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Cannes 2015: C2M, SP International Join For Action Franchise Venture, HIGH SPEED
There's more news out of Cannes this week and while plenty of the announcements made have been amply exciting and refreshing, others haven't had as much of an impact, particulatly with regard to the niche exclusive to fighting games and the fandom in support of a certain Namco/Bandai property back in the running for a remake. Low and behold, however, this one involves an entirely seperate entity with updates pertaining to the new movie, High Speed.
According to Variety, China's C2M Media will be jointly financing the new action movie co-production with producer Steven Paul's indie banner, SP International. Initially with the hopes of getting stunt veteran and filmmaker Vic Armstrong on board to direct, Paul has been working on getting this particular production up and running for a while with the last known report dating as far back as 2013 as Screendaily. The plot at the time illustrated the film's inspired vision likened toward Cannonball Run (1981) and the Fast And Furious franchise with a story centered on the CIA's globetrotting mission to put the breaks on a potentially catastrophic criminal plot set to unfold during a multi-vehicular rally chase. The new report claims no specfic plot or cast/crew as it stands, except that the film is being described as "an action packed race around the world" with the intent on expanding into franchise of its own. Production is set to commence at the bottom of the year with a versatile Asian and European cast led by a principal American actor, and plans to finish in time for a 2017 release in Asia via C2M Media and in North America via Sony Pictures through its output deal with Paul's company.
So, an action packed race around the world eh? And it's titled High Speed, so I imagine fast cars, jets, jet packs, speed boats...basically Fast And Furious on a global scale is what comes to mind for me. It sounds fun and I think this could become something worthwhile for a franchise if it all works out.
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.
Crowdfunding officially kicked off on Monday with a new Indiegogo campaign for The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback. Action stars Don "The Dragon" Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock are back and co-producing, as well as rejoining a cast of returning and new faces led by title star, actor Jansen Panettiere, and once more with writer/director Michael Baumgarten who helmed the first film as well as last year's Paying Mr. McGetty. Plot details are unknown for the sequel following the first installment centered on an embattled teenager struggling to face the odds in a new neighborhood with help of his martial arts expert sibs, Uncle Glen and Auntie Cindy. Returning are Brandon Tyler Russell, Matthew Ziff and martial artist TJ Storm to reprise their roles with Chuck Zito emerging for the sequel next to actor Sasha Mitchell and with award-winning stunt coordinator James Lew back to direct the action. Florida's Cocoa Beach will again serve as the backdrop from a script by Baumgarten with …
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…