A stuntman injured during an explosion scene that left one man dead on The Expendables 2 today filed suit for damages against Millennium Films and others involved in the action movie’s production. Nuo Sun’s suit (read it here) says he was in a rubber boat on October 27, 2011 on Bulgaria’s Ognyanovo Reservoir during second unit filming on the sequel when “explosives and other similar ultra-hazardous activities” caused an unexpected explosion. “As a direct and proximate result of defendants’ negligence, carelessness and unlawful conduct, plaintiff was hurt and injured in plaintiffs health, strength and activity, sustaining severe shock and injury to and upon plaintiffs nervous system, neck, head, body, arms and legs, all of which injuries may be permanent and all of which injuries have caused and continue to cause plaintiff great mental, physical and nervous pain and suffering, for which plaintiff seeks general damages,” says the 12-page filing. This is not the first legal action to come from that stunt.
It took him 20 years, but Millennium Films’ Avi Lerner has notched his first film to pass the $300 million worldwide gross mark. The Expendables 2 just crossed that threshold. The movie, which the company said has grossed over $53 million in China, has yet to open in Japan so that number will grow higher.
Lerner, with partners Trevor Short and Danny Dimbort, formed the sales company Nu Image in 1992, and then Millennium Films in 1996. They will undoubtedly put together another Expendables installment (will Jeff Speakman finally get a call?), and they are exploring the feminine side of the action game: Millennium just hired Legally Blonde scribes Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith to write ExpendaBelles, Lerner brought in Mark Gill to raise the level of productions–let’s face it, there is some schlock in that library–and it certainly helps the cause when you put up that kind of gross on a $100 million budget.
‘The Expendables 2′ Tops Crowded Box Office With $28.7M Weekend, ‘Bourne Legacy’ $17M, ‘ParaNorman’ $14M; ‘The Campaign’ $13.3M, ‘Sparkle’ $12M
August 17-19 Weekend Actuals
1. The Expendables 2 (Millenium/Lionsgate) NEW [3,316 Runs] R Friday $10.5M, Saturday $10.2M, Sunday $7.9M, Weekend $28.6M
2. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) Week 2 [3,753 Runs] PG13 Friday $5.3M, Saturday $7.1M, Sunday $4.7M, Weekend $17.1M (-55%), Cume $69.6M
3. ParaNorman 3D (Focus Features) NEW [3,429 Runs] PG Friday $4.6M, Saturday $5.4M, Sunday $4.1M, Weekend $14.1M
4. The Campaign (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,255 Runs] R Friday $4.1M, Saturday $5.3M, Sunday $3.7M, Weekend $13.1M (-51%), Cume $51.4M
5. Sparkle (TriStar/Sony) NEW [2,244 Runs) PG13 Friday $4.5M, Saturday $4.3M,Sunday $2.8M, Weekend $11.6M
6. The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros) Week 5 [3,157 Runs] PG13 Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.6M, Sunday $3.3M, Weekend $11.0M (-42%), Cume $409.8M
7. The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (Disney) Week 1 [2,598 Runs] PG Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.3M, Sunday $3.1M, Weekend $10.8M, Cume $15.1M
8. Hope Springs (Sony) Week 2 [2,361 Runs] PG13 Friday $2.8M, Saturday $3.9M, Sunday $2.5M, Weekend $9.1M (-38%), Cume $35.1M
9. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Fox) Week 3 [2,737 Runs] PG Friday $1.2M, Saturday $1.6M, Sunday $1.1M, Weekend $3.8M (-52%), Cume $38.7M
10. Total Recall (Sony) Week 3 [2,434 Runs] PG13 Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.4M, Sunday $980K, Weekend $3.5M (-57%), Cume $51.8M
SUNDAY AM, 2ND UPDATE: Late start this morning. Full analysis coming. Here’s the Top Ten based on weekend estimates:
1. The Expendables 2 (Millenium/Lionsgate) NEW [3,316 Runs] R
Friday $10.5M, Saturday $10.2M, Weekend $28.7M
2. The Bourne Legacy (Universal) Week 2 [3,753 Runs] PG13
Friday $5.4M, Saturday $7.1M, Weekend $17.0M (-55%), Cume $69.5M
3. ParaNorman 3D (Focus Features) NEW [3,429 Runs] …
Police Probed Bomb Threats To Carmike Cinemas Showing ‘The Expendables 2′; “Nothing Found”; FBI On The Case
3RD UPDATE, 3:15 PM: The FBI just made this statement:
“The FBI’s Atlanta Field office is aware of the telephonic threats received by Carmike Cinemas and has initiated a criminal investigation into the matter. While the FBI takes seriously such threats or efforts to extort or intimidate companies engaged in interstate commerce, responding law enforcement, to date, have not developed evidence or information at those specific locations that would substantiate or elevate the threat. Anyone with information regarding this matter should contact the Atlanta Office FBI at tel. (404) 679-9000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .” – SA Stephen Emmett, FBI Atlanta.
And the corporate headquarters of Carmike Cinemas just issued this statement:
On the evening of August 16th, Carmike Cinemas received a non-specific telephoned bomb threat at our corporate offices in Columbus, Georgia after hours. We alerted community law enforcement officials and the FBI. Searches have been completed at the affected theatres by members of law enforcement and nothing was found.
A federal investigation is underway and Carmike is assisting with this as well as in the many communities where we have theatres. If additional details on the investigation are uncovered, we expect those to come from federal and local law enforcement agencies.
All theatres affected by the threat have been checked and deemed safe for use. Carmike Cinemas would like to express our thanks to the
The parents of a stuntman killed last year in an explosion on a 2nd unit location for The Expendables 2 in Bulgaria have filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against NuImage, Millennium Films and individuals associated with the production. The lawsuit filed today alleges negligence in the death of Kun Liu, son of plaintiffs Zong Yu Liu and Yan Mei Bai. Liu was killed in the blast at Lake Ognyanovo about 15 miles outside Sofia. Another stuntman, Nuo Sun, was seriously injured in the accident. The lawsuit says the explosion occurred October 27, 2011 on or near a “rubber boat” during filming of a stunt for the movie. Liu’s parents are seeking general and economic damages to be determined in a jury trial plus funeral and burial expenses and court costs.
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.
With The Expendables 2: Real American Heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger is definitely back in the hearts of Comic-Con fans, dominating the movie panel and the cheers. He also revealed that a Twins sequel (possibly called Triplets) was in the works. Schwarzenegger also hinted that the cartoon The Governator, put on hold after his sex scandal, may not be dead after all.
Is the film’s subtitle a subtle slam at the now-postponed G.I. Joe sequel, considering that the G.I. Joe toy line characters were “real American heroes” until the first movie made them international and based in Egypt? If so, it’s likely the only subtle thing about this crowd: Sylvester Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Coutoure, and Terry Crews (no Jean-Claude Van Damme or Chuck Norris) all on one stage, moderated by Geoff Boucher of the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog, who looks a bit more up to the task than Harry Knowles was last time there was an Expendables panel.
Things kicked off with the existing trailer, and then Boucher got everyone in the Hall to yell “Yo Adrian!” in unison. Stallone came out, and we saw a career highlight reel scored to an industrial Black Sabbath remix with bass so hard the walls shook.
Here are a few more snapshots from Deadline contributor Luke Y. Thompson of booths or displays set up so far. They’re fairly obvious, but clockwise from top left: Elysium, Iron Man 3, The Expendables 2 panel featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Hello Kitty, Game Of Thrones, After Earth.
Additional Comic-Con previews:
- Comic-Con TV Preview: July 11-13
- Comic-Con TV Preview: July 14-15
- Arnold Coming To Comic-Con; Does This Make Schwarzenegger Officially Back?
- ‘Elysium’ Brings Jodie Foster To Comic-Con As Movies Rub Elbows With TV Series
- Quentin Tarantino, ‘Iron Man 3′, ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Pacific Rim’ Juice Comic-Con Saturday
- ‘World War Z’ Author, Movie Poster Maestro Drew Struzan Highlight Sunday Comic-Con
- Comic-Con: WTF Moments, Past And Potential
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage. This year’s event runs July 12-15.
Movie studios and TV networks have been trickling out their individual schedules for next month’s Comic-Con convention, but the official schedule for the first full day — Thursday, July 12 — is now out. And it includes a big name (literally): Arnold Schwarzenegger is making one of his first official appearances on the Hollywood scene since leaving the governor’s office. He will be part of Lionsgate‘s The Expendables 2 panel in the massive Hall H alongside co-stars Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Back in the pre-Hall H days of the convention, Schwarzenegger came to promote Terminator 3 as a surprise guest, and he promised he’d be back (but then, he always says that). The presumption is that fans, especially California ones, will be forgiving of Schwarzenegger’s politics and personal foibles. Comic-Con officials are expected to release Friday’s schedule tomorrow, Saturday’s on Saturday and Sunday’s on Sunday.
Looking for nonstop action and lotsa kaboom? The new trailer for The Expendables 2 delivers. Look for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis squeezed into a Smart car, among other small amusements. Directed by Simon West, it opens August 17.
Tuesday night was Lionsgate’s turn in the spotlight at the Colosseum where Rob Friedman, who now runs the merged Lionsgate/Summit operation, introduced the only formally scheduled feature presentation of CinemaCon, their May 18 chick flick, What To Expect When You’re Expecting. It played well but didn’t completely pack the massive theatre like the Warners and Disney presentations did earlier. Even more exciting for the exhibs was the new trailer of The Expendables sequel Friedman played for the crowd, saying he hopes it makes $100 million like the first one did. With its all-star cast of action vets including star Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenneger in an expanded role, and Chuck Norris new to the mix, that ought to be a no-brainer. Earlier in the day, NATO President John Fithian noted all six major studios were presenting at CinemaCon for the first time in over a decade and that in Lionsgate we could be seeing the emergence of a seventh. With The Hunger Games and the final Twilight Saga film Breaking Dawn Part 2 upcoming , he may not be wrong but I think they are probably just as happy being the upstart indie that could.
‘Dark Shadows’, ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Light Up Warners’ Summer Preview
‘The Hobbit’ Footage In New Format Draws Lukewarm Response
Universal Rolls Out New Footage As Travolta, Theron, Renner, Stewart Hit CinemaCon
20th Century Fox Unveils …
This one kinda speaks for itself. Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis figure prominently in Lionsgate’s new trailer for The Expendables 2. See for yourself.
He is arguably the best actor on the ATP Tour with his spot-on impersonations. Now world’s No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic is set to make his professional acting debut with a cameo in The Expendables 2. Djokovic has already arrived in Bulgaria, where the sequel is filming. The tennis champion will play himself in the movie after getting an invitation from producer Avi Lerner. Djokovic, who won three of the four tennis Grand Slams this year during one of the best tennis seasons on record, is as well known for showmanship as he is for his tennis skills. Earlier this year, he filmed a parody of tennis player Maria Sharapova’s Head commercial, prompting the tennis equipment manufacturer to make a new commercial featuring both Djokovic as the Russian beauty and Sharapova herself. Below is a clip from the 2007 U.S. Open, where Djokovic was asked to do a couple of impersonations of fellow tennis players.
UPDATE 10 AM: I have now learned that it was a contractor hired by The Expendables crew to trim the shrubbery in front of Bulgaria’s Devetashka Cave that was fined and not the production itself. As for the movie’s producers, I hear they are taking the environmental concerns seriously and met today with representatives of local environmental organizations. Word is that the sequel has gotten their blessing to start filming at the cave and the shoot is not expected to harm the bat colony living inside.
PREVIOUS 1AM: Following a fatal accident during the filming of a stunt last month, the production of The Expendables 2 has once again run afoul of authorities in Bulgaria, this time over damages to a cave that has a status of a natural monument. Bulgaria’s environmental protection agency has fined the Hollywood production for unlawfully removing shrubs and small trees from the entrance to the local Devetashka Cave, according to Bulgarian news reports. The size of the fine is yet to be determined and will be in the 500-5,000 BG Leva range ($343-$3,440). Despite obtaining necessary permits for the elaborate shoot that involves building sets — including a bridge to the cave — the production is raising concerns among local environmentalists who fear that it may permanently damage the habitat that houses some 40 endangered species as well as one of the top …
This announcement comes one week after Netflix landed a similar deal with MGM to show movies in the pay TV window in the UK and Ireland. Here’s the release for the new agreement with Lionsgate:
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 14, 2011 – Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Lionsgate UK, a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: LGF) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive subscription streaming service in the UK and Ireland for first-run feature films from the studio.
Lionsgate UK titles will be available for Netflix members in the UK and Ireland to watch instantly in the pay TV window on their televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones, for a low monthly price. Netflix announced last month that it would launch its service in the UK and Ireland early in 2012.
UPDATE, 4 PM: NuImage/Millennium Films released an update today on the accident that killed one stuntman and seriously injured another last week during filming on a 2nd Unit location for The Expendables 2 on Lake Ognyanovo, Bulgaria. Those men are now identified, and other information is clarified in the statement below.
“Our deepest condolences go to the family of Kun Lieu. His passing is tragic. Our sympathies also go to Nuo Sun who was seriously injured as a result of the same explosion. We have been informed his condition has stabilized. He has been transported to Munich, Germany, where he is receiving top medical care from the best specialists,” said Nu Image/Millennium Films.
Regrettably, Bulgarian language newspapers have incorrectly reported that stunt doubles for Jet Li and Sylvester Stallone were involved in the accident. This is absolutely false and inaccurate. At the time of the accident neither Li’s or Stallone’s stuntmen were on or near the Second Unit set, nor were any of the film’s main actors, director Simon West or any of the Main Unit crew.
Only Second Unit filming has been temporarily suspended and will resume shortly. The filmmakers continue to work with authorities investigating this accident. Main Unit production has not been interrupted and continues as scheduled.
Liam Hemsworth has been cast in The Expendables 2, the sequel to the action-hero-rich actioner that Simon West is directing for Millennium Films. The movie already stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li, as well as Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme — with expanded roles for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis thrown in — and filming is set to begin in October. The original movie made $274 million worldwide. Hemsworth recently wrapped shooting on Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games.
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.