Columbia Pictures announced today that Bruce Willis has signed on to star in Five Against a Bullet, an action thriller about five elite bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician against vicious drug cartels as he competes in an especially contentious election. Alex Litvak (Predators, The Three Musketeers) is penning the screenplay, with Lorenzo DiBonaventura, Jordan Schur, and David Mimran producing.
Five Against a Bullet represents the latest high-profile action project for Willis, who, as he nears the age of 60, is showing no signs of slowing down. He's currently at work prepping A Good Day to Die Hard, his fifth turn as everybadass John McLane, and can next be seen in alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the summer sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which opens June 29. A few months later, he'll join fellow aging action heroes Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the inexplicably PG-13-rated Expendables sequel.
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I struggle to think of another ‘80s film icon that has endured as strongly as the Predator despite only having been in a single good film. That’s not so much a dig on how bad Predator 2 and the pair of Alien Vs. Predator films are (though all three are certainly worth the derision) as it is a testament to how good the character is. His origins are an enigma but his motivations require no grand backstory: He’s an alien hunter who likes to keep the skulls of his prey as trophies. It’s simple really. And that’s why Predators the two-decades late sequel that should-have-been instead of the previous trio of disappointments works as well as it does.
Director Nimrod Antal and screenwriters Alex Litvak and Michael Finch have cut out all distractions all the fruitless complications most sequels experience as they try to overly explain any unanswered questions from the first film. Their story ignites with a bang and shows no immediate signs of pausing for needless introspection. Predators opens with Adrien Brody’s character falling from the sky into an unknown jungle where he meets up with a handful of fellow air-dropped jarheads each as equally confused as to what’s going on as the next. The audience knows exactly what’s going on though. They a collective sampling of Earth’s most lethal badasses have been parachuted onto an alien game preserve for the hunting pleasures of the Predators.
The first 30 or so minutes of the film are a much-needed refresher course on not only how to do ensemble-based action movies but how to make a film that cashes in on a previous phenomenon without betraying the people who made it a phenomenon in the first place. We know just enough about the characters to let our own real-world instincts fill in any of the gaps. And since we know the Predators are out in the jungle patiently stalking Brody and his defacto gang of killers there is also no need to de-cloak the alien killers prematurely. The result is an exciting feels-like-the-good-ole-days start to a movie that is constantly on its toes as it pits the group against a host of interesting challenges the Predators’ planet has to offer both old (elaborate hand-made traps) and new (they aren’t the only dangerous things the Preds dropped in by parachute).
However that is only the first 30 or so minutes of the film. Sadly around a third of the way through Antal and company have reached their cruising speed and from there on out Predators enters a predictable trajectory that doesn’t really aspire to introduce and explore more of the Predator world. For sake of keeping this review spoiler-free I’ll leave out the specifics but a plot device is introduced that promises to be yet another wild-card for the movie but it just shows up pauses to provide unnecessary exposition and then disappears. Unfortunately the momentum of the movie never fully recovers from this small but crucial misstep.
When it’s on fire though Predators is a total blast of all the extreme machismo and action-movie staples that made John McTiernan’s original such a seminal entry in both the sci-fi and action canons of cinema. Antal really knows how to balance an ensemble cast giving each character enough screen time to be memorable for one reason or another be it the weapon they carry or the lines they deliver lines seemingly engineered to be as quotable as possible (Walton Goggins’ dialog alone is reason enough to like the movie). And he also has great instincts for how to maximize the scale and scope of set pieces transforming jungle that is claustrophobic in one scene into a landscape so sprawling it seems like it could never be escaped in another.
That said even with a film that is significantly more exciting in the beginning than it is in the end a movie that is one-third great and roughly two-thirds above average isn’t exactly something to be angry about. Especially not in this summer’s current film climate where most releases have been unilaterally bad. It’s just unfortunate that Predators’ pacing problems later on the film give one’s mind plenty of time to wander to start to notice the gaps in the characters and internal logic within the script. Those are things you never really want to spend time examining in any action movie let alone a Predator movie. Had it come out when it was originally conceived by Robert Rodriguez over fifteen years ago it would have been perfect for the time period. All these years later though one must wonder how all those uneven spots weren’t ironed out in the intervening time. But all things considered this is unmistakably a Predator movie and to that end Predators is a faithful respectful hat tip to a franchise loved the world over.
Bloom Joins 'Three Musketeers' Cast
According to reports, Orlando Bloom is joining the ensemble cast of Paul W.S. Anderson's The Three Musketeers.
James Corden has also joined the 3D project, which will shoot late this summer for a summer 2011 release. Others in the cast include Logan Lerman, Christoph Waltz, Matthew MacFadyen, Mads Mikkelsen and Milla Jovovich.
Bloom will play the Duke of Buckingham, the arch-nemesis to the Musketeers who is described as "so cool that you can chop him into cubes and serve with vodka," the Heat Vision blog notes.
Corden is playing the servant Planchet.
The screenplay is adapted from the Alexandre Dumas novel by Andrew Davies and Alex Litvak. Anderson is also producing, along with Impact partner Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer of Constantin.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
After penning the reboot/prequel to Fox's Predators, Alex Litvak and Mike Finch became sought after scribes for Hollywood's top projects. Now they've been tapped to re-work the developing He-Man reboot, tentatively titled Masters Of The Universe (once known as Grayskull when the production was at Warner Brothers.)
Columbia Pictures is now working hard at bringing the fantasy world of Eternia back to the big screen. Moviegoers have not visited the war-torn land since 1987, when Dolph Lundgren portrayed the muscled hero of the planet, He-Man.
The addition of the rising writers is the first major move on the property and signals the project is being rebuilt from the ground up. While at Warners, Masters went through several writers and in latter stages had John Stevenson, who co-directed Kung Fu Panda, attached to helm.
THR's Heat Vision Blog says that Finch and Litvak's pitch "attempted to balance a treatment that would convince the studio it was cinematic and keep the toy company satisfied that its characters were being portrayed appropriately."
Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists are producing.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Souce: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter
Well, well, well...seems like Robert Rodriguez was serious about rebooting the Predator franchise in a very real way. Unlike the last couple of attempts at reinvigorating the Predator name (Alien Vs. Predator, Predator vs. Cap'n Crunch, Predator vs. Madden 2010), this time the reigns have been handed over to a Rodriguez who is serving as the Predators producer.
Today there's news that this reboot has been cast with actors whose names you actually know, including the Oscar-winning Adrien Brody (The Pianist). Now we're off to a good start!
The story was written by Rodriguez, Alex Litvak and Michael Finch centers on a group of elite warrior-types who are being hunted by the Predators. Brody will play a mercenary named Royce who ends up leading the group.
But wait, there's more!. Topher Grace (TV's That 70's Show, Spider-Man 3) is also in negotiations to join Brody as an accountant who also just happens to be a serial killer. Rounding out the cast are Danny Trejo, Walt Goggins (TV's The Shield), Alice Braga (I Am Legend), Oleg Taktarov, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali and Louiz Ozawa.
Braga will play a tough female killer; Ali a man unafraid of death; Goggins is the loose canon and Taktarov is a former Russian special ops member. The always awesome Trejo will play the hardened warrior type with twin uzis...hells yeah!
Predators will be directed by Nimrod Antal (Vacancy) and is due out July 7, 2010
So, are you interested in a reboot of the Predators franchise or have you been burned too many times already? No one would blame you!