The sudden passing of director David R. Ellis came as quite a shock, but it looks as though his final unfinished project will still come to fruition. Ralph Ziman has come on to take over as the director on Ellis’ remake of the 1998 Japanese anime Kite, which was gearing up to begin production before Ellis passed away. The story centers on a young girl whose parents are murdered in a gruesome double homicide and is taken in by two corrupt detectives who train her as an assassin. Samuel L. Jackson is still set to star, and it was announced this weekend that India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four) have now joined the cast.
Eisley will be playing the young girl at the center of the story, Sawa, and McAuliffe is set to play Oburi, a childhood friend of Sawa’s who sets out to save her life but also may harbor some dark secrets. Filming is set to begin in South Africa later this month.
I’m tired of these mothafuckin’ reboots of these mothafuckin’ animes! Well, not really. But when Samuel L. Jackson and David R. Ellis (the director of Snakes on a Plane) are reportedly reuniting on a project, it’s a known fact that you have to work that line in somewhere. Jackson is now set to star in Ellis’ live-action adaptation of the 1998 Japanese anime, Kite. The project centers on a young girl whose parents are murdered in a gruesome double homicide and is taken in by two corrupt detectives who train her as an assassin. Hit the jump for more.
David R. Ellis, who has made a career out of making ridiculous movies (Snakes on a Plane and Shark Night 3D), has been set to direct the live-action remake of the Japanese anime Kite, per Variety. The original film, released in 1998, centers on a young girl who sets out to track down the killer of her father, who was a cop. The characters occupy a post-financial collapse failed state where corrupt security traffics young women for profit. I can’t really envision Ellis taking on such straight gritty material, but then again he may be putting his own spin on things. Anant Singh and Brian Cox are producing through their Distant Horizon banner. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the original film.
It’s been a busy day for movie posters as we’ve already brought you new sheets from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Real Steel, and Green with Envy just to name a few. Now, we’ve got a few more promos to add to the pile thanks to the release of the first posters from Shark Night 3D and The Descendants. Neither sheet does anything particularly exciting as each seems content in reminding moviegoers that Shark Night 3D has sharks (and bikinis) and that Oscar-winner Alexander Payne’s (Sideways) The Descendants has, well, George Clooney.
For those unaware, David R. Ellis’ (Snakes on a Plane) Shark Night 3D stars Sara Paxton, Chris Zylka, and Joel David Moore, and features a group of college friends whose weekend getaway quickly turns sour after an uninvited school of sharks show up. The film hits theaters on September 14th. On the other hand, Payne’s The Descendants is the tale of an indifferent husband (Clooney) who is forced to reevaluate his life after his wife is involved in a boating accident. Fox Searchlight is currently eyeing a December 16th release for the film which promises to be an awards-season contender. Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
Relativity Media has sent over the first image from Shark Night 3D, and it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a movie called Shark Night 3D: it features a good-looking girl, in a bikini, trapped in a shark cage, staring at a shark. Capitalizing on the success of Piranha 3D, this film is directed by Snakes on a Plane helmer David R. Ellis and centers on a group of college students who just want to spend a fun weekend partying at a lakehouse, but instead end up tormented by sharks. In freshwater.
The cast includes Sara Paxton (Last House on the Left), Dustin Milligan (Slither), Chris Carmack (TV’s The O.C.), Joel David Moore (Avatar) and Katharine McPhee (The House Bunny). Hit the jump to check out the image. Shark Night 3D hits theaters on September 2nd, 2011.
Relativity Media has just obtained the rights to child-actor turned stuntman turned director David R. Ellis’ new untitled 3D shark thriller. THR is reporting that Relativity Media is planning a wide release for the shark thriller which should hit theaters sometime next year. The movie, which is being produced by Sierra Pictures and Incentive Filmed Entertainment, has a large cast including Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls and Chris Zylka. The plot has seven college friends spending the weekend at a lake house on the Louisiana gulf where they find out that theres much more than shrimp in these waters.
The screenplay was penned by first timer film writers Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes and is being produced by Chris Briggs and Mike Fleiss under their NextFilms banner and Lynette Howell of Silverwood Films. Ellis’ previous films include the underwhelming The Final Destination and Cellular. The film is already in post production so expect an official release date soon.
A couple of days ago we reported the news that director David R. Ellis (The Final Destination, Snakes on a Plane) was getting ready to helm The Genesis Code starring Hayden Christensen. However, Variety is now reporting the director has lined up another film called Shark Night. The 3D thriller will be written by Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes and will “revolve around a group of college friends at a lake, only to discover that danger lurks beneath its waters.” It’s still unclear if The Genesis Code or the more awesome sounding Shark Night 3D will come next for Ellis.
Hayden Christensen has agreed to star in director David R. Ellis’ (Snakes on a Plane, The Final Destination) upcoming thriller The Genesis Code, based on the novel by the same name written by John Case. Here’s the synopsis:
The story follows a former national security expert, played by Christensen, who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her young son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross may be involved. With the help of his sister’s friend Ana, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted – successfully. The results are so threatening to the foundation of the Church that they will do anything to keep it from being revealed.
The film’s screenplay is written by Kevin Bernhardt. Myriad Pictures, who will co-produce the film, owns all rights worldwide, will be selling the film at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes. You can read the press release after the jump:
After Final Destination 3, the return of David R. Ellis to the director’s chair seemed like a welcome relief for The Final Destination, the fourth entry in the Final Destination franchise. James Wong directed the first and third, but Ellis directed the second, and it took a clever premise and turned what was once a moody dead teenager movie into a gore-comedy franchise. With an expertly directed opening car crash, the second film took special glee in killing its cast off in elaborate ways, and changed the tone into something resembling a comedy. Bobby Campo stars with Shantel VanSanten and Mykelti Williamson as accident survivors trying to beat death’s design in this effort, and the review of The Final Destination is after the jump.