Opening Christmas Day is director Peter Segal’s (Get Smart) boxing comedy Grudge Match. Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone play two Pittsburgh fighters whose rivalry ended abruptly in 1983. Thirty years later, a boxing promoter (Kevin Hart) convinces them to get back in the ring for one last fight that turns into a “must-see HBO event.” Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal also star. Watch the trailer here.
A few days ago, I landed an extended video interview with Segal here in Los Angeles. He talked about why it’s taken him so long to direct another movie, how Grudge Match came together, the process of casting Stallone and De Niro, what it was like to direct them, how the test screenings affected characters and storylines, deleted scenes, what will be on the Blu-ray, and more. In addition, Segal also talked about what happened with the Get Smart sequel, Shazam, Vin Diesel’s The Machine, Bleach, Harvey, and how he almost directed a different version of Neighborhood Watch with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. Hit the jump to watch.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Peter Segal’s (The Longest Yard) upcoming comedy Grudge Match. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as two retired professional boxers who used to be boxers. When they end up getting into a fight while filming mo-cap for a boxing video game, an official rematch is planned and the older gentlemen now have to get into shape. While a boxing movie starring Stallone and De Niro could have easily been a straight drama, this trailer shows that Grudge Match is very much a comedy—complete with a Rocky gag and plenty of “you’re so old that ___” jokes. There’s also a bit with a creepy CGI’d version of Stallone’s younger self retiring from acting, but overall the chemistry between the two and their trainers (played by Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin) looks fairly promising.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Kim Basinger, and Camden Grey. Grudge Match opens on Christmas Day.
Coming off a stellar turn in this year’s Argo, Alan Arkin is now looking to team up with a couple of Hollywood vets. Variety reports that Arkin is in talks to join Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone in the boxing pic Grudge Match. De Niro plays a former boxer who retired after being defeated by Stallone’s character and is now an out-of-shape restaurant owner, but the crux of Grudge Match revolves around the two stepping back into the ring for a rematch years later.
Arkin is looking to play the former trainer of Stallone’s character “who despite a medical condition, agrees to resume his post after Stallone rescues him from a nursing home.” Peter Segal (Get Smart) will direct from a script by Doug Ellin (Entourage), and Kim Basinger is also onboard to star. Production begins early next year in Louisiana.
Some major veteran casting announcements to announce today:
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Ladies and gentlemen! In the blue corner we have the Italian Stallion, Mr. Expendable himself, Sylvester “Rocky” Stallone. And in the red corner, the Greatest of All Time, the Godfather, the Taxi Driver, the Raging Bull, Robert De Niro! Warner Bros. has officially greenlit the Peter Segal (Tommy Boy) picture, Grudge Match. The film follows two retired fighters who put on the gloves for one last bout. With the most recent draft turned in by Doug Ellin (Entourage), the studio has given this one the go-ahead. Hit the jump for more on Grudge Match.
Peter Segal (Get Smart) is reportedly in talks to direct Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious) in the action film, The Machine for MGM. At the moment, Segal is currently attached to Warner Bros. pictures Grudge Match and the adaptation of the manga, Bleach, so this more than likely won’t be his next feature. Segal is producing Bleach and may end up directing the picture, while he is attached to direct the Grudge Match, about a boxing rematch between aging fighters. Diesel, meanwhile, is currently in post-production on The Untitled Chronicles of Riddick Sequel, which we can expect to see sometime early next year. Hit the jump for more information on his involvement in The Machine, as well as the picture’s plot synopsis.
Back in 2010, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to adapt the manga Bleach into a feature film with Peter Segal (Get Smart) onboard to produce. We haven’t really heard much about the project since then, but now that they’re re-thinking their adaptation of Akira, the studio is moving forward with Bleach. Variety reports that Wrath of the Titans scribe Dan Mazeau has been set to write the screenplay and Segal is producing with an eye toward possibly directing.
The story centers on a teenager with the ability to see ghosts whose family is attacked by a malevolent lost soul called a Hollow. Once attacked, the teenager gains the ability to hunt Hollows and then “dedicates his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace.” Production on Akira was halted to address script concerns so it’ll be interesting to see how the studio develops this separate manga property.
Nothing brings more joy to my heart than the thought of old people fighting one another. Their withered, crumpled flesh sagging as their arms stretch out in attempt to meet the decrepit face of their antagonist. Sheer bliss. So the news, via Deadline, that Peter Segal (Get Smart) has been tapped to helm such a feature — titled Grudge Match– may be the single greatest thing to happen in the film industry since Lee Marvin’s mere existence.
The film, written by Tim Kelleher, focuses on the renewed rivalry between two fighters 50 years after they faced off against one another in the boxing ring. Rumors have circulated that producers Billy Gerber and Mark Steven Johnson are attempting to attach Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as the elder rivals in question. However I feel the two are just not quite old enough for the parts. How about Ernest Borgnine (fresh off Red) vs. Clint Eastwood or Gene Hackman or Sean Connery (if that is you could convince any of the latter three actors to un-retire). To be fair I don’t care who Ernest Borgnine faces off against – as long as Borgnine is doing some of the fighting.
With Jonah Hex getting released tomorrow, I was able to sit down with producer Andrew Lazar (Get Smart, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) for an extended interview last weekend. During our wide ranging conversation we talked about the challenges of getting Jonah Hex made, how they got the great cast together, the mixing of different genres in Hex, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray (over 10 minutes of deleted scenes), and a lot more.
But after talking about Jonah Hex for awhile, we started talking about his other projects like I Love You Phillip Morris, Akira, Get Smart 2, Untitled Joe Namath Project, Pre-Astronauts (now called One Finger Salute), what are general meetings, and a lot more. Some of the interesting things I learned were:
- I Love You Phillip Morris should have a happy ending as the film will hopefully be released this fall.
- Akira is still moving forward. They just hired a new writer and they’re conceptualizing right now. He also says WB management loves the property and the studio is very enthusiastic about the project. Confirms the first movie would be volumes 1-3 and a second movie would be 4-6
- Pre-Astronauts is now called One Finger Salute. Calls it The Right Stuff before The Right Stuff. Says it’s about a group of Air Force scientists and pilots that believe man can go to space and survive. Also says they did a table read last year with Tom Cruise, Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks! Peter Segal is scheduled to direct.
- Regarding Get Smart 2, he said Steve Carell wrote the script for the sequel!
- And regarding his Untitled Joe Namath Project talk, he says he’s meeting with James Mangold once he is done with his Knight and Day stuff. Not sure if it’s to write and/or direct.
As you can see, we covered a lot of ground. It’s really a fantastic interview and if you’re curious about any of the projects I mentioned or just curious about how films get made, I think you’ll love the interview. Hit the jump to check it out:
Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to turn the manga (Japanese comic) Bleach into a movie. Peter Segal (Get Smart) is in negotiations to produce, though not direct. For those who know absolutely nothing about the manga, I’ll let Heat Vision handle the description:
The story centers on a 15-year-old boy who has the ability to see ghosts and meets a female Soul Reaper, a member of an order that escorts the souls of the dead. A fight with an evil spirit causes the Reaper to transfer all her power to the boy, leaving her stranded in the human world and the boy taking over her job as a fighter of evil.
Does he take over her job as a fighter of evil because she’s so bad at it she had to giver her powers to a 15-year-old boy? The books, published in weekly installments in Japan since 2001, have already been adapted into an anime that airs in Japan with the English version on Cartoon Network and Canada’s YTV. Warner Bros. is also currently in development of the manga Akira.
Variety is reporting that director Peter Segal (Get Smart, 50 First Dates) is in talks to direct Neighborhood Watch for Twentieth Century Fox. The director was planning to film the sequel to Get Smart next, but the film has been postponed for the second in year in a row by Warner Bros. due to Carell’s interest in doing another film with Tina Fey or a spec script by Dan Fogelman. This now leaves Segal free to direct Neighborhood next, which will be written by Jared Stern (Bolt) and produced by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum). The film will tell the story of a newcomer to a community “who joins the neighborhood watch to only discover that there are supernatural elements afoot.” The project was originally going to be directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) with Will Ferrell set to star, but the duo have since moved on.
If you want strong, quiet dignity with a voice so reassuring that you want it for every audiobook ever made, you call Morgan Freeman. That’s why him shouting “Somebody kill THIS motherfucker!” in “Wanted” was one of the best movie moments of 2008. Watching Freeman subvert his image has great comedic potential and it looks like Josh Cagan and Greg Coolidge’s script, “Old Dirty Man” may do just that. Hit the jump for more details.
Actor-turned-writer Billy Birch is the latest writer who will try to bring the long in-development “Shazam!” adaptation to the screen. The project seems to have now been stuck in development hell for years now but seems to be looking like it might again go in front of the cameras with director Peter Segal (“Get Smart”) still set to direct. To find out a little bit more about “Shazam!” and which superstar comic book writer will be co-writing the script hit the jump.