Contemporary Hollywood is indulging its fetish for remakes a lot right now. Disney has already begun its extensive series of live action remakes of classic movies. An almost unrecognizable version of Jumanji is well on its way to the big screen, with new incarnations of classics spanning everything from The Labyrinth to Scarface planned to follow in the future. And it’s not just remakes toying with the stories we love – sequels, prequels and extended universe movies are constantly adding to the lore and histories of contemporary culture’s most popular cinematic worlds. (more…)
It’s been 17 years since M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable quietly began building a cult following. The under the radar superhero movie is a classic look at the origins of both the hero and the villain with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson delivering stellar performances as David Dunn and Elijah Price/Mr. Glass. Shyamalan did it again with James McAvoy in Split which connects with Unbreakable… opps… spoiler warning. You can check out Shyamalan’s twitter announcement below. (more…)
Because we live in a world where it’s cheaper and easier to remake an old movie rather than pay writers to come up with something new, there is another old classic in the (re)works. This time around, the recycling machine has spit out 1974’s Death Wish. The remake has already secured one of Hollywood’s biggest actors for the lead role and now it looks like they have their new director – Eli Roth. (more…)
No that wasn’t a typo in the headline. Apparently, after failing to convince anyone that a new series of Die Hard movies with Jai Courtney as John McClane Jr. was something we needed to see with A Good Day to Die Hard, it seems that Twentieth Century Fox is taking a new tack: a prequel. I’d like to say “because you demanded it,” but let’s face facts, nobody asked for this. Still, it seems now that Hollywood is going to take us all the way back to the waining days of the 1970s to show us how John McClane became John McClane. (more…)
In every actor’s life, there is a moment when they are called to the stage, a venue where, many think, the true quality of acting is found and delivered. Of course, no one would ever conflate Bruce Willis with the upper-seats of acting royalty like, say, Sir Laurence Olivier, but it seems that even John McClane can’t escape the siren song of the Great White Way, and he will soon be taking to the Broadway stage hismelf. But role could possibly speak to Willis loud enough to make him go out on the proverbial ledge like this: Hamlet? Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman)? Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire)? How about Paul Sheldon. You now, the victimized author under the mercy of a crazed fan in Stephen King‘s Misery. (more…)
In 2000, the biggest comic book movie was Bryan Singer‘s first X-Men movie. Fifteen years later and that franchise is still going strong, so why not have another superhero film from that year get the sequel treatment? In a fascinating reversal, at the time it was director M. Night Shyamalan that was hot and comic book movies that were not, which might be part of the reason why Shyamalan’s follow-up to his smash hit The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, was not as successful as the “I see dead people” movie. So maybe now that comic book movies are in fashion, a sequel to Unbreakable, which was heavily inspired by comic books, would not be out of question. Shyamalan, who’s in a bit of a rut himself now, seems to agree. (more…)
While G.I. Joe: Retaliation didn’t exactly blow up the box office, it did earn more than double its production costs. That would usually grease the skids for another sequel, but we haven’t heard much of anything since the movie hit theater screens in 2013. It looks like Paramount is finally ready to saddle up G.I. Joe 3 and has been looking for a director. The word about the Internet is that DJ Caruso (Eagle Eye, I am Number Four) is high on Paramount’s list to take the director’s hot seat. (more…)
For many, Die Hard with a Vengeance was the last good Die Hard movie; for others though, Die Hard was the last good Die Hard movie, so let’s just say it’s a contentious debate and leave it at the idea that A Good Day to Die Hard was horrid, horrid, horrid! Still, it collected a few coins at the worldwide box office, and Bruce Willis said he’d enjoy another go in John McCain’s shoes, so a follow-up is inevitable. But will it suck? Perhaps Fox is buttressing their odds by adding one of the reasons that Vengeance was so enjoyable, by re-teaming Willis with Samuel L. Jackson. (more…)
This may come as news to some, but there is no actual Die Hard 6 news to report.
On Wednesday, WhatCulture.com ran an interview with a man named Ben Trebilcook. In the interview, Trebilcook spoke at length about what his story for Die Hard 6 consisted of, including the return of Zeus Carver, a trip to Tokyo, and a lot of love for the first Die Hard film. (more…)
If you grew up in the 80s, you know that four actors form the Nerdcore Four — Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Michael Keaton and Bill Murray. These four actors have totaled almost ten billion dollars in box office receipts while playing unforgettable characters like Indiana Jones, Peter Venkman, Batman, Han Solo, John McClane, and Beetlejuice.
They have saved the world from asteroids, a beret wearing 100 foot tall Marshmallow, the dark side, Nazis, Alan Rickman, dancing gophers, and so much more.
How do we celebrate them? We put together four lists (which will run over the next few months) that will look at each member of the Nerdcore Four and discuss their careers and their most signature roles.
Up first is Harrison Ford — who can next be seen in Ender’s Game. Ford first made his name tussling with Ewoks in Star Wars, replicants in Blade Runner, and Kate Capshaw while playing Indiana Jones during the 80s before carving out a respectable career as a leading man in more grounded fare like The Fugitive, Witness, The Patriot Games, and 42.
Which role truly defines this legendary cinematic hero? Is it Indy over Han? Vice versa? Maybe Rick Deckard over both? We’ll have our say after the jump.