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A CASE FOR BETTER ACTION MOVIES: Tyrese For GREEN LANTERN? Yay or Nay?
Green Lantern? Ask me anything about movies other than this, because I know very little of the mythology behind the character off the top of my head. But, with the property now poised for a potential inclusion in Warner Bros.'s currently brewing DC movieverse between 2017 and 2020, actor and musician Tyrese Gibson is now fastracking his own campaign to claim the lead role.
The most recent live-action portrayal came from actor Ryan Renyolds in a 2011 adaptation that ultimately flopped, which is probably a good thing considering he should have already been filming Deadpool by then at least. Me? Well, I enjoy spectacle as much as anyone and I actually thought the studio would ultimately make its money back, so now that we already know that's not the case and a rebooted take on the role is imminent, perhaps Gibson has a shot, and you know what? I approve.
Gibson has plenty of momentum with the popularity he's gained from roles in blockbuster franchises in the Transformers and Fast And Furious franchises. Point in fact, the first film in which he caught my attention was helmer Vondie Curtis-Hall's 2006 crime thriller, Waist Deep, which was panned by some critics even though I enjoyed it myself; if anything, it helped introduce a new actor to pay attention to, and gladly, movie goers have taken notice.
To be frank, Gibson had me laughing during my viewing of Fast And Furious 6 in 2013, but in an assuredly good way; Nowadays, I largely find supporting comedy relief roles a thing to be weary of, because if I'm not laughing much amid the thrills, chances are I'll be as annoyed as I was while watching T.J. Miller failing in Transformers: Age Of Extinction (and for the record, that's not Miller's fault at all as it comes down to shitty, lazy writing). With Gibson though, it was very much the opposite, and aside from absolutely loving the Fast And Furious franchise, Gibson's acting as well as his caliber as a social media powerhouse make him a definitive contender for a lead superhero role.
So there I am, on the record. I approve and support Gibson's push to be the next Green Lantern, and I sincerely hope Warner Bros. heeds to this. No doubt that they'll certainly look into their own choices, although I ask humbly that they not only consider him, but also consider choosing him as well. Who knows? The right director, coupled with Gibson passion for the character could very well do for Green Lantern what Zack Snyder is very well about to do with his involvement on the DC movie slate.
We'll learn more in time and hopefully this picks up steam, but comment below and share your reactions if any. And by all means... mark your calendars for April 3, 2015 to catch Gibson in Furious 7 from Universal Pictures.
I could go on and on until I'm blue in the face about how excited I am for the new action thriller, Triple Threat. I won't, but I will throw my hat in with some words for seasoned stuntman and filmmaker Jesse V. Johnson who, in the wake of a stagnant directing career salvaged by the appeal drawn from his latest release, Savage Dog, has risen above expectations in opportune fashion.
It truly is something to be proud of... a succession accompanied, no less, by a line-up of some serious, prominent action starpower; Names like Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen as well as Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Michael Bisping and Jeeja Yanin are all but what one would dream of seeing in a single movie together on the big screen, which, at least until starting late last year, almost felt like an impossibility.
Then again, there were people who thought that Jaa would never appear in a movie with Donnie Yen dating back twelve years ago as the Thai action star took the mantle with groundb…
If you think Lionsgate is done blowing your collective minds into the stratosphere and beyond with all things John Wick, you couldn't be more wrong. Point in fact, with a comic book and a television series spin-off brewing, it turns out that the studio is ready to make the world of the titular assasin a whole lot bigger.
The word now is Ballerina - such is the title of the script acquired by Lionsgate in a bidding war against other studios last week. The project is described as a tonal nod to Luc Besson's 1990s action movie fervor with La Femme Nikita, but with a more pulpy, hyper-stylized treatment akin to the work of Quentin Tarantino or Matthew Vaughn.
Story details haven't been made public, save for the plot generally centered on a young woman raised as an assassin and subsequently sets out to murder her family's equally trained killers. The sale of the script is a milestone success for fledgling screenwriter, 23-year old Shay Hatten, a Loyola Marymount's Scho…
Rest assured, the martial arts fan demographic is still reeling over catching Tony Jaa aligned with some of the best of the best in Jesse Johnson's upcoming thriller, Triple Threat. That film comes in 2018 and its going to be a sight to see when it arrives while this year has already proven itself fruitful in its promise for the genre with films like the new action crime pic, Paradox, opening next month in theaters and now has a new trailer to show for it.
The film marks Wilson Yip's return to the helm for the project, also branded as an addition to the non-linear Sha Po Lang saga of crime titles with Jaa joining actors Louis Koo and Wu Yue for the story of a Hong Kong cop whose tumultuous search for his missing daughter exposes a bigger conspiracy when footage of her kidnapping is uploaded to the police mainframe and subsequently deleted. Soi Cheang and Paco Wong produced the film which also stars Chris Collins, Ken Lo and actresses Hanna Chan and Jacky Cai with action seque…