4 items from 2007
Saw producer Mark Burg and Roxanne Avent are executive producing the horror feature, which introduces the chain-wielding killer Chain Man (Michael Bailey Smith). Matthew Cohen, Cody Kasch, Michael J. Pagan, Cherilyn Wilson, Reed and Segan play his targets. Clifton Powell will play their high school coach, and Russell and David Will play the police officers on the killer's tail.
Since writing and starring in thirteen, Reed has appeared in Lords of Dogtown and Mini's First Time. Segan had a breakout turn in Brick and will be seen in The Brothers Bloom. David has appeared in dozens of films, including Crash and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Reed is repped by Paradigm. Segan is repped by WMA and Untitled Entertainment. »
Now, the two martial arts giants are well under way shooting their first picture together, the $70 million Forbidden Kingdom by director Rob Minkoff, who comes from a background in children's computer animated films (Stuart Little, for instance).
This week, Chan, Minkoff and Los Angeles producer Casey Silver talked about their East-meets-West experiment from the Hengdian Studio, China's largest independent lot, in East China's Zhejiang Province outside Shanghai (there's a full scale model of Beijing's Forbidden City here).
Chan says he was anxious to work with Li but "initially reluctant to revisit the role of a character like 'Drunken Fist, ' " referring to an earlier comedic character some felt was insulting to Chinese.
Begun in earnest in April, the new martial arts fantasy is based on the classic Chinese tale of the Monkey King but is clearly a modern hybrid.
What's more, the film is a co-production between Hollywood's Casey Silver Prods. »
Angarano will play a troubled 17-year-old wannabe kung fu warrior who, after a humiliating defeat at the hands of a street gang, is sent back in time to ancient China on an impossible mission to set free the imprisoned Monkey King Li) and return to him his all-powerful staff. John Fusco wrote the script.
The project is due to start filming in early May in China.
Angarano, repped by ICM and Coast to Coast, recently starred in Columbia Pictures' Lords of Dogtown and the Walt Disney Co.'s Sky High. His upcoming projects include Snow Angels with Kate Beckinsale, The Final Season with Sean Astin and Rachael Leigh Cook and Man in the Chair with Christopher Plummer. »
Based on the classic 1960s series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida that was retooled for North American audiences, Speed Racer follows the adventures of young race car driver Speed (Hirsch) in his quest for glory in his thundering gadget-laden vehicle, Mach 5. The movie will feature other characters from the show, including Speed's family and his mysterious arch-rival, Racer X.
The plan is for the Wachowskis to shoot in Germany in the summer for a summer 2008 release.
Hirsch most recently starred in Alpha Dog and next appears in Sean Penn's Into the Wild, which Paramount Vantage is distributing in the fall. Other credits include Lord of Dogtown and The Girl Next Door.
Joel Silver is producing the film, which the Wachowskis are writing as well as directing. Speed will be a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures of a Silver Pictures production. »
4 items from 2007
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