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The Reinvention of Jean-Claude Van Damme

The Reinvention of Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme discusses how he learned not to take himself so seriously in the new Amazon series, 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson.' Graham Walzer/Redux

Jean-Claude Van Damme – the kickboxing King of the Splits, the street-fighting inspiration for the game Mortal Kombat, the fabled flexing "Muscles From Brussels" – can get seriously silly.

"I like to make voices with my kids," he says nonchalantly. "You see a cartoon and you do one." Then Van Damme asks, "Can you make a voice for me? Make a voice for me." After a few increasingly goofy back-and-forths,
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The Reinvention of Jean-Claude Van Damme

The Reinvention of Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme discusses how he learned not to take himself so seriously in the new Amazon series, 'Jean-Claude Van Johnson.' Graham Walzer/Redux

Jean-Claude Van Damme – the kickboxing King of the Splits, the street-fighting inspiration for the game Mortal Kombat, the fabled flexing "Muscles From Brussels" – can get seriously silly.

"I like to make voices with my kids," he says nonchalantly. "You see a cartoon and you do one." Then Van Damme asks, "Can you make a voice for me? Make a voice for me." After a few increasingly goofy back-and-forths,
See full article at Rolling Stone »

Wonder Woman 2 Brings in Expendables and Godzilla Writer

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Wonder Woman 2 Brings in Expendables and Godzilla Writer
Warner Bros. is certainly wasting no time moving forward on Wonder Woman 2. Just two days after Wonder Woman 2 director Patty Jenkins closed her deal to direct the superhero sequel, the studio has brought in writer Dave Callaham (The Expendables) to work on the script with the director and Geoff Johns. Unfortunately, no story details for the sequel have been confirmed, but with a new writer on board, we may hear more about this superhero sequel soon.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today, revealing that both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns had been working on a Wonder Woman 2 treatment for the past several months, and now Dave Callaham will join the writing fold. Patty Jenkins has talked about setting this sequel in two very different time periods. Just after the theatrical release of Wonder Woman, the director stated that she plans to bring the story back to present day for the sequel,
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Affleck signs on for Batman trilogy, Thanos in Avengers 4, first look at Domino in Deadpool 2 and more – Daily News Roundup

Batfleck Trilogy Back On The Cards?

Just prior to San Diego Comic Con, the trade papers began to report that Warner Bros. and DC were having concerns with Ben Affleck as Batman in their DC Extended Universe, but the actor himself dismissed the rumours. According to a new – and very dubious – report, Fortress of Solicitude are claiming that Affleck has signed on for a brand new trilogy of movies directed by Matt Reeves, which would lead into Batman Beyond. Take all this with a pinch of salt, and read more here.

Kombat Reboot

We spoke with Wish Upon director John R. Leonetti about his upcoming movie, and managed to squeeze in a question about his thoughts on James Wan’s upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot. Leonetti directed 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and has worked with Wan on movies such as The Conjuring and Insidious. “We haven’t talked in a while,
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Exclusive – Mortal Kombat: Annihilation director talks about the James Wan reboot

James Wan is currently in Australia and England shooting DC Extended Universe outing Aquaman, but another adaptation on his plate is the live-action reboot of Mortal Kombat. Wan was announced as the producer on the movie in August 2015, with Simon McQuoid in talks to direct. Not a lot has been said on the movie since then, but we spoke with someone who knows a lot about the previous movies for his take on the project.

John R. Leonetti (Annabelle) was the director of photography on Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 Mortal Kombat, and was promoted to the director’s chair at the behest of producer Lawrence Kasanoff for the sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Leonetti has an incredible back catalogue of films in various genres, but has recently been working as director of photography on James Wan movies Insidious and The Conjuring, which led to him getting the director’s seat on spin-off Annabelle.
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Resident Evil producer thinks the reboot should have “more action”

It didn’t take long after the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter [read our Blu-Ray review here] for Sony Gems and Constantin Films to announce a reboot of the video game movie franchise with James Wan at the helm. Since then, fans have been wondering what kind of direction the reboot will take. Well, if Resident Evil producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi has anything to say about it, the franchise might be even more action-focused than before:

“I personally like Paul W.S. Anderson’s [direction] on the live-action [films],” he told Collider. “Stuff like that, I would like to see more action.”

See Also – Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson’s thoughts on Resident Evil reboots and sequels

Depending on how one feels about Paul W. S. Anderson’s work, this is either welcome, or very discouraging news. Many fans have felt the franchise moved too far away from the series’ horror roots, while others feel the films provided
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Paul W.S. Anderson on Resident Evil reboots, live-action Pinocchio director, GOTGv2 cut cameo and more – Daily News Roundup

Resident Evil(S)

Over the weekend Constantin Films and Sony Gems announced they would rebooting the Resident Evil franchise following on from Paul W.S. Anderson’s swansong Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Producer Samuel Hadida had mentioned the possibility of this back in 2012 so it should come as no surprise, and it has been announced that James Wan (The Conjuring) will produce it with his Mortal Kombat reboot writing partner. Not only that, but a whopping six films are currently planned. Read more here.

Anderson Speaks

Following on from that news, Flickering Myth posted an exclusive preview from Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made, which featured comments from Paul W.S. Anderson about the idea of rebooting the series. Read more here.

There Are No Strings On Him

Disney’s live-action remake catalogue continues to grow with Deadline reporting that Sam Mendes (Skyfall) is set to direct Pinocchio for the studio.
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Exclusive: Paul W.S. Anderson’s thoughts on Resident Evil reboots and sequels

The video game movie industry is in a renaissance at the moment. The Angry Birds Movie was a box office hit last year, and Warcraft made an incredible amount of money from the Chinese market alone. Since then we’ve seen adaptations of Tomb Raider and Rampage go into production, as well as more and more video game movies being be announced.

With Paul W.S. Anderson bowing out of the movie series he created with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Constantin Films announced over the weekend they were rebooting the franchise with James Wan producing a six-film series. While there were a few shocked reactions from fans, producer Samuel Hadida had hinted in 2012 that he wanted to reboot the franchise at some point, because that is the nature of Hollywood.

Released this coming July, Lights, Camera, Game Over!: How Video Game Movies Get Made details the behind-the-scenes stories of
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James Wan Will Produce the Resident Evil Reboot and Now I'm Really Excited!

When I found out that Resident Evil was already getting the reboot treatment, I was actually kind of excited. I'm a huge fan of the video game franchise, and even though some of the Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich films were fun, none of them blew me away. As long as Anderson was involved with the franchise, I knew we'd never get a truly great Resident Evil move. So the fact that it's getting a reboot with a whole new team of talent opens up the possibility of a great film.

Today Deadline is reporting that The Conjuring and Insidious franchise director James Wan is attached to produce the remake! That's definitely an awesome step in the right direction! Wan is an incredibly talented director, who is a modern day master of horror. 

The reboot will be written by Greg Russo, who most recently wrote the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie,
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Resident Evil reboot will be six films and produced by James Wan

It’s only been a few days since the announcement that Constatin Films and Sony Gems were planning on a reboot of the Resident Evil movie series, but some new details have come forward.

According to Deadline, James Wan will be producing the reboot with Gregg Russo writing the script. Wan comes from a horror background with titles like The Conjuring, Saw and Annabelle, and he and Russo have been working together on the Mortal Kombat reboot for New Line Cinemas. The reboot will feature an all-new cast, and Variety are reporting that six films are currently planned.

Wan is currently directing Aquaman for Warner Bros.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter drew a close to the Paul W.S. Anderson adaptations, which earned over $1 billion in total making it the most successful video game movie series to date. While the films have never been received well domestically (the last entry only
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Resident Evil Movie Reboot to be Produced by James Wan

Following the initial news that a Resident Evil movie reboot is in the works at Constantin Film, Deadline is now reporting that one of the modern horror genre's maestros will be producing the film.

Deadline reports that James Wan is on board to produce a reboot of the Resident Evil movie franchise (based on Capcom's popular video game franchise) that kicked off in 2002 and just saw its sixth installment, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, reach massive numbers at the box office (it's gone on to gross $312 million globally).

Wan will reportedly produce the film from a screenplay by Greg Russo, with whom he's worked previously on the new Mortal Kombat movie (at New Line Cinema) and the Robotech film (at Sony). As previously reported by Variety, Constantin Film is on board to produce, with Deadline revealing that Atomic Monster's Michael Clear also attached as a producer. A director has yet to be named.
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Aquaman Director James Wan Signs On To Produce Resident Evil Franchise Reboot

Remember Resident Evil: The Final Chapter? Of course you do; Paul W.S. Anderson’s sixth and final installment in the lucrative series released only five months ago in the United States. But after grossing a franchise-high of $312 million at the global box office, the Powers That Be have officially ruled that there’s still life in the T-virus yet. So much so that Constantin Films and Screen Gems are purportedly in the early stages of constructing a six-film reboot for Resident Evil.

News emerged during the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, where Constantin’s head honcho Martin Moszkowicz revealed that Resident Evil won’t be spending too much time on the shelf after all. Still no word on whether Milla Jovovich and/or Paul W.S. Anderson are back on board – the latter seems less likely to return, given he’s already signed on to helm a big-screen adaptation of Monster Hunter,
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‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script

‘Resident Evil’ Franchise Reboot: James Wan On Board To Produce From Greg Russo Script
Exclusive: More details are leaking out on the Resident Evil franchise reboot. James Wan has come aboard to produce the first of the Resident Evil reboots from a script by Greg Russo, we’re hearing and it will have an entirely new cast. Russo wrote Mortal Kombat and Wan is known for producing the box office coups Lights Out, Annabelle and Saw, to name a few. The Wan brandname is a strong one and should give a boost to the reboot. Also producing are Constantin Film and…
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10 Video Game Properties That Deserve Another Chance On The Big Screen

Video game movies get a bad rap. For many years now, the words “based on the popular video game” usually suggest you’ll be watching something that’ll make your eyes die. Don’t believe me? Watch Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and tell me you didn’t just lose 95 minutes of your life that you’ll never get back. Honestly, does anyone know what the actual plot of that movie was?

Being suckers for punishment, though, we’ll still check out these films, because video games rule. On the other hand, there are a lot of cool franchises that have seemingly disappeared from the silver screen without any forewarning or reason. If we can receive a 100 crappy Resident Evil films, why can’t a few others make a comeback, too?

Without further ado, here are 10 video game franchises that deserve another shot in Hollywood. If we missed out on one,
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Mortal Kombat movie reboot lands new director

Simon Brew Nov 21, 2016

Mortal Kombat is heading back to the movies, with the help of a brand new director...

The planned reboot of the Mortal Kombat series of movies has just moved a step forward. New Line has been developing the project for a little while now, and it’s just hired Simon McQuoid to direct the new film.

McQuoid’s background is in commercials, and this’ll mark his feature directing debut. He’s worked on campaigns for companies such as PlayStation, Range Rover and Beats By Dre thus far. His advertising work is apparently in very heavy demand, and he follows a well-trodden path of filmmakers jumping from the world of advertising to full-length features. Ridley Scott, for a start.

The new Mortal Kombat movie was being penned by Greg Russo, although it’s unclear whether a new draft will be ordered before production begins on the new film.
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Newswire: Hollywood is putting another quarter in the Mortal Kombat movie franchise

Variety reports that producer James Wan and New Line Cinema are furiously attempting to input the buttons for “Find New Director” into the long-abandoned Mortal Kombat film franchise. (Their brother’s friend Todd swear’s it’s “Block, hold up, punch, down, call some agents,” but Todd always lies about stuff like that.) Commercial director Simon McQuoid is reportedly in talks to helm a new Mortal Kombat movie for the studio, a reboot of a film franchise which hasn’t had a movie in theaters since the self-inflicted Fatality of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation in 1997.

The original Mortal Kombat was a surprise success—at least, in the low-standards world of video-game-to-movie adaptations—making good money at the box office, and launching director Paul W. S. Anderson into a weirdly durable action movie career. Annihilation was a disappointment, though, and its lackluster results relegated the series to years of appearing as
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Finds A Director

Looks like Deadpool 2 wasn’t the only film to find itself a new director tonight, as Variety reports that the upcoming Mortal Kombat reboot has now settled on someone to sit behind the camera. The man in question is Simon McQuoid, a very well respected commercial director who will be making his feature film debut here. That’s not exactly encouraging, but apparently McQuoid has an impressive resume and is “one of the most in-demand commercial directors in the business.”

As for the film itself, this one’s been in development for quite a while now. With James Wan on board to produce, you’d think it would have moved into production a bit quicker. That hasn’t exactly been the case though, as Wan’s said multiple times that he’s in no rush with it. With McQuoid now on board, however, we’ll probably start to see a
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Simon McQuoid in Talks to Direct ‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot

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Commercial director Simon McQuoid is in talks to direct the “Mortal Kombat” reboot for New Line, TheWrap has confirmed. Greg Russo penned the most recent draft of the script. Based on the classic ’90s arcade game, “Mortal Kombat” was made into a feature film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson in 1995. It told the story of Liu Kang (Robin Shou), Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby) and Sonya Blade (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), who were invited to a mysterious island, where they fought for the fate of humanity in a life-or-death tournament. Also Read: 'Mortal Kombat' Is Suspiciously Similar to Bruce Lee Classic
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'Mortal Kombat' Reboot Finds Its Director

Mortal Kombat is ready for a new round.

Simon McQuoid is in talks to direct the big-screen reboot of the videogame franchise, Heat Vision has confirmed.

James Wan is producing the reboot for New Line, the studio behind both the 1995 film that became a surprise hit and its less-than-stellar 1997 follow-up, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Larry Kasanoff, who produced the original films and helped extend the Mortal Kombat brand to new heights, is executive producing.

McQuoid comes from the world of commercials and helmed a well-liked Star Wars spot for Duracell last year and also is known for work with brands such as Nissan, Samsung...
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‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Finds Director in Simon McQuoid (Exclusive)

‘Mortal Kombat’ Reboot Finds Director in Simon McQuoid (Exclusive)
Simon McQuoid, best known for directing commercials, is in talks to helm the “Mortal Kombat” reboot for New Line.

James Wan is producing the movie, along with Michael Clear for Atomic Monster, and Todd Garner and Jeremy Stein through their Broken Road banner. Lawrence Kasanoff is executive producing. Greg Russo penned the most recent draft.

Based on the classic ’90s arcade game, “Mortal Kombat” has generated numerous pop culture properties, including the best-selling video game in its franchise, “Mortal Kombat X.” The “Mortal Kombat” games are currently developed by NetherRealm Studios, owned by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, with a team led by co-creator and creative director Ed Boon.

Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 movie revolved around some of the game’s classic characters, like Liu Kang and Johnny Cage, who were invited to a tournament on a mysterious island only to find out that the fate of the world hung in the balance.
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