Life isn’t fair, and that should piss us the hell off. But as we grow older, we learn to accept that the world doesn’t owe us anything, and that some people get more rough breaks than others. What we should never accept is allowing unfairness to come from our own selfishness. George Tillman Jr.‘s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete puts a friendship based on mutual survival at its center as an unfair and selfish world closes in on its helpless main characters, Mister (Skylan Brooks) and Pete (Ethan Dizon). Brooks and Dizon’s tremendous performances keep Inevitable Defeat from the overwrought melodrama Tillman and screenwriter Michael Starrbury try to bring down on the picture. Unfortunately, the filmmakers end up coming off as more uncaring than the world they want to depict.
Director George Tillman Jr. (Faster) will develop and helm a biopic based on the life of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. Davis was a major force in the music world for almost fifty years and he collaborated with other jazz legends like Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Gil Evans, and Thelonious Monk. Tentatively titled Miles, the movie will be loosely based on book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis written by Davis’ eldest son, Gregory. Gregory Davis will consult on the movie, and the filmmakers will further develop Isaac Fergusson‘s original draft of the screenplay. Like pretty much every famous musician of the 20th century, Davis was heavily into drugs. However, he managed to break his addiction and influence other musicians until his death in 1991.
Hit the jump for more on the project.
Since boxing dramas are all the rage at the moment (see: The Fighter, Warrior), it’s only natural that a film be produced based on the life of Peter Buckley, dubbed the “worst boxer of all time.” Variety reports that George Tillman Jr. (Faster) will direct the inspiration indie that tells the story of Buckley, a boxer who persevered through a record of 256 losses and only 32 wins in his 300 match career. Alex Davidson is writing the screenplay and Tillman Jr. is expected to move on to this project following his next film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete that starts production this falls with Jennifer Hudson attached to star.
Dwayne Johnson is an actor who seemed destined for action-star greatness. When Arnold Schwarzenegger turns to Johnson in The Rundown and says “Have fun,” it was a passing of the torch. But that light seems to have diminished as Johnson has, much to the chagrin of his fans, chosen family fare that doesn’t really encourage the bloody mayhem someone of Johnson’s physique and charisma could deliver. As if to answer all those who were unhappy with films like The Game Plan and Tooth Fairy, in the first five minutes Faster has Johnson get out of prison, drive a badass Chevelle, and shoot a guy in the head. The film then struggles to keep the remaining 90 minutes interesting, going so far as to introduce a distracting antagonist whose only purpose is to provide brief action scenes. Weighed down further by vague notions of sin and salvation, Faster is a surprisingly joyless affair that still manages to show Johnson’s dramatic range, but replaces his charismatic grin with deep sorrow.
With Dwayne Johnson’s Faster hitting theaters next week, CBS Films has provided us with 4 clips from Johnson’s return to kicking ass. While I’m under embargo from saying too much, I don’t think they’ll mind if I tell you Faster is exactly what I hoped it’d be: a lean, violent, revenge flick that shows what Johnson can do when he’s not making family films.
What I especially like about the movie is that it never wastes time trying to give Johnson’s character too much backstory, or trying to make him out to be a saint. The movie starts with him leaving jail and almost immediately he kills someone. That’s Faster. If you’re into watching Johnson going around extracting revenge on the folks that killed his brother, you’ll like this film. Hit the jump to watch 4 clips.
While director George Tillman Jr. was incredibly busy when I got to visit the set of Faster earlier this year, towards the end of the afternoon, during some down time, we managed to get in a few questions about Dwayne Johnson’s return to kicking ass.
What I liked about Tillman Jr. was that he told us Faster reminded him of a 70′s action film (which he’s a big fan of). He told us, “I just felt like this movie was a throwback to those films in the Seventies… like with Steve McQueen.”
The other thing that made me happy was that Faster wouldn’t be filled with CGI cars and fake driving. Tillman told us, “we doin’ it all, there’s no visual effects, it’s us.” And if they didn’t get a shot they needed, “we gotta come back and get it next week. I think that’s what makes it interesting. The closest recently I think is what (Quentin) Tarantino did with Death Proof. “ Much more after the jump:
Two new images have hit this net this morning. One is from director Nimród Antal’s Predators, and the other is Dwayne Johnson in CBS Films Faster.
As I’ve previously mentioned, I did set visits on both of these films and both look cool. What’s great about Predators is 20th Century Fox gave producer Robert Rodriguez the creative freedom to make a cool movie and based on what I saw…he did just that. And regarding Faster, it’s Johnson’s return to action as he plays a guy trying to get revenge on the people that killed his brother. If you’ve been waiting to see Johnson fuck people up, you’ll be able to later this year. Hit the jump to check out the new images:
Whenever someone talks about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson around me…I always wonder why he isn’t the biggest action star on the planet. After all, he’s got everything an action star needs like the physique and charisma, but for some reason, after making the awesome movie The Rundown with director Peter Berg, he never followed it up with another kick ass action film. Instead, he worked in the family friendly genre and made The Game Plan, Race to Witch Mountain, Tooth Fairy and he did a voice in Planet 51. While that’s probably a smart long term career move, for people that want to see Dwayne Johnson kicking ass, we’ve been waiting years to see him punch someone else in the face.
Thankfully, the wait is over, as Johnson is currently filming CBS Films Faster, and it features him trying to get revenge on the four people that killed his brother. Hit the jump for more:
A couple weeks ago, we reported that Salma Hayek had dropped out George Tillman Jr.’s (Notorious) upcoming action-thriller, Faster. Tonight, Variety reports that the film has lost none of Hayek’s talent or hotness as Carla Gugino has come on board to co-star alongside Dwyane Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Moon Bloodgood, and Maggie Grace.
Faster follows an ex-con (Johnson) who is pursued by cops and killers as he attempts to avenge his brother’s death. According to Variety, “Gugino plays the detective in charge of the investigation, hot on his trail and hell-bent on connecting the killings with a decade-old case.” I had to re-read that description a couple of times because my brain kept processing it as simply “Gugino…hot…”
Update: CBS Films sent us a press release about the movie, hit the jump to read it:
I Saw You is the latest in a line of ensemble romantic comedies that attempts to reignite the magic created by Love Actually. DreamWorks bought the project from screenwriter Andrea McCloud, and it follows four separate but eventually intertwining romances sprung from real like “missed connection” Craigslist ads. George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious, Men of Honor, Soul Food) is scheduled to direct.
DreamWorks, which recently became independent, is moving back into the film production business with vigor. I Saw You joins a relatively busy production schedule that includes the workplace comedy Forever 21, Cal of the Wild, and Wife vs. Ninja. As if the titles weren’t enough of a giveaway, all are comedies.
The ensemble romcom is very difficult to pull off because it almost necessitates a lengthy run time. Unless all of your stories are equally interesting (a la Love Actually), it can be quite a painful endeavor (a la The Holiday). Honestly, missed connection ads are kind of pathetic and depressing to read, and not really the territory of the inevitably gorgeous people that will inhabit the characters in McCloud’s screenplay. However, I also acknowledge that romantic comedies operate on a “if you build it, they will come” philosophy, and the possibility of shedding tears will be enough to bring women to theaters in droves.
It’s safe to assume I Saw You will be hitting theaters sometime in 2010. [RiskyBizBlog]
Taking a break from making radio talk show hosts uncomfortable, Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to play opposite Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming action/drama (you’ll get all of the action and none of the fun!) FASTER. Thornton was most recently seen in the action/unintentional-comedy flick “Eagle Eye”. While he was also in “The Informers” which came out after “Eagle Eye”, no one saw “The Informers” so it doesn’t count. Hit the jump for details on the plot for “Faster”, a movie that doesn’t believe in crap like “names”.
I’m happy to report that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is starring in an action movie again. I really, really am. I thought that we had lost the once promising new action star to kiddie flicks (The Tooth Fairy?!), but it seems that we are going to be treated to Johnson kicking some ass again on the big screen soon. The actor is now in negotiations to star in the action drama “Faster” for director George Tillman Jr. (“Notorious”) and you can get all the details when you hit the jump.