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When the trailer for the new Mission: Impossible film landed last month, it seemed all anybody could talk about was the stunt of Tom Cruise hanging off an airplane. And with good reason — ever since the first Mission: Impossible movie, Tom Cruise films have featured more and more daring stunts, often performed by the actor himself. Impressive stuff, to be sure. But what do real stuntmen think of Tom Cruise’s stunts? To get a professional’s opinion, we turned to Randy Butcher, a veteran Canadian stuntman, stunt coordinator, and director who is currently the stunt coordinator for Orphan Black and has worked on a variety of films, including X-Men, Dawn of the Dead, K-19: The Widowmaker, and countless others. He took a look at some of Cruise’s best-known and most impressive stunts, and offered his take on how they might have been done — and whether that really is »
- Bilge Ebiri
Narco Sub: Liam Neeson is touted to star in Narco Sub, an action thriller about a drug lord "who forces a disgraced American naval officer to navigate a cocaine-packed submarine past the U.S. Coast Guard." Neeson previously served on board a submarine in 2002's K-19: The Widowmaker (above). Brian Kirk (multiple episodes of TV's Game of Thrones, as well as Boardwalk Empire and Dexter) has just been signed to direct. Producers on the project include Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg. [The Wrap] The Crow: Jack Huston will star as The Crow in the upcoming remake of the dark 1994 action thriller. The actor made a strong impression on TV's Boardwalk Empire over the past few years and then nabbed a lead role in the currently filming Ben-Hur remake. Corin...
- Peter Martin
Narco Sub: Liam Neeson is touted to star in Narco Sub, an action thriller about a drug lord "who forces a disgraced American naval officer to navigate a cocaine-packed submarine past the U.S. Coast Guard." Neeson previously served on board a submarine in 2002's K-19: The Widowmaker (above). Brian Kirk (multiple episodes of TV's Game of Thrones, as well as Boardwalk Empire and Dexter) has just been signed to direct. Producers on the project include Ridley Scott and Simon...
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Narco Sub is one of those projects that just floats in the depths of development for years while filmmakers come and go. Originally targeted for Tony Scott, it now appears to be surfacing with Game Of Thrones veteran Brian Kirk directing and Liam Neeson wanted for the lead. The thriller, which has a script by David Guggenheim, finds a disgraced American naval officer (Neeson, if he signs) forced to pilot a submarine loaded with cocaine past the Us Coast Guard’s watchful eye. And given what happened the last time Neeson was aboard a cinematic sub in K-19: The Widowmaker, does anyone expect this mission to go well?Kirk, whose only film-directing gig so far was indie drama Middletown, nevertheless has plenty of TV experience in addition to Thrones. He’s worked on the likes of Dexter, Great Expectations, Luther, and Boardwalk Empire. He’s taking over a project that, »
Take a bunch of grizzled character actors and stick them in a metal tube under the ocean, add some depth charges and torpedoes and the like, and drama is bound to result. From "The Enemy Below" and "Run Silent, Run Deep" to "The Hunt For Red October" and "Crimson Tide" by way of "Das Boot," the submarine thriller sub-genre has been a popular one for decades. But in recent years, it has run aground, without a major new film in the genre since Kathryn Bigelow's misfire "K-19: The Widowmaker" over a decade ago. Kevin Macdonald is hoping to change that. The Oscar-winning documentarian-turned-features-director is coming off a few disappointments ("State Of Play," "The Eagle," "Marley"), plus his last film "How I Live Now," which was pretty good, but which literally no one saw. Now he's heading under the waves for "Black Sea," a below-the-water thriller that hopes to reinvigorate. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
5 items from 2015
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