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Death Race: Frankenstein Lives – Sean Bean, Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo join Luke Goss

Posted by LiveFor on February 16, 2010

Well I thought this was going to be a low budget straight to DVD prequel to Paul W S Anderson’s 2008 film, but casting news from STYD makes me think that they are chucking a lot of money at this one as a few famous faces are joining Luke Goss (Hellboy 2) and Tanit Phoenix. Filming began over the weekend in South Africa on Death Race: Frankenstein Lives.

Goss plays Carl “Luke” Lucas, a man framed by the mob for the murder of a police officer. Sean Bean will co-star as Luke’s old mob boss; Ving Rhames is the man responsible for giving the greenlight to the Death Race (he’s apparently a “Rupert Murdoch” type); Danny Trejo is Luke’s pal in prison and Frederick Koehler will reprise his role as “Lists.”

Danny Trejo’s stock is on the rise with a starring role in Predators and Machete this new Death Race film is shaping up to be better than the first one.

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The Long Good Friday – Synopsis for the Paul W S Anderson remake

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2009

longgoodfridayThe Long Good Friday takes place over 72 hours. A Good Friday weekend which should see the crowning achievement of career criminal Alex’s life, instead becomes his violent, terrifying downfall.

Alex is planning Miami’s first legal casino with the help of a corrupt congressman and bribed city councilor. Already under construction on an artificial spit of land just off the mainland, it is to be the Las Vegas of the East Coast. In order to finance this massive venture, Alex has struck a deal with the same Chinese Triads who transformed Macau into the gambling centre of the World. This weekend the Chinese are visiting Miami to finalise their arrangement.

But the arrival of the Chinese coincides with a sudden explosion of gangland violence. Alex’s nightclubs and restaurants are bombed. His best friend is knifed to death in a pool at the chic Delano Hotel. Even his Rolls Royce is car-bombed – right outside the Russian Orthodox Church where his mother is taking mass.

As Alex tries to deal with an increasingly vicious but unknown adversary, his wife Rebecca does the best to hide the truth from Mr. Wan – representative of the powerful 15K triad. Soon, however, Alex and Rebecca realize they are fighting not just to protect a business deal – they are fighting for their lives.

For 10 years there has been peace in Miami, but now at the worst possible time, there is a violent, bloody, upheaval. Someone is trying to take Alex down. But who?

This mystery lies at the heart of The Long Good Friday.

With his gangland adversaries long since dead, Alex finds himself confronted with a brand new foe. An enemy that fights not for money, but something more powerful – a belief.

This is down to be directed by Paul W S Anderson.

Source: Collider

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UPDATED: Death Race spawns a sequel – Actually a prequel

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2009

Death-Race-MachineGunPaul W S Anderson – a man, a filmmaker and much maligned. I’ve talked about his work before and he often has good ideas and a nice look to some of his films, but they often miss the mark.

Death Race starring Jason Statham wasn’t great, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. It probably helped that the car scenes used as much physical FX as they could. I thought that was it though for the Death Race.

Now according to STYD Universal has officially given Death Race 2 the green light based on a script by Tony Giglio.

The follow-up, a prequel looking into the past of the race car driver known as Frankenstein, will probably go straight to DVD.

It is based on an idea by Anderson, but no word on who will be directing or whether The Stath will be in it although I doubt it as it’s a prequel.

Spoiler TV has the character details. Here are a few:

In his 20s-30, American, European, British, Australian, Latino, etc., handsome and confident, with a hint of danger, Lucas has been in trouble since the age of 12. Right-hand man to a notorious mobster for twelve years, he is sent away for life
after killing a cop in the course of robbing a bank. Offered a deal by the DA if he turns state’s evidence, Lucas opts to take his chances behind bars, where he soon captures the attention of a violence-peddling television producer. Possessed of some serious driving skills, assertive, strong, and charismatic, Lucas is a natural fit for the ultimate test, aka, the “Death Race.”

In her 20s – early 30s, a model turned journalist, September is is “insatiably ambitious and eye-poppingly gorgeous,” a woman who knows how to use what she’s got to get what she wants. She’s callous and self-serving, dressed provocatively, with the soul of an ice-pick, but the brains to know how to market violence to the masses. When ratings for her gladiator-style television show begin plummeting, September is quick to come up with the “Death Race” concept, thrilled by its stunning success

In her 20s – early 30s, and sexy, she is a card girl for the fight matches, later a navigator when the prisoners are forced to test their driving skills. Intelligent (valedictorian of her high school class), decent, with a good heart, Case landed in prison after killing her abusive cop husband. Quick to come to the aide of girl in peril or help Lucas outwit an adversary, she’s a courageous, admirable young woman. Teamed with Lucas for a death race, the chemistry soon heats up between the two

In his 30s, African American, a steroid-enhanced mountain man, head of the United Blood Nation, the African American gang in Terminal Island…1 speech & 5 lines, 9 scenes

In his 20s, nicknamed “Lists” because he’s a font of information about almost any subject, quickly spewing lists of details. Convicted of matricide, he’s a newbie at the prison and obviously scared. He later teams up with Gunner, becoming part of Lucas’ pit crew

Named for his fourteen “kills,” Asian, in his 30s – 40s, a “combination of Bruce Lee and Genghis Khan,” he is the leader of The Triads, the most powerful Chinese gang on the planet (or at least in the prison).sptv050769..1 speech & 1 line, 6 scenes

What would you like to see in the Death Race sequel?

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Resident Evil: Afterlife is now shooting. There is no way it can be stopped

Posted by LiveFor on September 30, 2009

ali-larter-milla-jovovich-resident-evilScreen Gems and Constantin Film announced today that production has kicked off in Toronto on Resident Evil: Afterlife, the next and fourth installment in the successful film franchise according to Dark Horizons.

Actress Milla Jovovich returns as the zombie-fighting heroine Alice. Ali Larter reprises her role as Claire Redfield from Resident Evil: Extinction. Spencer Locke, who played K-Mart in “Extinction,” is also set to return.

New to the film franchise is leading man Wentworth Miller, who has signed on as Chris Redfield – Claire’s brother and a popular character from the game series. Shawn Roberts will take over the role of Alice’s nemesis Wesker. Boris Kodjoe and Kim Coates have also been cast.

Filmmaker Paul W. S. Anderson is back as writer, director and producer. Anderson wrote, produced and directed the first Resident Evil (2002) and wrote and produced the sequels, Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and “Extinction” (2007).

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Resident Evil 5 rumoured to be a Reboot

Posted by LiveFor on September 8, 2009

more_millaAt the start of August one of the posts in The Random mentioned that Resident Evil 4: Afterlife the 3D sequel was in the works and due out on 27th August 2010. There will also be multiple clones of Alice (Milla Jovovich) in that film.

It doesn’t end there though. Bloody Disgusting has the news that Sony Screen Gems is planning a fifth film.

The word is that the studio is planning a quasi-reboot, which may be called Resident Evil Begins.

The idea is to redo the story of a special military unit who fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

I have no idea why they would go and reboot the series when there is plenty of things to mine from the basic idea. Going back to the beginning does seem a little pointless.

I personally feel they should stick with the video games. Are you a fan of the Resident Evil films? How do you feel about a reboot of the series.

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Is Paul W. S. Anderson a Dumb Ass for taking on Dumas’ Three Musketeers?

Posted by LiveFor on September 2, 2009

Paul W. S. Anderson – Now there is a man. Filmmaker and married to Milla Jovovich. Full of good intentions yet they never quite work out as well as they should. All of his films have great concepts or based on great work yet something always seems to get lost between conception and the big screen.

I enjoyed Event Horizon – it had a nice look and a good soundtrack, Soldier was just empty, Resident Evil disappointed me and the less said about Aliens vs Predator the better (it should have been so good). Mind you Death Race wasn’t as sucky as I thought it would be – that may have been because of the physical effects as opposed to CGI. The one constant in all his movies, apart from not being very good, has been high tech future death dealing. Now that looks as if it is going to change.

Word is that he is going all swashbuckling on us with an adaption on Alexandre Dumas classic, The Three Musketeers. He is going to co-write, co-produce and direct. However, being Paul W. S. Anderson he has to take something good and give it the patent pending Anderson twist – yep he is going 3D.

Now of all the stories that don’t need the 3D treatment I would say that this is one of them. Plus it has been done so many times before – The Oliver Reed version is my favourite.

“We are definitely modernizing ‘The Three Musketeers’ without compromising the fun of shooting a period piece,” said Anderson, who hopes to shoot in France and Germany. “But in our film, corsets and feathered hats don’t take center stage. Our version is rich in eye-popping action, romance and adventure.”

My immediate reaction to this is “Oh dear!”

How do you feel about a 3D Musketeers movie helmes by the master of disaster?

Source: HeatVision

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Paul W S Anderson takes on The Warded Man

Posted by LiveFor on July 29, 2009

Paul W. S. Anderson and longtime producing partner Jeremy Bolt have acquired film rights to Peter V. Brett’s debut fantasy novel The Warded Man, according to MovieWeb.

Anderson is attached to direct and will produce with Bolt. Stephanie Johnson, who brought the title to the pair, will executive produce.

The book is set in an undetermined future where mankind is beset by nightly attacks from demonkind and has been thrown back into a feudal state. Three young people emerge with the potential power to turn the tide, including the title character, a man who has wards (spells) tattooed on his body.

“It was an occasion where it paid to be British,” Anderson said. “It launched in the U.K. six months earlier than in the U.S., and we got wind of it when it was in galley form before the U.K. release. We think it has the potential to be a new ‘Lord of the Rings’-style epic, and the book has all this great imagery.”

Novelist Brett was an ad man with a two-hour commute to Manhattan; he wrote the book on his BlackBerry.


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Castlevania film is reborn

Posted by LiveFor on July 23, 2009

Last I heard the Castlevania film adaption was as dead as can be, but it has once more risen from the grave.

James Wan, the co-mastermind behind the Saw franchise, and director of Dead Silence and Death Sentence, will be co-writing and directing Castlevania for producer Paul W.S. Anderson. Sylvain White was originally slated to direct. Castlevania is an adaptation of the popular NES game from the 80’s that has since become a massive video game franchise.

“I’m very fresh on this project, so its early stages and I’m still trying to work things out, but the producers love my vision for it,” James Wan tells Bloody-Disgusting in an exclusive chat. “I’ll be working on the script with a writer to give it a new spin, different to the previous versions. This will have my stamp on it which Konami is very excited about.

“The thing I love about what Konami did with Castlevania, was taking the iconic Dracula mythology and Eastern-European setting, and retelling it with a Japanese pop-cultural sensibility,” he continues. “That’s the East-meets-West tone I want to visually expand on for the film. I’m thrilled by the opportunity to make a highly stylized, fantasy, action film that focuses on the gothic storyline and the cool, anime-like characters. For once, the human hero is as sexy and dangerous as the vampire villain, and his weapon of choice was what attracted me to the project in the first place – The Vampire Killer Whip.”


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Death Race, 2008 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on September 24, 2008

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Starring: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Ian McShance, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez
Running Time: 105 minutes
Score: 7 / 10
This review by Van Roberts.
“Resident Evil” director Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Death Race,” a mean-spirited remake of the campy carmageddon classic “Death Race 2000” (1975) with David Carradine, lacks the imaginative of its predecessor but has its share of exciting scenes. “Death Race 2000” depicted a nationally sanctioned, no-holds-barred, coast-to-coast marathon where motorists racked up points for hitting pedestrians. Whereas director Paul Bartel’s “Death Race 2000” amounted to a cheesy political satire, Anderson’s straight-forward remake is an exercise in sadism that confines its race to an island prison with no innocent bystanders to kill. This nihilistic, R-rated, nonsense boasts a bigger budget, souped-up special effects, and a stellar cast led by lean, mean Jason Statham whose six-pack ripped physique is covered with tattoos. A bullet-riddled, testosterone-driven, high-octane fueled, B-movie motor rally extravaganza, “Death Race” not only pays tribute to the unforgettable Carradine classic but also pays tribute to “The Condemned,” “The Running Man,” “Escape from Alcatraz,” “Goldfinger,” and “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.”

“Death Race” takes place in the year 2012 after the U.S. economy has collapsed. Unemployment and crime rage out of control. The government has sold all prison over to the private sector. At Terminal Island, for example, the prison administration began broadcasting pay-per-view cage fights. Audiences, however, lost interest in them, so evil Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen of “The Bourne Supremacy”) created a lethal, closed circuit car race. Each auto bristles with guns, rockets, and explosives like those in “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.” The undisputed racing champ is an indestructible legend called Frankenstein. We never get a glimpse of Frankenstein’s face, but David Carradine provides the voice. Carradine portrayed Frankenstein in “Death Race 2000.” The infamous Frankenstein has been injured so often that he wears a mask. As the action unfolds, Frankenstein dies in a spectacular crash, but Warden Hennessey keeps his death a closely-guarded secret. Some 45 million viewers pay between $99 and $250 to watch Hennessey’s three day death race, and she isn’t about to jeopardize her high ratings with news about Frankenstein’s death.

Hennessey dispatches her vilest inmate, Pachenko (Max Ryan of “Kiss of the Dragon”), to track down former NASCAR driver Jenson Ames. Pachenko stabs Ames’ wife Suzy (Janaya Stephens) to death and frames the unsuspecting Jenson for her murder. Six months later, Ames (Jason Statham) draws a life sentence and Hennessey pulls strings to land him on Terminal Island. Terminal Island resembles Alcatraz, except a bridge links it with the mainland. Hennessey convinces Ames to don Frankenstein’s mask. Hennessey promises to release Jensen if he impersonates Frankenstein and wins one more race. Jenson had a baby daughter Piper, and the despicable Hennessey holds Piper’s welfare over Jenson’s head. Nevertheless, Hennessey plants an explosive charge under Jensen’s car in case he tries to double-cross her.

Coach (British actor Ian McShane of HBO’s “Deadwood” with his sinister raccoon eyebrows) and his multi-cultural crew maintains Frankenstein’s Ford V-8, fastback Mustang that shares many features with James Bond’s Aston-Martin. Hennessey imports buxom babes from a nearby women’s prison to serve as navigators for the drivers on an elaborate race course that she has laid out on the prison’s premises. Frankenstein’s closest rival, Machine Gun Joe (Tyrese Gibson of “2 Fast 2 Furious”), is a pugnacious black homosexual who draws his navigators from the prison’s all male population. Machine Gun has triumphed in three races. Joe needs only two more wins before he can obtain his freedom and retire to Miami. The problem is that the treacherous Warden Hennessey hates to keep her word to anybody.

“Death Race” wallows in violent, anti-social behavior. Armor-plated automobiles careen through the prison grounds with desperate drivers blasting away at each other with rockets and machine guns galore. Life in cheap in Terminal Island and the most perfidious person at the prison is Warden Hennessey who abhors profanity but spouts her fair share. Unfortunately, this predictable story has been retreaded so often that the complications outnumber the surprises. Whereas Paul Bartel’s “Death Race” was funny but ferocious, Anderson’s spin is simply ferocious with characters scheming to defeat their rivals. The hero, Jenson Ames, wins our sympathy on two counts. He has an infant daughter and we know that Pachenko framed him for his wife’s murder. Everybody else on Terminal Island hasn’t a shred of dignity. The guards are baton-wielding sadists and Warden Hennessey rivals Linda Fletcher’s Oscar winning turn as Nurse Ratched in the Jack Nicholson masterpiece “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Clocking in at a ballistic 89 minutes, “Death Race” runs only marginally longer than its 82-minute predecessor. Anderson never squanders a second and delivers thrills, chills, and a surprise or two along the way. Unfortunately, he seems to have set his sights lower with this formulaic $45 million epic after helming superior sagas such as “Resident Evil” and “AVP: Alien Vs. Predator.” While the “Death Race” women aren’t the primary focus of the plot, Anderson has cast talented Joan Allen as a sadistic, domineering prison warden. She rules her realm with an iron hand and a double-barreled, sawed-off shotgun concealed in the knee-hole of her desk. “Death Race” suffers from at least one inconsistency. A warning sign on the wall of the prison dining hall proclaims the warning that no warning shots will be fired. When the guards quell a fight between Jensen and Pachenko, they warn them that they will fire. Nevertheless, despite its flaws, “Death Race” qualifies as an adequate popcorn movie for people who love big, dumb, action epics.

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Death Race in Court

Posted by LiveFor on August 21, 2008

There has been a lot of whoo-hah over Watchmen possibly being delayed due to disagreements between studios. Now it looks as if Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest may be hitting the brakes (see what I did there?)

That’s right. Death Race may be going to court.

Filmstalker have the story:

Adam Stone is a writer who is claiming that he pitched his script for a film called Joust to Paul W.S. Anderson and the producer Jeremy Bolt, after which they made a copy of it, returned it with a no thank you, and then made Death Race from it.

Stone claims, according to The Hollywood Reporter through Bloody Disgusting, that Death Race has been copied from his script and that he can prove it with at least thirty nine elements which mirror his screenplay.

Interesting news, especially due to the fact that the movie appears to be getting the best reviews of any Paul W.S. Anderson movie.

Discuss in the forum.

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