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The explosive new action thriller Wild Card is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, March 31. To celebrate, we have a new featurette excerpt from the special features which takes a closer look at the story of Wild Card. The film follows a bodyguard (Jason Statham) who goes after the sadistic thug who beat-up his friend, only to find that the object of his wrath is the son of a powerful mob boss.
Wild Card producer Steve Chasman is on hand to provide more insight into the scripting process. He is joined by star Jason Statham, who sits down on the set of the film to provide an "insider's prospective" on his character, Nick Wild. Get closer to Nick as the two discuss the complexities that make up this character and the demons he battles both inside and outside in Sin City.
Watch and learn more about the exciting release of Wild Card! »
Piles of noirish exposition get the better of Jason Statham in this unpleasantly retrograde crime drama. What happened in Vegas should have stayed there. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): Simon West must be stopped
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I understand why Jason Statham might want to expand his onscreen horizons. I don’t think he has it in him, but I get it. What I don’t get is: Why choose, for such a creative endeavor, this regressive throwback, which would have been unpleasantly backward-looking in the mid 1980s, when William Goldman published the novel it’s based on? (It was first adapted by Goldman himself for film in 1986, starring Burt Reynolds and titled Heat, and it wasn’t met with applause then, either.) Honestly, when I saw that Goldman was credited with the script here, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Why does Hollywood only tend to remake films that were perfectly good in the first place? Surely it makes sense to take a rough diamond and give it a good polish? Wild Card shows you should be careful for what you wish for. This remake of 1986 Burt Reynolds flop Heat, adapted by legendary screenwriter William Goldman from his own novel, is a stale and misguided mess.
Jason Statham heads ever closer to complete self-parody with his role as Nick Wild, a tough guy who lives off protection jobs in Las Vegas while struggling with a gambling addiction. He soon becomes embroiled in a vicious spat with Milo Ventimiglia's contrived villain Danny DeMarco, who possesses the same comedy goatee and menace as Albert Square icon Beppe Di Marco.
Wild Card is littered with »
Director: Simon West
Running Time: 92 minutes
Synopsis: Nick Wild (Statham) runs a private security business in Las Vegas, and he has a gambling problem. After crossing paths with a woman from his past he finds himself caught up with one of the local gangsters Danny DeMarco (Ventimiglia), and has one night to make it out of Vegas.
Those who have seen the trailer will be expecting Wild Card to be yet another Jason Statham action film, full of explosive fight sequences and witty put-downs. Sadly all of the expected action is only what is glimpsed during the trailer, with the film more of a drama than all-out action movie.
That in itself wouldn’t be too bad were it not for the film’s distinct lack of direction. The opening sequence, which sees »
- Kat Smith
Although Supergirl, Catwoman and Elektra are movies that exist, there are times when we wish they didn’t. To be honest, the ‘perfect’ female-headlined superhero movie is still the stuff of our cinematic dreams. Saying that, TV’s Agent Carter provided us with a brilliant example of bringing a female comic book character to the small screen earlier this year, which hopefully Hollywood will learn a lot from going forward.
Of course, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will be joining their respective cinematic universes soon, with Supergirl getting a pop at small screen success too. It looks like female comic book heroes will be getting the attention they deserve in the live action realm, finally.
This isn’t the first time the powers-that-be in Hollywood have tried to launch a slate of female superheroes, »
The man who brought us Tomb Raider, Con Air and The Expendables 2 is this week bringing us the latest Jason Statham vehicle, Wild Card. The film is a modern retelling of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film Heat which in turn is based on a novel by William Goldman. Nick Wild, played by Jason Statham, runs a personal security agency in Las Vegas. He is desperate to escape Vegas’ clutches but his gambling addiction is making that hard to do. After helping out a female friend he finds himself on the wrong side of the local mob and has to leave, or die trying.
The production sees Statham and West re-team for the third time, having previously worked together on both The Mechanic and The Expendables 2. Although known for his big Hollywood action flicks, West is actually British and started out directing commercials and worked on several high profile BBC shows including Bleak House. »
- Kat Smith
Con Air director’s film has banked £1.8m ($2.7m), according to the production.
The film hit its crowdfunding target of £1.8m ($2.7m) on March 14 with additional investment available until next weekend.
The project is raising money through platform SyndicateRoom with investors promised a stake in the film’s profits.
The rest of the film’s $10m budget is due to be raised through angel investment, tax credit returns and pre-sales.
Carnaby handles sales on the film and has inked pre-sales with Indonesia (Pt Prima Cinema), Bulgaria, Czech Republic & Slovakia, Former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania (Prorom), Poland (Kino Swiat), Israel (Five Stars), Middle East (Gulf Film) and Turkey (Central Park).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Join us for a night of beer, pizza and Statham, as we present a London preview screening of Wild Card...
Arriving in cinemas on Friday March 20th in the UK is the new film from the mighty Statham. We like Jason Statham a lot, regular readers may be aware, and his latest project is Wild Card, a remake of the Burt Reynolds 80s movie Heat (no, not that Heat). With a screenplay from William Goldman and Con Air director Simon West at the helm, the film follows The Statham as recovering gambling addict Nick Wild, who ends up in trouble with the mob.
As a consequence, there is fighting, playing cards and a bit a fruity language.
Here is the poster for the film...
To salute the return of The Statham to the big screen, we're putting on a special preview screening in London - around the Oxford Street area - on Thursday 19th March. »
Disney has become well aware that even releasing just the tiniest hint of news about Star Wars is enough to send the blogs into a feeding frenzy. One of those bad habits is studios staking a claim on a calendar date far out in the future. And they’ve now revealed that the release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII will be May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson has also officially been confirmed to direct the film, with Josh Trank in line to direct yet another standalone film. No word on a subtitle for Episode VIII just yet, but one of the other unknown, nebulous Star Wars projects does; the first of the Star Wars spinoffs starring Felicity Jones is now known as Rogue One. I’ll leave that to you in the interwebs to figure out what that vague title actually refers to.
After making two of this generation’s defining war films, »
- Brian Welk
Director Simon West has a history of action—Con Air, Tomb Raider, The Expendables 2—and when he has dipped into our realm, it resulted in the truly terrible remake of When A Stranger Calls. So it’s not surprising the filmmaker seems reticent to call his upcoming The Blob remake horror, or that he plans to physically distance the film by making…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Stars: Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Dominik García-Lorido, Milo Ventimiglia, Stanley Tucci, Max Casella, Jason Alexander, Sofía Vergara, Anne Heche, Matthew Willig | Written by William Goldman | Directed by Simon West
Nick Wild (Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes…and this time, it’s all or nothing.
How the mighty have fallen… You’d never guess watching Wild Card that it came from the pen of Academy Award-winning writer William Goldman. Yes, the highly-regarded novelist-turned-screenwriter who was responsible for the screenplays for films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, »
- Phil Wheat
Jason Statham's latest Wild Card sees him team up for a third time with director Simon West, after The Mechanic and The Expendables 2, in Wild Card, adding Nick Wild to his collection of hard men roles, a lethal Las Vegas body guard with a gambling problem and a score to settle with the local mob. It may seem like it will add up to the usual Statham fare, but the combination of West and screen writer William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All The President's Men) does promise something a bit deeper than Nick Wild just going........wild on people, as you can see from the clip below. Wild Card hits cinemas on this side of the on March 20th. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Out on the publicity trail for his Jason Statham thriller Wild Card, director Simon West has been fielding questions about his next project, a remake of the '50s horror The Blob. Explaining his approach, and the angles that most attracted him, he promises that it will be "on a much bigger canvas than the originals".The first Blob introduced Steve McQueen to the moviegoing world. Larry Hagman directed sequel Beware! The Blob in the '70s. The surprisingly excellent '80s remake starred Kevin Dillon and had a screenplay by Frank Darabont. The latest version was previously growing under the Weinsteins' roof at Dimension (Rob Zombie flirted with it for a while), but is now taking shape at Goldcrest.The original Blob came from space, while the '80s version was a Cold War experiment gone wrong. The latest incarnation, West confirms, will be "more sci-fi" again."[The previous films] were much more small, »
It seems like Hollywood has been trying to remake The Blob ever since Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith last faced the deadly gelatinous alien all the way back in the 1988 remake. For a long while, it looked like Rob Zombie was going to resurrect the classic sci-fi title as a new franchise, but that version of the movie never moved forward. Last year, it was announced that The Expendables 2 and Con Air director Simon West would be taking the helm. Now, talking with Den of Geeks, he has opened up about his plans. And it sounds like this will be a much-more action oriented horror outing.
This reboot will actually give The Blob a backstory. The monster at the center of this new tale is compared to the Xenomorphs from Alien and the interplanetary hunters from Predator. And this oozing slime will be just as believable as the dinosaurs in the original Jurassic Park. »
Director Simon West has dropped a gamut of new details of his forthcoming reboot of The Blob. The remake was announced in January of this year and at the time, the Con Air helmer revealed that his take on the 1950s classic would embrace current technological advances to truly revitalize the seminal property. “With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob,” he stated at the time, and has since followed up that tidbit while chatting with the folks over at Den Of Geek.
The 1958 original starred Steve McQueen as a youngster in a small Pennsylvanian town overrun by a gelatinous goop – The Blob – that begins to transmogrify as it consumes the townsfolk. Will West’s version spin that similar fable or follow the 1988 remake?
Yeah, it’s definitely going to be on a much bigger canvas than the originals, which were much more small, niche genre horror movies. »
- Gem Seddon
A few months back, news broke that Con Air director Simon West was going to be remaking The Blob. It sounded like a smart move as The Blob is a horror franchise that’s somehow simultaneously incredibly well-known, but also not incredibly popular. Everyone has heard of it and knows the premise just based on the title, […]
The post Simon West’s ‘Blob’ Remake Will Give the Blob More Backstory appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
The original 1958 indie sci-fi horror film "The Blob" depicts a growing alien amoeba that eats citizens of a small Pennsylvania community. The 1988 remake helmed by Chuck Russell though plays up the horror angle more, using gruesome but inventive make-up effects to portray the creature.
Filmmaker Simon West ("Con Air," "The Expendables 2"), the man at the helm of the newest incarnation, tells Scree Relish that the upcoming second remake will have more of a sci-fi and suspense feel to it which means the creature itself will not be seen much:
"It's going to be much more sci-fi than the original. It's a bigger scale type of movie. It's more Alien meets Predator and designing the creature is a long and involved process cause its very sophisticated. It's not going to be the goo pouring through windows. So, that’s taking a while to design and construct that."
Richard Saperstein and »
- Garth Franklin
Back in January it was announced that Simon West was being given the keys to direct a remake of the horror classic "The Blob." The news garnered some attention, but didn't exactly make huge waves, probably because West isn't the most exciting name to be talking about. His debut with the action classic "Con Air" has forever remained his high mark, with a serious dip in quality ever since, culminating in this year's forgettable Jason Statham flick, "Wild Card," which was barely released into theaters. But West is talking a big game about what he plans to do with the Steve McQueen starrer. He promises a "bigger canvas" and a movie more rooted in "sci-fi," and then sets a pretty high bar for himself to clear. "The blob itself will be more sophisticated, more along the lines of 'Alien' and 'Predator,' and things like that — much more science-based, the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In January, it was revealed that Con Air director Simon West had signed on to direct a remake of The Blob, the 1958 film which has already spawned a sequel (1972's Beware! The Blob) and a really underrated 1988 sequel.
As part of the latest remake's announcement, West was quoted as saying, "With modern CGI we can now fully realise the potential of The Blob".
This got us thinking: what is the potential West sees in The Blob? Would he use CGI to create, say, a massive, skyscraper-flattening monster - one that would have been difficult to convincingly achieve years ago? Or something else entirely?
It was revealed last month that Simon West (Con Air) would be taking on the next big screen remake of The Blob, which he looks to get underway once the promotional tour for Wild Card is out of the way. He’s also got plans to take his version away from previous attempts.
“[It] takes a little more planning because we’ve got to design the creature,” he told Screen Relish. “It’s going to be much more sci-fi than the original. It’s a bigger scale type of movie. It’s more Alien meets Predator and designing the creature is a long and involved process cause its very sophisticated. It’s not going to be the goo pouring through windows. So, that’s taking a while to design and construct that.”
- Luke Owen
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