Simon West, best known for directing Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Expendables 2, has been lined up to oversee forthcoming fantasy epic War Wolf. A 14th Century-set tale of derring do, castles and knights, it centres around the nightmarish ‘Loup de Guerre’, the ferocious War Wolf legend come to life in the middle of a war between English and French, stalking and killing soldiers from both sides. (more…)
Remember the dignity and the gravitas of the above scene in Simon West‘s Con Air? Where madman Cyrus The Virus (John Malkovich) threatens the life of the stuffed rabbit badass Army Ranger Cameron Poe (Nicholas Cage) bought for his daughter?
Well, say goodbye to this kind of serious, intelligent filmmaking if West has his way. The director has recently admitted that he’d like to set a sequel to his modern classic in space!
1997’s Con Air made $223 mil. at the box-office worldwide, and has become utterly ubiquitous on cable and broadcast television–odds are, it’s playing right now somewhere. Follow me after the jump for the bewildering plans Simon West has for Con Air 2: (more…)
Yup, it’s that time of the week again; time to hear about yet another television reboot! This time around it’s an old black-and-white show that many of you may have never even heard of – The Saint.
The Saint was basically a James Bond-styled series based on the books of Leslie Charteris that featured a guy by the name of Simon Templar as the resident do-gooder. Instead of a spy, however, he was a former thief that ended up with a Robin Hood complex. Running from 1962 to 1969, the show had a good lifespan with 6 seasons and 118 episodes. It even spawned a not-so-good movie adaptation in the 90s with Val Kilmer (at that time a big-name star) in the lead role.
The original series saw Roger Moore (a former Bond man) playing Templar, but this time around Adam Rayner (Hunted) will be taking the reins. Accompanying him on his journey will be Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Dollhouse) playing the part of his sometime “special lady friend” Patricia Holm.
Moore won’t be gone completely, though. Instead, he’ll be acting as one of the producers on the show. Along with those mentioned, Simon West (Expendables 2) has been hired to direct the pilot and Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Alias) is doing the script.
So far, no networks are ready to pick up the show, so they’ll be trying to sell this thing once the pilot is all put together. What do you think? A risky gamble or will The Saint translate well to modern audiences?
Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up on this one.
Sylvester Stallone and his muscle-throbbing, old-man action-star crew is back in the testosterone filled sausage-fest known as The Expendables 2. The film, directed by Simon West and written by Sylvester Stallone, David Agosto, Ken Kaufman and Richard Wenk (apparently it takes four guys to decide what blows up, who lives who dies…etc), is set for a August 17th, 2012 release. Lionsgate has released a new teaser trailer. Instead of showing off any actual action, it’s more like a roll call of who’s who in the action world. You know… in case you forgot Van Damme, Norris, Stallone, Arnold, Lundgreen, Willis… are in a single movie. You’re gonna have to stock up on HGH come time of release, because there is just too much macho for you’re puny ass to witness.
The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal…
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Lee Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother.
That is done the Expendables way….
The Expendables 2 will be released in theaters everywhere August 17th, 2012.
Simon West is gonna direct Expendables 2, the sequel to the not-so-great Expendables.
Although filming will begin in October, we still don’t have a very clear cast list for this flick. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis will definitely return, and this time their roles will be significantly more substantial than their cameos in the first movie.
Beyond that, cast members from the original, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jet Li and Sylvester Stallone will probably return for the sequel.
Rumor’s got it that Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Donnie Yen and Scott Adkins may also be additions to the roster although that hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.
I’m not expecting much from this movie, but we’ll see what happens!