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It’s taken quite some time to get off the ground but the big-screen transition of the cult action series The Equalizer is now in post-production. Denzel Washington takes the title role of Robert McCall, previously portrayed by the late, great Edward Woodward. It also marks the first collaboration in over 12 years for Oscar-winning Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua.
The updated plot could almost play as a sequel to the superb Man On Fire, with a focus on veteran covert operative McCall, a man seeking redemption for his past dark deeds in carrying out ruthless missions on behalf of the Us government. He’s now offering his skills to those in desperate need as a classified advertisement in the local newspaper – “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call The Equalizer.”
- Craig Hunter
California born indie filmmaker Shane Ryan has been directing films for 10 years now. Raised on a steady diet of Jean-Claude Van Damme films and an innate love of all types of cinema, Ryan has gained some success and no small amount of notoriety in his career as a film maker. His first major breakthrough was the exploitation flick, Amateur Pornstar Killer. This would spawn two sequels. He’s courted controversy from films like this, but also dealing with issues like child murder as well as pedophilia in some films. His recent film, My Name Is ‘A’ by Anonymous is based on the real life murder of Elizabeth Olten (a famous case in America in 2009) focusing on the convicted killer, 15 year old Alyssa Bustamente. The film, finished in 2011, still awaits distribution. Shane took the time to answer a few questions about his career thus far. »
- Gary Collinson
Did you love the "Parenthood" soundtrack vol. 1? There's a follow-up compilation out now for NBC's critically-acclaimed drama, featuring songs by hit artists CeeLo Green, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Lyle Lovett and more.
This is the debut release for J2 Music's soundtrack-focused label (distributed by InGrooves, licensed through NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products). The compilation was produced by "Parenthood" creator Jason Katims, Patrick Ward, Liza Richardson, Jonathan Platt and Jonathan McHugh. It offers an array of poignant songs that appeared during the last few seasons of the series.
1. Delta Rae - Dance In The Graveyards
2. Lyle Lovett - If I Had A Boat
4. A Fine Frenzy - What I Wouldn't Do
5. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Man On Fire (Little Daylight Remix)
6. Emile Millar - Honey I'll Try
7. Greg Laswell - Take A Bow
A young girl walks into a derelict public bathroom marked “Damas” in someone's handwriting. She looks to herself in the mirror for courage and begins to cut her hair, tape over her breasts and put a baseball cap on. A young boy leaves his aluminum shack of a home with nothing but a backpack. He goes to a garbage dump site, walks over to his friend who works there, and the two of them walk off together. Not a word has been spoken so far in Diego Quemada-Diez's "La Jaula De Oro" ("The Golden Cage") but the level of investment is already palpable. A sure sign of capable filmmaking if there ever was one, Diez makes his film feature debut as a director but is no stranger to the filmmaking process. He represents a great example of what someone can learn and get inspired by when working on professional film sets, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Tony Scott had been attached to direct back in 2011, and there was talk in February that Joe Carnahan was circling the project before Doug Liman came aboard. The title refers to small submarines that South American cartels use to smuggle their illegal drugs into the U.S. Our report from 2011 revealed that the story was said to be in the same vein as Tony Scott's thrillers Crimson Tide and Man on Fire, although no specific plot details have been released.
Narco Sub is in development »
(Spoiler Alert: This piece reveals key details about the plot of “Prisoners.”)
Why is it so often the ambiguous, unresolved movie that generates controversy while the easy, complacent one gets a free pass? To wit: Why does “Prisoners,” Denis Villeneuve’s self-serious booby-trap of a thriller, cause nary a stir for its pseudo-provocative condemnation of torture, while director Kathryn Bigelow’s hard-hitting, tough-minded “Zero Dark Thirty” gets her called names like “torture’s handmaiden”?
Apples and oranges, perhaps. But in light of a recent Mother Jones piece that praised Villeneuve’s movie as a corrective to Bigelow’s pro-torture propaganda, it’s hardly too soon to revisit “Zero Dark Thirty,” which kicked off a far-reaching debate last year over the use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the ethics of its representation, the demands of historical accuracy, the differences between journalism and dramatization, and the »
- Justin Chang
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
The latest offering from pseudo-hippie messiah Edward Sharpe and the disciples, the Magnetic Zeros, feels like the end of a great party. People have started moving towards the door because the thing has gone on long enough for us to realize that, sometimes, alcohol doesn’t bring out the best in people.
The second track on the album “Let’s Get High” reminds me of Bluto’s “When the Going Get’s Tough” speech from Animal House; it’s an emotionally sincere attempt to get the group back into the spirit, but do we really want to be? The song is fun, the lyrics are silly, but it’s the musical equivalent of seeing one man with a lampshade on his head telling everybody how great this party is. Most of the songs from »
- Andrew Depew
“The O.C.” has relocated from southern California to Turkey. A Turkish adaptation of the former Fox drama made its way to Turkey’s airwaves on Friday, via Star TV. The revamped “O.C” is being produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production. Ay Yapim (“My Grandfather’s People”) is also producing the 13-episode season. Also read: ‘Man on Fire’ Adaptation Being Developed by 20th TV, New Regency Much like the original that spawned it, the Turkish version of “The O.C.” — dubbed “Medcezir,” or “Tide” in English, according to the show’s Facebook page –follows “a group of friends »
Exclusive: CAA has signed Mickey Rourke, the actor who reprises his tough guy role in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Rourke has had an up and down long career, but his resurgence over the past few years had a lot to do with the hard work put in by David Unger at ICM, who booked Rourke into a celebrated performance in the Darren Aronofsky-directed The Wrestler, and films that included Iron Man 2, The Expendables and Man On Fire. Rourke moved with Unger when he joined upstart agency Resolution. Rourke continues with attorney Bill Sobel. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
I’m a big fan of the 2004 Denzel Washington movie “Man on Fire”, in which Washington played a former CIA badass who has to sober up when the young girl he’s charged with bodyguarding in Mexico is abducted by some bad types. Things didn’t exactly end up well for Washington’s Creasy, but that was the movie. In an upcoming TV series based on the movie by 20th Century Fox Television and New Regency, Creasy is alive and well, and is set to return to Mexico in order to reconnect with Pita, the young girl from the movie (originally played by Dakota Fanning) 18 years later, so the two can “dismantle the cartel responsible for ruining their lives.” I guess I wasn’t the only person who watched the Tony Scott movie over and over again and kept hoping for a different ending. Now we’re going to actually get it. »
"Traveler" creator and "Tron: Legacy" scribe David Digilio his behind this new series take on the A.J. Quinnell novel which was previously adapted into a well-regarded 2004 film starring Denzel Washington and directed by the late Tony Scott.
The book and film followed a CIA operative/Marine officer-turned-bodyguard named Creasy who goes on a revenge rampage when a young girl named Pita he's assigned to is abducted in Mexico.
The TV series serves as something of a sequel. The action is set eighteen years later as Creasy and Pita reconnect in effort to dismantle the cartel that ruined their lives.
Fox & Nr are also developing small screen adaptations of the graphic novel "Cyclops" (not the X-Men character) and »
- Garth Franklin
The tragic loss of director Tony Scott last year was a huge blow to the film industry and left the fate of many of his proposed projects – such as the in-development sequel to Top Gun - seemingly up in the air.
A television project based on one of the director’s most famous movies is going forward after all progress was halted following Scott’s death. According to Deadline, New Regency has finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop and produce new properties for broadcast and cable television. Among the slate of series to be developed by the new partnership is a TV adaptation of Scott’s 2004 thriller Man of Fire.
- Anthony Vieira
Many of us have our thoughts on the whole remake, reboot and sequel/prequel machine that Hollywood has become. Bankrupt of creativity, the studios are constantly rehashing or extending properties instead of coming up with something new. Maybe you hate them all on principal, as a lot of people seem to. Maybe you make some exceptions (The Thing, The Fly, The Departed) but mostly despise that sense of laziness from the industry. And maybe you couldn't care less about what happens on television. The last maybe is worth discussing right now because it appears a TV show based on a movie is announced daily, if not twice daily. For instance, today has seen both an American Psycho sequel series and a Man on Fire series adaptation in the news. The former seems to fit with all the shows...
- Christopher Campbell
Even though American Psycho got an unexpected, largely unwanted direct-to-dvd sequel with 2002’s American Psycho II: All American Girl, someone at Us network FX has decided to push ahead with a follow-up series, setting Stefan Jaworski to write and produce the new show.Don’t expect Mila Kunis’ sequel character to pop up, however: the new series hopes to get us back to Patrick Bateman, with some brave actor attempting to fill Christian Bale’s stylish suit as we bring Bateman forward to the present day and watch as he trains up a protégé to take on his murderous ways.Though it seems odd for a TV network to attempt something as potentially bloody as American Psycho, American Horror Story, Hannibal and more have proved you can transfer horror to the small screen without losing the impact.Also getting the TV series treatment is Tony Scott’s 2004 Denzel Washington action thriller Man On Fire. »
Man On Fire (2004) is probably my favorite Tony Scott/Denzel Washington collaboration - right next to Crimson Tide. I dug the straightforward, no fuss man-on-a-mission revenge plot, and the unapologetic violence, and vigilantism, courtesy of despondent former CIA operative-turned bodyguard Creasy during his search for the kidnapped Pita Ramos, played very well by Dakota Fanning, who was only 10 years old at the time. How will the drama unfold as a TV series? We'll find out eventually, assuming the announced Fox/New Regency TV adaptation actually makes it to the air. Although, I wouldn't necessarily expect that Creasy in the proposed TV serial will be played by a black actor, just because Denzel Washington played the character in Tony Scott's film. Creasy wasn't written specifically as a black man. The movie itself was an adaptation of a 1980 novel of the same name by A.J. Quinnell, which was previously adapted as a 1987 French-Italian film, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Man On Fire (2004) is probably my favorite Tony Scott/Denzel Washington collaboration - right next to Crimson Tide. I dug the straightforward, no fuss man-on-a-mission revenge plot, and the unapologetic violence, and vigilantism, courtesy of despondent former CIA operative-turned bodyguard Creasy during his search for the kidnapped Pita Ramos, played very well by Dakota Fanning, who was only 10 years old at the time. How will the drama unfold as a TV series? We'll find out eventually, assuming the announced Fox/New Regency TV adaptation actually makes it to the air. Although, I wouldn't necessarily expect that Creasy in the proposed TV serial will be played by a black actor, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
New Regency and 20th Century Fox Television have entered an exclusive pod deal, with an adaptation of the 2004 Denzel Washington film “Man on Fire” being one of the projects to be developed under the agreement. The big-screen “Man on Fire” — which was from New Regency — starred Denzel Washington as former CIA operative and Force Recon Marine-turned-bodyguard John Creasy, who becomes revenge-bent after Pita, the nine-year-old girl he was looking after, is kidnapped in Mexico. Also read: ‘Fast & Furious’ Writer Chris Morgan Lands TV Deal at 20th Century Fox TV The series adaptation — which is being written by »
- Tim Kenneally
Just in case you didn't get the memo, American Psycho is getting the small screen treatment. At least it's not American Psycho 2, right? No disrespect to Mila Kunis but that was a stinker. No one seems to hip on Patrick Bateman in his 50s acting crazy and preying on women. If that doesn't do it for you, maybe a Man On Fire series will. Yes another movie is getting the television treatment. Just add it to the list amongst American Psycho, Fargo, Bates Motel, and I just found out that Rambo »
- Niki Stephens
New Regency‘s television arm will be based at 20th Century Fox TV with an exclusive pod deal. Under the pact, New Regency will develop and produce projects for broadcast and cable networks. The agreement formalizes ongoing partnership between the two companies on a couple of projects, including The Kingkiller Chronicles, which was announced in July. Additionally, New Regency/20th TV’s development slate include series adaptations of the 2004 New Regency movie Man On Fire with writer David Digilio and of graphic novel Cyclops with writer Todd Komarnicki, both set up at Fox. The pod deal also brings New Regency back into the Fox TV family. In its first incarnation, Regency Television was a co-venture between New Regency and Fox TV Studios, which is under the oversight of 20th TV chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. This also marks a strategy course change for New Regency toppers Arnon Milchan and Brad Weston, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Directed by Brian Helgeland.
The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
The greatest testament to 42 is that it strikes home as an emotionally impactful drama regardless of your knowledge of baseball or the legacy of Jackie Robinson. I knew nothing of either before seeing the film, but I can certainly recommend it for anyone looking for an uplifting film experience.
Writer and director Brian Helgeland is a major player as a screenwriter in Hollywood, having written successful scripts such as L.A. Confidential, Payback, Mystic River, and Man on Fire but 42 is certainly his most earnest and heartfelt. Based on the true story of Branch Rickey’s signing of Jackie Robinson for »
- Flickering Myth
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