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STRIKE BACK Stars Head To NBC With Two Seperate Pilots, BLINDSPOT And ENDGAME
Sullivan Stapleton (L) and Phillip Winchester (R) in STRIKE BACK
Careers remain ever-growing for actors Phillip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton following their finished run in Cinemax's five-season action series, Strike Back. The two are now venturing into other territories in the world of television as both will have their own respective shows on NBC's growing roster of pilots and potential series ventures.
Thursday's report from Deadline has brought word that Winchester will star in the forthcoming pilot for high-octane thriller, Endgame. Set in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show centers on Winchester who will play Alex, a former intelligence swept into a conspiracy that will force him to take on a series of obstacles in order to save innocent lives. Simultaneously, Stapleton will take on the role of an elite FBI unit leader whose name is mysteriously tattooed on the back of a beautiful amnesiac who awakens in Times Square, as described in the new series pilot, Blindspot. Mark Pellington is directing with Thor and Thor: The Dark World co-star, actress Jaimie Alexander leading.
Stapleton himself has already gained a stellar following on the big and small screen. His follow-up to last year's 300: Rise Of An Empire has now arrived in the form of Yahoo's new red-band trailer for the upcoming dark assassin comedy, Kill Me Three Times starring Simon Pegg. The film releases on-demand on March 27 prior to a limited theatrical release on April 10, courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
Stay tuned for more information on Endgame and Blindspot, and tune in this summer on Cinemax for the fifth and final season of Strike Back!
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…