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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.
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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. »
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.
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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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. »
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 »
- Brent Lang
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 »
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.
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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