Relativity Moving Forward with SWAT-Centered ACT OF VALOR Sequel; Scott Wiper to Write and Direct

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A sequel to last year’s Navy SEAL actioner Act of Valor is moving forward at Relativity Media.  Deadline reports that Relativity and the Bandito Brothers are once again teaming up for Act of Valor 2, which will focus on a team of elite SWAT officers.  Directed by Bandito Brothers partners Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh, Act of Valor took a realistic approach to the military action genre, as the film cast active duty SEALs to portray the film’s characters.  The result was a Call of Duty-esque feature that played more like a recruitment ad than a compelling movie, but the pic went on to gross over $80 million at the box office against a budget of just $12 million.

McCoy and Waugh will produce Act of Valor 2, with The Condemned writer/director Scott Wiper onboard to write and direct the sequel.  No word on whether Wiper will also cast real-life SWAT members to star in the film.

Mike McCoy to Direct LINE OF SIGHT

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After the surprise hit of the military thriller Act of Valor earlier this year, director Mike McCoy is set to go once more into the breach with Line of Sight.  The Warner Bros. picture and Joel Silver production centers on an elite commando unit tasked with transporting sensitive cargo amidst an impending global threat.  The twist on this tale is that it will be told from a point of view similar to a first-person shooter.  Perhaps that’s why Peter O’Brien, who wrote the video game Halo: Reach, was brought in to polish up the F. Scott Frazier spec script.  Heat Vision also reports that Ben Affleck was previously attached to direct, but left the picture, which allowed the Bandito Brothers director to step in.

ACT OF VALOR Production Company to Set Up GOD’S GULCH

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The production team behind the successful Navy SEAL film Act of Valor have reteamed with co-director Mike “Mouse” McCoy to set up a new project. God’s Gulch, written by Brooks McClaren, who came up with the idea with McCoy, will be funded by Bandito Brothers. Here’s the logline for the film:

In the wake of the entire computer network shutting down and the ensuing economic and societal collapse, a group must come together to fight for their survival.

Collider got to sit down with co-directors McCoy and Scott Waugh to talk about Act of Valor, which continues to roll at the box office (but will come up against some heavy hitters soon). There’s no word yet on if any of the SEALs from Act of Valor have been bitten by the acting bug and will try to transition to God’s Gulch. Hit the jump for more.

Weekend Box Office – ACT OF VALOR Remains Victorious; WANDERLUST Falters

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After a strong debut on Friday, Act of Valor went on to win the weekend with an estimated $24.7 million from 3,039 locations.  Considering that this is an R-rated feature without any major stars, that’s a pretty remarkable start. Then again, with the fistfuls of cash Relativity devoted to marketing this Navy SEALs drama, anything less than first place would have felt un-American.

Title Weekend Total
1 Act of Valor $24,700,000 $24.7
2 Good Deeds $16,000,000 $16
3 Journey 2 $13,475,000 $76.7
4 Safe House $11,365,000 $98
5 The Vow $10,000,000 $103
6 Ghost Rider 2 $8,800,000 $37.8
7 This Means War $8,500,000 $33.5
8 Wanderlust $6,625,000 $6.6
9 Gone $5,000,000 $5
10 Secret World of Arrietty $4,500,000 $14.6

Friday Box Office – ACT OF VALOR Shoots Down Competition with $9 Million Debut

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Looks like that big Super Bowl buy paid off for Relativity, whose Act of Valor easily captured Friday’s top spot. From its launch in 3,039 locations, the R-rated Navy Seals’ drama earned an estimated $9 million – indicating a weekend in excess of $25 million. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds took second on Friday with $5.4 million from 2,132 venues.  At this point the romantic-drama is tracking under the $20 million that has become standard for the filmmaker. I was personally expecting more from Good Deeds (especially after Perry’s much-lauded eulogy for Whitney Houston last Saturday), but it looks like the film will end its first three days with around $18 million, or the low end of recent Perry projects. Speaking of lows, the comedy Wanderlust is poised to set the nadir for a Judd Apatow-produced feature. From its launch in 2,002 locations, the Universal comedy earned just $2.2 million on Friday in eighth place, and is expected to gross around $7.5 million by Sunday – less than Drillbit Taylor, in other words. Things look even bleaker for the Summit thriller Gone, however, which debuted in ninth place with $1.7 million for a projected weekend of $5.5 million.  Full details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Act of Valor $9,000,000 $9
2 Good Deeds $5,400,000 $5.4
3 The Vow $3,300,000 $96.3
4 Journey 2 $3,200,000 $66.4
5 Safe House $3,100,000 $89.7


Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh ACT OF VALOR Interview

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The action thriller Act of Valor (opening in theaters on February 24th) tells a fictionalized account of real-life U.S. Navy SEAL operations with a group of heroic, active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in the lead roles. When a mission to rescue a kidnapped CIA operative (played by Roselyn Sanchez) unexpectedly uncovers a chilling terrorist plot on America, a team of the most elite, highly-trained warriors is dispatched on a top-secret operation, the result is a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-the-seat journey through a dangerous and unpredictable world.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to directors Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh, in both a roundtable and a 2-on-1 interview, about what led them to this unusual blend of filmmaking, how their background as stuntmen enabled them to do what was necessary to make the film, adapting the story to suit the real SEALs who would be taking on these roles, what surprised them the most about the men that they worked with, making sure that they didn’t reveal how any of the tactics are actually done, why this movie also appeals to women, and where they go from here. Check out what they had to say after the jump.


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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I can’t help but think that Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum’s The Vow is Hollywood’s way of saying, “We know you suck at planning romantic Valentine’s dates, so why not pay us to take care of that for you?”. And you know what? They’re right. I’ve already reserved a couple of tix for the pic and, just like that, I’m basically a romance deity (Note: “Romance deity” may be a slight exaggeration”).

All romantic escapades aside, this week’s “Top 5″ brings you all of our John Carter set visit coverage, a plethora of Star Wars items, a new trailer for director Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, the first trailer and poster from Jeremy Renner‘s The Bourne Legacy, and all of Super Bowl XLVI’s movie ads in one place. You can find a brief recap and link to each after the jump.


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Now that we’ve seen the Giants get the W and Madonna DJ the halftime show, it’s time to revisit the most important aspect of the Super Bowl: advertising. We saw a handful of movie trailers during the most watched television event of the year, with spots for everything from The Avengers to The Lorax to Battleship. I think it’s safe to say that The Avengers spot was far and away the best of the bunch; it was certainly the most anticipated. While many were wondering just how much of Joss Whedon’s all-star superhero pic we’d see, I think Marvel nailed the ad. It teased just enough to appease fans familiar with the comics, and highlighted the right aspects to appeal to the general moviegoing public (Iron Man and Captain America are gonna be in a movie together? Neato!). If you thought that trailer was cool, Marvel has released a full one-minute extended version of the spot with 100% more Hulk that we’ve included after the jump.

I was pleasantly surprised by Disney’s John Carter spot, but I’m still not convinced that the general audience has a handle on what the film’s about. Battleship still looks ridiculous, but selling it as the next Transformers is a wise business decision. After the jump we’ve compiled all the movie trailers that ran during the big gamel, including extended versions of the John Carter and The Avengers spots. Hit the jump to check ‘em out.

First Trailer for Real Life Navy Seal Film ACT OF VALOR

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The first trailer for Act of Valor, the action pic whose cast is made up of active duty Navy SEALs, has been released. The film started in earnest as a recruitment video for the U.S. military’s Naval Special Warfare Command until Relativity picked it up and decided to turn it into a feature film. The flick’s origin makes a lot of sense after seeing this trailer, as it plays very much like Call of Duty The Movie. There are a couple of first-person shots, lots of explosions, slow-motion, and multiple missions. I’m not exactly sure where the story fits in here, but the concept is intriguing enough and I’m interested to see what kind of film they’ve put together.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh direct from a script by Kurt Johnstad (300). Act of Valor opens February 17th, 2012. [Update: We've been sent the official poster for the film, which is now included after the jump.]

Relativity Schedules Navy Seal Movie ACT OF VALOR for February 17, 2012

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Act of Valor is a curious little picture, borne of the militaristic boom surrounding the assassination of Osama Bin Laden by Navy SEAL Team 6.  The movie features a cast of active duty Navy SEALs, and in fact began as a recruitment video for the U.S. military’s Naval Special Warfare Command.  Relativity Media has since picked it up for a multimillion dollar theatrical release, now slated for February 17, 2012, where the Seals will face off against Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, This Means War, and Arrietty.

Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh directed Act of Valor from a script by Kurt Johnstad (300).  Professional actors Emilio Rivera and Roselyn Sanchez play the foil to the real-life SEALs.  Hit the jump for quotes from the filmmakers and the official synopsis.

Relativity to Pick Up Navy SEAL Film ACT OF VALOR, Starring Cast of Active Duty SEALs [Updated with Set Photos]

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Not wanting to be left out of the sudden interest in Navy SEALs following the takedown and assassination of Osama Bin Laden by the elite special operations force, Relativity Media is close to acquiring the rights to a SEAL-centric flick called Act of Valor. Deadline reports that Relativity will pay a $13 million guarantee, with a $30 million P&A commitment to the flick, arguably the largest amount paid for a film featuring a cast made up entirely of unknowns. Scripted by Kurt Johnstad (300), the film was backed by the military and actually stars active duty Navy SEALs in the lead roles.

No word on the plot [Update: Relativity has sent out a press release providing a brief synopsis; check it out after the jump], or even if it involves the Bin Laden raid, but the film is described as “very patriotic” and “heavy on action.” Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh, from the media company The Bandito Brothers, directed Act of Valor, which has already completed production. Act of Valor is one of a few Navy SEAL-centric flicks currently in development, chief among them is director Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden. That film is expected to shoot this summer, with Columbia Pictures eying a late 2012 release. Act of Valor is slated for release either Veterans Day weekend this November or Presidents Day in February. [Update: We've updated this story with more information and set photos which you can check out after the jump.]

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