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Exclusive: John Moore has signed on to direct the World War II biopic Come Hell Or High Water. The film tells the true story of Capt. Ernest Evans, the U.S. Naval Commander posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle off Samar, part of the October 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf that is considered perhaps the largest naval engagement in history. The Battle off Samar — one of three Philippine islands in a chain including Leyte and… »
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is also producing. Bruce Willis is expected to return for “Die Hard 6” in a story that would focus on the origins of the younger John McClane character, set in New York City in 1979. The plan is for Willis to appear in the narrative as a present-day version of McClane.
The actor has not signed a deal yet. Willis previously worked with di Bonaventura in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
Wiseman directed the fourth installment of the franchise in 2007 with “Live Free or Die Hard,” which grossed $383 million worldwide. The fifth film, 2013’s “A Good Day to Die Hard,” was directed by John Moore and grossed $304 million worldwide. »
- Dave McNary
Fox has handed out a put pilot commitment for "Behind Enemy Lines," a TV drama series adaptation of the mostly forgotten 2001 action film of the same name.
John Moore helmed the original military thriller about an American pilot (Owen Wilson) shot down over Bosnia while on a secret mission, at the same time his commanding officer (Gene Hackman) fights to launch a search and rescue mission. It did well enough to spawn several direct-to-video sequels.
Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Hostages," "Homeland") is set to write and direct the the potential pilot which will shift the action to the jungles of Latin America and involve an entire flight crew who have been shot down.
Like the film there will be their commanding officer on an aircraft carrier trying to get them home, there will also be a female CIA officer in Washington who stumbles into a conspiracy that involves narco traffickers and terrorism, »
- Garth Franklin
American in Peril: Dowdle Bros. Play on Base Fears with Survival Drama
It’s unfortunate so many superficial elements are working against the objective consideration of No Escape, beginning with its potentially problematic casting of an unwavering comic star as the lead in what promises to be a pulse-pounding thriller. Add to this a flurry of uneasy marketing elements, including dreadfully cheesy poster art, corny taglines, borrowing a title from a likeable 90’s sci-fi flick starring Ray Liotta, and the potential of this latest effort from the Dowdle Bros. (Quarantine; As Above, So Below) promises the making of an undeniable turkey.
Despite all of these unfavorable buzz-killing aspects, the film manages to be an unfathomable rarity in that it manages to overcome all of these red-flag detractions as an uncomfortably tense survival thriller. Though not without a certain amount of quibbling in reference to its sometimes problematic ‘truths’, such as »
- Nicholas Bell
Exclusive: Michael Nyqvist has joined the cast of I.T., the indie revenge thriller that Pierce Brosnan is toplining and producing. He joins a cast that’s shaping up to be a good one, with Brosnan, Stefanie Scott, James Frechville and Anna Friel already aboard. In the John Moore-directed pic, Brosnan plays a self-made man who has it all: A gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. His company is on the verge of changing the… »
It's been developing for a while, with Pierce Brosnan attached to star for some months. But I.T. is finally gathering some momentum and filling in the rest of its cast, and the latest to come aboard is Anna Friel. She'll play Brosnan's wife in the techno-revenge thriller from Max Payne / A Good Day To Die Hard director John Moore.The film, which originated with producer David T. Friendly and at one point had Dan Kay on script duty and Stefano Sollima set to direct, sees Brosnan as a self-made businessman in the private plane-leasing trade, who somehow manages to annoy a young, disgruntled I.T. consultant. Naturally, because his nemesis is tech savvy, he decides to threaten Brosnan’s life, family and income. By the sound of it, he's the computer nerd From Hell...James Frecheville (The Drop) is the antagonist, and Stefanie Scott, as previously reported, is playing Brosnan's daughter, »
Exclusive: Anna Friel will play Pierce Brosnan’s wife and James Frecheville is his nemesis in I.T., a revenge techno-thriller from director John Moore. Brosnan plays Mike Ryan, a self-made businessman whose company is on the verge of changing the aircraft-leasing business when his relationship with a young tech consultant (Frecheville) sours. The dude begins stalking Mike’s daughter (Stefanie Scott) and using technology to threaten his family, his business and his life… »
Stefanie Scott is continuing to branch out from her Disney Channel roots, booking a co-starring role in Voltage Pictures’ revenge thriller I.T. that stars Pierce Brosnan and is being directed by John Moore. She will play Brosnan's daughter in the pic, about a successful owner of a private jet business who finds himself pitted against a disgruntled young I.T. consultant who begins stalking his daughter and using technology to threaten his family, business and life. The… »
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about I.T., the revenge thriller that nabbed the acting services of Pierce Brosnan in October 2013. But despite some slow hard drive issues, it appears the film is still on track, with Stefanie Scott the latest addition. While Stefano Sollima was in the director’s chair back when Brosnan was hired, John Moore has since taken over the job, working from a script that has seen a rewrite from William Wisher. Brosnan is starring as a successful businessman – he owns a fleet of private jets – whose world is thrown into chaos when a disgruntled technology consultant swears vengeance. Scott will be Brosnan’s daughter, who becomes the target of the cyber-stalker who wants to ruin their livelihood and lives.Moore is looking to finally start shooting the movie this June in Ireland. Scott will next be seen as the young woman »
A quick preamble. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we're going to be exploring many of our favourite movie franchises, and ranking the films in order. Mainly because it gives us a further chance to talk about many of our favourite films.
Inevitably, the ordering in these cases isn't always going to come as a surprise - we go into this with the first and last place in most of these lists immediately obvious - but it's interesting to see how the movies stand in the context of each other. Police Academy week in particular should be a hoot.
When it comes to ranking the Die Hard films then, the battle is really between Die Hards 2 and 3 for second place. But »
10 items from 2015
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