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The Rock Will Be At The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time In China-Set Action Thriller, SKYSCRAPER
Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is keeping himself busier and busier as the days go by. He's currently onto his reprisal for Fast 8 after wrapping the newly adapted feature iteration of the hit TV show, Baywatch, and he's got a batch of titles with his name attached, including a remake of Big Trouble In Little China, and the recently-announcent forward movement of a cinematic universe to build from his upcoming role in The Janson Directive.
There’s more in store, but if you think he's stopping anytime soon, you may want to guess again following developments on Wednesday evening with a mystery action script nearing the end of a bidding war between several studios. On Thursday evening, the news finally broke that the script in question, Skyscraper, which would star Johnson, was acquired by Legendary Pictures to the tune of $3 million dollars. The film's plot hasn't been publicly addressed yet but earlier reports indicate that the film will carry similar tones to the John McTiernan action classic, Die Hard, so it's worth at least assuming this will all unfold in a story set in a really, really tall building given the film's title.
Rawson Marshall Thurber is the writer and director of the film paring him once more with Johnson following the June 17 release of the new action comedy, Central Intelligence, also starring Kevin Hart. Johnson will produce Skyscraper through his Seven Bucks banner along with FlynnPictureCo.'s Beau Flynn, adding to their syllabus which includes forthcoming game adaption, Rampage, and a sequel to San Andreas.
Having had a stellar festival run throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with last year's Fantastic Fest premiere, director Shimomura Yuji's new film, Re:Born, has seen quite the journey to its praise. The same can amply be applied to the resurgence of its star, actor Sakaguchi Tak who, given personal career circumstances, essentially had to keep off radar and thankfully, that dry patch is now over and done.
How so? Well, despite intial speculations of Re:Born being his last film, it has instead been noticeably buzzed as his return and one that stands deservedly on ceremony. Together with WAVE innovator, close quarters fighting expert Inagawa Yoshitaka and host to a story sampling from the inspired dark, reclusive tales of real-life commandos, Sakaguchi stars as a small town clerk forced to adhere to his bloodlust once again following a string of military murders and the emergence of a squad of clandestined soldiers and assassins led by his former commanding officer now seeking…
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …
Acclaimed director and film multi-hyphenate Shaun Piccinino is set to direct American Fighter for ESX Entertainment. The film is a sequel to last year's American Wrestler: The Wizard which starred actor George Kosturos in the 1980-set tale of a young Iranian teen transplanted into a new town where he's forced to face adversity from all angles after joining the high school wrestling team.
Kosturos is returning to the sequel according to a new report from Variety which also lists Tommy Flanagan, Bryan Craig, Sean Patrick Flanery and Parviz Sayyad attached to star. Forrest Lucas, Ali Afshar, Christina Moore and Anna Zielinski are producing the film with a story by Afshar that now centers on a desperate teen who builds character between opponents upon competing in the underground fight circuit to save his dying mother. “Continuing down the line of a ‘Rocky’ meets ‘Karate Kid’ story, this new ‘American Wrestler’ movie remains a very heartfelt project for me,” Afshar said. “The res…