TAKEN 2 is coming!
I have not yet seen the phenomenon that is Pierre Morel's TAKEN, which is certainly the year's biggest box office surprise. (Well, after PAUL f*cking BLART.) The damn thing has made $119 million so far, in the U.S. alone, and is well on its way to making over $200 mil worldwide. So you know what that means? Sequel! The news is hidden in an interesting chat with co-screenwriter Robert Kamen (check it out HERE - in the last paragraph).
Of course, not knowing the specifics of the film, I don't know if this is preposterous or not, but I guess Liam Neeson's daughter can always get taken again... Or maybe his puppy will be kidnapped by Arabs this time around. Whatever, as long as it makes money.
This has basically become a regular feature during our Action Round-Ups. I'm beginning to think we should start a new site altogether just based on updates - casting and otherwise - on Sly Stallone's sure-to-be-kickass action flick THE EXPENDABLES.
First up, I thought you'd like to know what Arnold (don't make me spell his last name) has to say about his role on the flick: "...naturally when he asked me if I would do a cameo, which will just be something quick, like I walk out of a hotel or out of a office building and he will walk up and we will bump into each other and there will be some mumbling and then we will walk off (crowd laughs). So it will be something very simple, that will be again, just a cameo, so that's what we're going to do. I promised him I'd do that and I'm looking forward to that."
I dunno - I think there's a chance his role will be bigger than "guy walking out of hotel". You can't tell me Arnold doesn't have an itch he wants to scratch - with an automatic weapon... I guess we won't be finding out for a little while...
Next up - two new castmembers have been added: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (all you WWE fans know him) and Charisma Carpenter (pictured below), whom Buffy fans will remember as the snotty hottie "Cordelia". Wait a minute, can this be true?! There will be some double-X chromosomes in this flick?! Nice! Don't get me wrong, an evening out with the fellas is awesome (especially when the fellas are named Mickey, Sly, Jet, Forest..) but it's nice to inject some boobage in there, strictly for equality's sake. We're feminists here at ARROW IN THE HEAD, doncha know?
Rourke in RAMBO 5?!
You can put this in the "why the f*ck not?" file. The Sun (a British tabloid mag that automatically comes with a grain of salt) has written that Mickey Rourke is up for the role as a villain in RAMBO 5. They have a "source" that said the following: It was weird seeing two movie tough guys sipping tea on the veranda. They chatted about the Oscars then Sly begged Mickey to sign for Rambo V. Mickey said he was up for it.
Of course, Rourke is set to appear in THE EXPENDABLES, and would make an awesome RAMBO villain (hick sheriff? Or maybe a fellow pissed-off soldier?), but let's not pop the champagne just yet. (Drink whiskey for now, and then some beer as the night wears on. Champagne is for mornings, silly.) This is only a rumor. But a glorious rumor it is!
SHOOT THE HERO!
Here's something a little more low-profile, but no less deserving of our coverage (in fact, probably more so, since it's not like you haven't heard about THE EXPENDABLES already) - a flick called SHOOT THE HERO, starring Jason Mewes (yes, "Jay" from the Kevin Smith movies!), Paul Sloan, Fred Williamson, hottie Samantha Lockwood (see below) and everyone's favorite, Danny Trejo. Take a look at the synopsis:
Reluctantly shopping for wedding rings, a young couple (Jason Mewes & Samantha Lockwood) unintentionally become the only eyewitnesses to a jewelry store heist gone awry as rival gunmen (Paul Sloan, Nick Turturro) turn on eachother. Desperate to rectify the botched job, an underground mob boss (Danny Trejo) dispatches a mysterious hitman to find the soon-to-be husband and wife and clean up the mess. Seemingly random, two brothers (Nic Nac Nicotera, Mike Hatton) find themselves stranded on their way to work after a series of misfortune leaves them in a precarious predicament. Forced to eventually hitch hike they find a ride from none other than our young couple on their way to happily ever after. But when the night unfolds everyone quickly discovers that their lives are seemingly connected.
If you're interested in finding out more about this flick, hit up the Official Site.
Aja is THE CONTRACTOR
Alexandre Aja, known for horror shows like THE HILLS HAVE EYES and MIRRORS is throwing his hat into the action arena with THE CONTRACTOR. Variety reports that the film is set in a world where the U.S. government can no longer afford to fight wars, and authorizes private contractors to send a band of elite soldiers on missions around the world. Aja will presumably begin preproduction after he's finished with PIRANHA 3-D... Ian Jeffers (DEATH SENTENCE) is writing the screenplay.
I wonder if it's called THE CONTRACTOR because THE EXPENDABLES was already taken?
CRANK 2 site lives!
There's a new CRANK 2 site in town and it's as f*cking bonkers as you'd expect. I honestly can't explain everything that's going on there, because it's jam-packed. Click right HERE to investigate for yourself. (You have to type in a dirty word to enter the site.) The flick, starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart, and the always classy Bai Ling (seen below on the set) comes out on APRIL 17th.
MISSING IN ACTION remake
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that MISSING IN ACTION, which introduced the world to Col. James Braddock (a role played three times by a certain Chuck Norris) is getting the remake treatment, courtesy of MGM and WWE. Does that mean we can expect to see John Sena (or the previously mentioned Steve Austin) tackle - then bodyslam - the role of Braddock? Pretty big boots to fill, I don't care how gigantic those dude's feet are.
Obviously, Braddock won't be fire-bombing Vietnam this time around. Instead, this M.I.A. will be set in Iraq. (Big shock.) The screenplay is being written by Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio, who are also behind the remake of RED DAWN.
Chuck Norris for President!
... Of Texas. That's right - the bearded one is ready to secede from the U.S. and make Texas his own personal compound of badassery, telling WorldNetWeekly: I may run for president of Texas... That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.
I may not agree with the man's politics, but let's face it: This is Chuck Norris we're talking about. He's not politically correct - he's always correct. The man just turned 69, and will stay 69 for the rest of eternity. Chuck can slam a revolving door. He beats the odds - with his fists. If he decides he's becoming the President of Texas, he'll take the Oath of Office - and pummel it to death. (Happy Birthday Chuck. Don't hurt me...)
KILL YA NEXT WEEK WITH MORE ACTION!