Everyone loves a villain, especially when those villains are played by Adrien Brody (Predators) and Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian). Brody is in talks to antagonize Gerard Butler (300) in Motor City, a revenge thriller scripted by Chad St. John (The Punisher: Dirty Laundry) and directed by Albert Hughes (Fro Hell). Momoa will star in Wolves, the directorial debut of David Hayter, the writer of 2000′s X-Men. The supernatural flick has Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) going up against Momoa in a battle of werewolves (Good luck, Till). Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Thomas Jane put together one of the most fun surprises of Comic-Con. Jane recruited director Phil Joanou to make a new short based on The Punisher—titled Dirty Laundry—on the down-low and screened it at the panel for his RAW Studios. That was in a small room, so few actually saw the short. But Jane and Co. posted Dirty Laundry online for all to see, and you can now watch it after the jump. Ron Perlman also makes an appearance in the short scripted by Chad St. John and produced by Adi Shankar. Check out our recap of the panel here.
Because we desperately need more vampire movies, Warner Bros. has just acquired a new vampire project called Blood Wars. The film is described as a “radical reinvention” of the vampire mythology we’ve come to know. The story takes place in a world run by vampires, where humans act as the creatures’ slaves. The Wrap reports that Blood Wars will focus on a group of humans who lead an uprising in hopes of toppling the vast vampire-run world. It’s like if dogs decided they wanted to overthrow humans; they’d totally have a chance of winning. The script is being written by Dalan Musson, based on a story by Chad St. John and Blacklight Transmedia.
Warner Bros. will take a crack at developing the classic arcade game Spy Hunter into a movie. Launched by Midway in 1983, the game is about a spy in a car who shoots guns at spies in other cars. Warner Bros. acquired Midway last year and Heat Vision Blog reports that Chad St. John to write the script. St. John is also working on an adaptation of the comic series Sgt. Rock, which is also set up at Warner Bros with Joel Silver producing.
If an adaptation of Spy Hunter sounds familiar, it’s because the movie has been in development hell for years. The film was originally set up at Universal with John Woo to direct and Dwayne Johnson to star (although he did star in the video game Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run, which was intended to be a tie-in to the movie, but ended up as a stand-alone title). That fell apart because of budgetary reasons, which is absurd because it’s about a guy in a car who shoots at people in other cars. How many fucking white doves did Woo require? After that, the project passed on to Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) but it also stalled. Anderson got his shooty-car movie when he went on and directed the remake of Death Race.
I know the mythos is layered and complex and it’s not a problem that most people have never heard of the series because guy in car shooting at other guy in car is something that only works if you attach the name Spy Hunter to it. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Paramount Pictures is hoping to set up a Western-genre tentpole flick with The Further Adventures of Doc Holliday, a spec script they just picked up from Chad St. John. Unfortunately, nothing is known about the film beyond Variety saying it’s “described as a history-based action adventure tale in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean.” I’m glad they specified that really successful flick because I was worried they were going to make a film in the vein of Cutthroat Island. St. John is attached to a number of Warner Bros. films including Sgt. Rock, Motor City, Outland, and The Days Before, which landed at #10 on this year’s Black List (an annual ranking of the best un-produced screenplays in Hollywood).
Holliday is a well-known figure of Western lore from his friendship with Wyatt Earp to his role in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral to dying from tuberculosis. That last one may not be listed by some as an accomplishment, but the point is he’s one of the legends of the “Wild West” and I can get behind any project that wants to do for westerns what Pirates of the Caribbean did for pirate movies.
Director Michael Davis and The Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari are planning a remake of Outland, the 1981 sci-fi Sean Connery action flick. The script will be written by Chad St. John, who wrote the WB’s “The Days Before”. Outland was basically High Noon in space, and its one of the more unlikely films to get a remake, which I must say is to its credit. Seeing as Shoot ‘Em Up was one of the best times I have had at the movies in years, I cant be anything but excited. Synopsis and more after the jump.