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With Peter Berg already on board to produce the action thriller Mile 22, you might have wondered whether he’d reach out to Mark Wahlberg about a role. You’d be right to wonder, because Wahlberg is now locking down a deal to star in the film.
Word broke back in March that The Raid stalwart Iko Uwais and UFC champ-turned-actress Ronda Rousey were part of the film, which sees a CIA field officer (Wahlberg) and an Indonesian cop (Uwais) thrown together while transporting a compromised informant from the centre of the city to an airfield 22 miles away. En route, they have to contend with corrupt police and heavily armed locals, all of which we’d guess will make Uwais sigh, raise his fists and say, “not this again…”
How Rousey fits in remains to be seen, though we could see her as a member of the squad trying to make it to the plane. Berg had before opted to simply act as producer, but he’s now slipping into the director’s chair to bring Graham Roland’s script to life.
Berg and Wahlberg are at work on real-life oilrig disaster drama Deepwater Horizon, which should be out next year. Uwais has been rumoured as playing some part in (and bringing his fight expertise to) Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while Rousey is attached to action thriller The Athena Project.
Given the big platform that is next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, Fox will naturally be taking the chance to hype Deadpool, which has Ryan Reynolds finally getting a proper crack at the wise-cracking, violent character. Entertainment Weekly has a new picture of the main man, with commentary from producer Simon Kinberg and director Tim Miller.
Deadpool features former Special Forces warrior-turned-mercenary Wade Wilson, who undergoes a rogue experiment as part of the Weapon X plan that leaves him brutally scarred but also boasting Wolverine-like healing powers. Armed with his new abilities and his pitch-dark sense of humour, he hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life, while taking on other bad guys as he does so.
And according to Kinberg, it will, as Reynolds and the rest have been saying, stick to the mantra of grown-up (if not always mature) storytelling. “Deadpool is a hard R,” he says. “It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.”
Effects man/second unit director-turned-big-chair-occupier Miller is calling the shots for this one, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. He’s been inspired by the work of David Fincher, for whom he created the credits sequence on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. “I felt Fight Club and Tyler Durden were good corollaries,” he says. “We are in strip clubs and dive bars and crappy apartments and far away from the shiny X-Men world.”
Deadpool is scheduled to shoot into cinemas on February 5 next year.
"I hope you find real joy and strength in what a wonderful child you've brought into this world and raised," the action star wrote to an ailing father.
Clearly it's a week for unexpected and belated sequels. A day after the news that Robin Hardy is prepping the final part of his Wicker Man trilogy, comes the revelation that Hawk The Slayer is also set to return, 35 years after his first adventure. Original director Terry Marcel, in cahoots with 2000AD publishers Rebellion, is about to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Hawk The Hunter.
Much beloved of VHS-era schoolboys, the 1980 Hawk starred John Terry (the guy from Lost, not the footballer) as the titular adventurer, with Jack Palance as his scenery-chewing evil older brother Voltan. Casting support came from Brit stalwarts like Bernard Bresslaw and Roy Kinnear. Voltan kills his father and kidnaps a nun. Hawk mounts a rescue mission with a sorceress, a dwarf, an elf, a giant with a big mallet, and the ancient power of the Sword Of Mind.
The details of Hawk The Hunter are sketchy at present, pending a full announcement by Marcel at FrightFest next month. We know that Marcel will be delegating the directing duties this time, but it's unclear who's replacing him; whether any cast is yet in place (although Ray Charleson seems possible - see below); or if this is the same film as Hawk The Destroyer, the unrealised sequel Marcel was already talking about thirty years ago. All - or at least more - will no doubt be revealed in due course. Update: Marcel has now announced on Hawk The Hunter's Facebook page that Rick Wakeman will be providing the soundtrack.
"Hawk the Slayer was important to me as a boy," says Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley, "and has remained an important touchstone for me now as an adult. It blazed a shining path of true sword and sorcery movie magic for others to follow. I am delighted, and slightly awed, to be part of the team helping to create more adventures for Hawk and his friends."
"This is a dream come true," says Marcel. "I’m delighted to be working with a true fan of sword-and-sorcery whose talent means the possibilities for Hawk are endless – keep watching Hawk fans!"
Rebellion have also snapped up the games and publishing rights to the property. With exquisite timing, a new Hawk The Slayer Blu-ray is out on Monday from Network. We'll update on Hawk The Hunter shortly, following the kick-starting of the Kickstarter.
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Sam Smith, Mark Ronson and More on Amy Winehouse's Lasting Legacy, Tragic End and Eye-Opening New Documentary
Winehouse's former bandleader recalls his last conversation with the singer: "She said, 'I’ve been watching videos of myself on YouTube, and I can sing.' ... There had been doubts, but for her to realize that was one of the nicest things she could possibly say."
Ameritrade's tagline was, "Nobody puts your old 401(k) in the corner."
The tiny superhero hits the big screen in North America July 17.