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Director Renny Harlin To Helm Chinese-Language Action Adventure Thriller, THE HANGING COFFIN

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Acclaimating amply to the Asian aesthetic is noted Hollywood director Renny Harlin since relocating to Beijing, China in the last few years. With projects like Skiptrace and the recent production of Legend Of The Ancient Sword under his belt, Harlin is now readying his third Chinese-language film, The Hanging Coffin.
The film was announced on Sunday last weekend at the top of the 20th installment of the Shanghai International Film Festival. Plot details are unclear while Harlin will direct from a script by The Shallows scribe Tony Jaswinski which will boast an "action adventure-cum-thriller featuring extreme sports, tomb raiding and mutant creatures" according to THR.
The film hails from Shanghai Film Group and Shanghai New Wave Films and is expected to cast both Hollywood and Chinese talent in the coming months.

THE FOREIGNER Emerges In The First Official U.S. Poster

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Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …

Disney's HAN SOLO Spin-Off Replaces Its Directors With Ron Howard

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It's been an eventful week for the Star Wars/Han Solo spin-off. The departure of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to their creative fallout with writer and executive producer Lawrence Kasdan has been a severely upsetting development for a lot of fans who might be keen on the film's delivery aside from any previous measure of skepticism.

Production remains on hiatus until July 10 as the studio tries to quell the upheaval and the first step they've now taken is finding a replacement, now confirmed with the attachment of In The Heart Of The Sea helmer Ron Howard. The film has Alden Ehrenreich starring in the title role for an origin narrative with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton starring.

Howard's attachment does have a few things going for it, with his status as an Oscar-winning director with credits such as Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, as well as his history with Lucasfilm patriarch George Lucas on projects su…

BATTLESHIP ISLAND: Catch The Latest Trailer And Poster For Ryoo Seung-Wan's Wartime Escape Thriller

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For all intents and purposes, it's worth reminding not to forget about director Ryoo Seung-Wan's latest, Battleship Island. Thus, I'm inclined to share the most recent trailer for the film which opens in Korea on June 30 as it boasts a massively entertaining wartime epic from a fine director and cast.
That roster is led by actors Hwang Jung-Min, So Ji-Sub and Song Joong-Ki as survivors among hundreds of others held prisoner and forced into manual slave labor on Hashima Island by the Japanese during World War II. The film is already host to over a hundred territories for its roll out including my backyard here in North America so definitely look for this one from your region's distributor following its South Korean open in early July.
You could literally accredit Ryoo for any of his films leading up to this apart from the 2015 action comedy, Veteran, but I suspect Battleship Island will only elongate that list on an apples-to-apples basis. And his are some damn good a…

Kevin Costner And Woody Harrelson In Talks For Netflix Bonnie & Clyde Crime Drama, HIGHWAYMAN

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John Lee Hancock (The Founder, Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side) will direct Highwayman in a deal long in the works that now sees the lingering crime drama in development at its new home at Netflix. The project was initially brewing at Universal Pictures for four years with a script by John Fusco that has since been redone by Hancock.
The film, according to Deadline, is the long-awaited feature-length treatment of the Depression Era story told from the angle of Frank Hamer and Manny Gault as they led a posse of commissioned lawmen to bring an end to the infamous and deadly crime spree led by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in the 1930s. Actors Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are in early talks to star in the respective roles of Hamer and Gault, the former known as a legendary Texas Ranger who survived 53 gunfights and killed 100 people.
Given the narrative, it's noticeably familiar-sounding ground for Costner who led the cast opposite Robert DeNiro's Al Capone in Brian De P…

Action Drama AMERICAN FIGHTER Taps Shaun Piccinino To Direct For ESX

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Acclaimed director and film multi-hyphenate Shaun Piccinino is set to direct American Fighter for ESX Entertainment. The film is a sequel to last year's American Wrestler: The Wizard which starred actor George Kosturos in the 1980-set tale of a young Iranian teen transplanted into a new town where he's forced to face adversity from all angles after joining the high school wrestling team.
Kosturos is returning to the sequel according to a new report from Variety which also lists Tommy Flanagan, Bryan Craig, Sean Patrick Flanery and Parviz Sayyad attached to star. Forrest Lucas, Ali Afshar, Christina Moore and Anna Zielinski are producing the film with a story by Afshar that now centers on a desperate teen who builds character between opponents upon competing in the underground fight circuit to save his dying mother. “Continuing down the line of a ‘Rocky’ meets ‘Karate Kid’ story, this new ‘American Wrestler’ movie remains a very heartfelt project for me,” Afshar said. “The res…

GINTAMA: THE MITSUBA ARC: A Tale Of Brotherly Love, Rivalry And Loyalty In The First Trailer For The Web Drama Spin-Off

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The end is almost nigh for the wait until Fukuda Yuichi's release of the new movie, Gintama, inspired by the pages of Sorachi Hideaki's popular manga and subsequent anime series. The film is readying for a world premiere at Fantasia Fest next month followed by another screening in Bucheon later this year while Japan audiences gear up for a July 14 release with a live-action take on the Benizakura Arc.
For this, we turn to the continuation of the tale now in the form of a three-part web drama that will stream on July 15 on Japan's dTV platform with Gintama: The Mitsuba Arc, which delves heartily into the back story of the bittersweet rivalry between the two elite members of Edo's samurai police unit, The Shinsengumi. Actors Yagira Yuga, Yoshizawa Ryo and Nakamura Kankuro are back along with, and supermodel and actress Kitano Kie in the respective roles of Hijikata Toshiro, Okita Sogo, Kondo Isao and Mitsuba, Sogo's beloved sister.
Of course, there's also Oguri …

RE:BORN: It's All-Out Guerilla Warfare In The Brand New Trailer

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Having had a stellar festival run throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with last year's Fantastic Fest premiere, director Shimomura Yuji's new film, Re:Born, has seen quite the journey to its praise. The same can amply be applied to the resurgence of its star, actor Sakaguchi Tak who, given personal career circumstances, essentially had to keep off radar and thankfully, that dry patch is now over and done.

How so? Well, despite intial speculations of Re:Born being his last film, it has instead been noticeably buzzed as his return and one that stands deservedly on ceremony. Together with WAVE innovator, close quarters fighting expert Inagawa Yoshitaka and host to a story sampling from the inspired dark, reclusive tales of real-life commandos, Sakaguchi stars as a small town clerk forced to adhere to his bloodlust once again following a string of military murders and the emergence of a squad of clandestined soldiers and assassins led by his former commanding officer now seeking…

Decorated Finnish Period Drama, THE FENCER, Fights For More Than Sport In The Latest Trailer

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Director Klaus Härö's new film, The Fencer, has seen an ample and noteworthy festival run in the past year or so, celebrated highly throughout Europe and for several crowds in the U.S. for the multi-award winning feat it has grown to be. The Finnish period drama is based on a true story with Estonian actor Märt Avandi starring in the title role from a script by Anna Heinämaa and will now make its way toward City Cinemas in New York City on July 21 and at the Royal and Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles, California on August 11 before releasing nationally.
A young man, Endel Nelis, arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion – fencing, which causes a conflict with the school’s principal. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel’s background…

Endel learns to love the ch…

Will Patty Jenkins Return To Direct WONDER WOMAN 2?

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While Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman became a global hit in its first live-action film since hitting comic book pages more than seventy years ago, perhaps one of several major misfires was not having her signed right away for the sequel. This led to the question persisting as the film began circulating in the press as the promotional tour was under way leaving any and all wondering just when this would happen.
On Tuesday, Variety posted an interview with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, the two men helping to shephed the DC Universe in its current evolution, wherein among the questions were the following two: Will Patty Jenkins be back to direct the sequel to “Wonder Woman”? Johns: Patty and I are writing the treatment right now. The goal is to make another great “Wonder Woman” film. I had a blast making it with Patty the first time. We’ve got a cool idea for the second one.Will Wonder Woman’s role be enhanced in “Justice League”? Berg: Her role won’t change, but she was already playing a …