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Philip Noyce to Remake ‘Bloodsport’

17 May 2011 9:26 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Yep, the headline says what you think it says. The 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme film Bloodsport is going to be remade, and Philip Noyce, who last directed the rather silly film Salt, is going to be behind the camera. Screen Daily says the film will follow "an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan who gets involved in a martial arts contest." Robert Mark Kamen (Taken, Colombiana) will write, and that's probably a good thing -- he's been through the Luc Besson action wringer, and can probably turn out a serviceable script for something like this in his sleep. In a way, this isn't even a great surprise, as a few basic martial arts movie templates are used to power a good many fight films. Bloodsport's tournament setup is one of them. But a remake of one of those templates would traditionally »

- Russ Fischer

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Simon Crane Climbs A "High Wire"

14 April 2011 10:44 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Veteran stunt coordinator Simon Crane is set to direct the independent New York-set thriller "High Wire" reports The Los Angeles Times.

James Solomon ("The Conspirator") penned the script which is said to have a strong emotional component, though story specifics were not forthcoming. Nick Saunders, a former assistant to Orlando Bloom, will produce. Crane will likely film the project after he makes his directing debut on the Europe-set, Jason Statham-led action thriller "Echelon".

Crane is famous for performing some of cinema's most famous stunts including the opening sequence bungee jump in "Goldeneye" and the plane-to-plane wire transfer in "Cliffhanger". He performed or co-ordinated stunts on such films "Titanic," "Saving Private Ryan," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "Batman," "Total Recall," "Aliens," "Alien 3," "Salt," "Elizabeth," "Braveheart," "The Mummy," "Vertical Limit," "Tomb Raider," "The Island," "Troy," "Willow" and several James Bond films from "A View to a Kill" through to »

- Garth Franklin

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Simon Crane Attached to Direct ‘High Wire,’ Penned by ‘The Conspirator’ Writer

14 April 2011 8:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Briefly: Simon Crane, long-time stunt coordinator, was once set to direct the troubled film Kane & Lynch. After cycling through a few directorial attachments, that production seems to have settled on F. Gary Gray as helmer. But Simon Crane has other films lined up now -- he's been working on one called Echelon, a Euro action thriller with Jason Statham. And now he is attached to High Wire, written by The Conspirator screenwriter James Solomon. This one seems to have a very different bent from The Conspirator, however. It is a thriller set in New York City with "a strong emotional component," per the La Times. Echelon will probably be shot first, the director says -- easier to get something going when International Action Star Jason Statham is already on board. »

- Russ Fischer

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Simon Crane Steps On To High Wire

13 April 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Stunt maestro and second unit directing god Simon Crane has a resume longer than most arms and has been the go-to guy for making Hollywood types look good in action movies and dramas for years. But his attempts to make the switch to directing haven’t met with the best of luck so far, with delays plaguing his plans. Still, that isn’t stopping him loading another potential project on to his schedule, becoming attached to the thriller High Wire. No, it’s not set in a circus, but beyond the title and the fact that writer James Solomon (who also penned The Conspirator for Robert Redford) told the La Times it’s a New York-based story with a strong emotional content, nothing is known about the script.Crane has been itching to sit in the director’s chair for a while now. He was briefly attached to troubled video game adaptation Kane & Lynch, »

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Jamie Foxx Says “Kane & Lynch” Is Still Happening!

2 March 2011 7:52 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I thought this project was d-e-a-d-doomed, after the revolving door of directors and screenwriters hopping on and off this train over a short 2 to 3 month period last summer.

Last we talked about it, was in July 2010, when it was announced the director F. Gary Gray was no longer attached to direct it.

But let’s back up for a moment… follow the bouncing ball… initially, Simon Crane was hired to direct Lionsgate’s adaptation of the video game, Kane & Lynch, with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx attached to star, but he dropped out due to “creative differences” with the studio.

Then, F. Gary Gray was approached by Lionsgate to helm the project. But Gray eventually moved on for what may have been similar reasons as Crane’s.

Then the job was then offered to Wayne Kramer; but it was later announced that he was no longer in the running.

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- Tambay

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Jason Statham May Be In The Upper ‘Echelon’

10 February 2011 5:20 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For every Eric Bana, there is a Jason Statham. The Star Trek star is apparently out and The Mechanic star is almost in to Hyde Park International‘s Echelon, based on the novel Firewall, written by Andy McNab. Stunt coordinator Simon Crane (Titanic, The Island, The Tourist) is making his directorial debut with this action film, which sounds about as perfect as can be in terms of transition. [Deadline]

The plot: an ex-spy is commissioned to kidnap a Russian mafia boss. Western forces get involved, entangling underlords and undercover spies alike. And it stars a stuntman-turned-action star Statham. It’s like The Transporter meets The Mechanic meets, well, most everything Statham’s done thus far.

All that said, the Brit has yet to garner enough of a following to be box office gold. Luckily, Statham films are usually made on the cheap, generating enough worldwide revenue to make it worth it for all those involved. »

- Dan Mecca

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Jason Statham Around Taking a ‘Echelon’ Thriller Role

10 February 2011 3:31 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Jason Statham is reportedly being lined up for the lead role in espionage thriller Echelon after Eric Bana dropped out.

Almost a year ago, it was announced that Hyde Park Entertainment has picked up the rights to Andy McNab’s 13-part espionage ‘Firewall’ novel series centered on the character of Nick Stone. The British actor is set to play Sas soldier Nick Stone who attempts to halt the Russian Organized Crime from trying to gain access to the world’s largest computer intelligence database.

Deadline says that Statham hasn’t yet signed on for the film, but is looking to take on the role that Eric Bana (The Hulk) was a few months later attached to. The project will be helmed by Simon Crane which will be his feature directing debut. Simon Crane was previously been engaged as a stunt coordinator on The Tourist and Salt.

It will be the »

- Nikola Mraovic

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Jason Statham Considering Echelon

10 February 2011 1:58 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It’s been a while since there’s been much movement on Echelon, the film adaptation of Andy McNab’s Firewall, which follows the exploits of former Sas tough guy Nick Stone. For a while, according to Deadline, Eric Bana was the man for the job, but he’s no longer attached. His replacement? Someone with just a teensy bit of experience in action films. Say it with us: Staaaaaaaaathaaaam! ‘Tis true: Jason Statham is said to be interested in taking over the lead in the film, which finds stunt master Simon Crane (last seen working on the likes of Salt and Surrogates, stepping up from his usual job of overseeing the action and being second unit director, to the big gig.Firewall is actually the third novel in the Stone series, which means the producers are thinking about this one as a likely franchise if it goes well. The »

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Jason Statham in Talks to Play Nick Stone in Echelon

10 February 2011 11:21 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Almost a year ago, it was announced that Hyde Park Entertainment has picked up the rights to Andy McNab's 13-part espionage novel series based around the character Nick Stone. Then a few months later came news that Eric Bana (The Hulk) was offered the lead role. The actor apparently passed because Deadline is now reporting that Jason Statham is circling the role, but hasn't been signed yet. The name of the film is "Echelon" and it is based on the third novel in the series, called "Firewall." The story follows a Sas soldier as he attempts to prevent a terrorist organization from accessing the world.s largest computer intelligence database. Stunt coordinator Simon Crane (The Tourist, Salt) will make his feature directing debut. »

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Quick Hits: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Cast Fills out

10 February 2011 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

If negotioations pan out, Anthony Mackie will star alongside Benjamin Walker in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' while Dominic Cooper will play Lincoln's vamp-slaying mentor.

DreamWorks has snapped up a fascinating sounding screenplay from J. Michael Straczynski titled 'Voices From the Dead,' which is about Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle (who were friends in real life) teaming together to solve a series of murders in 1920s New York.

The Coen Brothers have a few different movies they could make next, one of which Ethan Coen describes as "a full-on horror movie."

After 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' Rooney Mara will star in 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,' a film about a young woman who is obsessed with a neighbor who looks exactly like her dead mother.

Accroding to Deadline, Jason Statham would like to star in 'Echelon, »

- Peter Hall

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Quick Hits: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Cast Fills out

10 February 2011 11:00 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

If negotioations pan out, Anthony Mackie will star alongside Benjamin Walker in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,' while Dominic Cooper will play Lincoln's vamp-slaying mentor.

DreamWorks has snapped up a fascinating sounding screenplay from J. Michael Straczynski titled 'Voices From the Dead,' which is about Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle (who were friends in real life) teaming together to solve a series of murders in 1920s New York.

The Coen Brothers have a few different movies they could make next, one of which Ethan Coen describes as "a full-on horror movie."

After 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,' Rooney Mara will star in 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,' a film about a young woman who is obsessed with a neighbor who looks exactly like her dead mother.

Accroding to Deadline, Jason Statham would like to star in 'Echelon, »

- Peter Hall

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Jason Statham Circling Adaptaton of Andy McNab's Novel 'Firewall'

10 February 2011 9:33 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

No, this project has nothing to do with the financial face-off between Paul Bettany and Harrison Ford, but rather it's an adaptation of Firewall, the third book in Andy McNab's 13-book series following Special Air Service (Sas) soldier Nick Stone. Eric Bana had apparently been interested in the role, but Deadline now reports Jason Statham (The Transporter, The Mechanic) is now in the midst of circling the action thriller which is now going by the title Echelon. The story follows Nick Stone as he finds himself caught between the Russian Mafia and western secret agents trying to get their hands on the Echelon computer program. I'm just glad this one won't have Statham taking on a blue collar laborer title as a cover-up for being an assassin. As for the talent behind the camera, stunt coordinator Simon Crane (whose work can be seen in Titanic, Salt and »

- Ethan Anderton

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Jason Statham set for espionage movie Echelon?

10 February 2011 8:47 AM, PST | Bloginity | See recent Bloginity news »

Jason Statham is being lined up to star in 'Echelon'. The British actor is set to play Sas soldier Nick Stone who attempts to foil a gang of terrorists from trying to gain access to the world's largest computer intelligence database in the movie based on the novel 'Firewall' by Andy McNab. Eric Bana was previously attached to the project which will be helmed by first time director Simon Crane. Ashok Amritraj, Bonnie Timmermann and Jason's frequent collaborator Steve Chasman will produce, according to Deadline.com The movie is being tipped as a franchise as it is based on the third book in a 13-part series. Jason is currently starring as the voice of Tybalt in Elton John and David Furnish's animated 'Gnomeo and Juliet' and has a number of projects lined up. He will next star in 'The Killer Elite' and 'Safe' and is expected to start filming »

- Paul R. Nicholson

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Jason Statham in Talks to Star in Echelon

10 February 2011 8:34 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Jason Statham is reportedly circling the thriller Echelon.  The project will mark the directing debut of stunt coordinator Simon Crane.  As you may recall, Crane was originally set to direct the adaptation of Kane & Lynch, but dropped off the project.  According to Deadline, the film is based off novel Firewall and would have Statham playing "Nick Stone, an Sas soldier who finds himself caught between the Russian Mafia and western secret agents trying to get their hands on the Echelon computer program."  Presumably the role requires lots of punching, kicking, shooting, and growling in a menacing-yet-charming brogue.  Firewall is the 3rd book in a 13-book series by former Sas soldier Andy McNab, so if the movie is successful, Statham could be looking at a potential franchise. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Jason Statham To Replace Eric Bana In Spy Thriller Echelon

10 February 2011 8:26 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Mechanic is a decent-sized hit, having grossed $32 million worldwide after about a week and a half in release, but even if it were a flop, its star Jason Statham would probably still be the most bankable action star working today. The star of Crank and the Transporter series is probably the only bankable action star, period, or at least the only one whose glory days didn't come in the 80s. With Statham you know exactly what you're getting and that it will be awesome, which means the bald Englishman will be ripping throats and taking names for a long, long time. Next up on his ass-kicking mission may be Echelon, a spy thriller that at one point had Eric Bana attached but, according to Deadline, Statham is now circling. It will be the directorial debut of Simon Crane, a stunt coordinator who has worked closely with Angelina Jolie for »

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Jason Statham Enters Another "Echelon"

10 February 2011 8:13 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Jason Statham is in talks to join the cast of the thriller "Echelon" to play the lead character of Nick Stone in "Echelon", a film adaptation of Andy McNab's espionage novel "Firewall" for Hyde Park Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi reports Variety.

In the book, the third of a series of twelve starring the character, Stone is an ex-sas officer turned freelance intelligence officer who works on risky deniable operations for cash.

Hired to kidnap a Russian mafia warlord and deliver him to St. Petersburg, he soon finds himself raiding a house in the cold wastes of Estonia where Russia has launched an online offensive to tap into the West's military secrets - secrets the Russians, the Americans, the Brits and rival mafia gangs all want to get their hands on.

Eric Bana was previously attached to the lead role. Simon Crane makes his directorial debut on the project »

- Garth Franklin

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Jason Statham Eyeing Echelon

10 February 2011 7:54 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Action star Jason Statham is looking to join the new thriller Echelon, although a deal is not in place yet. Eric Bana had previously been attached to star.

Echelon is based on Andy McNab's novel Firewall, the third in a series of 13 books which follows ex-sas agent Nick Stone, who Jason Statham will play if he signed on. The story centers on Stone, who becomes caught in the middle of Russian and American covert forces trying to acquire the powerful Echelon computer system.

Longtime stunt coordinator Simon Crane is making his directorial debut on Echelon. Simon Crane previously handled the stunt work on such action projects as Salt, The Tourist, and the upcoming Men in Black III.

Ashok Amritraj is producing through Hyde Park Entertainment. Echelon is the first project of a $250 million deal the company signed with Imagenation Abu Dhabi to produce up to 20 movies over the next seven years. »

- MovieWeb

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Jason Statham to Play Special Forces in Action-Thriller ‘Echelon’?

10 February 2011 7:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If an actor is sharing screentime with Jason Statham in one of his numerous Jason-Statham-kicks-ass-and-drives-cool-cars-and-screws-lots-of-hot-women vehicles, the odds of that character surviving is against them. And assuming that character does meet an untimely yet entirely expected end, the odds of that death being anything short of preposterously brutal [1] is even slimmer. So what's next on Statham's agenda of casual murder and badassery? Word is he aims to dispatch two teams worth of human punching bags in Echelon, an action-thriller that he's circling about a ex-special forces soldier who finds himself caught between warring Russian Mafia and Us secret agents as they all race to get their hands on the titular Echelon computer program. In other words, it promises to be a cultural melting pot of carnage. Learn more after the break. Deadline [2] says that Statham hasn't yet signed on for the film, but is looking to take on the role »

- Adam Quigley

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Jason Statham Circling Echelon

10 February 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Deadline reports that Jason Statham is circling the lead role in Echelon , to which Eric Bana was previously attached. The film will be based on author Andy McNab's Nick Stone espionage novels. The movie is expected to be an adaptation of "Firewall," the third of 13 books in the series. Simon Crane, stunt coordinator on The Tourist and Salt , will make his feature directing debut. The project is set to be the first movie financed through the $250 million Hyde Park/Imagenation Abu Dhabi deal to develop, produce and distribute up to 20 movies over 7 years. »

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Jason Statham Eyes Next Action Flick: Echelon

10 February 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The actor is looking for his next testosterone fueled adventure and may have found it in Echelon, based off a popular espionage based book series. At this point Statham is only looking at the feature and has not signed yet. The role was previously attached to Eric Bana who has since dropped out. The movie is based off the novel Firewall, from Andy McNab's 13-book series based on the central character Nick Stone. The movie will have a first time director in Simon Crane, a stunt coordinator on The Tourist and Salt. It is being produced by Ashok Amritraj of Hyde Park Entertainment, veteran casting agent Bonnie Timmermann (Public Enemies) and Steve Chasman. Chasman has worked on every Statham movie since 2002's Transporter. Statham would play Nick Stone, an Sas soldier who finds himself »

- Bryan Kritz

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