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Exclusive: Studiocanal has hired Alex Holmes to adapt The Killer for Pierre Morel to direct. This comes after Studiocanal acquired rights to Tom Wood’s critically acclaimed Victor The Assassin book franchise, with Morel attached along with The Picture Company to produce with Sentient Entertainment. Studiocanal and Morel collaborated on The Gunman, the action thriller starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba and Ray Winstone that Open Road Films will release in February. They are hoping to hatch a franchise with Wood’s six-book series. The Killer is the first book in that series. It centers on Victor, a mysterious, quick-witted and charismatic gun for hire whose conscience begins to catch up with him and as a result puts him at odds with his employers.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Liam Neeson's fighting for his family ... again! 20th Century Fox dropped the new trailer for "Tak3n" on Tuesday and it looks like Liam's got himself into yet another serious situation.This time, it doesn't look like anyone is actually "taken," but it appears Liam's wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) meets her unfortunate end in the beginning of the movie. Now Bryan Mills must use his "special set of skills" to protect the only family he has left -- his daughter Kim -- and his name when he becomes a prime suspect in his wife's murder. Forest Whitaker also stars in the third installment of the action-packed flick, as cop Franck Dotzler. We do love seeing the "Non-Stop" star in action -- are you excited to see "Tak3n"? Tell toofab in the comment section below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Liam Neeson is a man on a different kind of mission in the first trailer for “Taken 3,” released Tuesday. The action-heavy franchise has revolved its plots around freeing hostages from the grips of international criminals, but the latest installment focuses on Bryan's (Neeson) attempt to clear his name of a crime he did not commit — the murder of his baby momma Lenore (Famke Janssen). See video: ‘Non-Stop’ Action Star Liam Neeson Threatens ‘the Sh-t’ Out of Fan on ‘Kimmel’ The Lapd descends on him almost as soon as he stumbles across her dead body, but his super-spy skills take over and. »
- Travis Reilly
Final Update, 3:30 Pm: Final grosses have been updated for the following films: The Equalizer, The Maze Runner, The Boxtrolls, Annabelle, Lucy, Hercules, Into the Storm, Let’s Be Cops, The Drop, If I Stay, The Dwarf, Boyhood, Get On Up, Sex Tape, horror films The Purge: Anarchy and As Above/So Below, 22 Jump Street, El Nino, Relatos Salvajes, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, and the big U.S. tentpoles Guardians of the Galaxy, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also added are the thriller about hacking
2Nd Update, 6:37 Pm Pt: Despite the arrival of The Equalizer on 4,994 international screens, for a total take of $19M (including Village Roadshow markets), and the continued effort of The Maze Runner, this was a reasonably quiet overseas weekend whose initial estimates for the Top 10 studio releases are down about 15% on last frame. Those numbers don »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Us Box Office report for 29th September 2014…
Opening in just over 3,200 theatres, The Equalizer took an impressive $35 million on its opening weekend, which is added to its $17.8 million worldwide takings to give it a $52.8 million total. However the movie brings with it a hefty $55 million budget, so it might be some time yet before we can call this one a roaring success.
What has been a success however is Ya novel adaptation The Maze Runner that, while dropping 42%, still managed to add another $17.5 million to its now $148.7 million worldwide total. New entry The Boxtrolls just fell shy of that number taking an estimated $17.3 million across slightly less screens. The stop motion animation has topped the UK box office »
- Luke Owen
We’d like to believe that Taken 3 (or Tak3n as it’s being marketed) will be the final outing for Bryan Mills. It’s got to be. Surely he’s due for a serious medical episode after all of his tiresome globetrotting? The star of the franchise, Liam Neeson, has repeatedly stated that it is most definitely, absolutely, The last one. But, wait. Didn’t he say that about the second one?
If the European marketing campaign is anything to go by, the studio are aiming for one last push to draw in audiences. This could mean this truly is the last time Neeson will charge around the planet with a gun, being a badass and rescuing helpless women. Well, the last time under the name Bryan Mills at least (see: Non-Stop).
The very first poster, for the French market, ensures us all that its the end of the road for the franchise. »
- Gem Seddon
“If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you that I don’t have any money. What I do have, are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.” – Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), Taken
When Liam Neeson was playing telephone with bad guys in 2008’s Taken, he was not just introducing himself to those who had nixed his daughter’s attempt to stalk U2 guitarist The Edge. He was inaugurating a new action hero archetype built of aged wisdom and burrowed brawn, the middle-aged vigilante assassin. (Vigilante applied here because as “one who undertakes law enforcement with legal authority,” while “assassin” fits to associations of precise violent skills.)
The success of Neeson’s mission as ex-cia guy Mills, that is, the hundreds of millions of dollars Taken took, confirmed the vitality of a middle-aged vigilante assassin, »
- Nick Allen
Producer Eric Newman’s newly formed Grand Electric has entered into a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal through which the new company will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and Us markets.
StudioCanal, whose recent productions include Non-Stop and the upcoming Paddington, will act as a creative partner, financier, foreign sales entity, and direct distributor in their territories for Newman’s projects.
Grand Electric will be based in Los Angeles and will continue to develop and produce genre fare for which Newman is best known.
“We are in advanced development with Eric and Jose Padilha on Revenge and we look forward to many more films together.”
Newman left his post as the ranking production executive at Beacon Communications (Air Force One, Bring It On) in 2002 along with Beacon principals [link=nm »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September 2014…
Despite competition from Liam Neeson’s latest action thriller, stop motion animation The Boxtrolls retained top spot at the UK box office this past weekend, leaving A Walk Among the Tombstones to settle for second place.
Two other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with stage adaptation The Riot Club earning £496,647 to take fifth place, followed by the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, which was helped along by a live-event broadcast of Cave’s performance at London’s Barbican and an open air preview last month to pull in £356,467 in eighth.
Number one this time last year: Rush
1. The Boxtrolls, £1,333,137 weekend; £3,621,803 total »
- Gary Collinson
ABC's next Marvel series, Agent Carter, has found it's male lead in the form of veteran actor Shea Whigham. Best known for his role as Eli Thompson on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, Whigham boasts a pretty impressive resume with roles in The Wolf Of Wall Street, American Hustle, Non-stop, and Silver Linings Playbook. With Boardwalk Empire coming to a close, Whigham was looking for another project and Agent Carter fit the bill, giving him another role in law enforcement. Whigham will play tough »
- Alex Maidy
Fans of Marvel will have been excitedly anticipating the Agent Carter TV series for a while now.
As we edge closer to seeing the One Shot-adaptation in all its televised glory, the core cast of the show is seemingly almost complete.
We’ve heard of a new face confirmed to join proceedings this morning – Shea Whigham. His role has been described as the male lead, but whether this means he will be a colleague, enemy or love interest (or all three) to Peggy Carter remains to be seen.
Whigham should be recognisable to lots of folk out there, seeing as he held the long-term role of Eli in Boardwalk Empire, as well as popping up recurringly in True Detective and appearing on the big screen in Non-Stop, The Wolf Of Wall Street »
Taken was a surprise box office smash that cemented Liam Neeson as an unlikely action hero. It’s still a surprise to me, considering how genuinely awful I found it. However, the masses have spoken and after the success of Taken 2, along with the likes of Neeson action films such as Non-stop, A Walk Among The Tombstones, and Unknown, it’s time to go back to the character of Bryan Mills in Taken 3. This time we find Mills (Neeson) framed for murder, forcing him to go on the run. Quite who is going to be ‘taken’ is still unknown at this time. Neeson had this to say about his upcoming return:
I have to go on the run, I’ll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities. Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him. They must not like me. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
There was some reason to celebrate considering A Walk Among the Tombstones my review wasn't just Liam Neeson in another Taken-esque performance a la Non-Stop and Unknown. Then again, the movie itself was a little sloppy so the celebration was a little short-lived. Next up for Neeson, however, is yet another Taken feature, this one the aptly titled Taken 3 (it's the third one don'tcha knowc) and USA Today and Empire have delivered the five first look pictures, though this one is a little different than previous installments. Taken 3 finds Neeson as Bryan Mills and this time he is the prey after being framed for the murder of someone close to him. "I have to go on the run," Neeson told USA Today, "I'll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities. Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him. »
- Brad Brevet
Hong Kong – Six films finished the Sept. 15-21 week with box office scores separated by only $2 million. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” kept its nose just ahead.
“Apes” added $8.44 million to lift its 24 day cumulative score to $111 million. In second place over the week, “The Expendables 3” added $7.72 million for a 21 day score of $69.6 million.
The three day score of $7.28 million by opener “Non-Stop” was enough for third place over the week.
Fourth slot belonged to “Into the Storm,” which added $7.21 million for a 10 day cumulative of $14.8 million. Fifth was Chinese romance “But Always,” with $6.41 million, for a total of $34.3 million after 17 days.
Sixth place on the week – and second place over the weekend — was taken by Chinese war-time thriller “One Step Away” with $6.31 million in three days. »
- Patrick Frater
Updated, Monday, 12:47 Pm: We have all 29 films’ final totals updated so far, including this weekend’s big box office king, The Maze Runner. Updated so far (besides Maze Runner) are Universal’s The Boxtrolls and Lucy, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Fox titles Let’s Be Cops, How To Train Your Dragon 2 from DreamWorks’ Animation, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Paramount’s newly revamped franchises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, Fox’s Ya success story The Fault In Our Stars, Universal’s horror flicks As Above/So Below and The Purge: Anarchy, Fox’s El Nino, Finding Fanny, Doktorspiele and Guten Tag, Ramon. We also just got Warner Bros. titles’ Dolphin Tale 2, Into The Storm, If I Stay, Relatos Salvajes and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends and other Uni titles The Riot Club, indie fav Boyhood and dance franchise Step Up All In. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Final Update, Monday, 2:12 Pm: The fall season is off to a good start, thanks to Fox’s The Maze Runner which opened nicely to $32.5M for the three-day weekend. The next installment of the film, The Maze Runner 2: Scorch Trials, is already set to bow September 18, 2015. While Fox has created another franchise for the industry, Liam Neeson and Universal weren’t so lucky with A Walk Among The Tombstones. The picture didn’t appeal to the female audience — that same demo which helped Non-Stop open to $28.8M earlier this year for the actor. Tombstones ends this weekend with $12.7M. This Is Where I Leave You opened to mediocre numbers after having a less than expected Sunday. It will take in only $11.5M for Warner Bros.
- Anita Busch
The young-adult adaptation The Maze Runner raced to the top of the box-office with $32.5 million, giving a budding franchise a quick start out of the gate.
The 20th Century Fox release easily outpaced the $13.1 million debut of Liam Neeson's hardboiled private eye thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones and the $11.9 million opening for the ensemble-cast dramedy This Is Where I Leave You, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The strong opening for The Maze Runner, adapted from James Dashner's science-fiction Ya novel, is a big success for a movie that cost $34 million to make and was released in the normally quiet month of September. Fox aimed to make the film - about a group of teenage boys mysteriously locked inside a giant maze - the first post-summer event movie, putting it on IMAX and large-format screens.
"Our little $34 million-budgeted film is pretty darn strong," said Chris Aronson, head of distribution for Fox. »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
20th Century Fox's "The Maze Runner" dominated at the domestic box office, grossing over $32 million, almost earnings back its entire $34 million budget. The film, which has a 63% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, also performed well overseas, adding another $38 million for a worldwide total of over $80 million. Liam Neeson's "A Walk Among the Tombstones" had to settle for second place with only $13.1 million, well behind Neeson's other recent action films like "Non-Stop" ($28.9 million), "Unknown" ($21.9 million), "Taken" ($24.7 million) and "Taken 2" ($49.5 million). The new movie cost $28 million to make and has a 65% fresh rating. The other new wide release of the weekend was "This Is Where I Leave You," starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. It landed in third place with $11.9 million, enough to eventually make back its $20 million budget. The comedy has a 43% fresh rating. Meanwhile, Kevin Smith's "Tusk" was released in 602 theaters, earning a disappointing $886,000, which is only $1,472 per theater. »
Chicago – I don’t know about your dad, but mine – love him as I do – isn’t Jason Bourne, James Bond or Bryan Mills. At the age of 62, Liam Neeson somehow still kicks ass as Bryan Mills in “Taken” and fans everywhere love riding every minute of his butt-kicking thrill rides.
Denzel Washington, Daniel Craig and Matt Damon are certainly a close second for who your fantasy dad would be, but really the winner is Liam Neeson every time. And I don’t just mean for those of us with daddy issues.
Liam would play baseball or My Little Pony with you, teach you wise life lessons, make you laugh and send you on your merry way in life. All the while, he’d be protecting you in the shadows if ever enemies find reason to harm you. He’s scary to bad guys even without a gun as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" just got a new partner in the field of successful young adult novel adaptations.
"The Maze Runner" pulled in a very solid $32.5 million domestic opening over the weekend, easily taking the top spot at not just the American box-office but in fifty other markets around the world. Globally it managed an $81.5 million debut, not bad for a film that cost only a fraction of most young adult novel adaptations.
The Liam Neeson-led R-rated crime thriller "A Walk Among the Tombstones" came in a distant second with $13.1 million - only half the opening of his PG-13 in-flight thriller "Non-Stop" from earlier this year. The film isn't expected to fare well in coming weeks.
The ensemble comedy "This is Where I Leave You" also disappointed with an $11.9 million debut and poor reviews. In moderate release, Kevin Smith's "Tusk" premiered to just $886,000 across 600 screens - another disappointment. »
- Garth Franklin
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