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'Mack Bolan' Brings Bradley Cooper And Todd Phillips Aboard
Moviegoers can currently catch the voice of actor Bradley Cooper as a talking raccoon in Marvel's latest box office hit, Guardians Of The Galaxy. In the meantime, the star best known for his roles in such films as Limitless, The A-Team remake, and prominently in writer/director Todd Phillips's road comedy Hangover trilogy is currently on the path to work on forthcoming Mack Bolan project.
Deadline is reporting this week that Cooper may possibly reuinte with Phillips as star and director of the film, respectively, following earlier reports of the new deal that was set in place with writer Shane Salerno spearheading the efforts for a potential trilogy he described would be a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world, PG-13 action-drama film series”. Salerno solidified the deal recently with Gold Eagle Books and the estate of late author and war hero Don Pendleton, who launched the male oriented action novel series in 1969.
The novel series, whose current readerships spans over 40 countries to this day with well up to 900 volumes published and distributed over the last four decades to date, centers on Bolan, a highly-skilled weapons expert and elite sniper who served two tours in Vietnam as a Green Beret, whose 90-kill record earned him the nickname, The Executioner. When an Army chaplin informs him of the murder/suicide of his father, sister and attempted murder of his brother, he learns the truth and ultimately turns to vigilantism, waging a one-man war against the Mafia-a move that would ultimately put him back in the throes of the government.
Cooper's casting also comes decades after the project languished as Pendleton and a handful of producers shopped the film to several actors who were interested for a time, namely Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone and Vin Diesel. Cooper may also produce the film with Phillips and Salerno for their own banner under Warner Bros., with Warner Bros. Pictures senior VP of production, Drew Crevello and Warner Bros. creative executive overseeing the production.
Cooper's next film will arrive approximately this Christmas for his upcoming appearance in director Clint Eastwood's new bio-pictoral action drama, American Sniper, based on the 2013 autobiographical publication from late author and decorated Iraq War veteran Chris Kyle.
Production I.G.'s longstanding Blood saga has been a mainstay in manga and on film and TV, save for Chris Nahon's own less-than-stellar effort nearly a decade ago. Since then, the animated franchise has seen its own evolution despite bearing some controversy which forbade it in both Japan and even China despite positive reviews.
That legacy extends further to Blood-C: The Last Dark, as its 2015 live-action stageplay, Blood-C: The Last Mind from director Shutaro Oku who has since moved on to a live-action setting for the upcoming spin-off, Asura Girl: Blood-C from Production I.G. and all-female animation group, CLAMP. Fujisaki Junichi, whose shared credits with the entirety of the Blood franchise date back to the 2000 Playstation game, wrote the script which will expand on the principal villain, Fumito, from the 2011 Blood-C anime now in a prequel setting. The story takes place in prewar-period Japan under the military government. The bloody battle between the tyrannical Specia…
The past three years saw plenty of fluctuating news and updates surrounding The Expendables, The ExpendaBelles and as recently as this month, a forthcoming reboot of Hellboy. All three are housed at Millenium Films for which its founder recently sold 51% of his stake in the company for $100 million dollars, and this week, Avi Lerner sat down with THR to discuss the nature of his sale with respect to his career and the current film climate and landscape in which a company like Netflix has dominated in snatching up independent titles at the film markets, among other things.
Going forward in the interview, Lerner also revived talk of the aforementioned titles; A fourth film in the Expendables franchise had been long in the works following the intial trilogy which gave moviegoers The Expendables 3 in 2014. In March, Stallone left the franchise altogether as he did with Rambo last year, and has since moved on to other projects, including a second installment and likely third for the Escap…
Whatever likes and shares that followed online notwithstanding, some folks on the internet lost their minds when they learned an Indian action star was going to reprise the lead role in a Rambo remake. It's not a bad move seeing as how actor and martial artist Tiger Shroff (Heropanti, Baaghi) has earned himself some notable starpower in the last few years.
Alas, he'll be the one playing the title role as inspired by Ted Kotchoff's 1982 adaptation of David Morrell's 1977 novel which helped catapult a younger Sylvester Stallone into Hollywood stardom. As for whether Shroff looks the part or not, he took some time over the weekend to share a preliminary poster for the film which, for what it's worth, answers the question for folks who are curious. The Indian Rambo will follow the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed Forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land. Forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of t…