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Denzel Washington’s Equalizer 2 will arrive sooner than expected

Sony Pictures has announced that the sequel to Denzel Washington in a Diy store action flick, The Equalizer 2, will be arriving in Us cinemas two weeks earlier than its intended August 3rd release date. The follow-up to the $192 million grossing film will now be in cinemas on July 20th. The UK release date will remain August 17th.

The decision appears to be the perfect piece of counter-programming, with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again also opening on that weekend.

The Equalizer 2 will reunite director Antoine Fuqua, screenwriter Richard Wenk and star Denzel Washington, who is once again portraying retired black ops agent Robert McCall, played by Edward Woodward in the original TV series. Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman return to portray McCall’s friends and former CIA agents Susan and Brian Plummer, alongside Pedro Pascal (Narcos), and Ashton Sanders (Moonlight).

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Renegades Review

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Author: Linda Marric

Regardless of your feelings towards Luc Besson’s most recent cinematic output, nobody can deny that a production carrying his name can usually be relied upon to bring something new, if not always coherent, to the action genre. In the case of Renegades, a film co-written by Besson and directed by Steven Quale, you might be hard pressed to find anything positive to say about this lazily put together, badly acted, and above all, poorly judged production.

Following a group of Navy Seals as they make their way through war-torn Bosnia in the 90s, Renegades not only offers a historically inaccurate account of the events, it also manages to infuriate further by presenting a ludicrous storyline held together by a series of poorly executed action set pieces.

Starring Australian action star Sullivan Stapleton as the leader of Us Navy Seal unit, and J.K. Simmons as his constantly exasperated superior,
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Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)

Gong Li to Star in Martin Campbell’s Action-Thriller ‘Ana’ (Exclusive)
Chinese actress Gong Li will star in the Europe-set action-thriller “Ana,” with Martin Campbell on board to direct.

Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu are producing the movie, which Wu is also financing. Sarkissian told Variety that they plan to start production in March or April.

The script is written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include “The Equalizer,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” and “The Expendables 2.” Sarkissian said “Ana” will be similar in tone to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita.”

“Ana” re-teams Campbell and Sarkissian following the Jackie Chan actioner “The Foreigner,” which opens Friday in North America with expectations of a $10 million debut weekend. “The Foreigner” is projected to earn $88 million in international markets by the end of the upcoming weekend.

Gong’s credits date back to Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut, “Red Sorghum,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988. Since then, she’s appeared
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Fox Developing Drama Series Based on Caleb Carr Novel ‘Surrender, New York’ (Exclusive)

Fox Developing Drama Series Based on Caleb Carr Novel ‘Surrender, New York’ (Exclusive)
Fox is developing a one-hour drama series based on the book “Surrender, New York” by Caleb Carr, Variety has learned exclusively.

The network has commissioned a script for the project with a penalty attached. The story follows a famed NYPD criminal psychologist, Dr. Trajan Jones, who brings his effective yet controversial methodology and persona to the rural town of Surrender, in upstate New York, where he joins forces with the local state trooper Penelope Howell.

The Jackal Group will produce. Richard Wenk will pen the script and executive produce. The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley will executive produce, along with Richard Arlook. Wenk has written several high-profile action films in his career, including the recent remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Equalizer,” “The Expendables 2,” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” He is repped by Gersh and The Arlook Group.

Should this project move forward, it would be the latest TV adaptation of Carr
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Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders in talks for The Equalizer 2

According to Variety, Moonlight star Ashton Sanders is in talks to join the cast of Sony Pictures’ upcoming action sequel The Equalizer 2.

The sequel will reunite director Antoine Fuqua, writer Richard Wenk and star Denzel Washington, while Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are also confirmed as reprising their roles from the first movie. Former Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal is also set to portray the film’s antagonist.

Production on The Equalizer 2 is set to get underway next month in Boston, with the movie scheduled to hit cinemas on September 14th 2018.
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Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman returning for The Equalizer 2

Following on from the casting of Pedro Pascal (Narcos) earlier this week, Deadline has now revealed that both Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are set to reprise their roles from 2014’s The Equalizer for the upcoming sequel.

The Equalizer 2 will reunite director Antoine Fuqua, screenwriter Richard Wenk and star Denzel Washington, who is once again portraying retired black ops agent Robert McCall, played by Edward Woodward in the original TV series. Leo and Pullman portray McCall’s friends and former CIA agents Susan and Brian Plummer.

Plot details for The Equalizer 2 are being kept under wraps, but production is gearing up to get underway ahead of a September 14th 2018 release date.
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‘Moonlight’ Star Ashton Sanders in Talks to Join Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’

‘Moonlight’ Star Ashton Sanders in Talks to Join Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’
Moonlight” star Ashton Sanders is in talks to join Denzel Washington in a lead role in Sony’s “The Equalizer 2,” with Antoine Fuqua directing.

Sony has set a Sept. 14, 2018, release date for the sequel, which begins shooting next month in Boston, but is keeping plot details from Richard Wenk’s script under wraps.

Narcos” star Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to play the antagonist. Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are returning from the 2014 film. Washington, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan, Tony Eldridge, and Mace Neufeld are producing the sequel.

The Equalizer,” based on the 1980s crime drama series, starred Washington as a retired CIA black ops operative who lives in Boston and becomes a vigilante against mobsters. The film, directed by Fuqua, performed respectably, grossing $192.3 million at the worldwide box office.

Sanders played the teenage version of the main character, Chiron, in Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” which
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Pedro Pascal joins Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2

Narcos and Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal has signed on to star alongside Denzel Washington in the upcoming action sequel The Equalizer 2, THR has revealed.

The follow-up to the 2014 film will see Washington reuniting with director Antoine Fuqua as he reprises the role of Robert McCall, a retired government black ops agent. The sequel has been scripted by Richard Wenk (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) and is slated for release on September 14th 2018.

Pascal will next be seen on the big screen in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which opens in the UK on September 20th and in the States on September 22nd.
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Pedro Pascal Joins Denzel Washington in The Equalizer Sequel

Narcos actor Pedro Pascal has joined the cast Sony's sequel for The Equalizer.

Denzel Washington is confirmed to star in the follow-up to the 2014 film, about a retired black ops government operative who believes he has escaped his past until he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters and can't help but save her.

Antoine Fuqua directed the original, is returning for the sequel, which was written by Richard Wenk. It is also set for release on September 14, 2018.

The Equalizer, based on the TV show of the same name, opened in September 2014 and earned $192.3 million worldwide.

Pascal is best known for his roles on the Netflix series Narcos and HBO’s Game of Thrones.
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Pedro Pascal in talks to menace Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2

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Not only will The Equalizer 2 give Denzel Washington an opportunity to remind audiences of just how much of a bad-ass he is, the sequel will also represent Washington's first sequel in his entire career, which seems pretty rare in this day and age. Even before the success of the first film, Sony was quick to get the ball rolling on a sequel by tasking Richard Wenk with penning a follow-up, and... Read More...
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'The Equalizer' Sequel Adds Pedro Pascal

'The Equalizer' Sequel Adds Pedro Pascal
Sony's The Equalizer sequel has added Narcos actor Pedro Pascal to the cast.

Denzel Washington is returning to star in the follow-up to the 2014 film, which follows a retired black ops government operative who believes he has escaped his past until he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters and can't help but save her.

Antoine Fuqua, who directed the original, is also returning for the sequel, which was penned by Richard Wenk. It is currently set for release on Sept. 14, 2018.

The Equalizer, based on the TV show of the same name, opened...
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Dave Bautista, Sylvester Stallone, Luc Besson titles get UK deals

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Exclusive: Signature inks deals with Sierra, Europacorp, more.

UK distributor Signature Entertainment has snapped up a raft of Us and international titles including Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista action-thriller Escape Plan 2: Hades from Highland.

The sequel to the 2013 Arnie/Stallone action title, which grossed $140m worldwide, is currently in production and set for release in 2018.

In Hades, Stallone’s character Ray Breslin is called on to organize another for-hire security force but when one of his team, the wing chun master Shu (Xiaoming Huang), goes missing – inside a computerized techno-terror battle-maze known as Haze, where human combatants brawl like beasts – Breslin goes back into the secret lock-up to save his friend.

Bautista co-stars as a deadly acquaintance of Breslin’s alongside Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe and 50 Cent.

From Europacorp the company has picked up heist thriller Renegades, co-written by filmmake-producer Luc Besson and The Magnificent 7 and The Expendables 2 writer Richard Wenk.

Into the Storm director
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Stallone Exits Expendables 4, What Does This Mean for the Franchise?

Stallone Exits Expendables 4, What Does This Mean for the Franchise?
Sylvester Stallone is now leaving the Expendables franchise he helped create, backing away from starring in Expendables 4, despite what would reportedly be the biggest payday of his career. Sources claim that the actor would take in a whopping $20 million for starring in Expendables 4, which we had reported in December would be the final sequel in this action-packed franchise. Still, producer Avi Lerner revealed that he doesn't think Sylvester Stallone is leaving quite yet, so there may still be hope for the actor's return.

Deadline reports that Sylvester Stallone and producer Avi Lerner, whose Nu Image/Millennium company has produced and financed all of the Expendables movies, can't find common ground on the script or who will take over as the new director. Another point of contention is the use of Avi Lerner's own VFX house, the Bulgaria-based Nu Boyana, with Sylvester Stallone reportedly worried about the "underwhelming" results of this franchise.
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Stx, Vol. 2: Faith That ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Valerian,’ and Filmmakers’ Visions Will Build A Major Studio

Stx, Vol. 2: Faith That ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Valerian,’ and Filmmakers’ Visions Will Build A Major Studio
After two years, Stx Entertainment has “Bad Moms,” “The Gift” … and more than a half-dozen other titles that range from near misses (“Desierto”) to outright flops (“The Bye Bye Man”). Never mind, said motion picture group chairman Adam Fogelson at his studio’s CinemaCon presentation Tuesday. He’s more than confident that his studio’s next chapter — or as he called it, “Stx 2.0” — is filled with hitmakers.

Read More: Stx Entertainment Acquires Jonás Cuarón-Directed Tiff Winner

Fogelson began by pointing to his studio’s early wins including “Bad Moms.” Starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell, it took in $113 million domestic on its way to becoming the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of 2016. A sequel, “A Bad Moms Christmas,” goes into production next month with a November 3 release date.

Fogelson noted that of the 10 movies Stx has released in 19 months, five have starred or were directed by women. “We have
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Posters Go Retro for Digital HD Release | Exclusive

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Posters Go Retro for Digital HD Release | Exclusive
After a successful theatrical run, Tom Cruise brings the iconic Jack Reacher into your own living room with the action-packed sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The sequel debuts on Digital HD today, January 17, before arriving on Blu-ray and DVD January 31. To celebrate the Digital HD release, we have four exclusive graphic posters, which feature artistic renditions of some of the movie's most iconic scenes, including Jack pulling a gun on the men who have been following him and Jack's diner encounter.

Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) returns to enforce his bold brand of justice in the action-packed sequel based on author Lee Child's best-selling series. When Army Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) is framed for treason, Reacher discovers she's the target of a massive government conspiracy. With help from Turner and a mysterious new ally, Reacher risks everything to take down a powerful organization that will stop at nothing to protect its secrets.
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EuropaCorp to Lay Off Bulk of Theatrical Distribution Staff, Reveals What’s Next for ‘Valerian’ (Exclusive)

After a series of film flops such as “Miss Sloane” and “Nine Lives,” EuropaCorp knew it needed to shake up its distribution system before the release next summer of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” With a budget of more than $170 million, the sci-fi epic is one of the most expensive independent films ever made. It’s also a passion project of EuropaCorp founder Luc Besson, who directed the movie.

On Tuesday, EuropaCorp announced that it was bringing in Stx Entertainment, the studio behind “Bad Moms” and “The Gift,” to oversee the marketing and distribution of “Valerian.” The two companies have signed a multi-year pact that will find EuropaCorp outsourcing its theatrical distribution team.

“Due to Luc’s track record and the excitement surrounding the upcoming release of ‘Valerian’ and a number of other factors, we found ourselves in the attractive position of being courted by many different
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EuropaCorp, Stx in Us distribution deal

Three-year deal will see Stx release Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets plus three other EuropaCorp films in 2017.

Stx Motion Pictures Group and EuropaCorp Films USA have signed a three-year deal for Stx to handle Us theatrical marketing and distribution of EuropaCorp’s upcoming features.

The first four films under the deal, all to be released in 2017, are comic book adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (pictured), written and directed by Besson; The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson; Lone Scherfig’s UK-set romantic comedy Their Finest; and heist adventure Renegades, written by Besson and Richard Wenk and directed by Steven Quale.

According to a statement from the companies, EuropaCorp will maintain its 50% ownership of Red alongside the new arrangement with Stx. EuropaCorp formed distribution and marketing operation Red in 2014 with Relativity Media and before Relativity hit financial trouble the joint venture had been expected to release Valerian in the Us
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Stx, EuropaCorp in Us distribution deal

Three-year deal will see Stx release ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ plus three other EuropaCorp films in 2017.

Stx Motion Pictures Group and EuropaCorp Films USA have signed a three-year deal for Stx to handle Us theatrical marketing and distribution of EuropaCorp’s upcoming features.

The first four films under the deal, all to be released in 2017, are comic book adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, written and directed by Besson; The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson; Lone Scherfig’s UK-set romantic comedy Their Finest; and heist adventure Renegades, written by Besson and Richard Wenk and directed by Steven Quale.

According to a statement from the companies, EuropaCorp will maintain its 50% ownership of Red alongside the new arrangement with Stx. EuropaCorp formed distribution and marketing operation Red in 2014 with Relativity Media and before Relativity hit financial trouble the joint venture had been expected to release Valerian in the Us.

But
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EuropaCorp, Stx Enter Distribution and Marketing Agreement, ‘Valerian’ Part of Deal

EuropaCorp, Stx Enter Distribution and Marketing Agreement, ‘Valerian’ Part of Deal
Stx Motion Pictures Group will lend its marketing and distribution heft to EuropaCorp Films USA as past of a new, three-year agreement between the two studios.

The move comes as EuropaCorp has been looking for outside distribution help for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” a sci-fi epic from company founder Luc Besson. The agreement was also announced as EuropaCorp has been dealing with the fallout from Relativity Media’s bankruptcy and troubled attempts to regain its financial footing. The two companies run Red, a marketing and distribution joint-venture that was formed in 2014. Relativity has not paid its share of the overhead for months. EuropaCorp said it will maintain a 50% stake in Red. Variety exclusively reported that EuropaCorp was seeking outside distribution for “Valerian” and had spoken to Stx. Variety also revealed that Relativity was not fulfilling its financial commitments to Red.

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J.K. Simmons Leads A Team Of Renegades In First Trailer For Upcoming Heist Caper

Five Navy SEALs, $300 million in lost gold, one incredible mission – what could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, as the explosive first trailer for crime caper Renegades attests.

Placing the Oscar-winning J.K. Simmons in the role of a no-nonsense army chief – seen here barking orders in a manner that evokes memories of WhiplashRenegades takes place in 1995 Sarajevo, where a crack team of SEALs fly off the radar in a bid to recover a stash of lost Nazi gold from the icy depths of the Bosnian lake. Complicating matters is the fact that they’re deep within enemy territory, setting the stage for nail-biting chase sequences, firefights, and plenty of explosive set-pieces.

Hatched by Taken‘s Luc Besson and Richard Wenk, EuropaCorp is the studio behind the action-thriller, and even from the reveal trailer alone, it’s clear that Besson and co. are looking to tap into a similar over-the-top
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