book series The Destroyer. Sony Pictures announced today that Black will direct a feature film adaptation of the adventure series, with Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls penning the screenplay alongside James Mullaney. The story follows Newark cop Remo Williams, who is framed, sentenced to death, executed, and then resurrected in order to serve as the enforcement arm for a top-secret division of the Us government called Cure. The Dark Knight and Man of Steel producer Charles Roven will produce. Hit the jump for more on The Destroyer movie and Black’s current slate of upcoming projects. In addition to The Destroyer, »
- Adam Chitwood
Shane Black ("Iron Man 3," "Kiss, Kiss, Bang Bang") has been hired to direct "The Destroyer" for Sony Pictures. Jim Uhls ("Fight Club") and James Mullaney have penned the adaptation of Warren Murphy's adventure book series.
The story follows New Jersey cop Remo Williams, a man sentenced to death and then resurrected following a botched execution. He now works for the enforcement arm of the clandestine U.S. government agency Cure.
Teaming with an Asian assassin, together they clean up and eliminate those who oppose America's interests. The books blend suspense, Eastern mysticism, and darkly comic capers.
In a statement Roven says: "Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film. [We] couldn't be more fortunate to be »
- Garth Franklin
Shane Black is gearing up to direct Sony Pictures’ adaptation of adventure book series The Destroyer, the studio said on Thursday. “The Destroyer is a two-fisted classic and deserves no less than the genius of Shane Black,” Columbia’s president of production Michael De Luca said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited about his vision for this character.” The film will be adapted from a 1970s-era action book series that focuses on police officer Remo Williams. The director, who previously helmed Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, has a busy slate ahead of
- Erik Hayden
Don't be confused by that headline. No, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is not dipping back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a film focused on Asgard’s walking weapon, the one last seen destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. cars in Thor. Instead, he’s climbed aboard Sony’s planned adaptation of The Destroyer series of adventure novels.The book series, which currently numbers roughly 145, focuses on Remo Williams. He's a New Jersey cop who is framed for a crime, sentenced to death and then revived following a botched execution. He’s offered a second shot at life working for the clandestine Us government agency Cure, where he’s teamed with an assassin called Chiun to eliminate threats to America’s interests.Originally written by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir starting in 1971 (though the first tome’s manuscript was actually completed in 1963), the Destroyer books ran successfully for more than two decades, »
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today Shane Black will direct the film adaptation of the popular adventure book series The Destroyer by Warren Murphy. Penning the screenplay are Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney; Mullaney co-authored and became the sole writer of "The Destroyer" until the series' end in 2008. Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment. »
Exclusive: Sony Pictures has set Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black to direct The Destroyer, Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls’ scripted adaptation of the adventure book series by Warren Murphy that will give framed New Jersey cop Remo Williams another shot at a movie franchise. Uhls wrote the script with James Mullaney, who co-authored books in the series and became the sole writer of The Destroyer series until it ended in 2008. The film will be produced by Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Williams was a Newark cop until he was framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. He is given a second lease on life serving in the enforcement arm of the clandestine U.S. government agency Cure. Williams teams with the Asian assassin Chiun and together they clean up and eliminate those who oppose America’s interests. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Rejoice fans! Remo Williams is returning to the big screen! Sony Pictures announced today that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black will direct the big budget adaptation of The Destroyer, the novel series starring Remo Williams! Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins was the sole outing for the action hero. Since 1985, fans have been clamoring for the return of the character to cinemas. While Fred Ward may be too old to headline, Shane Black and Fight Club screenwriter Jim Uhls will do their »
- Alex Maidy
The release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For inspires James to look back at its film noir roots, and some classic examples of the genre...
We're at the shadowy back-end of the summer blockbuster season and darkness is entering the frame. Here comes ultraviolence, sleaze, crime and death, all beautifully shot in macabre high-contrast monochrome. Just when you thought you'd got yourself clean and were all peppy after some upbeat family-friendly popcorn thrills, here's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For to darken up the doorways. (And it will light up a cigarette in those doorways and spit out some tough dialogue from between its bloodstained teeth while it's lingering there.)
We're back in the Basin City of Frank Miller's graphic novels again, once more brought to vivid screen life by the comics creator »
Cult movie classic ‘Pretty Poison’ filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (photo: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in ‘Pretty Poison’) Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago) was 77. Prior to Pretty Poison, Noel Black earned praise for the 18-minute short film Skaterdater (1965), the tale of a boy skateboarder who falls for a girl bike rider. Shot on the beaches of Los Angeles County, the dialogue-less Skaterdater went on to win the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film and tied with Orson Welles’ Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight for the Technical Grand Prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Besides, Skaterdater received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Short Subject, Live Action category. (The Oscar winner that year was Claude Berri’s Le Poulet.) ‘Pretty Poison’: Fun and games and »
- Andre Soares
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. It had been decades since I’d seen The Legend of Billie Jean, but the new Blu-ray (and its $5 price tag on Amazon) was too appealing to pass up. I expected it to feel even cheesier and more dated (obviously) than I recalled, and I was not disappointed. What I didn’t expect was to enjoy the damn thing so much. Yes it’s cheesy, dated and loaded with flat line delivery from glorified extras, but it’s also an underdog-fueled crowd-pleaser with a fine (albeit simple) message at its heart as well as a charismatic »
- Rob Hunter
Back in January, Thor: The Dark World co-writer Christopher Yost and Marvel Studios senior vice president of production and development Craig Kyle were tapped to pen the screenplay for Thor 3, but not much has been heard of the project since. At the time, we expected it to get a 2016 release date, but with Captain America 3 slated for May 6th and Doctor Strange all but confirmed for July 8th of that year, it looks like the earliest we’ll see Thor 3 is in 2017.
Marvel has three release dates claimed for 2017: May 5th, July 28th (which now belongs to James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2), and November 3rd. Could Thor 3 hit theaters that May or November, four years after the previous installment?
- James Garcia
I think Marvel’s Phase Two has been brilliantly constructed, now that Guardians of the Galaxy has put the last puzzle piece in place before we reunite with America’s most-profitable superhero team of revolving franchises next May. Iron Man 3 kicked off the Phase with Shane Black adding as much of his personal touch as possible while still making a Marvel Studios film. Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World gave into some of that universe’s weirder and darker mythology and the Russo Brothers’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a political thriller with a crazy mythology bomb at the center of it. All of them were successful in their own right, but they were a continuing line pulling you deeper into the unified storytelling world of The Avengers - with movies rising up in the middle of an ongoing ABC Television series - inviting you »
At the start of Guardians of the Galaxy, “A Film By James Gunn” flashes on the screen, and that’s exactly what we get. For a big Marvel movie under the Disney banner, this isn’t the kind of story we expect to see from them, so when the end credits roll, Gunn’s name seems to shine brighter than the audience-magnet brand and the internationally beloved corporate entity above them both. His style survived the blockbuster process. Of course, once you know the director behind Super and Slither made Marvel’s latest, it’s not much of a surprise. The drama is unexpectedly sincere, while the jokes are wonderfully dirty — a tonal blend he can’t get enough of — while staying strangely innocent in the face of serving a story about lovable misfits finding a higher purpose. There’s no mean-spirited marrow in the movie’s funny bone. Gunn has managed to top the comedy done »
- Jack Giroux
Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is quite a catch for creature fans. The collector’s edition of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which includes the film on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet as well as a collector’s edition Gipsy Danger figure, is currently only $28.99 at a discount of 55% off. Additionally, the Predator Blu-ray bundle, which includes Predator, Predator 2, Predators, Alien vs. Predator, and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, is only $19.99 at a solid 50% off. That’s a small price to pay for five Blu-rays and a prep course for Shane Black’s upcoming sequel. Click the links below to buy: Pacific Rim Collector's Edition (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD +UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $28.99 (55% off) Predator Bundle [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off)
- Adam Chitwood
Ryan Gosling has been immortalised as a Madame Tussauds waxwork.
The Drive actor's wax model will be displayed at the Baker Street venue in London over the summer. He can be found in Party Area.
After the summer holidays, Gosling's waxwork will be flown to Madame Tussauds in Florida for an attraction opening in 2015.
The Place Beyond the Pines star is dressed in a blue suit with a bow tie, patent shoes and red socks.
Madame Tussauds marketing manager Matthew Clarkson said that the actor has already caused quite a stir.
"We're sure his legion of loyal fans will be falling over themselves to come and get their selfies with him before he leaves to take up residence in Orlando in the autumn," he added.
Fans are encouraged to book Madame Tussauds tickets online to make savings and guarantee entry.
Gosling was recently confirmed for a starring role opposite Russell Crowe »
Monster Squad is a 1980s masterpiece. I don't know any kid from the 80s that didn't grow up loving the hell out of this movie. Over the years it's gained quite a big cult following. The movie was directed by Fred Dekker, who also co-wrote the script with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. It was so funny watching this movie when I was older because I had no idea how dark and dirty it was when I was a kid. Here are 14 fun facts about the movie that you may or may not know.
According to Dekker, Black's first draft of the screenplay was so huge that the opening of the film featured Van Helsing accompanied by zeppelin's and hundreds of men on horseback storming Dracula's castle. Dekker stated that this sequence would have cost more than the final budget of the film.There was an idea for a sequel called Monster Squad vs. »
- Joey Paur
"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe." So ran this week's statement from Marvel Comics, announcing that hammer-wielding Norse god Thor will be female in a new comic series. While a number of reactions from fans and industry folk have been dead on, others have been predictably hostile.
Coupled with the imminent release of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is the first Marvel Studios movie to date with a female screenwriter, this announcement has reignited an ever-brewing debate about women in superhero movies. More to the point, the lack thereof.
After Black Widow proved to be more or less second lead in Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier this year, many were hoping that Marvel would finally bite the bullet and announce a standalone movie for Scarlett Johansson as part of their Phase Three plans. »
The departure of Edgar Wright from Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man" has left fans wondering - is the film even worth bothering with anymore. New director Peyton Reed is well regarded, but he's also a more anonymous filmmaker than both Wright and other distinct directors Marvel has hired before like Joss Whedon and Shane Black.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige tells IGN that the film is "in as good a shape as its ever been" despite the numerous screenwriters and last minute replacement of Wright with Reed. Asked about why Reed was ultimately the right choice moving forward, Feige gave a lengthy answer explaining how it came together:
"Peyton is someone that I've been a fan of for a long time. People may not remember, though probably your readers remember, that he was attached to Fantastic Four more than ten years ago. We spent a lot of time together… and I got along with Peyton very, »
- Garth Franklin
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