SC Films International’s ‘Skin Trade’ Sets Cast
SC Films International has lined up Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Peter Weller, Michael Jai White, Celina Jade and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa for action thriller Skin Trade. Ekachai Uekrongtham directs the film, which has just started principal photography in Bangkok. From a screenplay by Gabriel Dowrick, Steven Elder and Lundgren, Skin Trade tells the story of a New York City detective who, after his family is killed by a Serbian crime boss, heads to Bangkok and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and bring down a worldwide human trafficking ring. Lundgren, Craig Baumgarten and SC Films’ Mike Selby are producers.
BBC Films Options Novel ‘That Part Was True’
BBC Films has optioned Deborah McKinlay’s novel That Part Was True. The story follows the relationships between a UK divorcée and a U.S. author through their shared love of food and cooking. The book is due to be published in the UK by Orion. There are no details on timing for a feature transfer, but BBC Films chief Christine Langan says, “That Part Was True is a stunning novel: Deborah is a wonderful storyteller whose characters leap off the page, their dilemmas subtly touching modern nerves.” BBC Films recent credits include Saving Mr Banks, Philomena, The Invisible Woman and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. It’s got Pascal Chaumeil’s … Read More »
Anchor Bay Films has acquired U.S., Australia and New Zealand rights to the sci-fi action film Battle Of The Damned from Bleiberg Entertainment’s Compound B. The Expendables‘ Dolph Lundgren stars with David Field (The Rover), Matt Doran and newcomer Melanie Zanetti. Anchor Bay Entertainment’s president Bill Clark and acquisitions EVP Kevin Kasha made the deal. “There truly is no other film like this on the market, it’s got zombies and robots and spectacle. The visual effects are fantastic and this is one of the best roles Dolph has ever had.” Read More »
In his TV series debut, veteran action-movie actor Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) has signed to star in Emmett/Furla Films & Tower 18 Prods.’ upcoming action-adventure drama series Rescue 3. Emmett/Furla Films, in conjunction with Envision Entertainment, is co-financing a full season of 20 episodes of Rescue 3 for a fall 2013 premiere.
Now the company has found an U.S. distributor in Tribune Broadcasting, which will launch Rescue 3 on its stations in primetime in fall 2013. Tribune has picked up the series with a massive two-year order with a 104-week guarantee. “We are very happy that first-run scripted programming is back in syndication,” said Sean Compton, President of Programming and Entertainment at Tribune. Indeed, Rescue 3 is a throwback to old times, when action-adventure series like Baywatch, Xena, Hercules and Andromeda heated up the syndication market. There have been no new entries in the genre since the end of Legend Of The Seeker two years ago. Tribune has been adventures with its pickups recently; the station group also is behind a new late-night talk show starring Arsenio Hall, also a genre that had disappeared from syndication. Read More »
ReelzChannel‘s first non-scripted competition series Race To The Scene will debut in spring 2013. Dolph Lundgren will host the show, on which pairs of contestants race to and from actual movie locations as they compete in challenges and stunts inspired by memorable movies. The Hochberg Ebersol Co is producing the series, which is created and executive produced by Justin Hochberg, Charlie Ebersol and ReelzChannel. The project jibes with the network’s slogan: TV About Movies. “Race To The Scene taps directly into our shared experiences of the most talked-about scenes in movies with the added excitement of movie fans being challenged to re-create the action,” ReelzChannel CEO Stan E. Hubbard said.
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After The Expendables turned in a surprisingly strong $275 million worldwide gross, many have wondered what they would do for an encore. How’s this? Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have just closed deals to take “substantial” roles in The Expendables 2, alongside Sylvester Stallone. This has been rumored as possible, and it basically answers the hopes of a lot of fans who weren’t satisfied when action icons Schwarzenegger and Willis turned in cameos in the original, and poked fun at the days when they were the world’s top action stars. Stallone directed the first one but stepped out and the job went to Simon West. Filming will begin in October, and Lionsgate will once again release the Millennium Films-produced actioner. Schwarzenegger and Willis are repped by CAA. Schwarzenegger is already working for Lionsgate in the Jee-Won Kim-directed action film Last Stand. Willis will squeeze in the role before going off to Russia to reprise his John McLane role in Die Hard 5, which just landed John Moore as director at Fox, and then he will make a sequel to Red. Aside from Stallone, original cast members Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li are expected to return, and there is buzz about Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Do we need to start a petition for Jeff Speakman?
EXCLUSIVE: After a long search, Simon West is the choice to direct The Expendables 2, the sequel to the 2010 surprise hit action film. West, who most recently directed the CBS Films remake of The Mechanic with Jason Statham and Ben Foster, also directed Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The General’s Daughter. Production begins in the summer.
The sequel is expected to have back an original cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li. Stallone directed the original, which grossed $275 million worldwide, $103 million domestic. The film’s produced by Millennium Films and will be released by Lionsgate. West is repped by CAA.
Sylvester Stallone wants it known that despite reports to the contrary, he will not be directing the sequel to The Expendables. Stallone, who directed and starred in the crowd-pleasing original that grossed around $275 million for Millennium and Lionsgate, is heavily involved in putting together a list of directors to helm the second installment. That film’s being scripted and is expected to have the major action stars back — with Stallone lobbying for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis to return after playing cameos in the first film. The film’s also expected to broaden its coterie of action heroes beyond Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews, but none of those casting decisions have yet been finalized. Stallone next stars in the drama Headshot, a drama that will be directed by Walter Hill.
Luke Y Thompson is covering the Con for Deadline:
SUNDAY AM UPDATE: I think the biggest news of the Marvel Studios panel tonight is that The Punisher is now owned by Marvel Studios again, and will probably figure into a future film. I’ve learned The Punisher rights reverted to Marvel in 2009 following the release of Punisher 2. The studio has no immediate plans to develop a movie based on the franchise. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige last night did not say when the Punisher rights reverted, or how: just that they have.
So who is The Punisher? In the comics, Frank Castle is a Vietnam veteran whose family is killed in a Mafia crossfire. Donning a black spandex costume with a skull logo, he declares war on crime and becomes a vigilante. Introduced as a Spider-Man foe in the 1970s, his popularity took off in the late 1980s, when grim and “realistic” superheroes became the norm. The Punisher is different from many superheroes in that he uses guns and has no secret identity. (He is known to be Frank Castle.) On film, he has been portrayed three times.
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Luke Y Thompson is covering the Con for Deadline:
There were rumors circulating that The Governator would show up. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn’t. First out is Terry Crews, who rips his shirt off and jiggles his pecs. Then Stone Cold Steve Austin (moderator Harry Knowles incorrectly calls him “Steve Stone-Cold Austin”). Dolph Lundgren comes out in a suit without a tie. Randy Couture was casual. (Knowles says Couture has “seriously the scariest forearm ever”.) Then Sylvester Stallone, in sunglasses, white shirt and tie, joked: “I thought about becoming a lawyer in case this doesn’t work.” Then warned he might take off the tie later and strangle somebody with it. Crowd starts chanting “Rocky!” Crews says Stallone had him at hello. Does a great impersonation of Sly asking him to be in the movie.
Austin had been disappointed when he learned all the Expendables had been cast, but got a call to be the villain. He’s always enjoyed playing a bad guy, and when Sly offered him the role on the spot, he accepted on the spot. “I enjoyed kicking all these guys’ asses.”
Bruce Willis sneaks up behind the panel, saying he just wanted to come and say hi and thank Stallone publicly; he was grateful to have a scene with “all three of us” (#3 being Schwarzenegger). Stallone had originally written two separate short scenes for each one – his scene with Arnold … Read More »