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Fox has recently announced a reboot for the ailing League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen franchise. We take a look at its options...
It's probably fair to say that with news breaking recently to the effect that Fox are planning to reboot The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, their Alan Moore-created literary super-team franchise, reactions were a trifle mixed. For ardent fans of the original graphic novels, the response was polarised between excitement and disgust; to those whose only exposure to the League was the much maligned 2003 film adaptation starring Sean Connery, the announcement was most probably met with an iceberg of apathy floating amidst a sea of indifference.
In case you're unaware of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, it was created by Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill in the late 90s. The original incarnation of The League are a disparate group of Victorian-era public domain literary characters, brought together by »
Thanks to some delays in production, it's taken a long time for the new season of Strike Back to make it to our TV screens. We already know that it's the final season of the action series on Cinemax so there's no worry about the action series being cancelled. Was it worth the wait? Will it bring great ratings? Stay tuned.
On the final season of Strike Back, Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) of the elite British intelligence undercover unit Section 20 set out to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok. They quickly realize that what seems to be a simple kidnapping is actually the first step in a massive terrorist plot with global implications. The rest of the cast includes Robson Green, Michelle Lukes, and Milauna Jackson.
Note: This is considered the fifth season in the UK where the series »
Starz today announced it has secured exclusive U.S. premium rights to, and will co-produce the 6-episode original miniseries “Close to the Enemy,” written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, with Helen Flint, Hilary Bevan Jones and Colin Callender, serving as Executive Producers. Set in a bomb-damaged London hotel during the aftermath of World War II, “Close to the Enemy” is a thriller that follows British intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson, whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter, hands over secret cutting-edge military technology crucial to national security. Callum employs unorthodox »
Starz today announced it has secured exclusive U.S. premium rights to, and will co-produce the 6-episode original miniseries “Close to the Enemy,” written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, with Helen Flint, Hilary Bevan Jones and Colin Callender, serving as Executive Producers. Angela Bassett has signed on for a role. Set in a bomb-damaged London hotel during the aftermath of World War II, “Close to the Enemy” is a thriller that follows British intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson, whose last task for the Army is to ensure that a captured German scientist, Dieter, hands over secret cutting-edge military technology crucial to national security. Callum employs unorthodox methods in his attempt to convince Dieter to work for the British, developing a friendship with him, which is soon threatened as the German’s involvement in the Nazi war machine may be more than it initially seems. Callum encounters a number of other characters whose stories all intertwine. These...
Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson recently passed on the female lead role in Fox's Gambit movie, but could she be in the running to play a much bigger character for Marvel? Heroic Hollywood received a tip that the studio are keen to get her on board for the role of Carol Danvers in their upcoming Captain Marvel movie, but it's not known whether any offer has been made or if talks have even occurred. After Ferguson's turn as kick-ass British Intelligence Agent Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, many fans have been hoping to see her in a Cbm role, and they don't get much bigger than the lead in Marvel's first female-driven superhero film. Just a rumor for now, but we'll update when we know more. Captain Marvel hits theaters November 2, 2018. »
Ahead of American Ultra's arrival in UK cinemas, here's our pick of the 25 finest, sneakiest secret agents in film...
Operatives. Spies. Moles. Infiltrators. Secret agents go by many names. In fact, Britain's national security agency doesn't even call them agents - they're covert human intelligence sources, or simply “officers".
Whatever we choose to call them, secret agents lead necessarily furtive and obscure lives - so obscure that most of what we know about them is defined by what we've seen and read in books and movies.
During the Cold War, the image of the secret agent as a well-groomed sophisticate in a suit proliferated all over the world, and even in the high-tech landscape of the 21st century, that image still stands - just look at such movies as Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, of course, the Bond franchise. But secret agents can come in many other guises, »
After her impressive turn as a British Intelligence Agent in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, many fans hoped to see Rebecca Ferguson land the role of Bel Boudreaux alongside Channing Tatum's Remy Lebeau in the Gambit movie, but alas it wasn't to be. Deadline reports that the Swedish actress has taken herself out of the running to play Anna in the Tate Taylor-directed adaptation of Paula Hawkins' novel, The Girl On The Train, with Emily Blunt. This means that - unless another contender emerges - the role of the daughter of the leader of the New Orleans Assassins' Guild will be played by either Lea Seydoux (Spectre), or Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road). The site makes no mention of which one might be the frontrunner. Rupert Wyatt will direct the X-Men spin-off, which is on schedule to start filming in October, and is set to open »
In the film, Cooper plays British Special Forces op John Stratton, who is tracking down an international terrorist cell. Stratton is based on the first in a series of eight novels by ex-sbs (Special Boat Service) commando, author Duncan Falconer.
Austin Stowell, Tom Felton, Gemma Chan, Tyler Hoechlin, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother also star in the film, which is directed by Simon West (Con Air, The Expendables 2).
Stratton will be released in 2016.
Here’s the synopsis from The Hostage, the first in the Stratton series.
- Paul Heath
The first photo has been released of Dominic Cooper in the Simon West-directed "Stratton," the potential first of a franchise action feature based on Duncan Falconer's eight-book series about the titular member of Britain's elite Special Boat Service.
In the film, Stratton teams up with a Us Navy Seal (Austin Stowell) to battle an international terrorist. Falconer is an experienced former member of this special forces branch of the British intelligence network.
Gemma Chan, Tom Felton, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Tyler Hoechlin, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother also star in the film which originally had Henry Cavill in the title role until he dropped out just before filming began. Cooper was quickly pulled in to replace him and shooting is underway in Italy now before shifting to London next month.
"Stratton" is due to open in 2016.
Source: Empire »
- Garth Franklin
Move over Reacher, Bourne, Bauer and to a lesser extent Christmas, because Stratton has stormed in. Who needs first names when you're an armed-to-the-teeth special forces operative? Dominic Cooper, as this first still demonstrates, certainly doesn't. He's in name-taking mood as the film's Sbs trooper tackles a range of terror threats.Stratton sees Cooper's titular hardman teams up with a Us Navy Seal (Austin Stowell) to battle an international terrorist. He's the hero of an eight-book series by pseudonymous ex-military type Duncan Falconer - the man also behind the screenplay - and an experienced member of the elite Special Boat Service (like the Sas, only with extra canoeing) seconded to a cutting edge corner of the British intelligence network.The movie, which originally had Henry Cavill in the title role, has been shooting in Italy and gets underway in London next month. Co-starring with the lead are Gemma Chan, Tom Felton, »
The high-octane thrill of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock films has been replaced by boring, hot guys suavely saving the world in this remake of the 60s TV show
Guy Ritchie has revamped the 60s TV spy caper The Man From Uncle with co-screenwriter and co-producer Lionel Wigram, adding sex interest and machoising any residual hint of camp, but slathering the whole thing in lugubrious, self-indulgent men’s-mag type tailoring and style in various photoshoot Euro locations. Inevitably, he’s offering an “origin myth” account of this international secret-agent team. There’s some nice early-60s period production design and the whole thing moves along smoothly, if unhurriedly. But it never delivers anything like the punch of Tom Cruise’s M:i adventures, nor the wit and distinctiveness of 007. And the two male leads, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, are fantastically dull and uncharismatic, with all the sexy danger of a pair »
- Peter Bradshaw
'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise. 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise, the last action hero There are two impossible missions in the latest Mission: Impossible. The first involves Chechen terrorists, political assassinations, the Vienna Opera House, and a car that unlocks when the user places his hand on the driver's side window (Detroit, get on that). The other impossible mission, one that is not only accepted and completed, but conquered and victoriously ground into dust, is proving that 53-year old Tom Cruise is still an action star. As Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation demonstrates with cruel ease, Cruise isn't just an action hero. In the post-movie star age, he is, with apologies to a certain Austrian bodybuilder whose drawing power is all but terminated, the last action hero. What makes him thus is not just his supreme confidence, compact good looks, and million dollar smile. The camera has »
- Mark Keizer
This Time, It’s Rogue: Cruise Continues Singing It Forever Just Because
Arriving nearly four years after the highly celebrated and significantly lauded fourth Mission Impossible installment, 2011’s Brad Bird directed Ghost Protocol, Tom Cruise and company are back, perhaps nervously expecting to pale in comparison to what remains a difficult act to follow. Though an element of surprise is lacking, it’s safe to say Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is an energetic action comedy manufactured with the utmost attention to detail in its remarkable action sequences. Helmed by favored Tom Cruise scribe Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge of Tomorrow, directed Jack Reacher, and did uncredited revisions on the last Mi film), the whole endeavor feels like a snug outfit for its headlining celebrity.
- Nicholas Bell
The theme that runs like a quick-burning fuse through “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” is the tricky relationship between inevitability and chance — or luck, rather, as signaled by the brief appearance of a rabbit’s foot in one of Tom Cruise’s more brutal action sequences. It’s a dynamic that applies to the film as well: If the robust commercial performance of 2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” made a follow-up inevitable, then luck turns out to be very much on the side of this unusually spry and satisfying fifth entry, which finds the surviving members of the Impossible Missions Force trying to neutralize an insidious global threat, while struggling to convince their skeptical overlords that there is such a threat to begin with. The result is an existential quandary that writer-director Christopher McQuarrie negotiates with characteristic cleverness and a sly respect for the sheer durability of genre; at once questioning »
- Justin Chang
Dougray Scott's villain perfectly summed up Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 2. "Hunt invariably favours misdirection over confrontation," Scott's preening bad guy tells an assembly of goons. "He'll no doubt engage in some acrobatic insanity before he'll risk harming a hair on a security guard's head."
This is Tom Cruise's Impossible Missions Force agent Hunt in a nutshell: a romantic daredevil who seems to actively enjoy throwing himself off tall buildings. After nearly 20 years, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Cruise might have grown weary of his thrill-seeking alter-ego. But here he is in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (film number five), clinging to the sides of planes, making leaps from high places and hurtling around on motorbikes.
This time, Hunt comes up against the Syndicate, a shadowy »
Atlas Distribution plans a September 2015 release for Werner Herzog's portrait of British Intelligence officer and cartographer Gertrude Bell "Queen of the Desert." But don't expect an awards candidate here. Despite kudos for Nicole Kidman's performance as Bell, the romantic drama opened grimly at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. Kidman stars as Bell opposite Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) and James Franco as British army officer Henry Cadogan. Kidman's buddy Naomi Watts was reportedly originally cast in the role of Bell before it went to fellow Aussie Kidman. Damian Lewis costars. Herzog penned and directed the $36 million epic, which wrapped in Spring 2014 (around the time when we hoped to see the film at his Telluride stomping grounds) and was shot in Morocco, Jordan and London. This is Herzog's first narrative feature since 2009's hilarious, acid entertainment "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" starring. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — Andrew Scott, who is Jim Moriarty in “Sherlock” and is soon to be seen as Denbigh in James Bond movie “Spectre,” has joined the cast of Philippa Lowthorpe’s feature film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s adventure story “Swallows and Amazons.” Scott, whose other movie credits include “Pride,” will play a secret agent — by the name of Lazlow — in pursuit of the reclusive and enigmatic Jim Turner (Rafe Spall), inspired by Ransome’s own life as a spy.
In the novel “Swallows and Amazons,” Ransome based the character of Turner on himself as a novelist. The filmmakers behind this new adaptation have been inspired by Ransome’s secret life as an agent for the British intelligence service MI6, and based Turner on Ransome the spy. The truth about Ransome’s role as a secret agent, whose code name was S.76, was revealed 10 years ago when the British government released »
- Leo Barraclough
Currently filming a remake of MGM's "The Magnificent Seven" with Denzel Washington, director Antoine Fuqua is in early talks with The Weinstein Company to direct and executive produce what will be an adaptation of bestselling Nick Stone novel series by British author Andy McNab. McNab is the author of a number of action thrillers (he's written 16 volumes total). His Nick Stone franchise is based on an ex-sas soldier working on deniable operations for British intelligence. The series draws extensively on McNab's own real-life experiences and knowledge of Special Forces soldiering (he's a former Special Air Service sergeant himself who was honored with the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Fuqua is in talks to direct the pilot and be an executive producer. The Weinstein Company will develop the property for TV. Deadline was first to report the news.
- Tambay A. Obenson
Currently filming a remake of MGM's "The Magnificent Seven" with Denzel Washington, director Antoine Fuqua is in early talks with The Weinstein Company to direct and executive produce what will be an adaptation of bestselling Nick Stone novel series by British author Andy McNab. McNab is the author of a number of action thrillers (he's written 16 volumes total). His Nick Stone franchise is based on an ex-sas soldier working on deniable operations for British intelligence. The series draws extensively on McNab's own real-life experiences and knowledge of Special Forces soldiering (he's a former Special Air Service sergeant himself who was honored with the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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