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The Bottom Shelf: Remo, Almost Human, Branded To Kill and more

9 September 2014 12:56 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Nick wades into another stack of DVD releases, including 80s action epic Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous, and lots more besides...

"Whatever happened to Fred Ward?" is a line surely on the tip of most people’s tongues. Apparently, the star of Tremors and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult has mostly been doing TV work over the last few years, though you’ll almost certainly remember him as the charismatic star of 1985’s Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. No? Well, shame on you, because Remo, making a welcome Blu-Ray debut, leads this month’s action-packed, erm, action special.

If you weren’t one of the lucky few that grew up with the preposterous movie otherwise known as Remo: Unarmed And Dangerous punctuating their childhood, we’ll fill you in. Riding on the success of the Rambo films (essentially, the only tenuous link being the vaguely similar name), Bond director »

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With announcements for 'Executioner' and Remo Williams, Hollywood seems crazy for pulp

25 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

How many of you have ever read an actual original era pulp story? Anything involving Doc Savage or The Shadow or John Carter or Doctor Death or The Phantom Detective or Tarzan or Solomon Kane or Conan or The Continental Op? If you haven't, that puts you in what I am sure is a vast majority at this point. I can't fault anyone for not being a reader of that sort of source material. It's not something that is part of the active mainstream right now, but if Hollywood gets its way, that may be about to change. There are some huge names in the world of pulp. By far, the biggest budget pulp title currently pending release is the David Yates "Tarzan" that Warner Bros. is putting out in 2016. When I interviewed Samuel L. Jackson at Comic-Con this summer, he repeatedly told me how excited he was by what »

- Drew McWeeny

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Shane Black bringing Remo Williams back to the screen with The Destroyer

25 August 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In 1985, MGM brought former cop turned government agent Remo Williams to the screen with Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (a.k.a. Remo: Unarmed and Dangerous), hoping to launch a franchise based upon Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s The Destroyer series of pulp novels with Fred Ward (Tremors) in the lead role.

While that effort failed to take off, it looks like Sony is looking to give the character another chance at big screen success, with Deadline revealing that Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) has signed on to direct The Destroyer from a script by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and James Mullaney, co-author of several books in the series.

“Shane has been a fan of the original Destroyer book series since its inception and he has an incredible vision for this film,” said Charles Roven (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), who will serve as producer. »

- Gary Collinson

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Shane Black to direct The Destroyer

22 August 2014 12:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Shane Black's on board to direct an adaptation of the adventure book series The Destroyer, with Fight Club's Jim Uhls on script duties...

Since the blockbusting success of Iron Man 3, Shane Black has found himself well and truly back on top in the fickle corridors of Hollywood. So much so that not only is he currently in the throes of making his next film - noir-ish thriller The Nice Guys, which sounds like a welcome throwback to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - but he also has two other high-profile projects in the works.

You might recall that these are an adaptation of Doc Savage for DC, and also a new Predator movie, which he's going to write with his old Monster Squad friend Fred Dekker.

As if all that wasn't enough for Black to be thinking about, it's now being reported that the screenwriter-turned director is also »

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Shane Black to Resurrect Remo Williams in 'The Destroyer'

21 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Unless you were reading pulp novels in the '70s or watching cheesy Fred Ward movies in the '80s, you may not know the name Remo Williams. Star of The Destroyer series, he was a hard-boiled cop framed for murder whose botched execution nets him a job with a secret government agency that fights America's more obscure threats, including everything from cyborgs to ninjas to Rasputin. So who better to resurrect a hard-boiled cop who fights terrorists and robots than Lethal Weapon writer and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black? Black has been attached to a few high-profile projects since Iron Man 3, so The Destroyer joins Predator and Doc Savage in the list of movies we hope are made as quickly as possible. And while we don't know where this one fits in the...

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Iron Man 3 Director To Revive The Remo Williams Series

21 August 2014 9:11 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you were to run across the book Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday, you would probably not even give it a second glance, unless you're a hardcore noir fan. However, if I were to tell you that it was the basis for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the 2006 cult classic that basically handed Shane Black the Iron Man 3 gig, you'd be much more familiar with that title. Surprise surprise, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was loosely adapted from that very book, and Black looks to be bringing another obscure book series to the big screen. Except this time, it actually has a previous film to compete with. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has selected Shane Black to direct The Destroyer, based on the series of novels featuring 80's action hero Remo Williams. In case you think that name rings a bell, it should, as Fred Ward brought »

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'The Destroyer' Gets 'Iron Man 3' Director Shane Black

21 August 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Almost 30 years after Fred Ward starred as the title character in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Sony Pictures is bringing this New Jersey cop back to life with a new adaptation of The Destroyer, which will be directed by Shane Black. Take a look at Sony's official press release below, then read on for more details.

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, Steve Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Michael De Luca and Lauren Abrahams will oversee for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Destroyer is based on the series of paperback novels in which Newark cop Remo Williams is framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. »

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Shane Black Will Direct The Destroyer

21 August 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Shane Black, the energetic helmer behind Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, has been tapped by Sony Pictures to direct The Destroyer, an adaptation of the adventure book series by Warren Murphy.

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.

Jim Uhls (Fight Club) penned the script with James Mullaney, who first co-authored entries in the Destroyer series then became the sole author until it ended in 2008.

Between The Destroyer and the recently announced Mack Bolan, men’s »

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Watch: Full 1985 Movie 'Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins' Now Being Given A Franchise Reboot By Shane Black

21 August 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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, »

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Shane Black To Direct "The Destroyer"

21 August 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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.

Charles Roven, Steven Chasman, and Andy Horwitz will produce. Fred Ward previously played the character in a 1985 movie.

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 »

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Sony Pictures Taps ‘Iron Man 3′ Helmer Shane Black To Direct ‘The Destroyer’

21 August 2014 10:54 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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. »

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Shane Black will direct the return of Remo Williams in The Destroyer

21 August 2014 7:26 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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 »

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Tremors Remake Moving Forward

26 July 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

24 years after Tremors hit theaters, did you actually think you were safe at last from those pesky graboids? Think again – a remake of the beloved horror comedy still has a pulse and is actually ramping up for production sooner than we had thought. Not that we were asking for one, but it might be fun to revisit the premise with more modern special effects, trading out Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward for two modern-day comedians (anyone else want Key and Peele to take this?).

Recently, Don Michael Smith posted the following to his blog, indicating that Universal is keen on the remake:

Hey all you “Company Of Heroes” fans, I’m back in Sofia, Bulgaria getting ready to do another in the series. This one’s called “The Fourth Reich” and it promises to have more of the same only better. For all you out there that hated on the first movie, »

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Head for High Ground: 'Tremors' Is Being Rebooted

23 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

If you grew up in the ‘90s and loved cult monster movies, then you undoubtedly have a warm spot in your heart for Tremors – and Universal is hoping to cash in on that nostalgia by rebooting the franchise with Don Michael Paul taking a seat behind the camera. The original 1990 film featured Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as a couple of guys in a small desert town who find themselves under attack by giant earthworms. It’s a film with the perfect mix of action and comedy – and it also featured some really cool monsters. Unfortunately, the subsequent three sequels got less and less interesting. So, if ever there were a property that was ripe for a reboot, Tremors is it. An updated script and cast could breathe new life into this beloved franchise. Our only...

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Unfortunate ‘Tremors’ Reboot On The Horizon

22 July 2014 1:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Deep under the surface of Hollywood ideas, treatments and discarded scripts roams something hideous, gliding blindly and occasionally breaking the surface whenever enough buzz about it is at a certain pitch.  It never takes much noise, just the aloud musings of one executive as he ponders, “Reboot.”

Not long ago, the reboot has replaced the remake as the Hollywood trend for critics to complain about.  And this most recent news doesn’t do anything to sway opinion toward the positive.     Arrow In the Head is reporting that director Don Michael Paul is talking about taking over the Tremors franchise.

“After I finish up “Company Of Heroes: The Fourth Reich” I will be headed to Johannesburg, South Africa to reboot the “Tremors” franchise for Universal,” Paul wrote.

Paul, whose previous work includes Lake Placid: The Final Chapter and other sequels that involve colons.

As you may recall, Tremors began as »

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Director Reveals He’s Helming a Tremors Reboot

22 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Don Michael Paul is making a decent living directing sequels that head to VOD and DVD. It began with Lake Placid: The Final Chapter and, according to his blog, he has already shot Jarhead 2: Field of Fire and Sniper: Legacy (the Sniper movies are still going?!). Soon, he's apparently going to be doing a Tremors reboot for Universal. Yes, a new take on the 1990 film - arguably one of the best monster movies of the '90s - that starred Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward and concerns underground worm-like creatures with mouth tentacles that ate people.

The post Director Reveals He’s Helming a Tremors Reboot appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

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Blu-ray Review – Remo Williams: The Adventures Begins (1985)

7 July 2014 12:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, 1985.

Directed by Guy Hamilton.

Starring Fred Ward, Joel Grey and Wilford Brimley.

Synopsis:

After discovering his “death” was faked, a New York police officer finds that he is to become the weapon of a secret organisation, whose goal it is to eliminate threats to the government, no matter who or what they are. With a new identity and under the tutelage of martial arts expert Chuin, Remo Williams is ready for action.

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, is pure 80’s action; it has a typical, and in this case, excellent score for its time, with plenty of synthesizer notes from Craig Safan, lots of over-the-top fighting (along with amplified sound effects to match), and a good balance of humour-particularly during the training sequences that Williams progresses through.

Based on the series of novels: The Destroyer, by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir, Remo Williams: Tab is an enjoyable, »

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Win Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins on Blu-ray

7 July 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins on 7th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

First they faked his death and gave him a new identity. Now a top secret organisation is training a former New York cop to combat corrupt forces operating outside of the law. His mentor, Chiun, is an ageing Korean master of the martial arts who can run on water and dodge speeding bullets.

Born on the pages of Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s The Destroyer series of men’s adventure novels, Remo Williams was placed in the capable hands of Bond director Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger, The Man with the Golden Gun) for his big-screen outing. Fred Ward (Tremors) plays the trainee assassin, with Academy Award-winner Joel Grey (Cabaret) occupying the role of Chiun.

With its classic set-piece atop the Statue of Liberty, much-loved score by Craig Safan »

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‘Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

6 July 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley, J.A. Preston, George Coe, Charles Cioffi, Kate Mulgrew, Patrick Kilpatrick, Michael Pataki | Written by Christopher Wood | Directed by Guy Hamilton

Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris… the eighties action movie megastars, but what about Fred Ward? I’ll admit this is the first time I’ve seen Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… but now I have I know it deserves to be high on top eighties action movies lists.

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… starts with a faked death and a new identity.  Forced to be a part of a secret organisation known as Cure he is put into training with Chiun (Joel Grey) a master of an ancient Korean martial art known as Sinanju.  As his training progresses he makes good progress, but soon his skills are needed for a mission not only to protect his country but also Cure itself. »

- Paul Metcalf

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The Unseen: Reflecting on Martin Campbell & HBO’s ‘Cast a Deadly Spell’

2 July 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

My hometown Mom-and-Pop video store used to have a magical “freebie” bin. This bin was the resting place for any excess promotional materials the store procured. The freebie bin rarely held any blockbuster movie posters, but it was always stocked with horror titles, and being a diehard horror fan, I outfitted my room with materials I collected from the freebie bin. (Plus, I once found a Ghost Dad shirt lurking in the bottom!) One of my favorite finds was a giant poster from Cast a Deadly Spell. This means that while many girls my age had New Kids on the Block or a fresh from T2 Edward Furlong pasted on their walls, my room was adorned with a scruffy Fred Ward. And thus, I was set on the horror path I am still ambling down today.

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