Jason Statham faces off against James Franco and his drug army in Homefront, an adaptation of Chuck Logan’s novel of the same name penned by Sylvester Stallone. Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder also star in the film which opens on November 27th.
Just yesterday we showed you the first image from the Sylvester Stallone/Robert De Niro boxing comedy Grudge Match and now you can check out the trailer from the flick. Fun fact: the director pieced together training footage of Stallone from Rocky and De Niro from Raging Bull to create the flashback boxing matches! The movie opens on December 25th.
Machinima announced that the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy II will kick off on the site on September 26th and released this all new trailer for the web series.
Jason Momoa’s parlaying his success into a brand new film that he will not only star in but also direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor got his start on Baywatch before moving on to Stargate: Atlantis. He then made the jump to films starring in Conan The Barbarian and facing off against Sylvester Stallone in Bullet To The Head. He also played Khal Drogo on Game Of Thrones.
Now, the actor’s starrin in and directing Kane, which was shopped around the Toronto International Film Festival this past week by TF1. The film takes its name from Momoa’s character Kane Malu, a former boxer dealing with alcoholism who joins an underground fighting group in Detroit to raise money for his ex-wife’s medical bills. “Once in the lucrative underground fighting scene, he must face old demons and defeat a merciless rival from his past if he is to save his family and reclaim his lost destiny,” a statement said.
“I really wanted to make an action movie with heart and set it in Detroit,” Momoa said via statement. “The city used to symbolize much of what was grand and noble about America but then lost it all to economic decline and urban decay. This parallels the story of Kane Malu, a man who is down but not yet out. Kane is the story of a phoenix rising from the ashes.”
Production is expected to shoot in the D in January and February of next year.
After a nearly 15 year absence from film, Best Of The Best franchise star Phillip Rhee is punching his way back into the director’s chair with The Underdogs. Rhee described the flick as “a cross between Bad News Bears meets The Karate Kid. It’s Best Of The Best with some amazing kids!!!” on his Facebook page. Later on, he posted a picture of the kids who star in the film which is shooting right now.
Kung Fu Cinema reports that a string of martial artists will appear in The Underdogs as well: Richard Norton (Gymkata, Walker: Texas Ranger), Dan Inosanto (Redbelt, Big Trouble In Little China), James Lew (Best Of The Best, Timecop), Simon Rhee (Best Of The Best, Universal Soldier), Benny “The Jet” Urquidez (Grosse Pointe Blank, 1408), and Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Bloodfist). Mirelly Taylor and real life kid champ Rayna Vallandingham also star.
Lionsgate wasted as little time as possible getting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire together after the first one proved to be a huge success at the box office. The sequel, based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, finds Hunger Games survivors Katniss and Peeta back in the death-dealing competition, this time facing off against other winners as a way to celebrate the games’ 75 anniversary as you can see in the newly released international trailer.
Here’s the official synopsis from Lionsgate:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend), Catching Fire stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson and a boatload of others. The film opens on November 22nd.
When it rains remakes, it pours. It looks two different studios have been watching Jean-Claude Van Damme’s filmography with an eye towards making some new cash.
Variety reported yesterday that Relativity’s looking to bring 1988’s Bloodsport back to the big screen, this time with V For Vendetta director James McTeigue at the helm. The new version, which was written by Robert Mark Kamen (Taken, The Transporter), is said to “explore the life of 21st century mercenaries as they collide with the underground world of Brazilian Vale Tudo fighting.”
With McTeigue on board, the remake — which previously had Salt‘s Philp Noyce in the director’s chair — he’s going to work closely with Craig Rosenberg (After The Sunset) on a rewrite more in line with his vision. No casting announcements have been announced yet.
Meanwhile, Deadline posted a story that same day about Radar Pictures’ interest in revisiting the world of 1989’s Kickboxer. Hong Kong director Stephen Fung (Gen X Cops, Tai Chi Zero) has signed on to direct the project which is being written by Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis.
Casting is currently underway. The original Kickboxer found Van Damme learning Muay Tai to avenge his brother. It’s currently unknown whether that same fighting style will be the focus of the remake or not, butere’s hoping Tony Jaa’s somewhere in the running!