Will Jack Huston Make us Believe That it Can’t Rain all the Time?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The Crow will always have a special place in my heart. Based on the comics by James O’Barr, it tells a story of loss and love and the lengths that the soul will go to to right what once went wrong. I don’t care about the crappy sequels and TV shows, the original which starred Brandon Lee and was directed by Alex Proyas is one of my all-time favorites.

When talks of a remake started up, I was skeptical. My doubts were relaxed a little bit when I heard Luke Evans was up for the lead. This was when I had just seen him in No One Lives, which is an excellent revenge film with a great twist. But then Evans was off the project, and director Corin Hardy was in search for a new man to wear the leather duster and black-and-white makeup.

Enter Jack Huston.

Deadline is reporting that the Boardwalk Empire star is currently being courted to take on the role of The Crow in the upcoming reimagining.

This would be the second major project for the actor since playing scarred, mask wearing assassin Richard Harrow on the HBO period crime-drama. Huston is currently filming the remake of the classic Ben-Hur, in which he has the starring role.

Talks are still in the early stages, but I could see Huston signing and playing an awesome Crow. Whatever direction they go in, they need to find someone soon. Relativity Studios has their sights set on a spring start for production, which means filming should commence sometime soon after that.

What do you think Indie Revolver readers? Would Huston be a good choice to take over the role, or will the shadow of Brandon Lee loom too large for the actor to escape from?

Star Wars Saga Gets a Lego-Style Retelling

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Just in time for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney has ordered a LEGO-style retelling of the first six chapters in the classic sci-fi saga according to The Hollywood Reporter. The LEGO redux will consist of five 22-minute episodes that tell the tale from Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.

While it may seem a little preposterous that the retelling will showcase the entire saga in 110 minutes, it’s the concept that makes it seem plausible – the series will be told from the point of view of the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 in a new story.

Set after the Rebel Alliance victory at the end of Jedi, the droids are telling the story of their amazing adventure. An accidental kidnapping leads to an all-new adventure that necessitates the retelling of the epic from Episode 1 all the way through Episode 6.

No writers or directors have been named as of yet. The series will premiere on Disney XD sometime in the future.

New Signings to ‘Supergirl’ Including two Former ‘Super’-Stars

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

CBS upcoming Supergirl series has been busy casting as of late, including a couple of former Superman franchise players.

TVLine has reported that Dean Cain and Helen Slater have been signed on for “top-secret” roles on the upcoming comic book-based show. Both are known for roles previously pertaining to the Superman universe. Cain was the Man of Steel himself on the long running TV show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Slater was the titular heroine of the 1984 film Supergirl.

Both were featured on the last Superman-themed show, the retooled 10-season origin story Smallville. Cain was Dr. Curtis Knox while Slater played Superman’s birth mother Lara.

Meanwhile The Hollywood Reporter learned that Grey’s Anatomy actress Chyler Leigh and Homeland’s David Harewood have been cast as well.

Leigh will play Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, the foster sister of Kara Zor-El, a.k.a. Supergirl. Harewood will play Hank Henshaw, a former CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Affairs (DEO), looking for alien threats on Earth. Comic fans may remember Hank Henshaw as the character that eventually becomes Cyborg Superman and turns into quite a threat for the Superman family.

These four join an already stacked cast. Previously announced for the show were Calista Flockhart, Laura Benanti and Mechad Brooks. They all join Melissa Benoist, who was cast as Supergirl.

So Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Film Will Still Honor all Previous Films… But How?

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

So Neill Blomkamp did an interview while promoting his new film Chappie and he made it sound like his new Alien film would totally disregard the last two films in the franchise and be a direct sequel to the popular Aliens. Well, the reports were right…but also a little wrong.

Clearing the air, Blomkamp told AlloCine that his film will take place directly after the first film BUT it will also be a bridge to the third film. So call it Alien 2.5, I guess.

“My favorites are the first two movies, so I want to make a film that’s connected to ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens,’” Blomkamp said. “That’s my goal. I’m not trying to undo ‘Alien 3′ or ‘Alien: Resurrection';I just want it to be connected to Alien ‘1’ and ‘2.’”

Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley in the series, will be returning to reprise her role, looking to give her character a “proper ending.”

“I think we left a series that’s quite beloved just sort of literally hanging in the air,” Weaver told AlloCine. “I didn’t like the way it was going. I think it’s hard to manufacture a good story just because they want to make another one. I guess I always wanted to complete this story, and it wasn’t really ’til Neill and I started talking that I thought, ‘This is why we’ve waited however many years it’s been.’”

So it still sounds like the new film is ignoring the last half of the franchise, but they wanted to somehow placate fans that enjoyed Alien 3 and Alien:Resurrection. At least that’s how Weaver sounds. Blomkamp sounds like he just wants to make a kick-ass flick.

I personally don’t care either way. As long as Neill Blomkamp makes a quality film that I can enjoy, I’ll be there.

Elisabeth Rohm to Join Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Elisabeth Rohm has signed on to star in David O Russell’s next film Joy, which is set to star Jennifer Lawrence as Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano.

Rohm has been cast to play the sister of Lawrence’s Mangano. Robert DeNiro and Edgar Ramirez have already signed on for the film as Mangano’s father and future husband/ex-husband respectively. Bradley Cooper was signed to play an exec at HSN that helps Mangano get her start selling the mop.

Rohm is starting to become somewhat of a Russell regular. She was cast in Russell’s previous film American Hustle, which also co-starred Lawrence, Cooper and De Niro.

I’m torn on Russell’s films. Of his last couple, I really enjoyed The Fighter, was very ‘meh’ with Silver Linings Playbook, but was actually bored by American Hustle. I’ll keep an open mind for now, but with the source material he has to work with here, he’s really gonna need to WOW me with something to keep me interested.

IR Film Review: ‘My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn’

by: Jay Carlson

My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn would have been more appropriately titled Me Directing the Life of Nicolas Winding Refn, as this film is a candid look of the Drive director, filmed by his wife, Liv Corfixen (not the other way around) who turns the camera on her husband to document his attempt to follow up the massive critical success of Drive with Only God Forgives.

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The film immediately begs to be compared to Hearts of Darkness, the unbelievable documentary compiled of footage shot (sometimes secretly) by Eleanor Coppola of her husband, Francis, as he struggled to make Apocalypse Now. 

Hearts of Darkness had the benefit of quite a bit of breathing room, being released twelve years after the release of Apocalypse Now. In that time, Apocalypse Now (and the lore of the harried production) had been discussed at length and the film was a bonafide classic. It’s only been a year since Only God Forgives was released to tepid reviews and the release of this film. 

When Hearts of Darkness was released, Coppola had slowed down and was considered to be on the back nine of his career. One of the biggest advantages to My Life is seeing its subject in his prime, allowing himself to be shown in such a delicate artistic state, warts and all. Seeing Refn doubt himself behind closed doors while putting on a strong game face for his cast and crew is compelling stuff. As is another scene that shows him flip-flopping from believing that he’d made a better film than Drive to later on that same day stating that the film is no good and doesn’t work.

The main difference between the My Life and Hearts of Darkness is that we knew going into Hearts of Darkness that Coppola was a genius and one of the greatest directors to ever live. My Life suffers because, even though he’s shown signs of greatness, the jury is still out on Refn. One day, later in his career, we may look back and say Refn was a genius and it’s amazing to have this look inside the man and his process. It’s just too early to tell what he is yet. He’s definitely not Coppola though. (Then again, who is?)

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My one major complaint was that the camera wasn’t running more as it seems that Refn didn’t allow his wife to shoot as much as she would have liked. I would have loved to see this film get deeper and give even more into Refn’s psyche.

Ultimately, the film was compelling but didn’t really mine the depths that would put it into the same league as Hearts of Darkness. I’d definitely recommend it as there is still plenty to enjoy in the film. 

Grade: B-

You can decide for yourself, as My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn is out today in select theaters and on demand today!

 

 

NOOO…’Blade Runner 2′ Director Picked and Harrison Ford Confirmed to Return!

by: Jay Carlson

I really was holding out hope that it would never get this far.

Blade Runner is easily one of my all-time favorite films. It’s a rare film that’s only improved over the thirty plus years since its release. It’s a film that I genuinely love, I have nearly every release of the film on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD and Blu-Ray. I even have a wall in my home devoted to art inspired by the film.

Ever since the announcement that Alcon was planning a sequel to Blade Runner I hoped for something to happen to stop it, be it natural disaster, death, the apocalypse, I didn’t care as long as it didn’t move forward. It didn’t matter that Ridley Scott or that original writer Hampton Fancher came onboard or the possibility that Harrison Ford was considering a return. I loved the ambiguity of the ending of Blade Runner, so ANY sequel automatically undermines what made the film so great.

Today it was announced that Harrison Ford will indeed be returning to play Rick Deckard once more and that original director Ridley Scott will step aside so that Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve can helm.

Villeneuve is a fine director, maybe even an inspired, unconventional choice for a sci-fi film but I do NOT want a Blade Runner 2.

What are your thoughts? Before voicing your opinion you have to tell me your favorite version of the film and why?

Some All-New Looks At Netflix’s Marvel Series ‘Daredevil’!

by: Jay Carlson

Tumblr user ishantbeusingthis posted some new images from Netflix’s upcoming Marvel limited series Daredevil from Empire Magazine.

Contained in the images is our first look at Rosario Dawson and some new looks at Matt Murdock’s supporting cast, Karen Page and Foggy Nelson as well as some new looks of Daredevil in costume.

What do you think? I’m very encouraged by everything I’ve seen so far.

Daredevil Premieres on April 10, 2015

Some New Looks at Josh Trank’s ‘Fantastic 4’!

by: Jay Carlson

Empire has released some new images of the core team from Josh Trank’s upcoming ‘Fantastic 4′

Between hearing all the whispers about how the filming had been progressing, the first green screen images that leaked and the supposed changes to the original story I was pretty low on this one. The trailer put me at ease a little bit, though. I’m really hoping Trank and his cast and crew have put together something special.

It can’t be worse than the last two FF films, right?

Ducktales! Danger Mouse! Inspector Gadget! Cartoon Reboots and Updates Galore!

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

CARTOON REBOOTS AND UPDATES GALORE

Cartoon reboots and series updates seem to be the dish of the day today. Both Disney and Netflix announced a bevy of fan favorite shows returning to the air.

Disney sent out a press release announcing that the House Of Mouse will be reviving the uber-popular Ducktales cartoon for a new generation.

Based on Disney legend Carl Barks’ comic book stories, Uncle Scrooge and his trio of nephews (Huey, Louie and Dewey) will once again take to the airwaves. And they’ll be bringing along all the charcaters you remember like Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Magica DeSpell, The Beagle Boys and so many others.

I used to watch this all the time, along with Talespin, Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers, and my all-time personal favorite Darkwing Duck (now there’s a series that needs to be brought back). The theme song was annoyingly catchy but still fun to sing. This was a show that appealed to fans of all ages (my Grandmother used to watch it with me all the time). I can see them updating the animation and going with computer generated instead of 2D hand-drawn. As long as they keep the fun and timelessness of the original, I’m sure I’ll be watching this along with the younger members of my family like my Gram did with me.

Ducktales is set to debut on Disney XD in 2017.

USA Today broke the news that Netflix will be bringing five animated shows to the streaming network. Three of the shows seem like original ideas: SUPER 4, Some Assembly Required and Bottersnikes and Gumbles. But the other two shows are reboots of popular franchises: Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget.

Danger Mouse was a British cartoon about a rodent that was also a secret agent. Lampooning the spy genre of James Bond and his ilk, Danger Mouse ran for more than 10 years in it’s native UK. I was never a big fan of the show, but that’s just because I never really watched it. 26 brand-new half hour episodes are set to debut in Spring 2016.

Inspector Gadget on the other hand was a couldn’t-miss show for. The misadventures of Gadget, his niece Penny and dog Brain against Dr. Claw and his evil organization M.A.D. was must-see TV for the young me. The newer, computer-animated series has already debuted it’s 26 episode run in Europe, but Netflix has the official broadcast rights here in the USA and will begin running the show in March.

All in all a great day for fans of old-school ‘toons.

Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Alien’ Film to be a Direct Sequel to James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’?? Looks That Way!

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Ever since it was announced that director Neill Blomkamp, the mind behind District 9, Elysium and the upcoming Chappie, Fan speculation has run rampant as to what the story may be. Well we now have an idea.

In an interview with Sky Movies while promoting Chappie, Blomkamp and actress Sigourney Weaver (who is on board to reprise her Ellen Ripley character), the duo has made it clear that they want to disregard the third and fourth films of the Alien franchise and finish Ripley’s story directly from the end of the second film, Aliens.

I’m all for completely erasing those two films from the canon of Alien and letting Blomkamp take over fresh. But let’s not forget the stories that Weaver had a little sway over the course of action the last two movies took. As long as she lets Neill Blomkamp direct his vision and she just goes with it, we may be alright here.

Frankly, after seeing the concept art that was posted back in January, I’m  absolutely psyched for this. I can’t wait to read a basic synopsis for the film to see where Blomkamp wants to go. He’s the kind of director that “gets” sci-fi and does it right. I really dug District 9 and didn’t really mind Elysium. The previews for Chappie look outstanding, and even have people that I know who aren’t Blomkamp fans wanting to see it.

One last query: I wonder where regular collaborator Sharlto Copley will be in this upcoming project?

First Looks at Dave Bautista and Lea Seydoux in ‘Spectre’!

by: Jay Carlson

Empire has released the first looks of a couple of new Bond characters, Dave Bautista’s Mr. Hinx and Lea Seydoux’s Dr. Madeleine Swann, from Sam Mendes’ upcoming  007 film, Spectre.

Dave Bautista explains that his Mr. Hinx isn’t the usual evil henchman that we’re used to seeing. “When I came over to meet Sam [Mendes], I only asked two questions. I asked him if Mr. Hinx was a badass. He said, ‘Yes, he’s a badass.’ I said, ‘Well, is Mr. Hinx intelligent?’ He said, ‘Very.’ That’s what I like about Mr. Hinx. He’s very well-dressed and very well-mannered. I’m not just here to fight people. He has a sense of humour. He definitely knows what a metaphor is.”

Meanwhile Seydoux says her Madeleine Swann isn’t your typical Bond girl either. “I don’t consider myself a Bond girl. I think I’m not really the stereotyped Bond girl. I feel quite different. You can’t be like, ‘Oh, James.’ You have to find something else. She’s not a fighter, she’s a doctor. She fights in another way.”

Spectre is set to open October 23, 2015.

‘Creed’ Synopsis Points to Rocky Balboa Possibly Losing his Final Battle

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Creed seems like a great idea in theory – a soft reboot of the Rocky franchise that is actually a continuation of the story with the next generation of characters. In the upcoming film Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Creed, son of Rocky Balboa’s famous opponent Apollo Creed. Adonis seeks out Rocky’s help as a trainer to help him get ready for a career as a pugilist.

So Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky won’t be the central character. In fact, according to the official synopsis, Rocky may not be around for any future installments. Here’s what’s been floating around:

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.

With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

So what disease cold Balboa possibly have? Could he be fighting cancer? Or are they going to compare Rocky’s career to that of the great Muhammad Ali and have the Italian Stallion become afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease? Right now, details on that end of the spectrum are scarce.

Whatever happens, I hope this can be a launching pad for a new franchise vehicle for Jordan. I think this kid has a lot to offer on the big screen. Reteaming with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, Jordan has nowhere to go but up.

Creed is set to punch its way into theaters November 25.

Lady Gaga First Official Cast Member of the Next Season of ‘American Horror Story’

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Lady Gaga shocked a lot of people with her stunning tribute to The Sound of Music this past weekend at the Academy Awards. It was beautiful and touching. And in shocking Lay Gaga fashion, she follows up a soulful performance with an announcement of her next offbeat project.

The fifth season of the hit FX anthology American Horror Story has added the musician in what will be her first major TV role.

The singer sent out a tweet saying “Make your reservation now. #GagaAHSHotel”

Executive producer and co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed that clues for the upcoming season were scattered all throughout the last season, subtitled Freak Show. This show is known for dropping subtle hints as to where the next season is headed, but for the life of me I have yet to be able to pick up on any of them yet. Gaga may have let the cat out of the bag by putting HOTEL in the hashtag of here tweet. Could we be looking at a haunted hotel, like in The Shining? I don’t think they’d be that on the nose, but a hotel will most likely fit into the grand scheme of things.

Another revelation is that all four previous seasons are somehow connected. This was never more evident than in the last season, which not only referenced characters from the second season, Asylum, but shared a common character – Pepper, a microcephalic. Now that we know AHS is a shared universe, how does it all fit together?

While Lady Gaga is the first official cast member, its a safe bet that many of the usual faces will be returning for another go-round. I’d love to see Michael Chiklis take another stab at the American Horror Story universe too.

The fifth season should be debuting sometime in October.

Tomb Raider Reboot Unearths a Writer

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

I didn’t totally hate the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider films. I mean, they were far from good cinema, but they were fun in Saturday-afternoon-lazy-day kind of way. It’s been a while since Mrs. Brad Pitt put on the khaki shorts and green tank top, so naturally enough it’s time for a reboot.

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros and MGM, who have had this in the works now for quite some time, have finally dug up a writer for their new film.

Evan Daugherty has been tapped to pen the newest chapter in the cinematic exploits of Lara Croft. Daugherty has a myriad of films to his credit. Most recently he’s been credited with Snow White and The Huntsman, Divergent and the 2014 reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not exactly a stellar crop of films, but not a bunch of box office flops either.

It’ll be pretty hard to screw up something like Tomb Raider. The franchise lends itself to big, fun popcorn-film type action. The main concern will be how hard the video gamers rally against this if it isn’t up to snuff. Much like comic book fans, gamers can be a tough crowd to please.

If this does make it past script phase, the big question now is who takes over as Lara Croft from Jolie? If she can balance her duties as an Amazon, I think Gal Gadot certainly looks the part and would probably please the majority of fans out there. But this is a ways off yet. Let’s just hope Daugherty’s script is decent enough to move this project along.

Prepare to Have Your Geek Heart Warmed With the Trailer for ‘RAIDERS! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made’

by: Jay Carlson

Boy, this trailer brought me back to being a kid in the 80’s. I fondly remember seeing a new film and wanting to relive it again with my friends. I recall gathering my friends and reenacting our favorite scenes from Ghostbusters, Batman and especially Indiana Jones.

It seems this wasn’t something that was exclusive to just me, as two friends in Mississippi decided to take it a step further and film Raiders of the Lost Ark shot for shot over the course of seven years. The story is nothing short of remarkable.The story was chronicled in the great book Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (highly recommend it for any film fan) which served as the basis for the documentary of the same name that’s premiering at SXSW in March.

Official Press Release:

 

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RAIDERS!” THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE TO HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST FILM FESTIVAL

 

Austin, TX-February 26, 2014- Raiders!, a documentary of the story behind the greatest fan film ever made, is set to have its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX on March 14, 2015. Raiders! chronicles the epic thirty year journey that began in 1982 when two twelve-year-old kids in Mississipi set out to film a mind-bogglingly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

 

It took Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos seven summers to make Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. By saving up their allowances, hijacking younger siblings, and setting Eric’s basement on fire, the boys used astonishing ingenuity to make a film that is surprisingly entertaining and even stunning at times.

 

For fifteen years, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation was nearly a forgotten masterpiece of fan filmmaking until Aint It Cool News’ Harry Knowles screened it publicly in Austin, TX from a copy obtained by filmmaker Eli Roth. It became an instant phenomenon, generating global media coverage and even getting the attention of Chris and Eric’s idol, Steven Spielberg.

 

Eric, Chris and their childhood cast and crew reshot every scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Every scene except one: the infamous Flying Wing scene where the shirtless Nazi strongman is cut up by the circling plane’s propeller. Needless to say, as children in the early 1980s, it was difficult for them to procure a suitable plane to blow up in Mississippi. Being the perfectionists that they are, it’s something that has always nagged at Eric and Chris.

 

Raiders! follows the twenty-five year reunion of most of the original cast and crew, now in their early 40s, in Ocean Springs, MS to finally complete the adaptation with this last missing scene in the summer of 2014. How have time and adulthood changed everyone? Will they still have the same determination and excitement they had as kids? What do their family members think of it? This insightful and heartfelt documentary reveals for the first time the full behind-the-scenes story of Chris and Eric’s inspiring journey to finally finish their labor of love. Raiders! digs deep into their friendship and their mutual persistence to complete a seemingly ridiculous and impossible task, reminding us of the innocence and purity we had as children to follow our dreams no matter how crazy or stupid others said they are.

 

SXSW Film Screening Schedule:

Following the World Premiere screening of Raiders! there will be a special screening ofRaiders of the Lost Ark: The Adapation, giving SXSW attendees the chance to get the full behind-the-scenes story as well as experience the greatest fan film ever made!

 

Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar – Saturday, March 14 @ 9:00 PM (World Premiere)

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane – Monday, March 16 @ 12:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar – Thursday, March 19 @ 9:00 PM

Vimeo Theater – Friday, March 20 @ 9:45 PM

 

Directors Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen and cast members Eric Zala & Chris Strompolos will be in attendance.

 

Raiders! synopsis:

In 1982, two 11 year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took seven turbulent years that tested the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down their mother’s house. By the end, they had completed every scene except one… the explosive airplane scene. Thirty years later, they attempt to finally realize their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75-foot “Flying Wing” plane from Raiders in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi… and then blow it up! This is the story behind the making of what is known as “the greatest fan film ever made.”

 

Director: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen

Executive Producer: Kyle Newman

Producer: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen

Cinematographer: Tim Irwin

Editor: Barry Poltermann

Additional Credits: Cinematographer: Ed Stephenson

Principal Cast: Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, Jayson Lamb, Angela Rodriguez, Guy James Klender, Eli Roth, Harry Knowles, John Rhys Davies, Mark Spain, Francisco Gonzales

 

Jeremy Coon & Tim Skousen bios:

Native Texan Jeremy Coon’s past films include producing and editing Napoleon Dynamite among others. Raiders! is his directorial debut. Tim Skousen makes docs, narratives, and commercials and is known for Zero Percent and The Sasquatch Gang. Raiders! is his 2nd feature doc and his first chance to bring together his love of comedy and documentary.

 

For more on Raiders!

Official Site: http://www.raidersdoc.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/raidersdoc

 

Adam Devine and Zac Efron are Looking for Wedding Dates

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Workaholics star Adam Devine is in talks to join Zac Efron in the 20th Century Fox production Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates.

In the film, Dave (Efron) and Mike (possibly Devine) play two brothers who are looking for dates for a wedding. They place an ad online and the ad goes viral.

Efron was always a top choice for the film, but the studio wanted to make sure they found the right choice to play opposite the actor. Many actors read for the role, but sources say it was Devine’s mix of wit and raunch that secured him the co-starring part.

I like both actors. I thought Zac Efron showed us something totally different than anything he’d done before in Neighbors. And I’ve been a fan of Devine since the beginning of Workaholics. These two hopefully have some good onscreen chemistry. I could definitely see them riffing off each other non-stop (Blu-ray gag reel material).

The only problem I have is buying Efron as the kind of guy who has trouble getting a date for a wedding. Unless he plays a wicked scumbag that everyone around him can’t stand and posting an online ad is his last resort, this may be a bit of a stretch for me.

Either way, I can’t wait to see a trailer once they get some film shot. With the recently announced Neighbors 2, it looks like we can expect to see more of the funny side of Zac Efron for some time to come.

‘The Judge’ Writer to Adapt Elderly Drug Mule Story for Ruben Fleischer

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Nick Schenk, screenwriter of films like The Judge and Gran Torino, has been hired to adapt the story of an elderly drug mule for director Ruben Fleischer, according to The Wrap.

The original article, “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule,” was printed in New York Times Magazine and written by Sam Dolnick.

Dolnick’s article told the story of Leo Sharp, an award winning horticulturist who spent years secretly working as a courier for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel. When Sharp was finally arrested in 2011, at the age of 87, he had already transported hundreds of kilos of cocaine to drug dealers in and around the Detroit area.

Fleischer started his career directing fun films like Zombieland (which was loved by critics and fans) and 30 Minutes or Less (which was less of a success). He then moved on to more serious fare, directing Gangster Squad (which also had trouble finding positive reviews). Hopefully Schenk can write one hell of a screenplay and Fleischer can knock this one out of the park.