8 items from 2016
Before reinventing himself as a bona fide action hero in the Pierre Morel’s Parisian thriller, Neeson was synonymous with the industry’s more awards-friendly features, and there are signs that the actor is poised to return to that niche (read: Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-tipped Silence). Then comes something entirely out of left-field, such as Korean war thriller Operation Chromite.
Helmed by Lee Jae-han, the white-knuckle ride sees Neeson barking orders as General Douglas MacArthur, who spearheads a Us-endorsed mission to infiltrate a North Korean commander center. That’s a tactic that involves sending Lee Jung-jae out onto the front lines, who fights for the South Korean forces and, perhaps more importantly, to protect his mother.
- Michael Briers
The story follows two decorated detectives who uncover a terrifying extortion ring of serial killers that operates within the secret underbelly of New York. Morel will direct from a script by "Bone Tomahawk" writer S. Craig Zahler.
The project was previously setup at Sony Pictures with Michael De Luca producing and, at one time, had Michael Mann in talks to direct and do a script polish. That didn't come together and now Lotus Entertainment has picked it up after the property went into turnaround.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Zahler set up the project at Sony in 2011 with Michael De Luca on board to produce. The project went into turnaround with Lotus Entertainment now on board to finance and handle worldwide sales.
Morel’s directing credits include 2008’s “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson, Sean Penn’s thriller “The Gunman” and French-language thriller “District 13.” He shot the heist film “Overdrive,” starring Scott Eastwood and Ana de Armas, in France earlier this year.
Lotus is a financing-production-distribution company with credits on Tom Hanks’ “A Hologram for a King, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Pierre Morel has signed a deal to direct Big Stone Grid, the high-concept suspense thriller that is penned by Bone Tomahawk‘s S. Craig Zahler. This is the project Michael Mann was talking about producing and directing back in 2012 when Sony had acquired Zahler’s spec. Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel and Ara Keshishian are now producing alongside Adam Fields and Josh Bratman. Lotus (Z For Zacharia, Replicas) will finance and handle worldwide… »
Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming Wonder Woman, Force Majeure), Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Peter Franzen (History Channel’s ‘Vikings’, The Gunman) have joined 2016 BAFTA Rising Star nominee Bel Powley (upcoming Carrie Pilby, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl), Jonah Hauer-King, and Martin Wallstrom (FX series ‘Mr. Robot’) in Marius Markevicius’ riveting Ashes In The Snow, it was announced by Radiant Films International President and CEO, Mimi Steinbauer.
Rounding out the newly announced cast are Sam Hazeldine (The Huntsman: Winter’S War, Monuments Men), James Cosmo (HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’, upcoming Ben-hur), Adrian Schiller (The Danish Girl, Suffragette) and Tom Sweet.
Currently in production, Radiant will present the project to international buyers at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.
Ashes In The Snow is the poignant story of a 16-year-old heroine Lina Vilkas (Powley) who is separated from her family amidst Stalin’s reign of terror in the Baltic region during WWII. »
- Michelle McCue
Stars: John Travolta, Christopher Meloni, Rebecca De Mornay, Amanda Schull, Sam Trammell, Doris Morgado, Luis Da Silva Jr., Patrick St. Esprit | Written by Yvan Gauthier, Paul Sloan | Directed by Chuck Russell
Anyone remember From Paris With Love? Director Pierre Morel followed up the 2008 Liam Neeson hit Taken with a similarly enjoyable, although less critically well received, action movie in 2010 which starred a shaven headed John Travolta as Charlie Wax. And while it was less successful and entertaining than Taken, From Paris With Love was still good fun.
So in theory then, given Travolta is – or at least was – capable of convincingly taking part in a action movie I had reasonable expectations for his latest film I Am Wrath. And then there’s the crew involved: directed by Chuck Russell whose past works include Eraser, The Mask, and The Blob; and starring Rebecca De Mornay and Christopher Meloni, I honestly thought »
- Dan Woolstencroft
Want a quality action film, but you only have an hour and a half? Step this way...
Looking back over the genre, action films definitely haven’t suffered from the trend to make everything longer. They’ve always been pretty long, regularly clocking in at over two hours. Perhaps because of all the slo-mo? But while the sweet spot for action classics seems to be the 100-110 minute mark, there are those that have cut the genre right down to basics, and succeeded all the more for it.
Below is my pick of 25 great action films 90 minutes or under. Even more so than other genres, action crosses many other films - picking a pure ‘action’ flick is all but impossible. So below I’ve chosen films that retain action sequences as their main narrative device, and keep the action at the heart of the movie, rather than as a extra. »
Cherry Falls, starring the late Brittany Murphy, is getting the Blu-ray treatment courtesy of Scream Factory on March 29th! Also: a trailer for Darling, The Eyes of My Mother acquisition news, Nitehawk Cinema's programming schedule for March, Baskin release details, and Everlasting at the Nevermore Film Festival.
Cherry Falls: Press Release: "Lose your innocence…or lose your life. On March 29th, 2016, Scream Factory presents teen thriller Cherry Falls in its Blu-ray debut packed with new extras including audio commentary with Geoffrey Wright and interviews with writer/co-executive producer Ken Selden and producer Marshall Persinger.
A serial killer is stalking the peaceful town of Cherry Falls. At first, it seems that he is just targeting teenagers, but after the third killing, it becomes clear that all the victims have been virgins. When the town's students hear about this, they realize that there is only one way to protect themselves and »
- Tamika Jones
8 items from 2016
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