After having overseen the destruction of the western seaboard, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wants to do a little more hands-on mayhem. Hollywood Reporter announced today that Johnson has been attached to a big screen adaptation of a classic video game has it all: giant monsters eating destroyed cities, and glorious 8-bit graphics. That’s right, Rampage is coming to theaters sometime in the not-so-distant future. (more…)
Tommy Wirkola did a great job directing Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. The movie was full of action packed fun and the stars, Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, had great chemistry on screen, but somehow it never captured the American movie going audience’s attention .
Renner’s run with The Avengers and The Bourne Legacy were thought by the producers, to be a draw for the re-imagined fairy tale, but instead, Witch Hunters got panned by critics and grossed at what best could be called modest $205 million dollars in worldwide box office earnings. So what we can only conclude was a drunken sugar binge decision by Paramount and MGM, a Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters sequel is on the way.
The decision for a sequel may be due to the film reaching the $200 million dollar mark, but Deadline has confirmed that a number of the film’s producers expected a much bigger return, producers including Beau Flynn, comedian Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick. Currently there’s no plot , no title, and no time-frame for shooting the sequel, and even the return of writer-director Wirkola and stars Jeremy and Gemma are still up in the air. Seeing as the film didn’t do as good as their respective studios thought it would, the idea of doing sequel might be a bit of a turn off for the film’s stars.
Perhaps they can still pull it off when the movie is released and profits from the Blu-ray and DVD sales are added to the mix. Until then it’s best to keep an open mind, but this could easily end up as a straight to DVD feature starring Thomas Mann‘s sidekick character before you know it.
Dwayne Johnson has made quite the name for himself outside the world of professional wrestling, but would you have ever expected him to play a god? Nearly a year ago Johnson was cast as the lead in Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, but then the project quickly fell silent. Now, as if by some miracle, the film has an official release date – August 8th, 2014.
Based on Steve Moore’s graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, this imagining has Johnson starring as a mercenary who turns his back on the gods following the loss of his family. The mercenary, now training the armies of the King of Thrace, ends up having to fight the very soldiers he trained as they begin attacking the innocent they were sworn to protect. Set in the “real” world, the cast out son of Zeus will lack the supernatural elements that made him famous, but we can certainly expect plenty of action from Ratner.
Hercules is currently being adapted to the screen by Ryan Condal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be produced by Ratner and Beau Flynn with Barry Levine overseeing the progress. The summer release date is perfect if the studio is looking for a franchise in the future and this could be a perfect long-term role for Dwayne. Comedy is well suited for the former wrestler, but it’s the action films that really bring in the bucks for him.
No reports on whether or not Kevin Sorbo has been asked to cameo, but with shooting possibly beginning later this year anything could happen.