John Woo and Universal Pictures are teaming up to develop a remake of his classic 1989 action crime thriller The Killer. According to Deadline, the movie is being developed for Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther) as a starring vehicle and she is currently in negotiations to take on the role of the assassin. That role was originally played by Chow Yun-fat. The studio has put the project on the fast track and Woo is set to direct it.
The story follows an assassin who puts her own life on the line to save a woman whom she accidentally blinded in her last hit. Eran Creevy (Collide) wrote a script that is based on an original draft by Cloverfield Lane‘s Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken, and Brian Helgeland. The report goes on to say:
The film is a touchstone picture, one widely emulated for its balletic, stylized violent scenes. The redo will blend espionage with extraordinary stunts to capture the feel of the original.
I've always enjoyed the action films of John Woo and how crazy and over-the-top they have been. It will be a lot of fun to see Nyong’o take on a role like this. This will be very different from anything she's ever done before and there's no doubt that she's going to kick ass in it!
If you're a fan of Joaquin Phoenix, his latest film project Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a must watch because he gives one of his best performances in it. I had a chance to see the film at Sundance and I thought it was a wonderful film and one of director Gus Van Sant's (Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, Milk) best movies to date.
The movie is based on a true story and it stars Joaquin Phoenix as John Callahan, a slacker alcoholic from Portland whose life is turned upside down when he is paralyzed in a car accident. This difficult journey leads him on a path to becoming a cartoonist.
The movie has a great supporting cast that also includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black. Here's the synopsis:
The last day Portland slacker John Callahan is able to walk, he wakes up without a hangover — because he’s still drunk from the night before. That night at a wild party he meets a wisecracking drinking buddy (Jack Black), who insists they leave for an even better party he knows about. But when his new friend dozes off at the wheel, John wakes up confined to a wheelchair with only partial use of his arms. Though he initially has no intention of getting sober, he reluctantly attends a 12-step meeting run by a charismatic and dedicated sponsor named Donnie (Jonah Hill) and reconnects with Annu (Rooney Mara), a therapist he met at the hospital. With their encouragement, John finds that love is not beyond his reach and discovers a hidden talent for drawing, channeling his playful personality into crude, politically incorrect — and often hilarious — cartoons, which develop a national following. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful, funny drama about redemption, forgiveness and the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography.
This is what I had to say about the film in my review:
This story was a rollercoaster of emotions and it was incredibly inspirational. Just seeing this man's journey unfold on the big screen was a great experience filled with drama and humor. The guy went through some crazy trials and tribulations in his life and he could have easily been in despair the rest of his life. But he wouldn’t let that happen and he took the necessary steps to bring him to a point of living a happy and successful life. It just goes to show that you have the power to lead a wonderful life if you truly want it.
The cast for the film also includes Beth Ditto, Olivia Hamilton, Udo Kier, Kim Gordon, and Carrie Brownstein. Amazon Studios will release Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot in select theaters on May 11th.
For those of you who are looking for a little laugh and a pick-me-up, you'll enjoy Jimmy Kimmel's latest installment of "Unnecessary Censorship". This time he plays with footage from several of the MCU films prior to Avengers: Infinity War. It's so funny how one bleep of a word can can hilariously change a scene into something so wrong. Enjoy the video!
I've been fascinated with the life and work of legendary filmmaking pioneer Charlie Chaplin ever since I was a teenager. I read so many books about him and his life and I love the Robert Downey Jr. biopic Chaplin. The stuff he was doing with filmmaking in Hollywood was innovative, entertaining, and the stories he told were wonderful.
Altitude and Showtime have announced that they will be developing a documentary called Chaplin, from directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney, three-time BAFTA nominees for Notes on Blindness. The doc is described as follows:
Chaplin is both the ultimate rags-to-riches story and a revealing, poignant and definitive portrait of cinema’s most iconic figure. Groundbreaking, controversial, outspoken, visionary; for decades he was the most famous man in the world – but who was the real Charlie Chaplin?
The doc is getting support from the BFI National Archive’s world-class collections and Chaplin’s World by Grévin. Chaplin’s World is a museum, which is housed in the historic ‘Manoir de Ban’ in Vevey, Switzerland where Chaplin lived for 25 years. It will serve as a shooting location for sequences set during the latter stages of his life. It's explained that:
BAFTA-nominated filmmakers Middleton and Spinney have gained unprecedented access to Chaplin’s personal and creative archive, including a treasure trove of previously unknown material. Through unseen outtakes and newly unearthed audio recordings, Middleton and Spinney will chart Chaplin’s escape from an impoverished childhood in late-Victorian London to the bright lights of Hollywood at the dawn of cinema. But although his fictional alter ego the ‘Little Tramp’ brings him global fame and total artistic control, turbulent creative anxieties, successive personal scandals and a controversial political voice ultimately lead not only to the demise of his beloved character, but his rejection from America and self-imposed exile.
When talking about the project, producer Mike Brett of Archer’s Mark said:
"Peter and James are two of the most creatively ambitious filmmakers out there, and they are constantly pushing the boundaries of storytelling for the screen. As an unparalleled innovator and agitator in the field of cinema, Chaplin is a fitting subject for this ground-breaking film."
Directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney added:
"We feel incredibly lucky to have been welcomed by the Chaplin family into their archives. To find new perspectives on the life and work of one of the icons of the 20th century, who has left an indelible mark on popular culture, is a huge and exciting challenge. Chaplin described his life as a ‘fairy tale’, and its themes of inequality, power, celebrity and artistry couldn’t be more relevant today."
Vinnie Malhotra, Snr. Vice President Documentary, Unscripted & Sports at Showtime said:
"Chaplin is the most iconic figure in film history, and as a result, is bathed in mythology. With unprecedented historical resources at their disposal and a keen eye for complexity and nuance, Peter and James will bring us the most definitive and rewarding exploration of Chaplin’s remarkable life."
Will Clarke, Chairman and co-CEO of Altitude said:
"Chaplin will be the definitive story of one of the world’s biggest and most powerful stars whose extraordinary life courted adulation and controversy. This will be Chaplin as never seen or heard before revealed through the breathtaking beauty and innovatory techniques that Peter and James bring to their filmmaking."
Lizzie Francke from the BFI said:
"We are delighted to be working with Peter and James and the incredibly talented team behind Notes on Blindness. Their creatively innovative approach to such an iconic figure as Chaplin promises a definitive and vivid portrait, making this pioneering figure of early cinema relevant to 21st century young audiences as much as classic film fans."
Sam Lavender from Film4 said:
"Chaplin was the first ever truly global screen celebrity, and a man with an extraordinary life story. Peter and James captivated us utterly with their vision for this film and their fascination with the man – we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this journey."
Ben Limberg of Smaller Biggie said:
"Chaplin’s family have been enormously supportive and helpful in the making of this film. And through the wonderful Kate Guyonvarch, who runs the Chaplin estate, we have exclusive access to the entire Chaplin library, an extraordinary collection of materials. Mixed with breathtaking new audio of Chaplin speaking about his life and work it is truly humbling to be making such an exciting film about the father of cinema."
I can't wait to see how this doc turns out and if it will contain information about Chaplin that I've never known before.