Early in his career, Owen Wilson flirted with a few action-oriented pics like Behind Enemy Lines, Shanghai Noon, and I Spy. Now it appears the actor fancies a return to the genre, as it was announced today that Wilson will star in the action drama The Coup. The tone of the film is described as being akin to Taken (as is every other action drama in development these days), and centers on an American family that moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves “embroiled in a violent coup where rebels mercilessly attack the city.” Hit the jump for more.
Director David Gordon Green’s remake of the 1977 horror film Suspiria is finally set to get underway later this year. The Pineapple Express director has been talking about the project for years now, with a previous start date planned for 2010 after he finished Your Highness. Obviously that didn’t happen, and Green instead chose to shoot the comedy The Sitter with Jonah Hill. Now Crime Scene Pictures announced today that they will produce and finance Suspiria, with filming set to begin in September.
Dario Argento’s original Suspiria centered on a young America student who travels to Europe to attend a world renowned school, but after a fellow student is brutally murdered and other ominous homicides occur, she begins to suspect that the school is a front for something much more sinister. Argento’s iteration took place at a dance academy, but it’s unknown if Green will be keeping that aspect of the pic. The press release notes that Green will “brilliantly update the world,” so make of that what you will. Casting is currently underway for the lead role of Suzie. Hit the jump to read the press release and to watch the truly terrifying trailer for the original film.
Director Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) has signed on to helm the Coen Brothers-penned remake of the 1966 British caper comedy Gambit. According to Deadline, the project has finally found funding from upstart company Crime Scene Pictures, and is planning to begin shooting in London in May. Casting is expected to begin shortly.
The original film starred Michael Caine as cat burglar who tries to rob a billionaire of his priceless statue and enlists the help of a waitress (Shirley MacLaine) who is a dead ringer for the victim’s late wife. While the burglar has carefully planned the job in his head, the execution is complicated by his relationship with his pretty accomplice.