Terry Malloy’s Actionomicon: Nic Cage and Friedkin, THE PROTECTOR 2, and More!!
What’s up, Contenders? Terry Malloy here reporting live from the Waterfront.
I culled together a few of the past week’s action film news items for your perusal. There are quite a few items of interest below that I think action fans will get a kick out of.
Nic Cage To Be Directed By William Friedkin In A Vigilante Thriller?
JoBlo’s Arrow In The Head cited Deadline as confirming an upcoming collaboration between William Friedkin and Nicolas Cage! I AM WRATH sounds pretty much exactly like DEATH WISH, only with a focus on policemen being corrupt as opposed to just ineffective.
Regardless of your thoughts on The Ragin’ Cage-un, William Friedkin is one of the great living American directors. Aside from such classics as THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE EXORCIST, his most recent outing KILLER JOE proves that Friedkin has not lost his razor sharp instincts.
Cage is obviously capable of incredible performances and I’m guessing Friedkin will rein him in a little bit and coax something brilliant out of him. What do you all think?
New International Trailer For BULLET IN THE HEAD
An international trailer is out for a new Walter Hill film, starring Sylvester Stallone. BULLET IN THE HEAD. Just watch it.
I really like what Stallone is doing here with a character that seems like a lot of fun. That said, I could do without whatever that music is laid overtop of this thing. What do you all think?
Hat Tip: IGN
THE PROTECTOR 2 Developments
Twitch Film and City On Fire are talking about some updates on the already-in-production TOM YUM GOONG 2, AKA THE PROTECTOR 2! It turns out that star Tony Jaa has set aside differences with director Pracha Pinknaew in order to get back on their game. (In my opinion, Jaa has fared the worst between them since their split.)
This part was actually news to me as I had no idea this film was under way already. But that may not be news to you savvy readers. What MIGHT be of interest, though, is the bit about a certain RZA being confirmed as a cast member in the film! What?! THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS may well be just the beginning of a killer career in martial arts films for our Wu Tang friend.
NINJA 2 Rumored To Be Developing With Scott Adkins Attached To Star
I’m pretty sure NINJA was the first film where I was exposed to the reigning king of DTV action films, Scott Adkins. From what I recall, NINJA had some pretty sweet action sequences, and a respectable production design. And if the acting was a little dicey, all can be forgiven because Adkins has been growing leaps and bounds as an actor ever since. So consider me excited about news that NINJA may soon be turned into a franchise.
I don’t see any mention of this on Millennium’s site, however, so consider this rumor for now. Although I’d consider it a very likely one since Adkins and Florentine have worked well together on several projects and others are already rumored as well.
And I’m Out.
Terry Malloy AKA Ed Travis
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Oct. 12, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST
Oct. 12, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST
One of my favorites! I still think The Driver is one of his best, but most of what he's done is great. Can't wait for Bullet in the Head (even though I'm not a huge Stallone fan)! Just sayin'
Oct. 12, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST
Cage and Friedkin together? this has piqued my interest. Cage might be doing a lot of b-movies lately, but working with Friedkin will do him a lot of good!
Oct. 12, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST
Probably gonna get ripped apart for being a bit obtuse about this, but is this a sequal to Jackie Chan's The Protector or was there another one? I loves me JC's campy version!
Oct. 12, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST
About to begin work on a planned batch of short martial arts films myself...very hush hush but, I think I can bring something new to the game. Good to hear Jaa is back, the man is awesome to watch. I like Adkins too, but he needs to get better projects an
Oct. 12, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST
Tom yum goong was released in the U.S as " the protector" (which is also the name of the jackie chans movie ) . Tom yum goong 2 will be released in the U.S at "the protector 2", so no, the protector 2 isnt linked at all to the jackie chan movie.
Oct. 12, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST
Warrior King had some great action, but I don't know if I'd like to see a sequel. In terms of filmmaking partnerships, Evans and Uwais is much more promising to me.
by Mark Jones
Oct. 12, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST
Oct. 12, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST
by Bill C.
I mean, hey, it can't possibly be a stranger combo than Cage and Werner frigging Herzog. And there's apparently another Scott Adkins movie coming out on DVD next week, 'El Gringo,' which actually sounds kind of nifty...
Oct. 12, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST
and i am a big fan. how did i miss that? to the bat-torrents, robin.
Oct. 12, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST
When is Stallone going to realize it's time to take himself seriously again and get back to a movie like "Copland." No more Rocky's. No more Expendables. Please...
Oct. 12, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST
Make sure you seek out the Hong Kong version of The Protector. Jackie was pretty unhappy with the American version and went back home to film some of his signature action scenes. The film was more successful in HK as a result. Also, Shout! Factory is prepping a Blu-ray Double Feature of Jackie's Crime Story and The Protector. However, we don't know if it'll be the American or HK version of The Protector yet.
Oct. 12, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST
Been a fan of those guys for awhile
Oct. 12, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST
Never saw the re-edited HK version of JC's The Protector, but I heard he dropped a lot of footage and added a new storyline. For my money, I like the US version. Anytime you have an early 80's Jackie Chan swearing, Danny Aiello being Danny Aiello, lots of violence and some nekkid asian women running around all nekkid-like, you can color me happy. Just sayin'
Oct. 12, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST
We had it on VHS as a kid but sadly I never watched it. I love Tony Jaa's movie. Things you'll only see in this movie: Hands down, the longers single shot fight scene which involved multiple stunt men hitting their marks, multilevels of people falling off ledges, and props being destroyed. That scene is only second the most bones broken in different ways. Some of which I couldn't help but think they paid those stunt guys to get their limbs broken. A baby elephant getting thrown across the room. Tony Jaa versus Eddy Gordo. Nathan Jones and the Abobo Twins getting downsized.
Oct. 12, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST
by D o o d
that's all I need to say about that!
Oct. 12, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST
by D o o d
Oct. 12, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST
by The Wrong Guy
She's the best thing in martial arts cinema at the moment and you don't even bother mentioning she's going to be in the same movie as Tony Jaa? Yet you do bring up RZA... Come on! Get your priorities straight people!
Oct. 13, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST
Wow, I know a lot of you kids hate on anything made over 10-15 yrs ago but maybe you guys should pay attention to stuff that happened pre-2000/9-11. I mean I love The Magnificent Seven and that movie came out many years before I was born. I get the feeling that a lot of millenials don't give a damn about great stuff that came out before some strange dateline. So please kiddies learn more about both Hill and Stallone before you start making any more snarky remarks about things you don't know or can't be bothered to learn about. >grumble grumble< No good kids! <shakes fist angrily<
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST
Mr. Malloy, the music that sounds in the "Bullet to the head" trailer is Motörhead. A clasic!! But is true, dosen't fit with the images.
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