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Warner Bros.' Point Break remake, arriving this Christmas, takes the same premise of the original classic, featuring an FBI agent going undercover to infiltrate a highly-trained group of thieves. However, instead of the surfing world, the criminals in this remake are all extreme sports athletes, ranging from snowboarding, rock climbing, big wave surfing and much more. Today, Warner Bros. has released a new preview which examines one of these extreme sports, motocross.
Director Ericson Core explains that the motocross sequences were shot in Swingarm City, Utah, which he describes as "the Holy Grail of American motocross riding." We also hear from star Luke Bracey, who plays Johnny Utah in the remake, and actual motocross racer Steve Haughelstine, who explains that no one had ever ridden these "spines" before, and that the racers were getting dangerously close to the cameras during production. This motocross sequence in the film is part »
British action star Jason Statham has signed on to star in a new action thriller from writer Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Total Recall, Point Break), which is centered around an Ex-Pat Brit in Hong Kong who goes on the run with a high-level female Chinese agent to solve a kidnapping with global implications.
“Jason and I both have been wanting to work with Kurt for a long time,” states producer Steven Chasman. “He has such an incredible vision for this film that this collaboration is particularly exciting for us. The narrative Kurt creates is incredibly rich and while our story is rooted in adventure, it is also very much character driven. We couldn’t be more fortunate to be working with him, as well as our new partners from Road Pictures, Gongming Cai and Julien Favre, who really comprehend the global potential for the film.”
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- Gary Collinson
Jason Statham is one of the more consistent and prolific action stars working in Hollywood today, with many entries in the genre under his belt. As such, it makes sense that he's now been cast to play the lead in a Hong Kong action movie, written by Kurt Wimmer, which is as yet untitled.
Hong Kong action movies tend to be quite stunt-intensive, with a general inclination to do things practically (though to a lesser extent in recent years). Jason Statham is a very logical choice for this kind of filmmaking, since he has Mixed Martial Arts training, and a lot of action experience, preferring to do as many stunts as possible himself. Obviously, some are going to be too difficult or too dangerous for the star to do them all himself, so he's worked with numerous stuntmen over his career, who he has tremendous respect for.
The Wrap describes »
Jason Statham will star in an untitled action-thriller set in Hong Kong with shooting taking place in fall 2016.
The project is a production between Jason Statham, Steven Chasman’s Sj Pictures and China-based Road Pictures. Written by Kurt Wimmer, the movie is centered around an expatriate Brit in Hong Kong who goes on the run with a high-level female Chinese agent to solve a kidnapping with global implications.
Producers are Chasman along with Gongming Cai and Julien Favre of Road Pictures. The film will shoot in China and in Europe.
The news was announced Thursday during the American Film Market.
“Jason and I both have been wanting to work with Kurt for a long time,” Chasman said. “He has such an incredible vision for this film that this collaboration is particularly exciting for us. »
- Dave McNary
Jason Statham has signed on to star in a new, untitled action-thriller written by Kurt Wimmer (“Salt”) that will be a co-production between Statham and Steve Chasman’s Sj Pictures and China-based Road Pictures, it was announced Friday. Statham will play an ex-pat Brit living in Hong Kong who goes on the run with a high-level female Chinese agent to solve a kidnapping with global implications. Chasman (“The Bank Job”) will produce the movie with Gongming Cai and Julien Favre of Road Pictures, the Beijing-headquartered global media group. Production will begin next fall in China and Europe. Also Read: Jason Statham to Star. »
- Jeff Sneider
Wimmer, whose screenplay credits include Salt and the upcoming Salt 2 and Point Break, wrote and will direct the project about an ex-pat in Hong Kong who goes on the run with a high-level female Chinese agent to solve a kidnapping with global implications.
Chasman will produce with Gongming Cai and Julien Favre of Beijing-based Road Pictures.
Principal photography is set to start in autumn 2016 in China and in Europe.
“Jason and I both have been wanting to work with Kurt for a long time,” said Chasman. “He has such an incredible vision for this film that this collaboration is particularly exciting for us.
“The narrative Kurt creates is incredibly rich and while our story is rooted in adventure, it is also very much character-driven. We couldn »
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Just a few weeks after John Wick director David Leitch was confirmed to direct Charlize Theron in The Coldest City, the spy thriller has secured another co-star. Variety reports that James McAvoy has come aboard to star in an unspecified role. This news comes just after the actor replaced Joaquin Phoenix in an Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Movie, but that project is said to go into production after The Coldest City.
The Coldest City centers on an MI6 spy who is found dead on the eve of the Berlin Wall coming down. Charlize Theron star as "super spy" Lorraine Broughton, who is tasked with finding the list this covert agent was trying to smuggle into West Berlin, which contains the names of every espionage agent working undercover in Berlin. This assignment takes her into the underground world of counter-intelligence, risking her own life to save the lives of the British agents, »
It looks like Sony Pictures’ The Gray Man may need a title change, as Deadline is reporting that Mad Max: Fury Road star Charlize Theron has entered talks for the lead role in the upcoming action thriller.
The project is based upon the novel of the same name by Mark Greaney, and previously had Brad Pitt attached to star as an expert CIA op-turned-assassin who is forced to evade adversaries as (s)he saves the lives of daughters (s)he didn’t know (s)he had.
- Gary Collinson
Now Furiosa is taking over Brad Pitt?
Charlize Theron is no stranger to big roles and this next one was set aside for Pitt until he had to move from the project. Now, it looks like the part will be adapted for Theron, Deadline reports. The movie, The Grey Man, is an adaptation of the Mark Greaney novel.
No director is attached with a script coming from Captain America directors Joe and Anthony Russo. The novel was about an expert CIA op-turned-assassin who is forced to evade adversaries as he saves the lives of daughters he didn’t know he had.
According to Deadline, the producers have been pushing for Theron since July with the official word coming in today that she bagged the role. They also mention that this is a similar situation as with Salt, which ended up starring Angelina Jolie instead of Tom Cruise, who dropped out. »
- Zach Dennis
Charlize Theron may not be a part of George Miller’s immediate Mad Max sequel, but the aura of her kingdom-shaking turn as Imperator Furiosa is still emanating across Hollywood. Case in point: Deadline reports that the actress has now topped the shortlist for Sony’s adaptation of The Gray Man, signalling that a gender swap could be on the cards.
Based on Mark Greaney’s thrilling novel series, The Gray Man orbits around a CIA operative-turned-assassin known as Court Gentry, who sets about evading mysterious forces in order to save the lives of the daughters – daughters who aren’t even aware of his own existence. Two years ago, when Sony originally picked up the rights to adapt, James Gray and Brad Pitt were attached to direct and star, though the project stalled before the cameras could begin rolling.
- Michael Briers
Charlize Theron looks set to join an assassin thriller in the lead role - which was originally written as male.
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In the original script, the protagonist must rescue the daughters he never knew he had while being heavily pursued by his enemies, according to Deadline.
However, there's a chance that Theron might not be returning for the Mad Max sequel as the scene-stealing Imperator Furiosa.
Previous examples of gender-swapped heroes include Salt - which was »
After languishing in development for several years, Sony Pictures is finally moving forward with their adaptation of Mark Greaney's 2009 novel The Gray Man. The Tracking Board reports that Charlize Theron is attached to star as the female lead, with the studio currently searching for a director to tackle the script by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The writers were initially set to direct as well, but now that they are locked into making Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II, they are no longer available to direct.
The story centers on a American covert operative named Court Gentry, who is also known as The Gray Man. He has become a legend in the covert world for pulling off impossible missions, before fading into obscurity. He must spring back into action in a race against time to save his daughters, who have been targeted by international assassins. »
Perhaps with a revived taste for action following her storming success in Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron is grabbing the opportunity to star in what has hitherto been known as The Gray Man, based on Mark Greaney's novel. She's prompted a gender switch in the lead role, which once had Brad Pitt attached. The story as we currently know it involves the world’s greatest assassin, Court Gentry: a former CIA operative whose name crops up on the “burned” list after a job goes wrong. On the run from unknown forces, without the usual go-to resources, our hero has to get pretty creative to survive. And as an extra headache, Gentry must also save two daughters who have no idea of their true parentage.When you put it like that, it doesn't seem as if all that much retooling would be required to make Gentry into Theron. It's »
Sony Pictures is in talks with Charlize Theron to come aboard "The Gray Man," its long in the works adaptation of the Mark Greaney. Theron would star in and produce through her Denver and Delilah label alongside Joe Roth.
The original premise focused on an expert CIA operative-turned-assassin who is forced to evade adversaries as he saves the lives of daughters he didn't know he had. With Theron coming onboard, some minor re-writes will be necessary to accomodate the protagonist's change of gender, not an unusual situation for Sony who made the same accomodation for the Angelina Jolie-led "Salt" which went on to become a hit.
"Captain America: Civil War" writer/directors Joe and Anthony Russo penned the screenplay and were originally attached to helm before becoming Marvel's go-to guys in the wake of Joss Whedon's exit from the Marvel cinematic universe. Brad Pitt and filmmaker James Gray »
- Garth Franklin
Unless you're Meryl Streep or Jennifer Lawrence, there aren't a lot of great roles for women in Hollywood. This isn't brand new information, and lately a number of actresses have spoken out about the problem.
As if that wasn't enough, many of cinema's most iconic heroines - the roles that we hold up as evidence to the contrary - were actually written with men in mind, before an enterprising actress or director stepped in to flip the script. And so, in honour of our favourite leading lady Sigourney Weaver turning 66, here are six times that approach paid off...
Catchily titled The Far-Reaching Philosophy of Edwin A Salt, Kurt Wimmer's initial draft of the spy thriller featured a male lead whom Tom Cruise almost played, until he passed because it felt too close to his Mission: Impossible role. The script was then rewritten after studio exec Amy Pascal »
Of the many influential film-makers to have emerged from Australia in the 1970s, Phillip Noyce is one of the most political. Most of Noyce’s body of work consists of political dramas and thrillers, often with a side of geopolitical intrigue – titles such as Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt and The Quiet American.
In the early 2000s the director made a rare voyage back to Australian shores for the hard-hitting stolen generations drama Rabbit-Proof Fence, a personal but polemical film advertised in America with an incendiary poster tagline: “What if the government kidnapped your daughter?”
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- Luke Buckmaster
Following the first trailer from May and an action-packed preview released last week, Warner Bros. has debuted the second full trailer for their Point Break remake, arriving in theaters Christmas Day. Edgar Ramirez stars as the enigmatic Bodhi, who leads a group of thieves that have a far different agenda than most criminals. Luke Bracey plays FBI agent Johnny Utah, who infiltrates Bodhi's group and learns about their path to enlightenment.
You may recall that the first Point Break poster revealed a group of skydivers watching a huge pallet full of money plummet to the ground. We get to see how this scene unfolds in the new footage, which reveals that Bodhi and his crew need to "give more than they take," as he dumps millions of dollars on an unsuspecting village. In addition to the trailer, we also have even more posters which showcase some of the extreme sports in the remake. »
...with stunts performed by the world's top 'extreme sports' athletes:
"...in 'Point Break', a young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Deep undercover, and with his life in danger, he strives to prove they are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes that are devastating the world's financial markets..."
Extreme sports will include surfing 70-foot waves, snowboarding, wingsuit flying, free rock climbing and high-speed motorcycle stunts.
Renowned extreme athletes performing stunts in the film include surfers Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Brian Keaulana and Ahanu Tson-dru; snowboarders Lucas DeBari, Ralph Backstrom, Mitch Toelderer, Mike Basich and Xavier De »
- Michael Stevens
Ever since the Point Break remake was announced, we learned that this new version of Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 classic will still feature Johnny Utah and Bodhi, only this time the story will be set within the world of extreme sports, not just surfing. The first poster released back in May featured a skydiver chasing after a huge pile of money, but today, Warner Bros. released a new one-sheet that brings the remake back to its roots, showcasing the new Utah (Luke Bracey) and Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) riding a massive wave. The original poster came just one day before the first trailer arrived, so that could mean the second trailer is just around the corner.
In the fast-paced, high-adrenaline Point Break, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes - led by the charismatic Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez). The athletes are suspected of »
Ahead of American Ultra's arrival in UK cinemas, here's our pick of the 25 finest, sneakiest secret agents in film...
Operatives. Spies. Moles. Infiltrators. Secret agents go by many names. In fact, Britain's national security agency doesn't even call them agents - they're covert human intelligence sources, or simply “officers".
Whatever we choose to call them, secret agents lead necessarily furtive and obscure lives - so obscure that most of what we know about them is defined by what we've seen and read in books and movies.
During the Cold War, the image of the secret agent as a well-groomed sophisticate in a suit proliferated all over the world, and even in the high-tech landscape of the 21st century, that image still stands - just look at such movies as Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, of course, the Bond franchise. But secret agents can come in many other guises, »
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