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And so it is - With the Tomb Raider reboot in development as of the last five years, the film finally found a director in The Wave helmer, Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug according to THR. It's a step forward for MGM and Warner Bros. following Graham King's GK Films's acquiring the property from Square Enix in 2011, with this now marking Uthaug's English-language debut.
The first two live-action features from Paramount Pictures, based on the now 19-year old game franchise released earlier by Eidos Interactive, starred Angelina Jolie and did fairly well at the box office, but not enough to keep going. Snow White & The Huntsman scribe Evan Daugherty was previously attached to provide the screenplay following drafts from writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children Of Men, Iron Man) among others. Those duties might now go to Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who wrote Hibernation, depending on how talks go while Cassidy Lange, Drew Crevello and Denis O’Sullivan oversee for MGM, Warner Bros and GK Films, respectively.
The games mainly center on a globe-trotting adventurer who dodges danger lurking at every corner, from booby traps in hidden caves and moutains to enemies both human and grotesque and gigantic. An actress is yet to be announced but with a director on board, hopefully we're not too far from that update.
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…
Word has it that actor Lin Gengxin is a possible front runner to lead famed Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's newly confirmed adaptation of classic literary, Return Of The Condor Heroes. The story is inspired by Jin Yong's 1959 publication, the second installation of the Condor Trilogy which began in 1957 and has seen numerous film and TV adaptations, as well as its expansion into books and video games.
Hark reportedly aims to adapt the book into a trilogy of its own while fans are expecting to hear of Lin's attachment as Yang Guo, whose taboo romance with his sifu, martial arts master Little Dragon Girl, and their adventures in the martial arts world is central to the story. Lin has worked with Hark on several occassions with credits together including Young Detective Dee: Rise Of the Sea Dragon (2013), The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014), Derek Yee's Sword Master (2016) which Hark produced, and this year's sequel hit, Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back whi…
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…