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If the curse of the videogame movie adaptation has lifted anywhere, it's in the Far East. Over the past few days, Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie has risen to $156m in China - a stark contrast to the Us, where it struggled to crack the $30m mark on its opening weekend. The reason? Because World Of Warcraft (the videogame) is absolutely huge in that part of the world, and its loyal fans have turned up in the significant numbers to support the film in its opening week. If Universal eventually commits to making a sequel to Warcraft, the draw of the Chinese box office will be the reason why.
All of this will be music to the ears of the Chinese company Alibaba, which is branching into the movie business with a videogame adaptation of its own. Legend Of The Ancient Sword doesn't have quite the same global recognition as Warcraft, but its following in China is large enough that Alibaba is committing a "significant" sum of money into adapting it into a movie.
Legend Of The Ancient Sword will be directed by Renny Harlin, best known for such 90s successes as Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Cliffhanger and The Long Kiss Goodnight. His previous project was Skiptrace - an action caper starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville - which is due out this summer in China. Indeed, Harlin clearly has plans to make the Far East a permanent base of operations for his filmmaking, as Variety reports that the Finnish director has set up a branch of his production company, Midnight Sun, in Beijing.
As for Legend Of The Ancient Sword, Alibaba have big plans for it, including two further movies and a spin-off TV series.
“This is a big, epic fantasy adventure,” Harlin tells Variety. “My ambition is to integrate this Chinese property with Hollywood story telling and visual effects and to introduce new fighting techniques.”
In case you were wondering what the game looks like, here's a handy video:
More news on this as we get it.
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In the late 80s, Shane Black’s Lethal Weapon script became a touchstone for saleable, hard-boiled, odd-couple buddy pics, movies that combined action, comedy and wise-assed verbal vulgarity in varying measures. 1991’s The Last Boy Scout built on Black’s fondness for smart, nihilistic profanity, predating the arrival of Reservoir Dogs, after which anything involving swearing, guns and cine-literacy would be lazily labelled “Tarantino-esque”. In 1996, Black made headlines by earning a record-breaking $4m for penning the script for what became the Geena Davis/Samuel Jackson thriller The Long Kiss Goodnight. But it wasn’t until 2005 that the writer finally turned director with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a tongue-in-cheek La neo-noir, the mistyped tagline for which ran: “SeX. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
A rush for original scripts led to Shane Black being among the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood. Ryan takes a look back...
Shane Black, 28 years old, poses for a photograph outside his Los Angeles bungalow. It’s 1990, and Black’s name has appeared all over the Hollywood trade press thanks to his latest script sale - or, more specifically, how much Warner Bros had spent on purchasing it. The script was for The Last Boy Scout, an action thriller that would eventually appear in cinemas in 1991 starring Bruce Willis. Black sold it for $1.75m - said to be the highest price ever paid for a screenplay at that time.
So here’s Shane Black, standing barefoot on the concrete paving slabs outside his house, which he and his roommates had dubbed the Pad O’Guys. Black’s wearing ripped jeans and a threadbare-looking lumberjack shirt; to his right »
A pioneer of the action genre – having penned the screenplays for seminal endeavours ranging from Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, and The Long Kiss Goodnight – Shane Black is something of an elusive presence in the director’s chair, with just two credits to his name in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man […]
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- Stefan Pape
Nathaniel, Nick, and Joe revisit the Cannes film festival of 1996 (you might wanna quickly check that lineup & those prizes before listening) and the Best Actress race that started there. We also recommend other 1996 goodies that you may or may not have seen... or thought of in years.
Index (43 minutes)
00:01 Intro, Juries, and Crash's audacity prize
03:00 Best Actress: McDormand (Fargo) vs Blethyn (Secrets & Lies) vs Watson (Breaking the Waves)
10:09 Goodbye South Goodbye, The Eighth Day, Pillow Book, and Microcosmos
30:07 David Cronenberg's Crash
37:45 We each recommend a few more 1996 titles from Bound to The Long Kiss Goodnight
You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversation in the comments. Which 1996 picture have you still not seen? Who got your Best Actress vote that year? »
- NATHANIEL R
Shane Black has had a storied career and one that becomes retold whenever the filmmaker releases a new work. The screenwriter of Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, and The Long Kiss Goodnight previously has had quite the resurgence in the last 10 years, all thanks to his directing skills being as edgy and as uncompromising as his writing style. Maybe more so. As with 2005's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and 2013's Iron Man 3, Black's latest work, The Nice Guys, tells a detective story unlike any you've seen before. Rough, endearing, hilarious, surprising, and cool, The Nice Guys is pitch perfect Black and a reminder how lucky moviegoing audiences are that this filmmaker is once again playing strong in the industry. Set in 1977 Los Angeles the film sees Black sliding back into a narrative dynamic he's simply perfected throughout his career. His eponymous nice guys are a pair of do-somewhat-gooders »
- Jeremy Kirk
The Nice Guys director Shane Black is most famous for creating the Lethal Weapon franchise, and writing other movies featuring duos (The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). CineMovie asked the Iron Man 3 director why he favors having two leads play off each other specifically in The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
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Shane Black with Ryan Gosling at the Cannes premiere of Nice Guys this weekSince we've already done "Posterized" episodes on both Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, who co-star together in this weekend's new comedy Nice Guys, let's look at the man behind their bantering bros curtain, Shane Black. The 54 year-old director hit the big time with his very first produced screenplay 29 years ago, the smash hit buddy action flick Lethal Weapon (1987).
He's stuck to the high-concept action/comedy genre like glue thereafter making obscene amounts of cash during the heyday of that genre (the early 90s). If he's not interested in stretching, at least he does them better than most. Eleven years ago he finally moved into the director's chair for the underseen critical darling Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). Strangely for a successful creator in a lucrative genre that isn't exactly relegated to the arthouse, he's not been that prolific in his 29 year career. »
- NATHANIEL R
What do Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, The Monster Squad, Lethal Weapon, Predator, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Iron Man 3, and Last Action Hero all have in common? Shane Black, of course. Whether as an actor, writer or director, Black has had a hand in some of the most likable, quotable, memorable movies ever made. But what's another thing those movies have in common? None of them are period pieces. Black's movies have always all been very contemporary, very of the moment. That's one of the reasons when people think '80s and '90s action, they think of Shane Black. He's never done a period piece until this May's The Nice Guys. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, The Nice Guys stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a mismatched pair who wind up uncovering a conspiracy...
- Peter Hall
It’s the beginning of April dear readers, and that means there’s only a month left until the start of the summer movie season. In that spirit, this week’s Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at the new trailer for writer-director Shane Black’s upcoming action comedy The Nice Guys, coming out in May.
Premise: In 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl (Margaret Qualley) and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
My take: Few filmmakers have left as big a mark on the action movie as Shane Black. He screenwriting credits include Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), The Last Boy Scout (1991), and The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), and he »
- Timothy Monforton
Shane Black is putting the finishing touches to his upcoming comedy The Nice Guys, but has revealed that his next project, the redo/ sequel to Predator, will be his most ambitious yet, and could even be on the scale of his very successful Iron Man 3 from a few years back. The Shane Black Predator movie could be the event film of 2018.
Black spoke with Thrillist about Fox contacting him to return to the franchise in which he appeared in back in 1987.
“They called me and I was reluctant”, Black told the website. “I said, ‘look. You guys at Fox, I mean, I enjoy these movies, but we’ve been churning out these Avp whatever, they each cost a certain amount of money, they’re okay, but there’s no effort to »
- Paul Heath
From a pop culture perspective, private detectives stand for all that’s memorable about film noir. The indifference, the wittiness, and the moral ambiguity that define each urban knight has since become the stuff of parodied legend. We’re talking about the mediators between the crooks and the cops, the embodiment of back alley grayness that’s so tough to pin down. P.I.’s could cooperate with the law if needed, but they could just as soon do business with the bad guys for the right price. To a certain extent, that is – shamus work has always attracted the ignored and the ethical. The Wild West has mythical men with no name, The Asphalt Jungle has names with investigating licenses attached to them. Instead of a poncho and a ten gallon hat, they’re provided a fedora and trench coat.
The archetype has undergone many faces throughout Hollywood’s history, »
- Danilo Castro
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