“Kung Fury,” the Kickstarter-backed, 80s throwback, action/comedy, which became a hit sensation, is ready for Round 2. The half hour short film, a creation made in the basement of director David Sandberg, incorporated several green screen shots (along with some mad editing skills) to create an exciting and enjoyable flick destined to be a cult classic. Sandberg took to social media in announcing the film’s one year anniversary of its release on his ‘Laser Unicorns‘ Instagram page.
In his post, the short film’s writer not only celebrates the movie’s anniversary, but takes the opportunity to reveal that a sequel is in the works. The accompanying picture shows the finished script of the as-of-yet untitled follow-up to the throwback action-comedy romp tightly wrapped with the hero of the film’s recognizable red bandana. (more…)
A little over a week ago, a teaser trailer of sorts hit the Internet titled Knight Rider Heroeswith a link to a web site that had little to no information about the project. It went under the radar of most folks, but has slowly made the Internet rounds sparking much more questions than answers. The Man himself, David Hasselhoff is in the teaser, but when one looks at his social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook, there’s only one post about the project, and zero additional information not already provided. What’s it all mean? (more…)
You may be familiar with Kung Fury, the crowd-funded martial arts comedy that’s the brain child of director David Sandberg. The film, featuring an absolutely balls-to-the-wall trailer released last year, has finally arrived!
Kung Fury is a visually spectacular action comedy. An 80s cop, outrageous violence, fast cars, kung fu expert Hitler, time travel achieved with a Nintendo Power Glove, sexy vikings who can summon the gods. It even even features an equally epic theme song from Eighties icon David Hasselhoff. Kung Fury is as if someone threw the absolute cheesiest yet most wonderful bits of the 1980s into a blender.
Now, after successfully crowdfunding over $630,000 for Kung Fury, Sandberg and his Laser Unicorns production team have finally unleashed the finished short film online for free, and you can check out all the martial arts mayhem and ’80s-style music, crazy imagery, and excessive violence below: (more…)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, you really need to stop watching all those Shark Week shows, Paramount has put its Baywatch movie back on track. Writer Justin Malen has been brought in to write an original or touch up the previous s attempts script. The comedy writing team of Sean Anders and John Morris (We’re the Millers) are said to be co-directing. Is co-directing a thing now? Anders just wrapped up directing Horrible Bosses 2 so we’ll have a clear indication concerning Anders comedic directing skills. The question I keep asking myself is, “Why the hell is the Rock involved?” (more…)
We’ve recently received word via the L.A Times that Brad Copeland: Writer of the 2007 comedy Wild Hogs, but best known for his work on the Firefly of sitcoms: Arrested Development (kudos to Netflix for bringing it back from the grave, btw), will be writing a cinematic adaptation of the ’80s-tastic action series Knight Rider for The Weinstein Company.
The original series, which lasted from 1982 to 1986, starred David Hasselhoff and a talking Trans Am. Together they cruised across the country, do-gooding in whatever small towns were too broke to hire The A-Team.
An atrocious 2008 reboot mercifully lasted only a single season. It’s too soon to say what direction the film will take the concept, but Knight Rider was the kind of show that could only be done seriously in the ’80s: In the “Twenty-Teens” (or whatever else they’re going to end up calling this decade), I could really only see it working as a tongue-in-cheek satire….in the manner of the recent 21 Jump Street adaptation.
But whether it’s played straight or for laughs, there damn well better be some Hoff up in there! That’s what killed the 2008 series (well, that and sucking copious ass)–no Hoff….
How can you even think of doing anything with Knight Rider in the title without sufficient Hoff?
As per usual, we’ll be bringing you further updates as they are made available: Same Hoff time, same Hoff channel.
It seems that the success of The Avengers is breeding all kinds of resentment, just ask David Hasselhoff. Yes, that David Hasselhoff. The Knight Rider driving, Baywatch saving, drunk hamburger-eating actor and German pop sensation is a little miffed with the little superhero movie that could.
Why? Let’s flashback to 1998. Bill Clinton was telling us what the the definition of “is” was, movie-goers were seeing double with two asteroid movies and two movies about animated insects, and FOX aired a TV movie calledNick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. starring The Hoff as Nick Fury. Yeah, that happened.
Well now because of The Avengers, people are associating Samuel L. Jackson with the role of Fury, and he is not impressed. Check out the following excerpt from a Hasselhoff interview in Movieline:
“I didn’t see The Avengers yet,” Hasselhoff stated while promoting his latest film, Piranha 3DD. “I love Sam Jackson, but you know… my Nick Fury was the organic Nick Fury that was written and discussed with Stan Lee before anyone got in there to change it [presumable he’s referring to the Ultimate Nick Fury]. Nick Fury was written to be tongue-in-cheek, and he had a cigar in his mouth, he was a tough guy — he was cool.”
“Stan Lee said, ‘You’re the ultimate Nick Fury,’” [wonder if that pun was intended]. “Avi Arad, when they bought it, said, ‘Don’t worry, you’re going to be the Nick Fury forever,’ and they lied. [Pause] But that happens to me all the time. That’s when you realize life isn’t fair.”
To put it in context, 1998 was two years before the launch of the Ultimate universe, which purposefully modelled the Ultimate version of Fury on the actor Jackson. So Marvel would have had to have been crazy not to exploit this when it came time to cast the big screen Fury, and considering that Jackson is a huge comic nerd it was the closest definition to no-brainer casting you can get in Hollywood.
In Hasselhoff’s defense though, if you go back and check out his TV movie Fury, it’s not all bad. It’s completely different in tone than what Jackson did, and how The Avengers was treated stylistically, but it’s still not a complete write-off. And the kicker, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was written by David S. Goyer, one of the go-to screenwriters now for comic book movies. Also, this was the same year another Goyer script became a major (big screen) hit. It was called Blade.
A couple of years ago Hasselhoff was making a grand comeback, judging a popular television show, commercials, and lots of Internet buzz. Then it all went south, I’m talking “Crazy Tijuana Weekend” south. Now Hasselhoff has entered the realm of the cheeky Video Game Commercial. It might not be so bad if the commercial was funny, entertaining, or even about a game that anyone cared about. Instead we get “Chicken suit Hasselhoff.” I guess that having your reality television show about your family canceled after only airing two episodes is not enough of a wake up call for the Hoff.