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John Wick director to oversee new action sequences for DC’s Birds of Prey

With Warner Bros. and DC FilmsBirds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) gearing up for some additional photography, THR has revealed that John Wick director Chad Stahelski has been enlisted to help punch up the film’s action sequences.

Stahelski, whose stunt company 87 Eleven was already working on the Margot Robbie-headlined girl gang movie, is set to oversee second unit photography, and will also work with director Cathy Yan (who is making her studio debut on the film) to design and create new action sequences for the Suicide Squad spinoff.

As well as directing the three John Wick movies, Stahelski has plenty of experience overseeing second unit on action-heavy projects, having worked on the likes of The Hunger Games, The Expendables 2, Escape Plan, Hitman: Agent 47 and Captain America: Civil War.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Post-‘Endgame': Why Diversity Is the New Superpower

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Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con presentation on Saturday wasn’t just a celebration of the success of “Avengers: Endgame” and a map of the company’s upcoming film slate — it was also a clear demonstration of a more diverse future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and perhaps Hollywood overall.

It’s not entirely accurate to say that the previous waves of Marvel films were led by three white guys named Chris. But it’s true that despite the growing diversity of casting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has so far had mostly white and male stars in the title roles.

But as fans saw on Saturday in Hall H, the post-“Endgame” Marvel is a very different animal. Kicking off next May with the standalone “Black Widow” film starring Scarlett Johansson. Then in November 2020 comes “The Eternals” with Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani and Tony-nominated deaf actress Lauren Ridloff, followed by
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‘Miss Bala’ Fires Up $650K In Previews Before Heading Into Slow Super Bowl Weekend

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‘Miss Bala’ Fires Up $650K In Previews Before Heading Into Slow Super Bowl Weekend
Sony’s English-language remake of the 2011 Gerardo Naranjo movie Miss Bala began previews Thursday night grossing $650,000 at 2,050 theaters in what is expected to be a low and slow Super Bowl weekend at the box office.

Miss Bala is the only wide release this weekend, expected to draw $7M-$10M in a frame where Universal/Bvi/Blumhouse’s Glass in its third weekend is expected to excel with $11.3M. Through yesterday, the M. Night Shyamalan pic counts $79.1M through two weeks, running 6% behind the director’s Split from two years ago.

While business will drop anywhere from 60%-75% from Saturday to Super Bowl Sunday for most non-family movies, the weekend has improved significantly for male-oriented pics like 2009’s Taken ($24.7M) or American Sniper, which in 2015 made $30.6M over the Big Game weekend, the pic’s sixth frame. People do go to the movies over Super Bowl weekend, and plan their moviegoing on Friday or Saturday.
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Action-Packed First Look at Singaporean Western Buffalo Boys [Trailer]

Earlier this year we saw there release of an Indonesian western in Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (trailer) and now we have another western from an unlikely country: Singapore.

Buffalo Boys is the directorial debut of Mike Wiluan, an actor and producer behind Crazy Rich Asians, Hitman: Agent 47 and Headshot.

The movie unfolds in 19th century Java. When the sultan is murdered by Dutch soldiers, the sultan's brother and two infant sons manage to escape to America's Wild West. Years later, the boys return to Indonesia to avenge their father's death.

The trailer for Buffalo Boys plays like an al
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‘Crazy Rich’ Film History in Singapore

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‘Crazy Rich’ Film History in Singapore
Singapore’s history as a filming location might not ever rival Tokyo or Hong Kong, but things are starting to look up: “Crazy Rich Asians,” the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s locally set novel, has already been touted as the biggest film to ever spotlight the metropolis.

The Warner Bros. release starring Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh joins other noteworthy international movies that have filmed in Singapore since its founding as a republic in 1965.

Possibly the biggest pre-millennium title was “Saint Jack” (1979), Peter Bogdanovich’s down-and-dirty adaptation of Paul Theroux’s novel, which was partly based on the author’s own experiences in Singapore. It was filmed illicitly and without the government’s knowledge, long before the city cleaned up its prostitution scene, with salacious bits shot around Bugis Street.

Singapore subsequently banned the film until 2006, and few Hollywood movies attempted to risk the country’s wrath in the following decades.
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Singapore Agency Helps Local Film Biz Boost Its Profile

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It may not have the same international cachet as rival Asian countries such as South Korea or Japan, but Singapore’s film scene is growing in stature.

Credit for this can go in part to the Singapore Film Commission (Sfc), celebrating its 20th year in operation. Founded in 1998 with an aim to nurture Singaporean filmmaking talent, it has offered support, grants and promotion to more than 600 projects over the years, including feature films, shorts, scripts and events. The Sfc’s relevance and endurance stand as a testament to the staying power of the country’s film scene.

“Ultimately, we recognize that the heart of all good films and media content lies in its storytelling,” says Joachim Ng, director of the Sfc. “The stories told through films or any other medium must resonate with its audiences.”

The past decade has been a particularly impressive one for Singaporean movies, with several Sfc-supported
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Bruce Willis To Play Mike Tyson’s Trainer In Drama Cornerman

Bruce Willis is playing boxing trainer Constantine ‘Cus’ D’Amato in the drama Cornerman. The film will take place in 1980s New York and explore how D’Amato – by then famous for training champion fighters like Floyd Patterson and José Torres – found and mentored future heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (who was only a teenager at the time). Cornerman will further serve as the feature directing debut for Homeland and Hitman: Agent 47 star Rupert Friend, who will draw from his own script.
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The Original Alien Film Gets Thrilling Modernized Trailer

If anything is to be said about the original Alien flick, it’s that not only was it a crowning achievement in cinema for its era, but it also went on to spawn one of the greatest film franchises of all-time. Really, this series fearlessly blurred the lines separating the horror and science fiction genres, with its influence being felt on countless movies and video games to this day. And if you don’t believe me regarding the latter, go back and play some of the classic Resident Evil titles, for many paid tribute to various scenes witnessed in Alien pictures.

Of course, we know one of the key factors involved in any movie’s success is that of an effective trailer, and that’s something that definitely sold tickets to showings of Alien back in 1979. Actually, it could be said it was what they didn’t show you that sparked so much interest,
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Deadpool 2’s David Leitch in talks to direct Fast & Furious spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham

As Universal prepares to expand the Fast & Furious franchise with a spin-off starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard, it seems the studio has zeroed in on a director for the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has begun talks with Deadpool 2 and John Wick director David Leitch to helm the spin-off.

Leitch is said to have emerged as a frontrunner for the project after meeting with Universal. He’s become very-well known in the last few years for his high-kinetic action films, working with Chad Stahelski on the first John Wick before directing his solo debut with the Charlize Theron-led action thriller Atomic Blonde. Before becoming a director, he worked as a stuntman and stunt coordinator on films like Hitman: Agent 47, Captain America: Civil War and The Mechanic, the last of which he worked with Statham on the action film.
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John Wick creator developing Hitman TV series for Hulu

Deadline is reporting that Fox 21 and Hulu are teaming up to bring Agent 47 to the small screen, with the two companies in development on a TV series based upon the hit video game franchise Hitman.

Hulu is eyeing the project as a potential flagship series for the streaming network, and have enlisted John Wick creator Derek Kolstad to pen the script, as well as executive producing with Adrian Askarieh and Chuck Gordon.

The Hitman video game franchise launched in 2000 and has went on to sell over 35 million copies worldwide. It has twice been adapted for the big screen with 2007’s Hitman and 2015’s Hitman: Agent 47, with Timothy Olyphant and Rupert Friend both having portrayed Agent 47.

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A ‘Hitman’ TV Series Is In The Works From ‘John Wick’ Creator

A Hitman TV series is currently in the works by John Wick franchise creator Derek Kolstad. Kolstad was the man behind the original John Wick screenplay and a planned third movie in the hit franchise.

The new Hitman TV series is being set-up at Hulu and Fox 21 and will be based on the video games that have shifted over 25 million copies worldwide. There have been two attempts at a movie version, the first titled Hitman from back in 2007 starring Timothy Olyphant, and then Hitman: Agent 47 which was released in 2015 starring Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto and Ciaran Hinds.

The story revolves around Agent 47 (usually simply referred to as “47” or “Mr. 47”), a cloned assassin-for-hire, whose flawless record places him in high demand among the wealthy and elite.

Kolstad is writing the pilot for the planned series. No air date has been revealed as yet.

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Hitman TV series on the way from John Wick creator

Joseph Baxter Nov 14, 2017

The Hitman video game and film franchise has set its sights on a television series from John Wick creator Derek Kolstad...

Hitman, showcasing the signature shaved head, barcode tattoo, slick suits and dual pistols of anti-hero Agent 47, has been a monumental multimedia presence since its 2000 video game debut, spawning several sequels and even two film adaptations. However, the franchise will soon make its deadly mark in new territory, with Hulu’s plans for a television series adaptation.

The streaming outlet is teaming with Fox 21 to bring Hitman to the small screen, reports Deadline. Tackling the tough task of adapting the oft-adapted, 25-million-unit-selling, video game franchise, especially after two (financially disappointing) attempts to strike box office gold with 2007’s Hitman and 2015’s Hitman: Agent 47, the studio has brought in a contemporary action heavyweight in Derek Kolstad, the writer and creator of the 2014 bellwether action flick, John Wick,
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New Hitman Series Coming To Hulu By Way Of John Wick Creator

Despite unfortunately having his future in the video game world from which he originated in limbo, it turns out that us fans of Agent 47 actually have something to look forward to in the not too distant future. We say that because, believe it or not, our favorite bald contract killer is slated to carry out his next mission via a new Hitman series set to debut on a popular streaming service.

Now, you can say all you want about his silver screen outings – Hitman and Hitman: Agent 47 – but I enjoyed them both to varying degrees. Granted, they both kind of missed the mark when it came to the whole “Silent Assassin” motif, instead offering up someone who’d likely get a “Serial Killer” rating upon mission completion, but I firmly believe those flicks were much closer to the spirit of their respective source material than, say, the Resident Evil movies.
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‘Hitman’ TV Series Coming to Hulu from ‘John Wick’ Screenwriter

You can’t keep Agent 47 down. After two feature films, Hitman and Hitman: Agent 47, failed to blow up at the box office, it now looks like the popular video game property is getting a TV adaptation. Fox 21 and Hulu have teamed up for a new adaptation with the pilot being written by John Wick screenwriter Derek Kolstad. If you’ve never played the Hitman games, they’re fairly straightforward. You play as a genetically-engineered assassin, Agent 47, and you’re tasked with finding a creative solution to taking out your target. You can do something as …
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Constantin, Prime Universe sign first-look pact

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Constantin, Prime Universe sign first-look pact
Two-year deal with producer of Hitman: Agent 47 to cover film, TV.

Constantin Film has struck a two-year first-look deal with Prime Universe Films run by Hitman: Agent 47 producer Adrian Askarieh.

Askarieh will submit feature and television projects to Constantin and takes an office in Constantin’s West Hollywood hub.

The company’s last English-language production was Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 2016 and it is eager to boost the pipeline, betting on Askarieh’s track record of generating IP based on video games and graphic novels, among other sources.

His credits include Hitman: Agent 47 [pictured] at Fox, as
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Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe Banner Closes First Look Deal With Constantin Film

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Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe Banner Closes First Look Deal With Constantin Film
Producer Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe Films has entered into a two-year first look deal with Constantin Film. Under the deal, Askarieh will submit both feature film and television projects to Constantin on a first look basis. Askarieh’s most recent project was 20th Century Fox’s video game-based “Hitman: Agent 47” and among his upcoming projects is “Just Cause,” which is based on the best-selling Square Enix video game and has “Aquaman” headliner Jason Momoa attached to star with Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”) attached to direct. Askarieh is a former attorney who stopped practicing law in 2002 to focus full-time on his passion for producing.
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Constantin Film Sets Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe In First Look Deal

Constantin Film Sets Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe In First Look Deal
Exclusive: Producer Adrian Askarieh's Prime Universe Films has entered into a 2-year first look deal with Constantin Film. Under the deal, Askarieh will bring feature film and television projects to Constantin on a first look basis. Askarieh has produced such films as Fox’s vidgame adaptation Hitman: Agent 47, and has percolating the Square Enix vidgame adaptation Just Cause with Aquaman‘s Jason Momoa attached to star and Brad Peyton to direct. Askarieh’s ability to…
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Payne and Gain: can a Max Payne fan film beat the 2008 movie?

Padraig Cotter Jun 22, 2017

The Max Payne movie failed to capture the essence of the videogame - but a new fan film is having a go...

The original Max Payne videogame feels like the result of its developers spending a weekend bingeing on The Matrix and various John Woo movies, while taking the occasional break to read some Raymond Chandler novels. It was a stylish, fluid third-person shooter that made heavy use of slow motion and bullet time, with the story being told through graphic novel panels. Max himself was an insanely cool lead character, and the game went on to become a major hit. It spawned two further games – released in 2003 and 2011 respectively – and remains a cult favourite to this day.

It also spawned – like pretty much every successful video game – a movie adaptation in 2008. Mark Wahlberg took on the title role, with Mila Kunis playing Max’s love interest Mona. While the movie made a modest profit it did little to impress critics, with the harshest judgements coming from the fan base itself.

The movie is essentially forgotten now and is on the same video game movie scrapheap that also houses Hitman: Agent 47 and Tekken. On the flipside of the coin is Max Payne: Retribution, a 2017 fan produced short that manages to recreate the unique feel of the game for a fraction of the cost. For the sake of an experiment let’s contrast the two adaptations, and see if passion and creativity are any match for a Hollywood budget and a major star.

Max Payne: Retribution (2017)

This short doesn’t adapt any particular storyline from the series, and instead feels like a mash-up between the original game and its sequel. The story involves Max – still eternally grieving for his murdered family – trying to save Mona Sax from Jack Lupino (played by director Leroy Kincaide), a drug kingpin with a nasty Devil worshipping hobby. It’s a contained story that gradually builds to an epic gunfight in a drug warehouse.

Fan films are often well-meaning and filled with passion, but are let down by a lack of budget, acting talent or filmmaking ability. It’s one thing to get actors and dressed them up like video game characters, but it’s another thing entirely to breathe life into it. Thankfully Max Payne: Retribution manages to bypass a lot of those potential pitfalls, coming across as a sincere tribute to the franchise.

A love for the material is evident in every frame, from the countless Easter eggs (Max drinking Kong whisky, Address Unknown playing on the television etc) to the faithful recreation of the main characters. Actor Joan James Muixi certainly has the look of old school Max and does a good job with the stylised dialogue. Sadly he lacks the gruff authority of original voice actor James McCaffrey, but then again replicating McCaffrey’s distinct sound is near impossible anyway.

The attention to detail of the short is impressive, especially given Retribution’s modest £1500 budget. The budgetary stretch marks are visible in certain sets or effect shots, but what the crew was able to achieve on that amount is impressive. It has a slick cinematic look, from a moody early scene of Max washing his face while bathed in neon to the warehouse finale. This sequence manages to cram in all the classic elements of the game too; slo-mo, duel wielding and even a spot of bullet time, and it’s a nicely choreographed shootout.

Like many fan films it’s not flawless. Some line readings feel off and a few scenes play out a little long, but Retribution remains a stylish ode that understands what made the series so interesting in the first place. That, and the moment Max picks up another handgun and prepares to dive, should be enough to produce a smirk in even the most jaded fan.

Max Payne (2008)

There are certain characters and franchises that are fundamentally aimed at adults, and trying to tone them down for a lower rating usually ends in disaster; think Live Free Or Die Hard or Alien Vs Predator. Max Payne is a game defined by a high bodycount and bloodshed, so the decision to make it a PG-13 movie was already a sign it was walking down the wrong path.

Before I start beating the film with a stick, let’s start with some positives. The film looks gorgeous, making the snowy New York where the story is set look like a beautiful wasteland. Director John Moore may not be a master storyteller but he’s got a great eye, and clearly had a blast shooting this neo-noir flick. The Valkyrie creatures are an odd inclusion, but they again make for a striking visual, which Moore milks whenever possible. The action scenes – when they arrive – are fun, with Max’s drugged out rampage in the finale injecting the glum thriller with a bit of adrenaline.

That’s pretty much it though, with many of the film's issues running deep. A big one is Mark Wahlberg and his characterization of Max. In the game he may be moody, but he also has a glib sense of humour and his inner monologue made him endearing. Here he’s a mopey, humourless git, and Wahlberg plays him with that singular note throughout. Kunis is completely miscast too, utterly failing to come across as a badass assassin. The rest of the cast are a mixed bag, but nobody here is doing their best work.

The game is almost non-stop action, where the movie is a meandering thriller for the most part. It often feels padded out with useless scenes, like Mona visiting a crime boss who has no bearing on the plot or a bizarre cameo by singer Nelly Furtado. There’s a remarkable lack of action in the first half too, and while it’s not half bad when it arrives, the PG-13 rating sands off the harsher edges.

The video game movie genre has a long history of disappointing fans, and while Max Payne is far from the worst, it was still a major letdown. The pervading feeling is nobody really cared about the material; Wahlberg admitted he didn’t play the game and the movie makes bizarre changes to the source. It doesn’t even feature a scene where Max dives through the air with a Beretta in each hand, which is just about the biggest sin of all.

I remember a friend – who is a big Max Payne fan – summarising it best, “Remember that bit in the game where Max walks around for an hour not shooting anyone? Of course not. That would be boring.”

The Winner: Max Payne: Retribution

It may lack a little spit and polish, but the makers of Max Payne: Retribution took a tiny budget and a lot of passion and funnelled it into a stylish adaptation. Fans should definitely seek it out, and it might help ease the payneful (sorry) gap between games. There’s talk of the makers of Retribution being in discussion with Max Payne publisher Take-Two Interactive about developing a TV series based on the short.

On the evidence shown here, that could be something very fun indeed.

Max Payne: Retribution will be available to view on the official YouTube page from June 24th.
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Dead Island 2 reportedly still in development

Matthew Byrd May 9, 2017

Once thought deceased, the sequel to survival horror hit Dead Island is reportedly set to rise again...

Dead Island 2's development odyssey continues, as publisher Deep Silver claims that the game is indeed still in development following a litany of setbacks. 

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In a statement to Eurogamer, publisher Deep Silver revealed the following: "Dead Island 2 is in development at Sumo Digital, and we are excited by the progress the team are making with Deep Silver's most successful IP. When we are ready to share more information, we will."

While their statement doesn't reveal much, it does represent the most information we've received regarding the existence of the sequel in quite some time. The original Dead Island was released in 2011 by developer Techland. After the studio moved on to new projects - including Dead Island spiritual successor, Dying Light
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American Assassin Trailer: Dylan O'Brien Takes on Terrorists

American Assassin Trailer: Dylan O'Brien Takes on Terrorists
Lionsgate and CBS Films has debuted the first trailer and poster for the long-awaited adaptation American Assassin, based on author Vince Flynn's iconic novel series following the character Mitch Rapp, played by Dylan O'Brien. With 15 novels and counting in this series, CBS Films could very well have a franchise on their hands, if American Assassin becomes a big hit at the box office. But as of now, no sequel plans have been confirmed. This footage gives us some early insight into Mitch Rapp's past, teasing the path that lead him to the CIA.

American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three
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