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Besson And Hoene Head For WARRIOR'S GATE Next Month!
Within the last few years following Luc Besson's co-production partnering of EuropaCorp with Shanghai-based Fundemental Films for a slate of English-language films, its package also included a fantasy martial arts film titled Warrior's Gate. Scant info has been granted for the latter, but thankfully things are about to change as production finally begins next month in lieu of current events at this year's Beijing International Film Festival.
THR reports that helmer Matthias Hoene is directing this, his second feature since winning acclaim with the 2012 action horror romp, Cockneys Vs Zombies. Rising star Uriah Shelton, Flowers Of War actress Ni Ni and Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao(Black And White 1 & 2) are joining the $48 million dollar French-Chinese co-production with a script by Besson and Robert Mark Karmen which centers on teenager who gets magically transported to China where he ultimately trains in kung fu in order to save a princess from danger.
Sure, it's a plot that sounds awfully familiar for anyone who still feels like The Forbidden Kingdom and Warriors Of Virtue just came out yesterday. Hopefully there's some redeeming value in this project as new as it is, and who would say no to another kung fu movie at that? I wouldn't.
There's a ton of things happening right now with all things John Wick. The origin comic, as well as two spin-offs are among the raft of projects already in development as Chad Stahelski now looks toward bringing the third film in the canon to life for next year.
For this, casting is already underway and with exclusive reporting from That Hashtag Show which reveals the addition of actor Sanada Hiroyuki to the movie. Sanada, whose international career has seen him work with legends like Fukusaku Kinji, Corey Yuen, and stars like Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh.
Reuniting with 47 Ronin lead Keanu Reeves reprising the title role of the John Wick franchise, Sanada will star the head of a crime syndicate with a score to settle with our stoic assassin now on the run from his former fellowship of clandestined assassins. The two will reportedly be rejoined by actress Ruby Rose and actor Common following their appearances in last year's sequel in which both go toe-to-toe with Reeves.
Segueing from steering the action and stunt work coordinating films like Ant-Man, Ninja Assassin and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, Peng Zhang now rests his prospects at the helm. This one is no small feat either however - reportedly five years and with a tall order of $100 million dollars to date for Ningxia Film Group's upcoming Buddhist fantasy action adventure, Asura, making it China's most expensive movie in history, and as the hopeful first in a trilogy.
Signaling this month with an official teaser trailer ahead of a release midway in 2018, the film introduces a story set in the titular realm of pure desire which now finds itself threatened by a staged coup from a lower kingdom. Leading the way are burgeoning talents, actress Zhang Yi Shang (Railroad Tigers) with Lei Wu (The Shanghai Job, upcoming Nehza) starring as saviors to the realm and evident love interests to each other amid the upheaval of emerging villains and fantastic visuals host to spectacular scenery, battle…
An exasperating wait, no less, for folks like myself who live in the U.S.. Still, it's nice to know that a Blu-Ray/Digital HD release of the new tournament martial arts thriller, Boyka: Undisputed, is well on its way with an August release, while it's even nicer to know that the film's star, actor and martial artist Scott Adkins wants to do a fifth.
He says so at around the 11:40 mark in his latest interview now online following his recent appearance at MCM Expo in London this week to discuss the role and the film as a whole - And not for nothing either as he continues to pound away at fans who enjoy his movies, but insist on stealing them online which will otherwise kill any chance of the film happening before 2030 if we're lucky (my words, not his).
Adkins also shares several new images from his latest, Accident Man, and some gems on Michael Cuesta's American Assassin, working with Tony Jaa on the recently-wrapped ensemble action thriller, Triple Threat, and muc…