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According to Comic Book Movie, director Joss Whedon will be linking up with a new cinematographer when production gets underway on The Avengers: Age of Ultron early in the New Year, with British director of photography Ben Davis set to replace The Avengers' Seamus McGarvey for the hotly-anticipated sequel.
Davis has recently finished shooting another Marvel project, the James Gunn-helmed Guardians of the Galaxy, while his previous credits include the Matthew Vaughn-directed Layer Cake, Stardust and Kick-Ass, as well as the likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Wrath of the Titans and Seven Psychopaths.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 2nd 2015, with a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and James Spader (Ultron. »
- Gary Collinson
It appears that The Avengers director of photography Seamus McGarvey, who just wrapped Godzilla and is currently shooting Fifty Shades of Grey, will not return for Joss Whedon's 2015 Marvel sequel. Likely due to filming taking place in the U.K. this time around, cinematographer Ben Davis will instead be behind the lens on The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ben Davis is a member of The British Society of Cinematographers, and he's best known for his frequent collaboration with director Matthew Vaughn on Kick-Ass, Stardust and Layer Cake. However, it would seem that his latest work as director of photography for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is what landed him the Age of Ultron gig. I asked Guardians director James Gunn if that was the case and he replied: “I did everything I could to let Joss know how great I thought [Davis] was. And, of course, Joss was able to »
Jason Statham has revealed that he has no interest in starring in a superhero movie, telling Digital Spy that "the cape wouldn't fit".
"It's all about money, kids pay money to go and see them," Statham said. "The fascination is superheroes, it's what people want to go and see but you wouldn't get me rushing to the cinema to see those. I like the old-fashioned type of film.
"They've never offered me a part in one of those and I don't think the shoes would fit. Or the cape wouldn't fit!"
Jason Statham's latest film Homefront, which sees him in a role once earmarked for the writer Sylvester Stallone, pits his DEA agent against a James Franco-led drugs gang in the backwaters of Louisiana. Nobody embodies the old school action hero - the type once popularised by Stallone, Willis and their Expendables cohorts - better than Statham, and in Homefront we get to see him bashing heads and taking names with aplomb.
Digital Spy spoke to Statham about his reunion with Stallone on Homefront, jumping into the Fast & Furious franchise and why he can't wait to get started on Layer Cake sequel Viva La Madness. The interview was conducted before the tragic passing of Statham's Fast 7 co-star Paul Waker.
On why he wanted to get involved in Homefront...
"When I read it I just knew it was going to attract a lot of decent actors. The parts were fleshed-out, »
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Sharing star billing with Steve Coogan on the critically acclaimed Alan Partridge movie (read our review here), Colm Meaney's varied career has seen him contribute to some prime fillets of geekbait. Second only to Michael Dorn in terms of appearances in Star Trek episodes, he's also played a henchman in Under Siege, sworn entertainingly at John Cusack in Con Air, and reduced Bruce Willis to tears as the tragic British pilot in Die Hard 2. This on top of roles in The Commitments, Last Of The Mohicans, Layer Cake, and The Damned United (he's also due to play a truculent Northern football manager in the forthcoming Pele »
Jason Statham has called for the Oscars to recognise stunt performers.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the Hollywood actor said it was a "farce" that stunt co-ordinators are not recognised at the Academy Awards.
He said: "I think it is an overlooked category, [considering] how much responsibility these co-ordinators have for some of the greatest entertainment in action movies.
"I mean, all of the stunt men - these are the unsung heroes. They really are. Nobody is giving them any credibility. They're risking their necks.
"It's a total injustice. They're the ones getting busy."
Statham also criticised "poncy actors" who are inserted into action sequences using visual effects.
"Then you have some guy standing in front of a f**king green screen screwing his face up pretending like he's doing the stunt," he bemoaned. "To me, it's like a farce.
"I have a real frustration with that because I know these co-ordinators. »
Action specialist says it's a 'farce' that film industry's premier awards ceremony fails to recognise stunt co-ordinators' work
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Jason Statham has added his voice to leading figures in the stunt co-ordination sector of the industry for stunt performers to be rewarded with their own Oscar category.
Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine, Statham said: "I think it is an overlooked category, [considering] how much responsibility these coordinators have for some of the greatest entertainment in action movies. I mean, all of the stunt men—these are the unsung heroes. They really are. Nobody is giving them any credibility. They're risking their necks."
"It's a total injustice. They're the ones getting busy."
Statham then went on to pour scorn on "poncy actors" who are then inserted into action scenes by visual effects artists. "Then you »
- Andrew Pulver
Author J.J. Connolly has written a follow-up to his novel Layer Cake, and as with that book, is adapting it into a screenplay. Jason Statham has snapped up the rights to the sequel, Viva La Madness, looking to produce the film as well as star in the same role that launched Daniel Craig into a life of Aston Martins and vodka martinis. While it seemed a lot like [spoiler alert] Layer Cake's nameless protagonist died in the end of that film, if anyone can shake that off and get back to causing mayhem, it's Jason Statham. So »
There has been no word on the proposed "sequel" to 2004's Layer Cake but today Deadline reports that Statham will take over from Daniel Craig in Viva La Madness. The ending of Layer Cake was ambiguous and should have really been left there, and this will almost certainly change the strong dramatic tone of the original, but Statham is an enigmatic lead, and the last true action hero.
The official synopsis of the book reads: "From the many levels of the London underworld portrayed in Layer Cake, Viva La Madness moves to international crime with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering and high tech electronic fraud, portrayed with the same uncanny believability. The anonymous hero is pulled back into the drug game before he can escape to a sunny retirement."
Statham is set to appear in Homefront this month and he will also star in The Expendables 3, Fast & Furious 7 and Heat next year. »
- Gary Collinson
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2004′s “Layer Cake” was the movie that introduced the world to Matthew Vaughn, and really got people to notice some Brit name Daniel Craig. It was Vaughn’s first movie, and he would go on to direct “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class”. As for that Craig fellow, he did some obscure films about a British spy or some such. You’ve probably never seen it. “Layer Cake” was adapted from a book by J.J. Connolly by Connolly himself. The author is back with a sequel called “Viva La Madness”, and has also pounded out a script this time, too. Instead of Vaughn and Craig, though, the sequel will star Jason Statham, who snatched up rights to the film. In “Viva La Madness”, our favorite criminal is “looking for a beach to land on in retirement, but instead he gets involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, high-tech electronic fraud, London lowlifes and Venezuelan drug cartels. »
Jason Statham has acquired the rights to J.J. Connolly's novel Viva La Madness, which is a sequel to the author's 2000 novel, Layer Cake. Statham will also take on the role of the main, nameless character, who was previously played by Daniel Craig in the 2004 film. Connolly will also write the script for the film, and here's the description of the story from the book,
"From the many levels of the London underworld portrayed in 'Layer Cake,' 'Viva la Madness' moves to international crime with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering and high-tech electronic fraud, portrayed with the same uncanny believability. The anonymous hero of 'Layer Cake' is pulled back into the drug game before he can escape to a sunny retirement: in an authentic but dazzling combination of London low-life, Caribbean high-life and Venezuelan drug cartels toting machine-guns in Mayfair. The brilliance and the »
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Back in 2004, director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) brought Jj Connolly's 2000 novel "Layer Cake" to the big screen with Daniel Craig (Skyfall) playing the lead role. Now comes word that Connolly's 2011 sequel novel, "Viva La Madness" is also being adapted, this time with Jason Statham playing the same role. In the new movie, the nameless character (Statham) is looking to retire on a beach, but instead gets involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, high-tech electronic fraud, London low-lifes and Venezuelan drug cartels. Statham acquired the rights to "Viva La Madness" and will produce. And just like with "Layer Cake," Connolly will once again provide the screenplay. »
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In the film, Connolly's unnamed criminal protagonist is revived after apparently suffering a fatal gunshot wound at the end of Layer Cake. It is not known why Craig, now the star of James Bond, has not returned to the role. But it should offer Statham the chance to return to the type of grimy British »
- Ben Child
Arguably the role that launched Daniel Craig’s career, arriving two years before Casino Royale rebooted James Bond, the unnamed protagonist in Layer Cake is set to return to the screen with Jason Statham acquiring the rights to J.J. Connolly’s follow-up novel, Viva La Madness.
Deadline reports that Statham and his manager/producing partner Steve Chasman (The Transporter, Blitz) have bought the rights to Connolly’s novel, published back in 2011, with Connolly set to pen the script, as he did with Matthew Vaughn’s original Layer Cake adaptation.
The sequel arrived in print just over a decade after Layer Cake hit the shelves, and with Vaughn’s film hitting theatres in 2004, four years after the novel was published, let’s hope that it won’t be long before Viva La Madness hits screens.
Coming via Amazon, here’s the synopsis for the original novel:
The authentic voice of British gangster fiction, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Get ready for a second helping of "Cake."
Jason Statham has just acquired the rights to "Viva La Madness," the 2012 sequel to "Layer Cake," a novel by British author J.J. Connolly that was turned into a movie in 2004. Statham would star as the same nameless hero played by Daniel Craig in the first film.
According to Deadline, "Madness" would pick up where "Layer Cake" left off, with the protagonist "looking for a beach to land on in retirement, but instead he gets involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, high-tech electronic fraud, London lowlifes and Venezuelan drug cartels."
[via Deadline] »
- Katie Roberts
Based on J.J. Connolly's 2000 novel, Layer Cake marked not only the directorial debut of Matthew Vaughn, but is also seen as the movie that led to Daniel Craig, who took the lead as a character known only as Xxxx, being cast as James Bond. On top of all that, it is a fanatstic movie, and one of the best British crime movies of the last few years. Despite the ending seemingly making it impossible, the movies nameless protagonist will return in Viva La Madness. Craig, sadly, is not returning, being replaced here by Jason Statham. While he probably wouldn't be anyones first choice for the role, Statham has proven he can deliver great performances without resorting to kicking men through walls. The likes of The Bank Job, Snatch, and Hummingbird spring to mind, and I'm curious to see him in this role. Based on Connolly's 2011 sequel to his book, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
In today’s most improbable sequel news, it seems that a follow-up is on the way to British crime thriller Layer Cake, with Jason Statham set to take on the leading role. Deadline reports that Statham and producing partner Steve Chasman have purchased the rights to novelist J.J. Connolly’s Viva La Madness, a sequel to his original story brought to the big screen by Matthew Vaughn in 2004. The report also claims that Statham will take over the leading role of the unnamed narrator, last played by a pre-Bond Daniel Craig, as he branches...
- George Wales
News Simon Brew 12 Nov 2013 - 06:23
Here's the current state of The Statham's slate. Homefront is heading to cinemas next month, but we're not allowed to tell you what we think of it yet.
Following that, he's currently got three films lined up for 2014. There's the remake of Heat (not that one) for director Simon West, there's Fast & Furious 7 (which is filming now) and there's The Expendables 3 (which is now in post-production).
We say sort-of-sequel, because Viva La Madness is based on author Jj Connolly's follow-up novel, but so far it doesn't look as if the new »
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