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Korean Action Drama, A BITTERSWEET LIFE, Is Getting A Remake With Michael B. Jordan Starring

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Director Kim Jee-Woon's 2005 action drama, A Bittersweet Life, certainly lended one of the most brutal and memorable titles Korean cinema had to offer near the start of the millenium with actor Lee Byung-Hun front and center. Fast forward to present day where Twentieth Century Fox is poised to advance a remake effort with the promise of actor Michael B. Jordan leading the cast.
Jennifer Yuh, Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3) is being tapped to direct the remake with the goal of steering it as potential franchise starter with Jordan playing a high-level mob enforcer who becomes romantically embroiled in a deadly cover-up with his boss's young mistress. 21 Laps's own Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing in association with CJ Entertainment with Jason Young overseeing for Fox.
Jordan is next slated to appear in the February 16, 2018 release of Creed helmer Ryan Coogler's Marvel adaptation, Black Panther, opposite lead star Chadwick Boseman. (Deadlin…

Patty Jenkins Will Direct WONDER WOMAN 2

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Just as fans have hoped, it became clearer on Thursday evening that filmmaker Patty Jenkins was more than qualified to return to the director's chair for the upcoming Wonder Womansequel. With payday kinks still being worked on, reports finally came in more than two and a half months after the film's principal release that the acclaimed Monster helmer was in final talks to return for the second film reprising actress Gal Gadot in the title role once more.
The first film was a long-awaited feat after years of having the character presented in comic book pages by creator William Moulton Marston, as well as on television and other media and merchandise. Written by Allan Heinberg and hailed with a powerful score by Rupert Gregson-Williams, the movie follows Gadot's portrayal from her debut in last year's Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, exploring the primary tale of young, ambitious Diana whose idyllic life on the interdimensional Amazonian island of Themyscira is chal…

Disney/Lucasfilm Confirm Obi-Wan Kenobi Spin-Off, Stephen Daldry In Talks To Direct

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It's been a thing of internet rumor soup for some time now, but all centering on a spin-off for Star Wars mainstay, Obi-Wan Kenobi now appears to be taking shape at long last. Of course, it comes at a pretty hefty time for fans of the Disney/Lucasfilm library who may be somewhat weary of what to expect with the current handling of the new Han Solo standalone film now being overseen by Ron Howard as of June.
They're not wrong and concern is a good thing at this juncture. Thus, one hopes the process for this latest move will go smoother for Oscar-nominated Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, The Hours) who is reportedly in early talks to direct the movie. A script still needs writing and roles still need casting while it is not yet clear if actor Ewan McGregor will succeed his portryal of the character as seen in the Star Wars prequels (1999-2005) from director George Lucas. McGregor suceeded the iconic role following that of actor Alec Guiness whose memorable portrayal of the nomad…

BLOODLINES: Universal Sets Adaptation With Channing Tatum To Star

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I'm still holding out for a Gambit movie...
Yes, I will beat that dead horse until kingdom come...but, I digress. Upcoming Logan Lucky and Kingsman: The Golden Circle actor Channing Tatum still has a career to tend to and he'll be doing so moreover with his latest attachment to star in upcoming crime thriller, Bloodlines. A rookie FBI agent named Scott Lawson is assigned to the border town of Laredo, Texas, where he writes reports about the drug war but doesn’t get to do much else. Until he’s asked to check out an anonymous tip that a horse sold for a record price at an Oklahoma auction house. The buyer: Miguel Trevino, one of the leaders of the Zetas, a brutal Mexican drug cartel. Teaming up with a more experienced agent named Alma Perez, the FBI agent discovers an opportunity to infiltrate a cartel that has taken to launder its drug money through American quarter horse racing. Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to author and National Magazine Award-winning journalis…

THE DEFENDERS Final Trailer Pits Our Heroes Against Their Enemies, And Each Other!

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The week has been a cruel mistress, so I plan on escaping a bit with tomorrow's Netflix's premieres, one of which include Marvel's The Defenders. Spanning eight episodes and reviving most of the fans' favorite characters, I'm eager to see how they've stepped up on the action and storytelling apart from the drama.
I did skim a few reviews, one slightly less approving than the other but the word is that the show is a feasible entry into Netflix's brand. All four titular programs featuring the headling cast - Charlie Cox (Daredevil) Kristen Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Finn Jones (Iron Fist) each have their respective seasons greenlit as does actor Jon Berenthal's solo serial debut as The Punisher, and I'm committed to seeing how this evolves, especially after this trailer.
I'll definitely have a response to The Defenders afterwards. For now, the final trailer is here...and I plan on dining Asian this weekend. Cheers!


THE RHYTHM SECTION: Paramount Partners On Potential Spy Thriller Franchise With IM Global, EON

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Paramount Pictures is reportedly taking initiative as of Wednesday's news regarding potential spy thriller franchise, The Rhythm Section, which has The Shallows star Blake Lively headlining for The Handmaid's Tale helmer Reed Morano. In a deal brokered by WME Global, the studio is boarding the film in partnership with IM Global and EON Productions whose Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (James Bond/007 film series) will mark this as their first-ever step outward into a new IP, and with a female lead no less.
The book series, for which the film is being pitched as in the vein of Jason Bourne and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, has four installments to date, published by HarperCollins as of 1999 along with efforts reported as early as 2005 by New Line Cinema to advance an adaptation of their own that never came through. Stuart Ford is executive producing along with Greg Shapiro and British author Mark Burnell who penned the book series and is also scripting. Paramount wil…

Man VS Kaiju In The Latest Trailers For GODZILLA: MONSTER PLANET

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News has been rife this summer with the announcement of up to a dozen animated series heading to Netflix from here on. Polygon Pictures's latest feature length foray, Godzilla: Monster Planet, is part of that campaign slated to air on a date forthcoming following its November 17 release in Japan and the latest promotional jewels online invoke nothing short of promise.

Shizuno Kobun and Seshita Hiroyuki direct this latest iteration of the classic Toho property as one of several in recent years per its resurgence back into mainstream. Behind the script are Urobuchi Gen (Nitroplus) and Murai Sadayuki with a story that sets our planet 20,000 years into a dystopian future Earth that now sees mankind's remnants fighting to reclaim Earth from its rampant monster inhabitants, as well as the titular king who sits at the top of the food chain.

Miyano Mamoru, Sakurai Takashiro, Hanazawa Kana, Sugita Tomokazu, Kaji Yuki and Suwabe Junichi round out the VO cast. Watch the newest short and…

VENGEANCE: A LOVE STORY: Nicolas Cage Goes Rogue In The Official Trailer

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I'm not usually swayed by the deluge of direct-to-VoD/DVD titles headlining actor Nicolas Cage. Bearing that in mind, I found myself intrigued in the past year or so having spotted the extended sales trailer for Johnny Martin's directorial debut, Vengenace: A Love Story, a film based on the work of author Joyce Carol Oates and adapted for the screen by John Mankiewicz.
That trailer stayed stuck in my head for months to date and it's probably the only Cage film to have done that in a long, LONG time, and only because it didn't merely try to sell me a Nicolas Cage action thriller... It sold me characters. It sold me story, setting and tone with some terrific performances from our cast including Anna Hutchison and Talitha Bateman, and Don Johnson among the bunch to round out Martin's seething revenge narrative here.
The film has its share of mixed reviews online as we speak and so I reckon it's not perfect. Apart from that, all I know is Martin's freshnan outing…

THE VILLAINESS: Take A Swipe At The UK Trailer!

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I'm a happy camper. Director Jung Byung-Gil's The Villainess is set to have its day here in the U.S. in just over a week following an eventful film festival run that garnered swarms of praise on many fronts, and having been unable to attend any events myself, I can only hope I'll get to share the experience with friends by then.
The wait overseas, however, will be a bit longer as Arrow Films is poised to present the new assassin thriller in U.K. cinemas on September 15. An official trailer was unveiled this week and you can a take a look below to get a whiff of what all the fuss is about. Exploding onto the screen in a kinetic flurry of hyper-stylised action, The Villainess is a stunning vengeance film that draws its inspiration from western classics including Nikita and Kill Bill.Sook-hee (Kim Ok-bin, Thirst) is a trained assassin who takes revenge on the men who murdered her father in a breathtaking opening sequence. After losing consciousness she awakes at the National …

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6 Star's Stunt Injury Presets Shut Down Thru October

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By now you've probably seen the viral video of actor Tom Cruise injuring himself during a stunt on the Paris set of the sixth Mission Impossible film. Thankfully it hasn't suffered tragedy currently being endured on two other known productions this summer, but it does exemplify the dangers stunt performers, and even bold actors face when pushing the envelope -  something Cruise is known to do.
Well... pushing it this time around has cost him, at least tentatively, sending the production into an eight-week hiatus, and producers into troubleshooting mode, according to sources reported by The Wrap. The injury in question occured when Cruise, wire rigged for a jump from one platform of a building to another, leapt too short and slammed his knees into the adjacent wall, forcing him to catch himself before trying and failing to continue the take in mid-limp.
The goal now as producers weigh their options is to recommence principal photography in October and wrap before Christmas. July …