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More On That STREETS OF FIRE Tribute Project, And THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER Pseudo-Sequel Too!!

Merrick here...
Earlier this week, Beaks posted a piece about an upcoming movie that recalled many elements of STREETS OF FIRE. You can find details about the project in Beaks' original article, HERE. As Beaks indicated, the film in question is from director Albert Pyun - perhaps best known for THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER back in 1982, and for his 1990 take on CAPTAIN AMERICA.

I got in touch with Albert & asked him what was up with this STREETS OF FIREish thing. He shed some more light on the project, which I thought I'd pass along to you. Our communication was not in the form of an "interview", so I'm paraphrasing here. ** The STREETS OF FIRE styled film is called THE ROAD TO HELL. ** As we've already conjectured, it is inspired by (and is a tribute to) Walter Hill's STREETS OF FIRE, a film Albert has loved for years. ** HELL is a project he's dreamt of realizing with STREETS star Michael Pare for a very long time. ** In approaching the tone of his new film, Pyun took STREETS' mood and energy, infusing 50s styled "hardboiled" dialogue and characters possessing "dark" shades of gray. ** The film brings Pare back to his roots & he "kicks ass"... ** Clare Kramer (Glory from BUFFY) and Courtney Peldon (BOSTON PUBLIC) are in it as well - with performances that'll "shock and delight" their fans. In a nutshell, Pyun characterizes ROAD thusly:
Where the innocence of youth has been replaced by world weary cynicism. Michael's character is desperate to find a road back to the past and the light. [edit} Consider it Moulin Rouge meets torture porn. A heavily torqued romantic fantasy where dreams still live but they carry very big knives.

Albert also mentioned that the previously announced shooting of TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE (details HERE and HERE)...which was gearing up to roll in early May...was rescheduled for political reasons, but looks to be set for a September start now. This delay enabled Pyun and Pare to mobilize ROAD TO HELL sooner rather than later. There may be some more TALES news in the very near future...we'll bring it to you when it comes around .

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  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by Alkeoholic77


  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    HA! I was first!!!!

    by Alkeoholic77

    But still I feel empty inside...

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Second Also!

    by Alkeoholic77

    But still empty...

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    You can all touch me if you want...

    by Alkeoholic77

    I'm just that awesome.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    They had half the cast of Deliverance!

    by hollywoodsummers

    Captain America is better left alone.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    "Streets of Fire" was awful

    by Drunken Rage

    and this probably will be, too.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Aside Favreau, no one over-sells a project like Pyun

    by SpencerTrilby

    he should team up with Stan Lee. Oh, wait...

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I *love* Albert Pyun

    by Thick McRunFast

    He's the hackiest of the hacks, but he turns 'em in on time and under budget, so he keeps getting work. Used to have Pyun film festivals when I worked at a video store, and the laughs were non-stop.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by travis-dane

    The Cap trailer is awesome!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    "rescheduled for political reasons"

    by SpencerTrilby

    because it sounds so much better than "script overhaul"...

  • Aug. 6, 2008, noon CST


    by My friends call me Killjoy

    What did he mention about the TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE movie? The article just stops. Merrick? Merrick? MEEEEERRICK?!!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    wish i gave a shit

    by reckni

    why is this a story on your site? highly illogical.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I see your Albert Pyun

    by palimpsest

    and raise you Fred Olen Ray

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    "Moulin Rouge meets torture porn"

    by Mullah Omar

    I can't tell you how much this combo makes me NOT want to see the film.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I love how his shield bends when he catches it!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    That clip just shows how silly the character is in live-action. Good luck to those making the new movie!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST

    A crappy tribute is worse than a crappy remake.

    by DEX

    This will be awful - the original is a guilty pleasure, at best. What's with these tribute movies? I just saw Doomsday and that took the "tribute" too far - it was exactly Escape from New York (minus the bits from Aliens and The Road Warrior)! No story credit for John Carpenter either. A crappy tribute is worse than a crappy remake because someone's claiming its their own creation.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by Merrick

    Actually, if I understand correctly, it had to do with all the SAG stuff going on...not wanting to roll so close to the potential strike and what not.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that Captain America

    by NiceGuyEddie19

    Will go down as the definitive version of the character in film. There's actually a line in the movie that explains his goofy costume. The sarge is talking to Steve Rogers (Captain America) after handing him the suit. He says of the woman who tailored it, "Well, she may not know much about cammouflage, but she sure is patriotic!" Great. That explains it. Not like he was going on a top level US military mission or anything, right?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the clarification Merrick

    by SpencerTrilby

    I thought for a moment the "political" aspect was just another self-promoting stunt from Pyun.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Wait, so you're saying

    by deadnotsleeping

    Ben is Glory? (Sorry. Had to) <p> That out of my system, "Moulin Rouge meets torture porn" is the best pitch ever but only because it made me laugh.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Rick Flemming

    Sound like another Hollywood bore-fest. How about some real filmaking, like the old days. Romancing the Stone anyone??

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    There's a poster for this movie...

    by JediRob <br> It's also apparently in post production.<br> I think Michael Para is cool. Always dug Streets of Fire and Eddie and The Cruisers. Sounds like a fun enough project.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...what was the actual update there?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    1990 Cap...

    by gavdiggity

    was played by J.D. Salinger's son. True story.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 6:36 p.m. CST

    It's a backhanded 'tribute' to SoF at best.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    If you go to it;s website, it looks like the cheapest DTV pile of cack you've ever imagined. If it is Pyun's wish to do a backdoor sequel to SoF, why the hell is Cody suddenly a serial murderer looking for redemption? Where the hell is the neon and the bikers? And where the frikikin' frick is Diane Lane? Its such a shame Pare became the take-any-paycheck actor he is, he slid alongway down the ladder to finally end up in an association with Uwe Boll for crying out loud. No wonder he's willing to revisit and rape one of the only films that gave him the goodwill he's coasted on all these years. Philadelphia Experiment was great, Eddie and the Cruisers was cool but Streets of Fire was an absolute guilty pleasure classic - it is so much better than the press it gets would lead you to believe. Corny, yes. Cheesy, definately. Bad acting? There's a fair bit present. But there's also amazing cinematography, beautiful visual, a dreamlike pace and some terrific music. And Diane Lane, in the sexiest dress she ever wore. On stage, rocking out to Steinman. I love that film so much, I want to be buried with a copy of it for the afterlife. So i'm more than a little peeved that Pyun professes to love the movie, yet is obviously pissing over it rather copiously. The fuck.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:54 p.m. CST

    I agree with u 100% Hint_of_Smegma

    by King Conan

    Every word u spoke was wisdom brotha! I love this movie, and he (Pyun) is just goin' for a cash grab.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    M-O-O-N. That spells "worse than Uwe Boll"

    by Tom Cullen

    Seriously, Albert Pyun was the original Uwe Boll. He's the guy who has made dozens of films, often with b list name actors somehow convinced to be in them, only to result in the many of the most absolutely wretched films of all time. And in addition to being probably the worst writer/director ever in the history of film, he's also, just like Boll, a liar, a fraud, a thief, and a notorious self promoter. Basically the man is Uwe Boll's God. So the question isn't "will the film be bad", it's "just how awful will this one be"...

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    actually that sounds okay

    by CherryValance

    because a remake would have been evil and a sequel would have required the old cast to come back or would have been bogus. So an "inspired by" sounds good.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Streets Of Fire - Special Edition 2 Disc DVD

    by King Conan

    Is what we fuckin' need, not this crap! The Warriors got a "decent" special edition DVD, Hill should do one for SOF.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I hate that stupid comic book shit on The Warriors disc.

    by JediRob

    Just a lame and unnecessary change. no option to view in original form either.