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A Feature Film For Saman Kesh's 2013 Short, CONTROLLER, Is In The Works At Fox!
Remember independent filmmaker Saman Kesh's 2013 shortfilm, Controller? Well, it's heading to the big screen with word from Deadline that Fox has picked up the rights to Kesh's sci-fi action love story set in near-dystopian New Taipei which sees a telekinetic woman held captive as she orchestrates her own rescue through controlling her boyfriend and turning him into an invincible killer.
The shortfilm is much more cerebral than it sounds, preceded by the three-minute short, I_U; You'll know what I mean if you've already seen it as it's since been an online hit through several media outlets, and if not, CLICK HERE to take a look at it for yourself. It's a story brimming with awesome visuals and stunning action and brutality layered with darkly-lit romance, and it absolutely works. And it serves Fox right for noticing, as is the affect that proof-of-concepts appear to be having nowadays.
Alev Aydin is providing the script for Shawn Levy's 21 Laps Entertainment produce.
2013 saw the genesis of an ambitious and original new endeavor from Canadian martial arts film and stunt troupe, Team 2X. That project, from industry stuntman and coordinator James Mark (Wolves), hails this week from Raven Banner with forthcoming release, Kill Order, aiming to spark a new wave of feature length martial arts movie fandom with stuntman and martial artist Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim VS. The World) setting the stage for his own feature acting debut. When David, a troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.Also starring are Dan Park, Denis Akiyama and Jessica Clement along with the mind-blowing feats of Team 2X for its November 24 premiere at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. Raven Banner will then follow suit with a U.S./Canada release on F…
Friday night marked another big event weekend in which I had the opportunity to partially partake. A night of festive dining, laughter and comeradery that felt all too short for me, though I managed to fend off the sleep deprivation for a whole day to write about it. Feel free to check it out of you fancy it.
Of course, the work doesn't stop there. This week's installment of the Hit List is packed with a fresh new load of film, stunt and screenfighting talent and much more.
As such, it was actress and martial artist Geneviève Doang(STUDIO+ series Dragon Race) who left a striking impression on me a few Winters ago with one of the best action comedy short you'll ever see involving two heroes kicking NAZI ass, Le Aventures De Tranh Et Nowak. The short, also starring actor Quentin d'Hainaut, was intially meant as a pilot for a hopeful series that never came to pass but you can still catch the short online. And, in pairing fashion, you will find that footage visible in thei…
Filmmaker Erik Matti's latest thriller, BuyBust, has endured a strenuous near-two year journey from inception to its approaching completion with lead actress Anne Curtis and MMA champion Brandon Vera starring. With an official release date pending and the heralded director of thrillers like On The Job and Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles, took to social media on Thursday to reflect on the production in a lengthy post.
It's a worthy read as well considering what it takes these days to get an ambitious action production in the Philippines off the ground. The greivances are valid, too, often pertaining to financing and politics overall despite the local talent pool that exists and otherwise lives and breathes to partake in a genre that speaks to international audiences at the least. Indeed, further plot and story specifics are scant regarding the film, but Matti's testimony certainly speak to my own observations on past projects next to this one.