Word around the Internet today has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson all locked and loaded to take the lead in MGM‘s SEAL Team 666. Johnson recently finished up shooting on Bret Ratner’s Hercules, now he’s on set with director James Wan for Fast and Furious 7. What’s SEAL Team 666 all about? (more…)
It looks like “The Great One” is working with WWE yet again– but not in the squared circle. Dwayne Johnson is reportedly negotiating to take the lead role in the WWE Studios-Hyde Park produced remake of The Fall Guy, with Charlie’s Angels director, McG being brought in to possibly helm the flick. While this announcement isn’t surprising for the former professional wrestler, it is the first time that he will be involved with WWE on a movie since Walking Tall.
There has been talk of bringing The Fall Guy to the big screen before, but with ’80s television shows being made into movies left and right, it looks more promising now than ever. The show, which starred Lee Majors and centered on his part-time stunt man, part-time bounty hunter character, seems like a perfect fit for the Fast & Furious 6 star, who’s spent his career being both a “stunt man” and an actor playing bounty hunter-type characters.
McG is as good a choice as any to direct, seeing as his directing debut was the Charlie’s Angels movies, which sucked, but that’s about as good as anyone has got with one of these film remakes of old television shows. At least it brought in some money, which is the overall goal; with Johnson being one of Hollywood’s biggest “bang for the buck” actors, it seems like an achievable feat. Since things are still in negotiations, and none of the other roles have been cast, it’ll probably be a while before we see- if we see- this movie. So, does anyone out there have interest in seeing this project come to life, or should it stay in the ’80s?
I think we all assumed that Dwayne Johnson would fill out any costume they gave him to play Hercules nicely, be it loincloth, or something more, shall we say, functional. And voila! As you’ll observe above, Johnson looks ready to kick butt and take names in a Grecian way for next summers swords-and-sandals epic, Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 23, 2013
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend… Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson, Aksel Hennie, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes and John Hurt, and directed by Brett Ratner, will be in theaters July 25th, 2014.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is currently working on the set of his new Brett Ratner movie, Hercules and he’s keeping fans up to date on the latest goings-on through his Twitter feed. The latest is an on set picture,
Johnson mentions set designer Jean-Vincent Puzo (Lords of War, 10,000 BC) and how he’s digging the details. The movie is based on the Radical Comics graphic novel “Hercules: The Thracian Wars“ by Steve Moore with Cris Bolsin. The story is a revisionist look at the classic myth, set in a world where the supernatural does not exist.
Hercules also stars Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie and Tobias Santelmann.
Hercules is scheduled to hit theater screens July 25th, 2014.
Via: Coming Soon
Terminator 5 news seems to keep coming in at a pretty good clip, which adds fuel to the speculation fire that a new Terminator film may truly be coming soon to a theater near you. But who might star as the new killing machine from the future (or in the future as the case may be)?
We know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is rumored to return to the franchise (I would say “confirmed” but that confirmation came from an Arnold fan site quoting a throw away line at a conference in Austria, so we’ll stick with “rumored”), but in what capacity might Schwarzenegger appear? Could he still pull off “killing machine” despite the fact that he’s now cashing social security checks? No comment. But who else might realistically play a killing machine from the future? Perhaps another athletic actor with extensive upper body strength? Of course, he’d also have to be an actor with a background in saving franchises from themselves.
Enter Dwayne Johnson. He’s had a film in the Top 10 at the box office every week since February, so is he right man who could terminate the line of terrible Terminator films? Well the WWE Examiner (via AICN) seems to think they have a case. The Examiner says that Johnson will be taking a powder and missing Wrestlemania 30 next April in New Orleans because the artist formally known as The Rock will be filming T5. Here’s the excerpt from the site:
The script is now being developed and with one fellow action movie star in mind for the role of T5′s most sinister machine. A source close to Annapurna Films exclusively tells WWE Examiner Friday morning that one version of the script is being produced specifically for The Rock himself.
As for the plot, that is interesting. Apparently, with Johnson playing the new Terminator, the script by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier has a very different role in mind for Schwarzenegger, and it will be one that either intrigues fans or infuriates them I think. Prepare for spoilers in…
A source close to the project says one idea being considered for the film could throw fans of the Terminator franchise for a loop. According to the scenario outlined, T5 may be a prequel set in the days of Sarah Connor’s parents, marking the first time terminators have been sent back in time to kill a character that existed before both John and Sarah Connor.
Incredibly, Schwarzenegger may not play the role of a machine in the next film, but a potentially heroic human figure in or close to the Connor family. One theory is that Schwarzenegger’s remarkable ability to protect the Connor family in the 1940s or 1950s with antiquated weaponry by today’s standards ultimately inspired the machines to develop a terminator in his likeness that was eventually sent to 1984 when Sarah Connor was first targeted for termination.
It’s plausible. Considering the mess that is Terminator Salvation, maybe the only way they could continue the series was to go further back in time. But time will tell whether any of this is true or not.
More news as it develops.
Source: Geek Tyrant
Star Dwayne Johnson has to find something to do with his spare time while waiting to be case in the next Fast and Furious film, and what better role to take than that of a legendary muscle-bound powerhouse? His opportunity comes in the form of a new version of Hercules. This one is being put together by that train-wreck of a director, Brett Ratner and it looks like the film has finally begun filming. And since that’s the case, they’ve released the official synopsis of the flick, to get your mouth watering. Check it out below:
Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend…
Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.
And apparently, there’s another Hercules flick coming to the screen in 2014 as well, so we’ll be getting a double-dose of the muscle guy with a sword premise.
You can check out Ratner’s version (if you dare), when it releases on July 25th, 2014.
Thanks to screenrant for the heads-up.
The one persistent thought that went through my mind while watching G.I. Joe: Retaliation was that the childhood adventures I puppeteered with my G.I. Joe figures where much more creative and fun than anything cooked up by the filmmakers in charge of this franchise. Of course, I would throw Transformers, Star Wars guys, He-Man and other toys into the mix, an impractical possibility on a corporate and imaginative level, but it was infinitely more satisfying than what they’ve put up on screen. Twice. And in spire of all the different players I threw in during my playtime, infinitely more logical too.
But if there’s a single improvement that G.I. Joe: Retaliation makes over it’s predecessor, The Rise of Cobra, it’s that it feels like someone put two minutes of research into military tactics and structure, not to mention two minutes of research into the actual franchise it’s based on. Basically, it looks like how a G.I. Joe movie should look, at least until Ray Stevenson as Cobra merc Firefly unleashes a flurry of mechanical a fireflies with exploding butts while riding a motorcycle that separates into several independent rocket propelled grenades. But I digress.
This sequel is set several of years after the original, and the “Nanomite Wars” have come and gone. Duke (Channing Tatum) now leads G.I. Joe, and the President (Jonathan Pryce) is still Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) in disguise. But now’s the time that Cobra is putting their master plan into motion. Framing the Joes for the theft of a nuclear weapon from Pakistan, Zartan takes the chance to use his executive privilege to eliminate them, and then calls for the worldwide disarmament of all nuclear weapons. But before you can say “peacenik,” three Joes survived the Cobra blitz, and Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) leads Flint (D.J. Cotrona) and Lady Jaye (Adrianna Palicki) come back to America to, well, retaliate.
First off all, while I appreciate the effort to make this grounded and suggest that this takes place in something resembling the real world, the idea of the Joes saving defectors from North Korea and securing loose nukes in Pakistan seems rather a far cry from the old storylines involving Cobra’s weather control machine and stealing the DNA of the world’s greatest tyrants to create a super Cobra-leading tyrant. It’s just jarring is all, like suddenly seeing Stephen Colbert host the CBS Evening News.
But that would be bad enough if they hadn’t of kept a lot of that silliness from the first movie. There’s a rather elongated scene where Roadblock and Duke play Call of Duty and suck, and at one point Cobra Commander tells Destro that he’s “out of the band.” Justified’s Walton Goggins also appears as the warden of Cobra Commander’s prison, and it seems like for a minute that he’s in an entirely different movie all together. In fact, I would say that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is actually made up of about three or four different movies making it a Russian nesting doll of a blockbuster. There’s the war movie, the fugitive movie, the kung-fu movie, and something resembling a combination platter or RED, The Rock, Die Another Day, Battleship, Olympus Has Fallen, Red Dawn and xXx: State of the Union. Basically, the screenwriters have Netflix and proved it.
I give kudos to Dwayne Johnson through because Retaliation‘s many faults he’s still a reliable and magnetic leading man. Poor Channing Tatum gets the shaft (again) despite the fact that some of the rumors of Retaliation’s delay revolved around capitalizing on the actor’s rising stardom, Duke’s total screentime doesn’t mount to a hill of beans. But if you can say anything for Tatum it’s that his limited presence makes more of an impression than D.J. Cotrona, and he has more of a character than Bruce Willis’ General Colton, who basically comes across as Bruce Willis with a rank. (I’m genuinely surprised he didn’t get a “Yippee Ki-yay!” at any point.) The film does make good use of Adrianna Palicki’s assets, but probably not in the way that she, or any other even marginally feminist viewer of G.I. Joe might like. One wonders if the term “irony” passed through the minds of director Jon M. Chu when he followed up a scene of Lady Jaye bristling at Gen Colton’s characterization of her as a secretary, with a scene of Jaye in sweats using her sex appeal to lure the President’s chief of staff into a kidnapping.
Speaking of Chu, I wonder if he was in over his head. His past experience capturing poppin’ fresh dance moves in the Step-Up series of films and the Justin Bieber documentary doesn’t exactly prepare one for making a big Hollywood action movie. But the action in Retaliation, I have to say, is fine. Where the film is lacking is tight editing, pacing and direction. Logic would have also been nice, but I don’t expect miracles from these things. Really though, when the doomsday plan seems horribly stupid and the machine by which you’ll achieve it has a super lame function, is saving the world really such a big deal. And by the way, ninja’s are cool because they’re mysterious, so going into the lengthy backstory of the ancient Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow rivalry is as counterproductive as it is lame.
But did the film do anything right? As I said, Johnson was solid, and I liked the tangible parts of this world, like how all the vehicles used looked real. And by the way, thanks for actually giving us a Cobra Commander we can recognize, although I still miss Chris Latta‘s patented screeching voice ordering Cobra’s retreat. But if there is to be a G.I. Joe 3, and there’s no reason to expect that there won’t be, maybe we can try something serious, something that seems less jokey all the time. And we need to reaffirm the proper definition of terrorist. A terrorist group, like Cobra’s supposed to be, isn’t going to squander time putting a puppet President in place, so that the fake President can organize a world conference to get rid of nuclear weapons. If they can get to the President, they’re going to kill him on live TV for the shock value and damn the consequences. (Although the White House draped in Cobra flags is till a cool visual.)
So let’s consider how a G.I. Joe movie should really look. Below is a clip of the opening to the animated 1987 G.I. Joe The Movie. Now forgetting all the insane snake people, Nemesis Enforcer and Cobra-La bull$#!% that follows in the next 77 minutes, this three minute intro has everything a G.I. Joe movie should: big action, a simple, understandable plot and some damn satisfying patriotic imagery. “Yo Joe!” indeed.
Brett Ratner is a man whose directorial work many might place on the same level as a war crime. If you’ve ever tried to sit down and watch Rush Hour 3 or X-Men: The Last Stand, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. But for some reason people keep giving this guy money and letting him direct. His latest project is a piece based on the Hercules legend, titled, naturally, Hercules. Now, we here at Nerd Bastards have some news for you from the casting couch.
First and foremost, Ian McShane will be coming onboard to play the role of Amphiarus. This character is loosely described as a warrior/priest/prophet that bestows advice on Hercules and guides him during his journey.
Other additions consist of names both big and small, including Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and Rebecca Ferguson. What roles any of these actors will be playing is as-of-yet unknown. They will joining in with the already cast Rufus Sewell (playing Autolycus), Askel Hennie (in the role of Tydeus) and the artist formerly known as “The Rock”, Dwayne Johnson, in the titular role of Hercules.
In case you’re in the dark on the project, it’s based on a pair of Hercules comic book series written by Steve Moore, illustrated by Cris Bolsin and published by Radical Publishing.
If you can bring yourself to sit through another of Ratner’s films, check out Hercules when it hits theaters comes July 25th, 2014.
Thanks to ComingSoon for the early warning.
In a few more weeks we’ll see the fruit of studio demands to add more action, more 3-D, and more Channing Tatum to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In the meantime, here’s some action-packed footage featuring Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis. Curiously, a lot of Palicki’s action scenes seem to be more about her looking hot than kicking ass, but hey, whatever.
Here’s the action reel:
Here’s the lot synopsis in case you’ve forgotten:
In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe characters.
Source: Geek Tyrant
The long, long, wait is almost over for director Jon Chu‘s G.I.Joe: Retaliation. With just over a month to go there’s a new international trailer and television spot hitting the internet. There is plenty of action in these two pieces, and the more I’ve seen so far has wiped away any initial fears I had about Chu and his Step Up movie background.
Who didn’t have some serious doubts when that directors choice news first broke? That nagging voice in the back of my head only got stronger at the announcement of the year-long delay to convert the movie to 3D, or add more Channing Tatum if the Internet rumors were to be believed. Throw in Chu’s background in hip hop dance movies (Step Up 3D, Step Up 2, Justin Bieber:Never Say Never) and this G.I.Joe fan-boy was pretty damn nervous.
Then the trailers and clips started hitting the Internet and I slowly started to got excited; opening day at the movies kind of excited. This movie has a great cast, (Love me some Ray parks and Ray Stevenson – 13!!!! – Rome fans will know what I’m talking about.) Throw in The Rock, some Bruce Willis and some sexy ninja ladies and you’ve got some real movie magic happening.
What do you think, will this movie crush it at the box office? Those toys have been sitting on store shelves for a long time. Can this movie rekindle that toy selling spark?
G.I.Joe: Retaliation blasts its way onto theater screens March 27th and stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, RZA, Ray Stevenson, and D.J. Cotrona.
The International TV spot:
A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe(R) characters, the film is scheduled to be released on March 27, 2012.