The Action-omicon: Action Film Updates From Around The Web. CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN, RIDDICK Rated R, Kurt Russell News, and More!!
What’s up, Contenders? Terry Malloy here reporting live from the Waterfront.
Many of you may be aware that the internet is large. As is the film industry. News items from the latter are popping up on the former every couple of minutes. In The Action-omicon, I’ll be trying to cull some of the most interesting tidbits of action film news from around said enormous internet and share them with you AICN readers. These news items will mostly be stuff that is cool to me, and I imagine will be cool to some of you as well.
Kurt Russell Is Set To Star In A Movie! And It’s Title Is BONE TOMAHAWK!
JoBlo’s Arrow In The Head is reporting that Kurt Russell is set to star in what will be his first major screen role since TOUCHBACK, which is a movie I had never heard of until I went to look this stat up online. But really, for most of us, this will be the first time we’ve seen Russell on the big screen since DEATHPROOF. I couldn’t be more excited.
Russell in TOMBSTONE (1993)
The film is called BONE TOMAHAWK and part of the plot synopsis shared over at AITH says that Russell will play an old west lawman who must team up with Richard Jenkins (!) and some other dudes to rescue some folks from… wait for it… troglodytes.
So what we’ve got here is an amazing sounding cast, mixing up the Western genre (which Russell is pretty well established in) by subbing out villainous Native Americans or villainous Whitey with villainous prehistoric sub-humans. I think I would travel across the Oregon Trail with only my wits to protect me if it meant I could see this movie now.
Attached to write and direct is S. Craig Zahler, who I am entirely unfamiliar with. Anyone seen anything this guy has done?
New International Trailer For G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
Earlier this week, THR’s Heat Vision blog shared a new international trailer for G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, which is (I believe) the first peep we’ve heard from this film since it was unceremoniously pulled from the Summer 2012 line up just weeks before it was set to premiere.
I personally don’t see ALL that much difference between the footage we see here and the stuff we saw in the trailers for the Summer 2012 version. I would have bet money that a new trailer would have featured WAY more Channing Tatum, but good old C-Tates doesn’t seem to be in any new footage that I can identify here.
Regardless of the lack of Tatum, I still think this movie looks like a lot of fun, and for whatever reason, the ominous pulling of the film this past Summer has done nothing to temper my anticipation for this one. Maybe it has something to do with how much I enjoyed the toys in the ‘80s, the first film, and Dwayne Johnson?
What do you all think? Is G.I. JOE: RETALIATION going to be a real American hero?
Post Script: If a third G.I. JOE films is ever greenlit, can a brother get a little Serpentor up in there?
The Guy Who Co-Wrote PULP FICTION Is Bringing Us To CASTLE WOLFENSTEIN
I have to confess that if you said the name “Roger Avery” to me, I wouldn’t immediately know who you were talking about, which is kind of strange since he co-wrote RESEVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION with Quentin Tarantino and has gone on to direct his own features as well, including KILLING ZOE and THE RULES OF ATTRACTION.
Well, it seems Avery may be the man who finally brings us a film adaptation of popular computer game series WOLFENSTEIN. Avery is signed on to both write and direct.
I don’t think this necessarily sounds like GREAT news for someone like Avery, but it does sound like great news for the WOLFENSTEIN property. I’m pretty sure the guy who partially cooked up PULP FICTION can make something fun out of a video game that essentially boiled down to endlessly shooting Nazis and monsters inside of one enormous castle. And I’d like to think that 2012 may finally be the year of the video game adaptation. But we’ll just have to wait and see.
I personally had a blast playing the earliest iterations of WOLFENSTEIN on my computer as a kid. That was the first time I ever saw a first person shooter game and it kind of blew my mind. Not to mention that the game had a wicked sense of humor AND let you kill a cybernetic Hitler.
Count this as one video game adaptation I’m pretty excited to check out. What do you all think?
RIDDICK Lands An R Rating
JoBlo’s Arrow In The Head also reported earlier this week that the next installment in the adventures of Richard B. Riddick would come with an R rating attached!
I view this as good news all around. For one thing, I pretty much love both previous RIDDICK features and I’m proud to shout that from the mountain tops. People toss around words like “bloated” and “ridiculous” when talking about THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK; but I would raise you all a “Dame Judi Dench” and a “King Conan Closing Shot” and rest my case.
At any rate, a new RIDDICK film is coming, and it sounds like a more stripped down film ala PITCH BLACK. It also has Karl Urban returning and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA’S Katee Sackhoff in a featured role. So to recap: R rating, stripped-down-to-elementals plot, Katee Sackhoff. I’m in. You?
- Director Simon West and star Jason Statham are remaking HEAT, but the Burt Reynolds one, not the Michael Mann one.
- V/H/S 2 is coming, and one of the directors attached to the anthology horror film is THE RAID’S Gareth Evans! Via Movies.com
- Collider reported this week that Millennium Films has confirmed THE EXPENDABLES 3.
- British sniper film TOWER BLOCK will be getting US distribution through Shout! Factory...
...along with fellow British film COCKNEYS VERSUS ZOMBIES.
And I’m Out.
Terry Malloy AKA Ed Travis
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Nov. 6, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST
Kurt Russel deserves something big. Why not as "Grim" Fandango Fett in the upcoming SW movies?
Nov. 6, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST
More like this please.<br> I'm pretty sure the Castle Wolfenstein movie will follow the more recent games than the one you've posted a screenshot from, though.
Nov. 6, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST
But WTH are they waiting for to do a Big Trouble in Little China sequel?
Nov. 6, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST
@didntpull Man, I think a Kurt Russell role in SW would cause a mass head explosion like we haven't seen since Scanners. Also, hope Riddick is good and glad it got an 'R'.
Nov. 6, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST
@PAX I don't think Carpenter's got it in him, and I don't think Russell would do it without Carpenter.
Much more likely we'll see that remake with someone like Tom Hardy. And, even with Tom, it'd fail like Total Recall, Robocop (calling it now), and most of these remake flicks.
Nov. 6, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST
by Bill C.
...so they might as well have him go there in a remake of another movie. Sooner or later they'll run out of places for him to go. :) And that updated 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' trailer seems to give away a bit more of the plot than the earlier trailer did (London getting hosed by an orbital weapons platform under the control of "the President," who apparently goes all megalomaniac on the UN, is definitely new), and it looked like Jean Reno popped up in there for a second. But I'm still not seeing anything that smacks of "Yeah, we just had to push this back."
Nov. 6, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST
by Kelly Grimes
It even says "This year" in it.
Nov. 6, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST
Well it was the first ever first-person-shooter made, so it was the first time anyone saw one. And many minds were blown. And then they gave us DOOM!
Nov. 6, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST
Would love another go at an 'Escape From...' movie, as long as it is not a rehash fiasco like the L.A. one. Best thing about EFL.A. was when he pulled the plug at the end, would be a great launch point for a new story... Just sayin'
Nov. 6, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST
by Randy DeLaney
I remember when I was 11 and we would go to the local Radio Shack and the cool manager guy would let us sit there on one of the computers in store and play it for an hour or so at a time. Back when Radio Shack was the shit and had all sorts of cool games and toys to play with. My parents would actually drop me and my older brother off as if we were going to a babysitters. Pretty sweet, and the tactic worked as he even got my father sucked in on it and we bought a computer with the processing speed to handle such advanced graphics.
Nov. 6, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST
by Quake II
The last time I hear the name Roger Avery was when he was involved in a fatal DUI crash a few years back. I heard he was being charged with the death but I never follwed up with the case. This project is actually old news but has been delayed forever.
Nov. 6, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST
by John Brennick
Nov. 6, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST
by Tim Reuschling
Nov. 6, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST
by Tim Reuschling
Nov. 6, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST
by Tim Reuschling
Nov. 6, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST
Is a crock of shit. If you hear anyone mention it in the same breath as Shaun of The Dead, punch them in the face instantly.
Nov. 6, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST
While I took a long time to finally make myself watch "Killing Zoe," partly because I thought I was going to arrive at thinking it some sort of hyperly violent heist flick that aspired to the perversity and vulgarity of "Reservior Dogs" but without that film's intelligence, patient story telling and strong sense of character. I didn't expect the utter madness that "Killing Zoe" descends into by its end, all the while not being purely a bloodbath but an examination of the path down which Stolz's character almost trod - that, without his fateful rendezvous with Delpy's Zoe, he too would have fallen victim to. The scene where he friend begins to lose it is truly electrifying and Avery's willingness to go into his characters' skewed subjective realities proves him talented and brave. "The Rules of Attraction" on the otherhand was a film I saw on release and still view it as an astonishingly unflinching portrait of youthful hedonistic nihilism gone awry. He is a filmmaker I wish made more pictures - but he is not Quentin Tarantino. Quentin Taratino, for good or for ill, is one of the most important and influential modern filmmakers and one who has continued to grow and expand his craft.
Nov. 6, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST
Looking forward to more Riddick adventures. (I see a renewed interest in serials like the Riddick stories. Twohy makes good use of small budgets.)
Nov. 6, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST
Experiencing the first G.I Joe movie is like having every single celebrity female i'm attracted to standing in single file line waiting to punch me in the balls. Summer Glau...BAM! Olivia Wilde...BAM! Anna Kournikova...BAM! And so on. Utterly shattering.
Back when i was younger and saw Indy And The Last Crusade i wrote a WW2 occult action short story for my English class...i didn't know then but i basically ended up writing Wolfenstein. It'd be really cool if they pull this one off.
Nov. 6, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST
Nov. 6, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST
Wolfenstein on Apple ][+ FTW
Nov. 6, 2012, 7 p.m. CST
by Bill C.
(Ninel Conde...BAM! Aiya...) Okay, it certainly wasn't high art either, but I thought it had a certain whacked-out cartoony charm. In places, at least. And Sienna Miller and Dennis Quaid trump Channing Tatum every time.
Nov. 6, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST
by Bedknobs and Boomsticks
Nov. 6, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST
it was nothing like what I grew up with. Snake-Eyes...the mute ninja had a plastic sculpted mouth over his mouth! That's as bad as flames on Batman and nipples on Optimus.
They didn't get it. Sommers is a hack. The opening of the GI Joe animated film shots on anything to do with the 09 movie...the music combined with the action nearly made me want to hump the Statue Of Liberty and i'm not even patriotic or American...but by God it is motivating and epic. I can't see the sequel getting close to that.
Nov. 6, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST
He wrote a phenomenal script called THE BRIGANDS OF RATTLEBORGE, which is probably the darkest, most violent and nihilistic western ever written. And the best news is that Chan-wook Park is attached to direct it.
Nov. 7, 2012, 1:15 a.m. CST
Er ... you DO realize Avery also wrote the first SILENT HILL movie, right? So a "Castle Wolfenstein" adaptation's not really all that out of left field.
Nov. 7, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST
It's unfortunate that this film will get compared and linked with Sean of the Dead (albeit for obvious reasons) because in some places it's actually a lot of fun with a decent cast of newbies and oldies alone. One particular scene that had me almost crying was the drop-kicking of the pushchair toddler, priceless! Alan Ford is on form and a lot of the other recognisable oldies (well, maybe for us 40 somethings) it's good to see them on screen having fun. Like I said, I enjoyed it, the pacing was good, a decent film on a small budget acted for laughs and not too full of itself. Don't write it off because idiotic people compare it or sell it as a comparison to Sean of the Dead.
Nov. 7, 2012, 6:57 a.m. CST
Doom is pretty much a rip-off of Aliens set on Mars. So just make Aliens on Mars with demons instead of Xenomorphs.
Nov. 7, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST
Maybe the Nazis in Castle Wolfenstein were tinkering with the same kinds of black magic and dark science that humanity later deals with in Doom?
Nov. 7, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST
glitchmob whitestripes made the last trailer. weak ass choirs, not so much.
Nov. 7, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST
You know, obviously I knew about and smirked at that design decision when the first picture of Snake Eyes appeared online, but until you described it in exactly those terms, I never laughed out loud about it. Thank you, Mr. (?) taylor_kitschs_rectal_leprosy, and God help us all.
Nov. 7, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST
Nov. 7, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST
A direct lift that unfortunately didn't transfer from art to celluloid.
Nov. 7, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST
Someone tell Russell to get moving on all that footage he has publicly claimed is stored in a bunch of boxes somewhere.
Nov. 7, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST
This is, of course, assuming that he ever takes the helmet off, even in private. I kind of think he doesn't.
Nov. 7, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST
Nov. 7, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST
Hearing people talking about how they think the original Wolfenstein games were in 3D makes me feel old. Wolfenstein 3D came along years after I played Castle Wolfenstein. And no, it wasn't the first FPS, either--or even the first one from the id guys.
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