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Burt Reynolds starred in the 1986 original, portraying a recovering gambling addict who finds work providing protection to his friends. Goldman also wrote that script.
The film has been sold to Lionsgate in the U.K., Dutch Filmworks in Benelux, Spi in Eastern Europe, Universum Film/Rtl in Germany, Klockworx in Japan, Nordisk in Scandinavia, Sun Distribution Group in Latin America and Star Alliance in China. »
- Dave McNary
Burt Reynolds starred in the original, portraying a recovering gambling addict who finds work providing protection to his friends.
- Dave McNary
The first two entries in The Expendables franchise were over-the-top homages to 80′s action flicks. Do they work? It doesn’t matter — they don’t need to work in order to accomplish their mission, which is to provide mindless fun. This probably has a lot to do with the people who directed them — The Expendables was helmed and produced by Sylvester Stallone (whom I consider a wild card in the movie industry), whereas The Expendables 2 was championed by Simon West.
The latter found some box-office success with When a Stranger Calls and The Mechanic, but also directed last year’s Taken rip-off Stolen, a total flop. This time, however, we’re left scratching our heads as Australian director Patrick Hughes has been announced to direct The Expendables 3.
“Patrick who?” you may ask. Well, we know he directed Red Hill. That’s it, though. What’s Stallone thinking? Is »
- Paulo Lazo
The movie is the big screen adaptation of William Goldman's eponymous novel.
2013 is set to be a busy year for the actor, who was last seen in "Jack The Giant Slayer".
- Meeta Kabra
The remake of Heat starring Jason Statham got knocked down a couple pegs recently when Brian De Palma opted not to direct, and Con-Air and The Expendables 2 helmer Simon West took over. While West is good at fun action, it would have been nice to see someone like De Palma work with Statham. Anyway, the film is still on track and recently Sofia Vergara joined the cast. Now some more supporting members have turned up as Deadline reports Stanley Tucci, Michael Angarano, Anne Heche, Hope Davis, Milo Ventimiglia and Cedric the Entertainer have all joined the the remake of the 1986 thriller. More below! For those just joining us, Statham is playing Nick Escalante, a compulsive gambler who works "security" jobs in Las Vegas. When his prostitute friend (Vergara) gets roughed up by a sadistic member of the mob, Escalante turns vigilante and heads out for revenge. Angarano will play »
- Ethan Anderton
It centres around Statham as a gambling addict mercenary working for hire in Las Vegas.
Simon West.s remake of the 1986 film Heat, with Jason Statham in the Burt Reynolds role, is ramping up production by adding even more supporting cast members. Earlier we reported that West has recruited Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia in a supporting role. Today, three more high-profile character actors have joined the cast as production rolls along in New Orleans. Deadline reports that Statham will be joined by Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche and Cedric the Entertainer in the action thriller. Heat has nothing to do with Michael Mann.s police procedural with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Instead, it is based on a William Goldman novel that casts the Transporter star as an ex-mercenary and a gambling addict working as a bodyguard in Las Vegas. No mention on whom the new additions will be playing in West.s film. Previous cast members include Sophia Vergara and Michael Angarano, so West »
We’ve got some new casting news covering a few different film genres: Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, and Cedric the Entertainer have joined Jason Statham’s upcoming action flick Heat, about a gambling addict and ex-mercenary named Nick (played by Statham) working for hire in Las Vegas. Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) has reportedly landed the role of the leading lady in Afonso Poyart’s upcoming film Solace, which will also star Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins. Veep star Timothy Simons has joined Ivan Reitman’s NFL comedy Draft Day, where he will play Marx, a Cleveland Browns scout with a big personality. Hit the jump for more information on each casting bit, folks. In Statham’s action remake Heat, Deadline reports that Tucci, Heche, and Cedric the Entertainer join a stacked cast that includes Hope Davis, Milo Ventimiglia, Sophia Vergara, Michael Angarano, and Dominik Garcia-Lorido. Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman (The Princess Bride »
- Gabe Chase
Simon West's Heat remake is up one more familiar face. Joining Jason Statham in the film is Milo Ventimiglia, who may be best known for playing the starring role of Peter Petrelli in NBC's Heroes, or on the feature side, as the title character's son in Rocky Balboa. Heat will have Jason Statham filling the shoes (but probably not the mustache) of Burt Reynolds, who starred in the original 1986 film based on William Goldman's novel about a bodyguard working in Las Vegas. In addition to penning the novel, Goldman wrote the screenplay for the original film, and he also wrote the adapted screenplay for the one West is directing. The Wrap says Ventimiglia has been cast to play Danny, "the son of a prominent businessman with ties to a mobster and casino owner named Baby." In an effort to keep himself safe and covered wherever he goes, he »
Ventimilgia will portray the son of a powerful businessman who’s friends with a mobster and casino owner.
Burt Reynolds starred in the original about a recovering gambling addict who finds work providing protection to his friends.
He is repped by CAA and Management 360. »
- Dave McNary
Milo Ventimiglia has been cast in a lead role opposite Jason Statham in "Heat," a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds movie of the same name. Ventimiglia ("Heroes") will play Danny DeMarco, a role portrayed by Neil Barry in the original. Danny is the son of a prominent businessman with ties to a mobster and casino owner named Baby. Given his father's connections, arrogant Danny believes himself to untouchable and travels with two bodyguards to make sure he remains untouchable. Also read: Simon West to Direct Jason Statham in 'Heat' Remake Statham is taking over »
- Greg Gilman
Though Mechanic duo Simon West and Jason Statham are already hard at work on their next remake, a new version of 1986 Burt Reynolds pic Heat, they’ve found time to add a few new cast members, with Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, Cedric The Entertainer, Hope Davis and Milo Ventimiglia all signing on. This is not to be confused with either the Michael Mann film or the upcoming Sandra Bullock / Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat.Based, like the original film, on William Goldman’s novel (with Goldman back on script duties), Heat finds Statham as a recovering gambling addict who just can’t seem to stay away from the world that nearly destroyed him the first time.He works offering his security services to wealthy players, becoming known for his trademark of eschewing guns in favour of his trusty quick fists and the odd bit of knife use. But then a »
Sneak Peek a new TV pilot adapting author Leslie Charteris' "The Saint", directed by Simon West ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider") starring Adam Rayner as master thief /vigilante 'Simon Templar', with James Remar, Enrique Murciano, Thomas Kretschmann, Greg Grunberg, the original TV 'Saint' Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy and Eliza Dushku.
'The Saint' character has been featured in a long-running series of books by Charteris published between 1928 and 1963.
The books have previously been adapted for several motion pictures, radio dramas, comic strips, comic books and three television series.
Templar is known as 'The Saint' because of his initials (St) and because his heroic exploits fly in the face of an otherwise nefarious reputation.
Templar has aliases, often using the initials 'S.T.' such as 'Sebastian Tombs' or 'Sugarman Treacle'.
His true name is unknown, and the name 'Templar' was adopted at an early age »
- Michael Stevens
One of pulp fiction's most enduring characters, The Saint, could be headed back to TV.
A new version of "The Saint" starring Adam Rayner ("Hunted," "Hawthorne") as Simon Templar, a Robin Hood-esque master thief, could be coming to a TV screen near you. Eliza Dushku ("Dollhouse," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") also stars as Patricia Holm, Templar's on-and-off love interest in author Leslie Charteris' novels.
Jesse Alexander ("Alias," "Heroes") wrote the script for the new incarnation, which also features cameos by Roger Moore, who starred as The Saint in a long-running 1960s series, and Ian Ogilvy, who revived the character in the 1970s. Simon West ("Con Air," "Keen Eddie") directed it.
The show doesn't yet have a place to air, but its producers are hoping to change that by screening the pilot at the Miptv market in Cannes next week.
“The Saint” is apparently pretty popular, because there hasn’t been one TV series, there have been two in the past. Now you can add a third, with Adam Rayner (of Cinemax’s short-lived “Hunted” with Melissa George) slipping on the halo as the titular master thief/expert at everything Simon Templar. This time around, though, Templar’s got a sexy hacker/kick-ass co-star in Eliza Dushku. Check out the first trailer for the new “Saint” TV series, the pilot episode of which was directed by feature film director Simon West. Like most extended trailers for TV shows, this one basically gives away the entire pilot from start to finish. They have to, it’s how they try to hook you into showing up for the show. “The Saint” also stars James Remar, Enrique Murciano, Thomas Kretschmann, and Greg Grunberg. Roger Moore, who starred as Templar in the 1960s version »
Here is an exclusive first look at Adam Rayner as Simon Templar. Rayner and Eliza Dushku topline the latest take on Leslie Charteris’ 70-book The Saint franchise. The backdoor pilot was directed by Simon West from a script by Jesse Alexander. Brad Krevoy’s film and TV production company Mpca is behind the project, which will be screened at Miptv next week, with Mpca’s Francisco Gonzalez handling international sales. There is interest in the series from U.S. networks. Co-starring in The Saint are James Remar, Enrique Murciano, Thomas Kretschmann, Greg Grunberg and the two men who played the Templar in the previous two Saint TV series, Roger Moore and Ian Ogilvy. Click here to view the embedded video. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Rumors about a "Tomb Raider" reboot have been swirling, particularly since the video game franchise was resurrected by publishers Square Enix Ltd. to rave reviews, selling more than 3 million units worldwide since its release.
Now, MGM has acquired film rights to the video game series, and a new "Tomb Raider" is on the horizon. "We didn't want to see a film version that was a continuation of the old 'Tomb Raider' films," developer Crystal Dynamics' chief Darrell Gallagher said. MGM will work with Gk Films ("The Departed," "Gangs of New York," "World War Z") to develop the actioner, aiming to emphasize a character-driven storyline with fun and epic adventures.
Simon West's 2001 adaptation of the game made Angelina Jolie a household name, but the new film will focus on a younger and less experienced Lara Croft, instead of the female Indiana Jones Jolie was portrayed as. From that perspective, »
- Alison Nastasi
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Terence Malick gone a bit mainstream for you? Then try this latest litmus test, in which Mexican auteur Reygadas takes his penchant for striking imagery and disjointed narratives to commendably ambitious/infuriatingly inscrutable extremes. Centred on a troubled architect and his family, it's a shuffled jigsaw puzzle involving class tensions, rugby, swingers' parties and an animated Satan.
Jack The Giant Slayer (12A)
Another souped-up fairytale offering commercially calibrated spectacle rather than genuine wonder. The promising cast and giant budget amount to a hill of beans.
TV's celebrity culture exuberantly satirised, »
- Steve Rose
Mark Duplass has scored a key role, while Susan Sarandon is in early talks to join the New Line comedy "Tammy" about a woman (Melissa McCarthy) who loses her job and discovers her husband is cheating, then hits the asphalt with her foul-mouthed grandmother.
She meets a man (Duplass) on her trip and they develop a strange relationship. McCarthy wrote »
- Garth Franklin
In the remake, just as in the original, Statham is a recovering gambling addict who make his money offering protection services.
Heat is set to hit theaters August 7, 2014.
One more thing, the gorgeous Sofia Vergara is also in the movie, which gives me the perfect excuse to include a pic of her.
Source: Deadline »
- Philip Sticco
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