13 items from 2015
It’s only been six years since the original Transporter trilogy came to a close, but now, Luc Besson’s production outfit is reviving the franchise’s still-twitching corpse.
The Transporter Refueled (previously dubbed Legacy) is a cunning title that points toward its rebooty-ness. The film stars Game Of Thrones‘ Ed Skrein as another incredibly skilled transporter. If you hadn’t already guessed; Jason Statham isn’t back in the saddle, but his replacement is more than capable of steering this latest offering.
Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions) directs this first in a new trilogy from a script by Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods and Kings). Wiping the slate clean of Statham’s character, Refueled follows Skrein’s transporter as he vows to take out a bunch of Russian human traffickers holding his father hostage. A Euro-centric actioner in every sense, this teaser highlights the movie’s exotic locales, »
- Gem Seddon
"People will always need guys like me, right?" Jason Statham is no longer The Transporter, and instead the franchise is going in a new direction with Ed Skrein as Frank Martin, the most skilled man in his dangerous profession, in The Transporter Refueled. Known to his employers only as "The Transporter," he will transport anything, no questions asked, always on time. Skrein is doing his best gruff, intimidating voice, but it comes off as a weak impersonation of Statham, and it just makes me miss him. All the ridiculous action is here, but without Statham, this just feels like a terrible straight-to-dvd sequel. Watch? Here's the first trailer for The Transporter Refueled, originally from Apple: The Transporter Refueled is directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions) and written by Bill Collage & Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods & Kings, Tower Heist). This time, it's Ed Skrein ("Game of Thrones") inheriting the action franchise as Frank Martin, »
- Ethan Anderton
Simone Kessell heads to Capetown next month to play the first Queen of Egypt in Biblical epic Of Kings and Prophets. It.s yet another exotic role for the New Zealand-born actress who is now based in Los Angeles with her husband of 11 years, director Gregor Jordan. In Roland Joffe.s The Lovers, which has just opened in a limited number of Us cinemas, she plays an English governess in colonial India. She.s just seen The Lovers (formerly known as Singularity), which had a tortuous path to the screen after the production was beset with financial problems. Her verdict? .It looks magnificent but it.s very hard to follow because whole chunks were cut from the film,. she tells If on the line from La. Most of her scenes were with Josh Hartnett, who has the dual roles of a 21st Century marine archaeologist and an 18th Century British colonialist. »
- Don Groves
Maisie Richardson-Sellers (The Originals), who has a role in the upcoming Star Wars movie, will play a lead in Of Kings And Prophets, ABC's drama pilot written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, which will be filmed in South Africa. The project, from ABC Studios, is described as an epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king (Roy Winstone), a powerful and resentful prophet and a… »
Veteran British actor Ray Winstone (The Departed) is set for a lead in Of Kings And Prophets, ABC’s drama pilot written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, which will be filmed in South Africa. The project, from ABC Studios, is described as an epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny… »
Cotillard role will be that of a female character named Lara who provides assistance to Fassbender's present day character. Cotillard's character is expected to be used in multiple movies.
The Justin Kurzel-directed film ties back into the storyline of "Assassin's Creed II" with Tomas de Torquemada serving as the past villain and Abstergo CEO Alan Rikkan serving as the present day one.
The project marks a kind of reunion of the three key talents on the upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" which Kurzel, Fassbender and Cotillard filmed last year.
- Garth Franklin
Sneak Peek the cinematic feature "Assassin's Creed: Lineage" on the news that actress Marion Cotillard ("Inception") will join Michael Fassbender in director Justin Kurzel's big-screen adaptation of video game series, "Assassin's Creed", with information revealed about her character and Fassbender's:
"...in a script written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, Cotillard will play female assassin 'Lara', an assistant to Fassbender's 'Michael Lynch', a death row inmate in the present day and assassin 'Aguilar de Agarorobo' in the time of the 'Spanish Inquisition'..."
Initially launched in 2007, the first three "Assassin's Creed" games have sold more than 28 million units worldwide.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the entire 35-minute cinematic feature "Assassin's Creed": Lineage"...
Own The "Assassin's Creed" Life-size Statue
- Michael Stevens
Just hours after we reported that Ubisoft and New Regency's video game adaptation Assassin's Creed has been given the green light, Deadline reports that Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard has joined the cast. No details were given for the actress' character, but a report from August revealed that there is a female character named Lara, who provides assistance to Michael Fassbender's character Michael Lynch. Deadline's report also reveals that Marion Cotillard's character will also be used in multiple movies, if this first adaptation becomes a hit and spawns a franchise.
While these story details from August have yet to be confirmed yet, that report revealed Michael Fassbender will actually be playing two roles, Michael Lynch in scenes set in present day, and an assassin named Aguilar de Agarorobo during the Spanish Inquisition. The adaptation is reportedly based on the Assassin's Creed II video game, where the father of the game's main character, »
According to Deadline, the brilliant Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) will join Michael Fassbender in the big-screen adaptation of video game series, Assassin's Creed. Her role is apparently under wraps, but if recent rumors are to be believed, she could well be playing a female assassin named Lara who gives Fassbender's character a helping blade. Speaking of which, the X-Men: Days Of Future Past actor is rumored to be playing two roles: a death row inmate named Michael Lynch in present day, and an assassin named Aguilar de Agarorobo in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. None of that has been confirmed however. Justin Kurzel (Macbeth) will direct, with a script from Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Assassin's Creed is scheduled to be released in 3D on December 21, 2016. »
During Ubisoft's quarterly financial conference call, CEO Yves Guillemot announced that their Assassin's Creed video game adaptation has been given the green light, with production already under way. The CEO also confirmed the December 21, 2016 release date, which puts the project up against an untitled animated project from Illumination Entertainment, with Hugh Jackman's The Greatest Showman on Earth opening just four days later on Christmas Day. Here's what Yves Guillemot had to say in a statement.
"We have the pleasure to announce today that the green light has been given by New Regency, and the production has already started. This is a very important milestone for the project and for our team on Assassin's Creed."
It isn't known if Yves Guillemot meant that pre-production has started, or principal photography has begun, but pre-production seems more likely, since Michael Fassbender is currently the only cast member attached. A rumor surfaced back »
Network also orders family dramedy “Mix”
ABC has ordered five new drama pilots, including the Biblical saga “Of Kings and Prophets” and the FBI drama “Quantico,” from Josh Safran.
“Of Kings and Prophets,” written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (“Accepted”), is described as an epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
- Tim Kenneally
ABC has picked up five drama pilots, kicking off its 2015-16 season: “Of Kings and Prophets,” “Quantico,” “L.A. Crime,” “Runner” and “Mix.”
“Of Kings and Prophets” hails from “Exodus: Gods and Kings” writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. Described as an “epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal,” the series will be told from three perspectives — a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd. The pilot from ABC Studios will be exec produced by Iranian-American author Reza Aslan, Jason Reed and Mahyad Tousi.
Also from ABC Studios is “Quantico,” which follows a young group of FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As the series unfolds, jumping from present-day to flashbacks, the hidden pasts of each member of the group will be uncovered, revealing that one of the recruits is a sleeper terrorist who’s responsible for one of the greatest »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It's seems like 20th Century Fox is perpetually going to mess with the dates for Assassin's Creed and the reboot of Fantastic Four (and its sequel). Last fall, the studio moved the first installment of the comic book adaptation to later in the summer on August 7th, 2015 after being set for a June 16th, 2015. And after dating Fantastic Four 2 for July 14th, 2017, they've actually decided to move the sequel up to June 2nd, 2017. But that's because the sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will arrive on the July date instead. And for those waiting for the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, keep reading. Fox pulled Assassin's Creed from a 2015 release this year, and hadn't set an alternate premiere date just yet. But now the studio has given the film directed by Justin Kurzel, written by Exodus: Gods & Kings scribes Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, and starring Michael Fassbender, »
- Ethan Anderton
13 items from 2015
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