Monday, 7 September 2009

Movie News - Rambo V, Bad Boys 3, FF4 & Lobo

Rambo V To Go Sci-fi!

Yes, that's correct, you read that right... Rambo is set to return yet again for his fifth installment and this time there's a sci-fi theme!

This exert has been taken from AICN (Aint it cool news):

Hey folks, Harry here... I'm fascinated by the conversation I had spontaneously just had with Sylvester Stallone. Apparently there are a lot of rumors out there about the next RAMBO, some of which have been floated by the Trades - but the reality is quite a bit different. It does involve Rambo back in the United States. But from what Sly told me, it is structured quite a bit different.

You see, it is set in the Pacific Northwest. Back in the general area where we first were introduced to John. It seems that somewhere in that Area there is a U.S. Military installation that is doing experiments on elite soldiers as part of some sort of program where they're attempting to tap into that SAVAGERY that we have deeply embedded into us. The plan is create brilliantly instinctual killer soldiers that have no qualms about taking life. Sly brought up the ancient Immortals, which were cartoonishly glimpsed in 300. In reality, they were children trained from the time they were infants to kill.

Well as happens with Government Experiments to create the perfect killer - it goes exceptionally well... and then exceptionally badly. And Rambo is brought in with a Black Ops squad ("Like in PREDATOR") to hunt, capture or kill this worse than Rambo killer.

As you should know, it is early on the project. They've whipped up a quicky one-sheet that will be somewhere around the Toronto Film Festival beginning tomorrow. You can see it here!

What has me excited about this story is the idea that Rambo is now the man chasing instead of being chased. The idea of John Rambo tracking a killer in the woods of the Pacific Northwest is just very cool sounding.

You can even listen to a voicemail Sly left Harry Knowles HERE about the production.

Fantastic Four To Be "Re-booted"

While Disney lays down a $4 billion bet on the future of Marvel's superheroes, 20th Century Fox has already begun overhauling one of its big Marvel franchises, "Fantastic Four," to take the property beyond the two films already made.

Akiva Goldsman has been hired to oversee the reboot as producer. Michael Green, the co-exec producer of TV's "Heroes" who co-wrote "Green Lantern," will write the script for the new "Fantastic Four."

Fox wouldn't comment on its plans, but the moves are evidence that Marvel franchises do have enduring lifespans.

The 2005 "Fantastic Four" and 2007 sequel "Rise of the Silver Surfer" were directed by Tim Story and starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. Since the deals for the reboot are just getting made, it is unclear if any of them will return.

Bad Boys III Coming Soon!

Sony has recently started development on a third installment of the Bad Boys franchise that Michael Bay launched in 1995. The studio has hired newcomer Peter Craig, who wrote Ben Affleck's The Town and is also writing the new live action Cowboy Bebop movie, to write the Bad Boys 3 screenplay. Hopefully the script will reunite director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. At this point, with the project only being in the early stages, none of them have a deal to return just yet. But we can be sure Sony will be going after them and is also readying backups.

The first Bad Boys saw Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, caught up in cases involving car chases and explosions. The sequel arrived 8 years later, in 2003, and was bigger and better (e.g. more explosions) than before. The first Bad Boys helped launched the careers of both Michael Bay and Will Smith. All parties have expressed a willingness to return if a story can be hammered out, though Sony is going to have to shell out a lot of cash to get all four back.

DC "Lobo" Movie Confirmed

The foul mouthed alien bounty hunter from DC comics is being brought to the silver screen and Snatch, Lock Stock and Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie is set to direct.

Whilst we may find Ritchie a strange choice for a comic movie such as Lobo, you can see where the producers were going... Ritchie is renowned for his very unique filmaking talents with violence, swearing and comedy being strong in all his movies. Perfect for a character such as this.

The only problem that's arisen now is that Warner Bros studios are looking at a US PG13 rating... This will mean no major violence or swearing etc. It's like giving a cowboy a gun and not giving him the bullets. What's the point?

Apparently in the script Lobo is a seven-foot tall, blue-skinned, indestructible and heavily muscled anti-hero who drives a pimped out motorcycle, and lands on Earth in search of four fugitives who are bent on wreaking havoc. Upon arriving on Earth, Lobo teams up with a small town teenaged girl to stop the creatures.

Lobo will be full of visual effects and apparently the film will have a similar tone to director Guy Ritchie’s past films Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

A release date hasn’t been announced.

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