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This weekend will see the release of The Expendables 3, the latest in a series featuring all your favorite action stars from the 80s and 90s in the same movie. This series is a one trick pony – all your favorite action stars from the past reuniting to relive their collective glory days – but it is a trick I’d happily watch for seven more films. I remember when the first film came out I told my dad I went to see it and loved it, and when he asked what it was I just named the cast. He remarked that that movie would sound cool if it was made in the 90s. I replied oblivious to the dig with “Yeah, it’s awesome, right?” – The fact that these were all action heroes past their prime was the point.
One of the reasons why I enjoy writing and thinking about the »
- Dylan Griffin
How do you rank perfection? Duncan has a go, as he lists the top 25 Jason Statham films...
For regular Den Of Geek readers, it will come as little surprise to see this list come round. We've chosen our favourite Statham films before, but such is the productivity of the great man, it was decided that a mere top ten was no longer large enough to contain his ever growing body of work. Last time I mentioned updating this piece to the man himself back in 2012 due to his insane workload, he cracked up and responded, “My productivity is overwhelming! 'Have a fucking day off!'”
Since this list has now expanded to encompass 25 of his movies, it seemed only right to include multiple sequels, with his big trio of action franchises all spawning some thoroughly entertaining fare worthy of mention, though I’ve tried to exclude the personal bias that »
As The Expandables 3 arrives in the UK, Duncan meets Terry Crews for a chat about action, working with Sly and the sequel's PG-13 rating...
Now this doesn’t happen every day. I don’t mean having some face to face time with the lovely man mountain that is Terry Crews, but meeting someone who actually seemed to love The Expendables franchise even more than me. As the gang’s own Hale Caesar, Crews was able to blend his former NFL physique and combine it with his background in comedy acting to great effect, and it’s amazing that his action movie roles have been so few and far between on his CV, but he’s a man who clearly loves the genre and all its underappreciated virtues.
For those of you who have yet to see the hysterical Brooklyn Nine-Nine (the first season of which finished earlier this year) it comes highly recommended, »
Director: Patrick Hughes; Screenwriters: Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt; Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammar, Ronda Rousey, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Kellan Lutz, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren Running time: 126 mins; Certificate: 12A
There's only so much goodwill one can muster for the procession of dishonoured or geriatric movie icons wheeled back into service for this dismal third instalment of Sylvester Stallone's Expendables franchise. While the movie is full of death-defying escapes, all the star power in the world can't overcome two insurmountable obstacles - an abysmally structured script that sorely tests the patience and inexplicably ineffective direction that reduces big name entrances to a whimper and turns every set piece into an alienating and incoherent whirl of bangs and flashes.
(Cbr) In a perfect world, "Con Air 2" already exists. It once again stars Nicolas Cage as Cameron Poe and John Cusack as Vince Larkin, except this time, they battle an army of cyborg prisoners who have contracted Cyrus the Virus, all aboard a prison vessel floating toward Mars. Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world. As such, "Con Air in Space" doesn’t exist. But Simon West shares that vision of perfection. Speaking with Screen Daily, the man behind "Con Air" and "The Expendables 2" talked about how he would only make a sequel to the 1997 action film if he could really push it outside of the box — outside of our planet, actually. “There are always rumors about a 'Con Air 2,'” he said. “I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. 'Con Air' in space, for example — a studio version »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Nicholas Cage. He’s a rather odd character. He somehow manages to both be a phenomenal actor and an incredibly rubbish one. His CV sees him straddle the serious dramas as well as the over-the-top popcorn fodder flicks. He also has a vast array of artificial hair.
One of his most iconic so-bad-its-good roles is that of Cameron Poe in Con Air. Directed by Simon West the film saw a group of convicts take over an airplane (hence the name). Cage’s character was the unlikely hero as he took down a whole heap of adversaries. So beloved by fans talks of a sequel have been floating around for some time though it is only recently that West has offered his thoughts on the direction of the sequel. From what he had to say he is clearly just as ‘out-there’ as Cage with him expressing a desire to set it in space. »
- Kat Smith
When your directorial debut is “Con Air,” that one-time TNT staple with Nicolas Cage sporting a sweet mullet, you’re pretty much guaranteed to continue working in that lower-tier Jerry Bruckheimer mold. Director Simon West, however, seems intent on bucking that trend with a very curious project. ScreenDaily is reporting that the “Stolen” director is currently developing “a TV series about London’s music scene in the 1960s” and he’s somehow roped The Who into helping him do it. The show – tentatively called “Mods and Rockers” – will take some inspiration from the English band’s sixth studio album, the rock opera-cum-double-album, Quadrophenia, which is set in 1965 London and Brighton, and founding members Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend are eyeing to co-produce the show as well as handle the music duties. As West describes it, the show “will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider. »
- Cain Rodriguez
After grossing $223 million worldwide, there have been several attempts to make a sequel to Nicolas Cage's "Con Air" action film. And according to direct Simon West, there are many ways of making that happen, including setting the story in space. "There are always rumors about a 'Con Air 2.' I would do it if it was completely turned on its head," he explained. "'Con Air' in space, for example . a studio version where they're all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys. Something shocking. If it was clever writing it could work." It's not clear if West has actually pitched the project to the studio or how realistic all of this is. But back in 2011, West revealed that he planning to speak to Cage about the project. "I'd like to do 'Con Air 2', »
Well, here's a news story we weren't expecting to write, as director Simon West has been discussing the possibility of a Con Air sequel… set in space! Despite seventeen years having passed since the first film was released, West is still keen on the idea of a follow-up, provided the idea behind it is strong enough. “There are always rumours about a Con Air 2," says West. "I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example." "A studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are...
- Total Film
A sequel to the 1997 action thriller has been mooted for several years, with West telling Screen Daily that he may be tempted to start developing the project.
"I would do it if it was completely turned on its head," he said. "Con Air in space, for example. A studio version where they're all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys.
"Something shocking. If it was clever writing it could work".
Con Air starred Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich and Steve Buscemi among others. It centred around a newly-released prisoner and war hero (Cage), who finds himself trapped on a prisoner transport plane taken over by the convicts.
In 2012, John Cusack said that he would be up for returning in a potential sequel, »
The Who read a five star live review
The director of Con Air and The Expendables 2 is reportedly wooing the Who to collaborate on a TV show about English rocknroll in the 1960s. Simon West has described Mods and Rockers as an international series that takes place in the same kind of world as Quadrophenia.
According to a report by Screen Daily, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are in talks to co-produce Mods and Rockers, overseeing music for the proposed eight-part series. West, who also directed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, seems to be envisioning a program in the vein of True Detective: Id like to ... shoot all episodes of a series in one go, back to back, then split them up, he said. That way I »
- Sean Michaels
Possibly the finest old school Hollywood action movie of the 1990s was the peerless Con Air, a film that took a marvellous collection of characters, and put most of them on a plane for the movie. Furthermore, the film boasted Nicolas Cage at the height of his action movie powers. And the rabbit/box interface moment.
There's been chatter from time to time about a Con Air 2, but never really much substance to it. Director Simon West has never ruled it out though, and in a new interview with Screen Daily, he's said that "there are always rumours about a Con Air 2".
But what would tempt him to do it? "I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example - a studio version where they »
Set the bar as high or as low as you want: one of the great American action movies of the nineties is Simon West's Con Air: a bombastically ridiculous slice of Jerry Bruckheimer excess where one man must stand alone against a plane taken over by vicious convicts. Simon West took what was, on paper, another Die Hard variation (Die Hard On A Prison Plane!) and loaded it with brutal R-Rated thrills, outsized characters and a self-mocking sense of humor that set it apart from its peers. For years, fans have speculated about the follow-up. And so has director Simon West, it seems. Now all we need is an executive crazy enough to make Con Air 2. Simon West spoke to ScreenDaily about his new project Salty when the conversation turned to a potential Con Air 2. And West was prepared. Oh, was he prepared. "There are always rumors about »
Not exactly one of Jerry Bruckheimer crowning achievements but a beloved cult classic none the less (like Patrick Swayze's "best" film in the fictional town of Jasper, Missouri). Love it or hate it, Con Air did rake in $223 million at the box office worldwide. Regardless of the critics, director Simon West wants to direct a sequel...in space.
In an interview with Screen Daily he says: There are always rumors about a Con Air 2. I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys. Something shocking. If it was clever writing it could work.
This type of mindset should not come as complete shock considering he has been entertaining audiences with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jonathan M Cook)
Action specialist Simon West has turned to crowdfunding to finance his action-comedy “Salty” — with backers receiving an actual stake.
The British director made the announcement Wednesday on the U.K. SyndicateRoom crowdfunding platform through a video that touted his background directing “The Expendables 2,” “Con Air,” “The General’s Daughter” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”
“Salty” is centered on an aging rock star who’s persuaded by his wife to take a holiday in Thailand, where she’s kidnapped by pirates while elephant trekking. West will direct from Mark Haskell Smith’s script, adapted from his novel of the same name.
“I’ve shot films all over the world,” West says in the video. “‘Salty’ is a great project for me because it’s full of humor, heartwarming characters, great action.”
West said he wants to go outside the studio system.
“During my two decades in the movie business I »
- Dave McNary
Nicolas Cage starred in the original as a good-hearted ex-con stuck on a transport plane carrying the worst prisoners in the United States. Things quickly take a turn when the prisoners seize control of the plane.
Now, West has spoken with Screen Daily about the possibility of a sequel - something he says he wouldn't consider unless it was truly surprising:
"There are always rumors about a Con Air 2. I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example - a studio version where they're all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys. Something shocking. »
- Garth Franklin
If you have read any of my news articles, you will probably be aware that the consistency of reboots, remakes, and sequels coming out of Hollywood has irked me, as it has irked many of us in recent years. But what I think is most annoying about all of these reboots is how seriously they seem to take themselves. There’s just no fun in the movies any more. Well, if Con Air director Simon West has his way, Con Air 2 could bring some fun back to the movies by launching a bunch of criminals into space.
That’s right: if Con Air 2 ever gets made (and that’s a big If), Simon West would very much like for it to be Con Air in Space. Here’s what the director said in talking with Screen Daily (via Collider):
I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Just a couple weeks ago, we celebrated Con-Air day (find out what that means here), and now director Simon West has revealed that he has interest in a sequel to the 1997 action thriller starring Nicolas Cage. However, his idea for a follow-up sounds absolutely insane, and the kind of insane that just might get people into theaters. Speaking to ScreenDaily, The Expendables 2 director said, "I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys." West continued that it would be to be, "Something shocking. If it was clever writing it could work.” I'm not so sure that an idea like that counts as clever writing, but someone out there has to »
- Ethan Anderton
Con Air is a guilty pleasure of many film fans. The movie followed a former Us Ranger/newly released ex-con (Nicholas Cage) who finds himself trapped on a prisoner transport plane as the passengers take control of the aircraft. The action film made $223 million worldwide when it was released in 1997, and who knows how much on home video […]
- Peter Sciretta
Con Air hit theaters in June of 1997 and has since gone on to solidify itself as a ridiculous, albeit great, action movie. I was rejected from the box office at least five times trying to get into this movie without an adult; I would eventually watch it at home ad nauseam eventually killing my VHS copy. A sequel to the movie has been floating around certain corners of the blogosphere for years; not surprisingly since Simon West’s directorial debut went on to earn over $220 million »
- Graham McMorrow
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