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Netflix left its mark at Cannes yesterday by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Kevin James action-comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. The purchase furthers the streaming service’s aggressive forays into feature distribution, especially given that the budget is said to be on the scale of other James titles, including Sony Pictures’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Zookeeper.
Under the terms of the deal, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin will be presented as a “Netflix event,” debuting exclusively on the streaming service next year and entirely circumventing a theatrical release. Major theater chains like AMC and Regal have been vocal in their opposition to Netflix failing to observe the traditional release model of a theatrical bow followed by home media release, so one can imagine those companies are none-too-happy to hear about the streaming service’s latest acquisition.
- Isaac Feldberg
After much debate in the run-up to and at the Cannes Film Festival about its impact on the film business, Netflix finally got out its checkbook and acquired a film: Kevin James comedy The True Memoirs Of An International Hit Man. It will be produced and financed by Merced Media and Palmstar Media. Kick-Ass 2 helmer Jeff Wadlow will direct the Black List script by Jeff Morris. James, coming off the Paul Blart Mall Cop sequel, puts away the Segway and plays a mild-mannered… »
Unless you are a committed X-Men fan, we imagine your first thought was: 'Who are the New Mutants?'
Not wanting to see you left in the dark, here is our beginner's guide to everything you need to know about the New Mutants:
Simply put, the New Mutants was a training group for young X-Men.
The New Mutants comic was introduced at the height of the '80s X-Men craze, when Marvel's mighty mutants were the biggest property in comics.
Kevin James.s latest comedy, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, may not be the runaway success of the previous film, but it.s found decent box office success, raking in $76 million worldwide so far. We.re used to seeing him as a schluby, bumbling everyman, but for his next role, James is up to something very different, playing a real life assassin, or at least someone mistaken for one. Deadline reports that the star of such films as Here Comes the Boom and Grown Ups is set to headline The True Memoirs of an International Assassin. Jeff Wadlow, who helmed the superhero sequel Kick-Ass 2, will direct. The script comes from Jeff Morris, and landed on a recent edition of the Black List, an annual collection of the best, as-yet-unproduced scripts floating around Hollywood. That right there is enough to indicate that this movie, if handled in the right way, »
Fresh off of saving the day in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Kevin James is getting called to action-hero greatness once more. James is set to star in The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, about a normal dude who gets mixed up in a crazy assassination plot. Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) will direct the action-comedy […]
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- Angie Han
After stinking up the multiplex with Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 last month, is Kevin James finally searching for critical redemption? Nah, don’t think so. The actor has signed on to star in comedy The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, with Blart producer Todd Garner returning in the same capacity and Jeff Sussman (Zookeeper) exec-producing.
The pic, to be directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2, the upcoming Masters of the Universe) from a Black List script by Jeff Morris, will center on a bumbling, mild-mannered accountant who tries his hand at novel-writing, only for his book about an international assassin to top the charts – as a non-fiction memoir. Bombarded by publicity and unsure of how to deal with a world that now believes him to be a stone-cold killer, he vacations in Belize. Predictably, he ends up snared in an actual assassination plot in the Central American country »
- Isaac Feldberg
Breaking: Kevin James is set to star in The True Memoirs Of An International Assassin, a comedy that will be produced and financed by Merced Media and PalmStar Media. Kick-Ass 2 helmer Jeff Wadlow will direct the Black List script by Jeff Morris. James, coming off the Paul Blart Mall Cop sequel, will put away the Segway and play a mild-mannered accountant and would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin… »
Despite Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 bringing in substantially less than the first film, Kevin James will continue to get leading roles in major studio projects that play on his heavyset man-child shtick that doesn't seem to entertain anyone. Now, a screenplay on the prestigious Black List will become a star vehicle for James and will be directed by Kick-ass 2's Jeff Wadlow. Deadline reports that Kevin James will play the lead role in The True Memoirs Of An International »
- Alex Maidy
Earlier today, 20th Century Fox announced plans to develop a sequel for Kingsman: The Secret Service. The film was both a critical and commercial success nabbing a 74% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes while generating $400 million worldwide in box office revenue, so it’s no surprise that the studio is interested in developing a sequel.
It’s also worth noting that similarly to Kick-Ass 2 (which was met with a negative response from critics and moviegoers) Matthew Vaughn will not be directing the sequel. Instead he will be helming the reboot for Flash Gordon.
No other details on the sequel are known at the time. You can read my review of Kingsman: The Secret Service here.
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- Robert Kojder
In case you hadn't heard, Valiant Entertainment is gearing up to begin their own cinematic universe, and they're beginning with a five picture deal at Sony Pictures that will kick off with adaptations of their Bloodshot and Harbinger comics. The former will be the first to arrive, with an eye towards being released sometime in 2017, and THR reveals John Wick directing duo David Leitch & Chad Stahelski will be at the helm with a script from Kick-Ass 2 scribe Jeff Wadlow and The Thing remake writer Eric Heisserer. Even if you're not interested in Valiant comics, it's Leitch and Stahelski directing is great. For those who don't know, Bloodshot follows a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency and turned into an unstoppable killing machine with no memory, not unlike a fantastical version of The Bourne Identity or a less hellish version of Spawn. This project has »
- Ethan Anderton
Back in March comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment announced that it is set to bring its properties to the big screen with the “largest independent superhero universe” in the world, and now we have details of the first two movies in development.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are set to direct Bloodshot for release in 2017, with Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing) penning the script and Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: the Secret Service) executive producing. The film is based on the comic book of the same name, which tells the story of a soldier brought back from the dead as a weapon for a mysterious government agency.
Following Bloodshot will be an adaptation of Harbinger, which revolves around a group of super powered teen outcasts on the run from the Harbinger Foundation. Eric Heisserer will write the script, but as »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel and DC aren’t the only two comics companies churning out page-turning, pulpy action, and now they won’t be the only two studios duking it out for superiority on the big screen either.
Valiant Entertainment last month received a huge investment in their movie and TV development arm, and THR today reported that the comic publishing company has signed a five movie deal with Sony to bring two of their flagship titles, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to the big screen.
Bloodshot and Harbinger will each receive two films, with the first Bloodshot movie planned to arrive in 2017. The fifth film, Harbinger Wars, will bring the two properties together, effectively creating a Vcu to rival Marvel’s. This move was inspired by a 2013 crossover comic series of the same name.
This is an exciting move, as we’ve been interested in Valiant here at Sound on Sight for some time. »
- Brian Welk
As the power play between Marvel and DC Comics’ respective cinematic universes continues to vie for your attention, another competitor is about to enter the ring. Valiant Entertainment has struck a deal with Sony Pictures to create a new cinematic universe that’s set to be based on its own series of comic book titles, starting with Bloodshot in 2017 and ending with crossover title Harbinger Wars.
John Wick creative duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct Bloodshot from a script adapted by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (2011’s The Thing). And if that wasn’t impressive enough, you can also include producers Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass) and Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious franchise) in that veritable list of names.
- Gem Seddon
Things are coming up Valiant: After announcing an eight-figure equity investment from Chinese company Dmg Entertainment (which co-produced Iron Man 3), The Hollywood Reporter reports the recently reinvigorated Valiant Comics has announced a five-picture deal with Sony to bring two of its most popular titles, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to film, beginning in 2017. Eric Heisserer will write both titles, working with Kick-Ass 2's Jeff Wadlow on Bloodshot. John Wick's David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will helm Bloodshot, whereas a director hasn't been announced yet for Harbinger. Now the big question is whether Valiant can really break the Marvel-dc stranglehold and make this a three-party race. »
- E. Alex Jung
If, like me, you're unfamiliar with Valiant Comics then you would do well to read this primer from our very own Evan Valentine. Now that you're caught up you can start diving into today's news that they have teamed up with Sony Pictures and a nice array of talent to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as the first two installments of a five picture deal (McU, then Dcu, now Vcu). Per THR, it looks like Bloodshot will be the first of these films coming down the pike. John Wick (holy shit) directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will helm the film from a script by Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf, Kick-Ass 2) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Bird Box). The movie, to be produced by Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari, is about "a soldier brought back from the dead by a secret government agency, turned into an unstoppable »
- Evan Dickson
"John Wick" helmets David Leitch and Chad Stahelski will direct "Bloodshot" from a script by Jeff Wadlow ("Kick-Ass 2") and Eric Heisserer ("The Thing" remake). Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will executive produce.
Heisserer will also pen "Harbinger" but no directors are attached at this point. Both the first "Bloodshot" and "Harbinger" are targeting a 2017 release. Dinesh Shamdasani, Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe will produce all five films.
The "Bloodshot" comic follow a super soldier created through the use of nanites. They allow him to heal from injuries quickly, interface with technology, and shape shift his mass. »
- Garth Franklin
Gary Collinson on the 2015 superhero box office showdown…
Revisiting Last Year’S Predictions
Before we turn our attention to this year’s line-up of superhero movies, we’ll start as always by casting our eye back twelve months to last year’s predictions, as Marvel continued the build to Avengers: Age of Ultron with Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as launching the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy, Fox brought together its two X-Men timelines for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sony killed the Spider-Man franchise (again) with The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Last Year’s Prediction - “As for the biggest earner of the year, I can’t look past The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and I expect the sequel to pull in around $700 million, followed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past with around $550 – $600 million apiece (if »
- Gary Collinson
The 2008 movie Wanted was a good, solid hit for Universal Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov. So much so that pretty much ever since, there's been chatter about a possible sequel. A sequel that, you've probably noticed, hasn't materialised.
In truth, we'd assumed that Wanted 2 was a dead project. The last we heard on it was a couple of years ago, and it just seemed like the film had missed its moment. Yet director Bekmambetov is still keen to move things forward.
In a new chat with Collider, he revealed that "for my part, I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I've seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there »
Not so much a movie as a mismatched mix of dick jokes and rampant homophobia. I’m kidding: There aren’t any actual jokes here. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the first movie
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s not so much a movie as a collection of dick jokes and — and this is mildly interesting, in a way psychologically revealing of the creators — rampant homophobia, as if what we’re intended to hear is “Hey! You! Look at my penis! Unless you’re a dude, that would be gross.” Or maybe it’s “My penis is awesome! But not in a gay way!” Wait, I lie: There aren’t any actual jokes in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Scenes sort of ramble on for long, humor-free minutes, getting nowhere near a joke, or even near the setup for a potential punchline. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
With director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) at the helm, the cast includes Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony-Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo, Drive), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, The Bridge) John Leguizamo (Chef, Kick-ass 2, John Wick), Benjamin Bratt (Love In The Time Of Cholera, Traffic), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias) , Juliet Aubrey (The Constant Gardener, The White Queen) and Academy Award and Tony Award nominated Amy Ryan (Birdman, Gone Baby Gone).
- Michelle McCue
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