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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.
The past year or so have lended an ample opportunity to familiarize myself with the work of actor and producer Alexander Nevsky in lieu of his upcoming April 28 U.S. release, Black Rose. The film marks his directorial debut wherein he also stars in a formula slightly different from his usually known action star persona from his film career in Russia, and joined by none other than actress Kristanna Loken.
With the film a little over a week away from its limited theatrical release courtesy of ITN, we've already had the pleasure of sharing questions with one of the film's guest stars, actor Matthias Hues in which he delves deeply into his career history, progression and plans for the future. The same goes for Loken who now takes center stage in this week's interview following Hues which also briefly highlights something interesting about the new movie, as well as a little about herself in the years since making strides as the formidable cybernetic supervillain in Terminator …
It wasn't made clear just to what capacity actress Jeeja Yanin's role in Jesse Johnson's new movie, Triple Threat, would extend at the time when we broke the exclusive back in March. Needless to say that mystery now comes to an end with the Raging Phoenix and Chocolate star donning some serious tactical gear in a new promo photo featuring herself among the antagonists for the new Asian action movie currently in production in Thailand.
Yanin's cohorts as seen below include Ron Smoorenburg and Scott Adkins, Michael Bisping and Michael Jai White outlining the murderous cartel from which leading action stars Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen must protect a billionaire's daughter, played by none other than Celina Jade. SC Films International's own Mike Selby is producing along with Mike Gabrawy and Gary Hamilton of Arclight Films. Actor Chen is also producing the film as will Elliot Tong and Ying Ye with Seng Stunt comprising the stunt team and Tim Man serving as …
EXCLUSIVE: The week is not without its exasperation at times as I gather a good share of stunt reels, demos and shortfilms for weekly installments of The Hit List. Challenging, sure, but it certainly guarantees some of the most fun I have every week and frankly what makes it so enjoyable are some of the projects and creators themselves, especially if I vouched for them personally. With filmmaker and action director Eric Nguyen in this instance, I'd gladly do that ten times over. Fall back to late 2015 when Nguyen presented martial arts fans with the 16-minute action comedy, Of Martial Arts And Men, pitting Lunar Stunts principles, actors Irvin Nguyen and Mickey Arce at the center of an underdog tale about about a struggling martial arts teacher's last ditch effort to save his school with the help of his newest student. The shortfilm is already one of a multitude of projects comprising the body of work left now in Nguyen's wake as a director on the independent scene and with…