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Lupita Nyong’o in talks to star in John Woo’s The Killer remake

Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o is currently in negotiations to star in the remake of John Woo’s classic action adventure, The Killer.

The remake, which has a female twist to the original, is said to be a blistering thriller that blends espionage with extraordinary stunts. It will focus on an assassin who is sworn to protect a young woman she accidentally blinded during a mob hit years prior.

John Woo returns to direct the remake on his own film which comes from Universal Pictures. eOne’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will produce with Luc Etienne serving as executive producer.

Also in the news – Halle Berry eyed for John Wick 3 role

The 1989 Hong Kong action thriller, was written and directed by Woo focused on Mob assassin Jeffrey (Chow Yun-Fat). A hired gun; the best in his business, he views his chosen profession as a calling rather than simply a job.
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Lupita Nyong’o to Star in ‘The Killer’ Remake With John Woo Directing

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Lupita Nyong’o to Star in ‘The Killer’ Remake With John Woo Directing
Universal Pictures is developing a remake of Chinese action film “The Killer,” with John Woo returning to direct and Lupita Nyong’o attached to star.

The original 1989 movie, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Danny Lee, and Sally Yeh, was widely acclaimed and led to Woo being hired by Hollywood studios. Chow played an assassin who accidentally damages the eyes of a singer (portrayed by Sally Yeh). The two fall in love, and he decides to perform one last hit in order to pay for a corneal transplant to prevent her from going blind.

Nyong’o will portray the assassin in what the studio is calling a reimagination of the original movie. She recently starred in “Black Panther” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and won an Oscar for best supporting actress for “12 Years a Slave.”

Entertainment One’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will produce alongside Woo. Luc Etienne will executive produce.
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John Woo Taps Lupita Nyong’o For ‘The Killer’ Redo At Universal

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John Woo Taps Lupita Nyong’o For ‘The Killer’ Redo At Universal
Exclusive: John Woo and Universal Pictures are teaming on a new version of his 1989 Hong King crime classic The Killer. It is intended as a star vehicle for Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o. She is negotiating to play the assassin, a role originated by Chow Yun-fat. The studio has the film on a fast track, with Woo directing.

Eran Creevy (Collide) rewrote the script based on an original draft by Cloverfield Lane‘s Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, and Brian Helgeland is being brought on to do a production pass. Producing alongside Woo and his A Better Tomorrow Films is eOne’s Mark Gordon and Lori Tilkin. Matt Jackson, Lori Tilkin and Luc Etienne are exec producing with Terence Chang. eOne’s Josh Clay Phillips will also have a producing role and is overseeing the project with Tilkin. The aim is to begin production later this year in France and Germany.
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Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Remake of John Woo's Action Classic 'The Killer'

Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Remake of John Woo's Action Classic 'The Killer'
John Woo is remaking his classic action movie, <em>The Killer</em>, this time giving it a female twist.

Lupita Nyong'o is in negotiations to star in the new project, which hails from Universal, <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> has confirmed.

Woo will direct the movie, and will also produce with eOne’s Mark Gordon (<em>Source Code</em>, <em>Saving Private Ryan</em>) and Matt Jackson. Luc Etienne will executive produce.

Describes by Universal as a “blistering thriller that blends espionage with extraordinary stunts," the remake centers on an assassin who is sworn to protect a young woman she accidentally blinded during a mob hit years ...
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Netflix secures rights to Maika Monroe and Gary Oldman sci-fi Tau

Netflix have acquired the distribution rights to Federico D’Alessandro’s Tau, which judging by the synopsis below sounds like Home Alone meets Room, by way of Ex-Machina. Starring It Follows and The Guest’s Maika Monroe, the sci-fi thriller will also feature Ed Skrein (Deadpool) and Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour).

Tau is penned by Noga Landau and financed by Hercules Film Fund and Ken Kao’s Waypoint Entertainment under his first look deal with Addictive Pictures. David S. Goyer produced under his Phantom Four banner alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures and Kevin Turen. Rhea Films co-produced the film with Paris Kassidokostas Latsis, Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti serving as executive producers along with Ken Kao, Dan Kao and Luc Etienne as executive producers.

Tau follows a once street-smart grifter, Julia (Monroe) who is the latest victim kidnapped and held captive in a fatal experiment.
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Bloom to commence 'Tau' sales in Cannes

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Maika Monroe of It Follows and Ed Skrein from Deadpool will star in the sci-fi thriller that Waypoint Entertainment will finance and Bloom is introducing to buyers on the Croisette.

Phantom Four and Addictive Pictures produce the story of a kidnap victim on borrowed time whose only chance of escape is to win over the artificial intelligence system that operates her captor’s smart home.

Federico D’ Alessandro directs from a screenplay by Noga Landau, while David S. Goyer and Kevin Turen will produce through Phantom Four alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures.

Ken Kao, Dan Kao and Luc Etienne are the executive producers. Wme Global represents Us rights.
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Maika Monroe And Ed Skrein To Star In ‘Tau’; David Goyer Producing And Bloom Selling – Cannes

Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein have boarded Federico D' Alessandro’s sci-fi thriller Tau, with Waypoint Entertainment financing under their first look deal with Addictive Pictures. Noga Landau scripted the Black List project. David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and Kevin Turen (The Birth of a Nation) will produce under their Phantom Four banner alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures. Ken Kao, Dan Kao and Luc Etienne will exec produce. Bloom is…
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Win A Copy Of Ride Along 2

Fasten your seatbelts and brace yourselves for another wild ride when Kevin Hart (Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer) and Ice Cube (22 Jump Street, Barbershop) return in the hilarious, action-packed comedy, Ride Along 2, coming to Digital HD on April 12, 2016, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 26, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more of the duo’s hysterical banter and explosive fun with deleted scenes, gag reel, never-before-seen bonus material, including a hilarious new recruitment video “Ride Along With Us” and “The Ride Diaries” with Kevin Hartand Ice Cube!

Ride Along 2 reunites the partners and brothers-in-law-to-be as they take on new crime in Miami. The absurdity quickly unfolds while tough cop and all-around cool guy James (Ice Cube) works to solve a major case with the mouthy wannabe Ben (Kevin Hart). In the riotous sequel to the action-comedy hit that first
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The Best Directors of the Year! See Complete DGA Awards Nominees!

The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 68th annual DGA Awards! Missing were Todd Haynes ("Carol") and Steven Spielberg for "Bridge of Spies." But I'm very happy that George Miller for "Mad Max: Fury Road" got in. While we're in the subject of sequel, apparently, the DGA felt that J.J. Abrams is not worthy...yet...for a nod!

But this year's awards offer a bunch of newbies like Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), and Miller. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott has been nominated three times before but never won for "Thelma and Louise" in 1991, "Gladiator" in 2000, and "Black Hawk Down" in 2001. Let's see if "The Martian" will do the trick and get Ridley his DGA! By the way, he hasn't won an Oscar either and he was nominated for those movies too!

Winners will be announced on Feb. 6th. Here's your complete list of nominees
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Here Are the 2015 DGA Awards Film Nominees

Fresh off its impressive haul at the Golden Globes the weekend, "The Revenant" is poised to nab yet another statuette with a nomination for a Directors Guild of America Award.

The DGA announced its annual slate of honorees for outstanding directorial achievement on Tuesday, and "Revenant" director Alejandro G. Inarritu was among the five nominees. Inarritu also won the DGA award last year, for 2014's "Birdman," and with the new momentum from "The Revenant"'s Globes wins, the director looks like an early favorite to repeat.

The rest of the nominees were rounded out by Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road"), and Ridley Scott ("The Martian"). In addition to those names, the DGA also included a new category this year, honoring directors who helmed their first feature films in 2015.

"There's a first time for every feature filmmaker, but not every first time
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Giveaway – Win A Copy Of The Gift

Revenge comes in an artfully wrapped package in The Gift, a chilling psychological thriller available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and on Demand October 27, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Purge) The Gift is a suspenseful and thrilling morality tale that earned a “Certified Fresh” seal on Rotten Tomatoes with a remarkable score of 93%. The Blu-ray and DVD are packed with chilling bonus features including a riveting alternate ending, deleted scenes, feature commentary with writer and director Joel Edgerton, and more.

The Gift asks the question, “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?” Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon’s high-school acquaintance sends their world into a narrowing tailspin. At first Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton), but after a series
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Own The Gift On October 27 – Stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall And Joel Edgerton

Revenge comes in an artfully wrapped package in The Gift, a chilling psychological thriller available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and on Demand October 27, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

From Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Purge) The Gift is a suspenseful and thrilling morality tale that earned a “Certified Fresh” seal on Rotten Tomatoes with a remarkable score of 93%.

The Blu-ray and DVD are packed with chilling bonus features including a riveting alternate ending, deleted scenes, feature commentary with writer and director Joel Edgerton, and more.

The Gift asks the question, “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?” Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon’s high-school acquaintance sends their world into a narrowing tailspin. At first Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton), but after a series
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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening Of The Purge: Anarchy In St. Louis

In 2013, the country responded to the provocative concept that on one night every year, any and all crime is made legal. Audiences turned The Purge into a surprise summer hit as the film debuted at No. 1 with an astonishing $34.1 million weekend at the domestic box office.

After witnessing the response to the film and listening to the conversations that it provoked, James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge and writer of The Negotiator, Assault on Precinct 13) quickly returned to the explosive universe that he created with an even more arresting idea for a sequel: placing the audience outside on the streets during the annual Purge.

A speculative thriller that shows us what occurs during The Purge outside of the confines of a suburban neighborhood, The Purge: Anarchy returns us to a dystopic future. Our government, now re-engineered by the New Founders of America (Nfa), has sanctioned its annual 12-hour
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Creature Choreographer Paradox Pollack Speaks In-Depth On Thor Work!

The good folks over at Comicus have landed a great exclusive in an interview with actor, stunt double, & creature choreographer Paradox Pollack, whose starring in Kenneth Branagh's epic tale of Thor. Serving notably as the double for actor Colm Feore, who portrays Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, Pollack speaks in great depth on his overall work on the film. How did you get to work on “Thor”? "I had worked as a stunt actor on I Am Legend, stunt doubling the Alpha-Zombie and during that film connected with the stunt coordinator who introduced me to J.J. Abrams on Star Trek. I worked on Star Trek as the Alien/Creature choreographer. My work was seen by a number of prominent producers and I was called into a meeting with Patty Whitcher (producer) Luc Etienne (Ad) and Kenneth Branagh for a meeting in the first week of January 2010. After that
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Creature Choreographer Paradox Pollack Talks Thor In-Depth!

The good folks over at Comicus have landed a great exclusive in an interview with actor, stunt double, & creature choreographer Paradox Pollack, whose starring in Kenneth Branagh's epic tale of Thor. Serving notably as the double for actor Colm Feore, who portrays Laufey, King of the Frost Giants, Pollack speaks in great depth on his overall work on the film. How did you get to work on “Thor”? "I had worked as a stunt actor on I Am Legend, stunt doubling the Alpha-Zombie and during that film connected with the stunt coordinator who introduced me to J.J. Abrams on Star Trek. I worked on Star Trek as the Alien/Creature choreographer. My work was seen by a number of prominent producers and I was called into a meeting with Patty Whitcher (producer) Luc Etienne (Ad) and Kenneth Branagh for a meeting ni the first week of January 2010. After that
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