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Exclusive: The Solution Entertainment Group acquired Jeremy Drysdale's action spec script in late 2013 and has now greenlit Live! which it will produce and fully finance. Darrin Prescott and Wade Allen will make their feature directorial debut on the high-concept actioner. The Solution’s Myles Nestel (The November Man) is producing with Skip Williamson (Underworld, Gamer, Crank) of 5B Artist+Media. The project is currently casting with principal photography eyed for the… »
In the movie, a group of friends on an island getaway experiment with a new designer drug that makes them lose their ability to control their urges.
Fortitude International is handling international sales of Urge at the European Film Market.
Variety has it listed as one of the Top Buzz Titles at the Berlin Film Festival.
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- Michelle McCue
The planned live-action adaptation of Joe Casey and Chris Burnham’s Officer Downe has secured financing, with Life Out Loud Films set to fund the project, which is being directed by M. Shawn Crahan, drummer and co-founder of Slipknot.
“Very excited to dive back into badass muscular cinema akin to what we did in Crank,” said Mark Neveldine and Skip Williamson, who will produce the film from a script by Casey. “With Shawn steering the ship and the subversive insanity of the world Joe created, we’ll have something unforgettable.”
Officer Downe tells the story of a police officer who is killed in the line of duty and finds himself resurrected time and again as he becomes the secret weapon of the Los Angeles Police Department.
- Gary Collinson
The premise of Joe Casey and Chris Burnham’s Officer Downe comics is that an immortal cop can just tear through all kinds of chaos and rip right to the bad guys, even if it means half of his body is going to get temporarily torn to shreds while he’s doing it.
It’s like Tackleberry from the Police Academy movies was made into Wolverine and given a Nick Offerman ‘stache. The resulting comic, which I’ve only flicked through quickly, and not recently, is full of the kind of carnage and bad behaviour that brought to mind Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow’s Hard Boiled.
There’s now a film of Officer Downe in development, and it’s been announced in Berlin that Slipknot’s M Shawn Crahan will direct. According to Deadline, Crank’s Mark Neveldine is amongst the producers.
Fans of the comic can rest assured that Casey is involved – indeed, »
- Brendon Connelly
The live-action film adaptation of Joe Casey and Chris Burnham's graphic novel Officer Downe is moving forward, with Living Out Loud Films coming aboard to finance and Nicolas Chartier's Voltage Picture launching the project to international buyers this week at Berlin's European Film Market. CAA brokered the financing deal and will represent domestic rights. Mark Neveldine and Skip Williamson, who teamed on Crank, are producing Officer Downe alongside Cole Payne and Casey, who wrote the adapted script. Read More 'Hurt Locker' Producer Nicolas Chartier on His Anti-Piracy Crusade and Why Union Workers Need Less Pay Slipknot co-founder
- Pamela McClintock
Voltage Pictures has picked up international sales on Officer Downe as the graphic novel adaptation gets a new lease of life and moves into production next month.
As previously reported M Shawn Crahan of the band Slipknot will direct the action-thriller about a resurrected police officer who wages daily war in Los Angeles.
Living Out Loud Films is financing the project and CAA, who brokered the financing deal, represents Us rights.
“We’re very excited to dive back into badass muscular cinema akin to what we did in Crank,” said Neveldine and Williamson. “With Shawn steering the ship and the subversive insanity of the world Joe created we’ll have something unforgettable.”
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Your enjoyment of Mortdecai is likely going to be based on one thing: how much you can stand late period Johnny Depp. If you still find his faux-British sauntering thing endearing and enjoyable, you’ll probably have a good time. If however, like me, you’ve been growing tired of it since the second Pirates Of The Caribbean movie, you might find it a bit of a chore.
Based on author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s series of cult novels, Depp plays Charlie Mortdecai, an cartoonish upper crust art dealer-slash-conman, with a mansion in Oxford and staring bankruptcy down the barrel. When a rare Goya painting is stolen, old acquaintance and MI5 agent Alistair Martland (Ewan McGregor) throws Mortdecai a bone – retrieve the painting and he’ll clear his tax debt. What follows is a half Bond, »
To pinpoint the appeal of British B-movie bruiser Jason Statham, one need look no further than the place where the ball of Statham’s foot, the crown of his head, or the bend of his elbow makes sudden, bone-shattering contact with some lesser specimen of the human gene pool. Such collisions, alas, are too few and far between in “Wild Card,” a serviceable Vegas neo-noir that carries an unusually tony pedigree for a Statham vehicle (in the form of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman), but lacks the amped-up Looney Tunes mayhem of the “Transporter” and “Crank” franchises. Lionsgate is wisely betting low on this Jan. 30 release, with a limited theatrical run and a more aggressive VOD push.
“Wild Card” represents the second attempt by Goldman (“All the President’s Men,” “The Princess Bride”) and producer Cassian Elwes to fashion a movie from the writer’s 1985 paperback potboiler, “Heat,” about the various entanglements of one Nick Escalante, »
- Scott Foundas
8 items from 2015
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