The third installment of extreme sports action film "XXX" is revving up again with some real twists and turns according to Deadline Hollywood Daily.
First, the project has left Sony and negotiations are currently underwway for Paramount to finance and distribute the film for possible release late 2011 or early 2012.
Director Rob Cohen reunites with star Vin Diesel (Cohen replaces Ericson Core who was slated to direct the third installment), and the new flick will be shot with 3D cameras. Well, that's good to know, at least they're just not converting a 2D film to 3D. Oh, all these 3D talks are hurting my brain, not to mention my eyes!
Here's the plot from Deadline Hollywood:
Xander Cage (Diesel) is left for dead, but returns to execute a very difficult assignment that only he can pull off. Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Agent Augustus Gibbons, Xander’s handler. Most of the action takes place in Europe. Diesel will star in the film right after he completes another installment of "The Fast and the Furious," which Universal Pictures will release June 10, 2011. Paramount expects to distribute the film six months or so later.
Cohen, who's currently shooting Coke's first-ever 3D commercial, revealed:
"I feel what we did in the beginning of the decade was bring a different attitude to the action movie and a different kind of hero," Cohen said. "With the new 3D instrument and the techniques I can apply, we can create a different kind of cutting-edge experience in 3D by shooting it that way from the beginning the way James Cameron did Avatar. This won't be fantasy characters, it takes place on Earth in real time. That's a new dimension to be explored, and I'm excited."
I met Cohen for "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," and while I'm not a fan of his aesthetics, I do think he's a nice man with visual flair! But the big question, are you interested in watching Vin Diesel be Xander Cage again, or would you rather see him in "The Pacifier 2?"
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This time, Doug Liman, the guy who gave us "The Bourne Identity" and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," is in negotiations to direct "The Three Musketeers" for Warner Bros.
Summit is also working on its own "Musketeers" film with director Paul W.S. Anderson. And gasp, this is going to be in 3D and is in the casting stage right now.
The Warner Bros.' version will, of course, be in 3D and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Liman was one of several directors on the studio's shortlist. The list also includes David Frankel, the director of "The Devil Wears Prada."
I don't know about you, but I'm interested to find out how Frankel will go from a heartfelt romantic comedy to a period action piece.
But many insiders are saying Liman will get the job, and he will be directing from an adaptation by Peter Straughan, the scriptwriter of George Clooney's "The Men Who Stare at Goats."
Based on Alexandre Dumas' 1844 novel, the story follows D'Artagnan who leaves home to become a guard of the musketeers, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis and how their motto of "all for one, one for all" is put to test when they encounter the villainous Cardinal Richelieu.
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Variety told us that "Greenberg" writer/director Noah Baumbach and star Ben Stiller are in talks to reunite for a big screen adaptation of "Mr. Popper's Penguins," the 1939 Newberry Award-winning children's classic written by Richard and Florence Atwater.
According to Wiki,
It tells the story of a poor house painter named Mr. Popper and his family, who live in the small town of Stillwater in the 1930s. The Poppers unexpectedly come into possession of twelve Adelie penguins, and something must be done before they eat the Poppers out of house and home. This book is often included in the reading curriculum in grades 2, 3, or 4 of American elementary schools.
The script is written by Sean Anders and John Morris.
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We've been following this film's progress for a while now. And why not? Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis? Not to mention Randy Couture and Steve Austin. We're soooo there when this film opens August 13th.
Check out "The Expendables" trailer below, it's the toughest crew of the century:
Here's more info on the film (check out "The Expendables" official website right here):
A group of mercenaries is hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge -- one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.
Genres: Action/Adventure and Crime/Gangster
Release Date: August 13th, 2010 (wide)
Cast & Crew:
Sylvester Stallone -- Barney Ross
Jason Statham -- Lee Christmas
Jet Li -- Yin Yang
Terry Crews -- Hale Caesar
Randy Couture -- Toll Road
Dolph Lundgren -- Gunnar Jensen
Mickey Rourke -- Tool
Giselle Itie -- Sandra
Eric Roberts -- James Monroe
David Zayas -- General Garza
Steve Austin -- Paine
Bruce Willis -- Mr. Church
Arnold Schwarzenegger -- Trench
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone Screenplay
David Callaham Screenplay
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I love the original 1981 film starring Harry Hamlin, but I've always thought it was a great candidate for a remake! Did the new version starring Sam Worthington live up to the hype? Check out below and see me turn into Medusa!
For my written review of "Clash of the Titans," click here.
Here's more info on "Clash of the Titans" from Yahoo:
GENRES: Action/Adventure, Fantasy and Remake
IN THEATERS: April 2nd, 2010
MPAA: PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality
Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus and unleash hell on earth.
Cast & Crew
Sam Worthington ...... Perseus
Gemma Arterton ....... Io
Mads Mikkelsen ....... Draco
Alexa Davalos ....... Andromeda
Jason Flemyng ....... Calibos
Ralph Fiennes ........ Hades
Liam Neeson ......... Zeus
Danny Huston ......... Poseidon
Nicholas Hoult ....... Eusabios
Izabella Miko ........ Athena
Pete Postlethwaite .. Spyros
Polly Walker ......... Cassiopeia
DIRECTED BY: Louis Leterrier
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