Producer Basil Iwanyk Talks JOHN WICK, Script Changes, Keanu Reeves, GODS OF EGYPT, SICARIO, CIVILIAN, SPLINTER CELL, and More

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As I’ve said again and again, I absolutely loved John Wick.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and  David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film.  For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage.

At the New York City press day I landed an exclusive video interview with producer Basil Iwanyk.  He talked about how the project came together, how the script changed, casting Keanu Reeves, how Leitch and Stahelski came on board to direct their first movie, the role of a producer, shooting in NYC, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, Civilian with Jackie Chan which he calls “Die Hard in a weapons convention,” the status of the Splinter Cell movie, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jon Bernthal Talks FURY, the Physical Rigors of Filming, Getting Punched in the Nose, Actually Drinking if the Scene Called for it, SICARIO, and More

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Fury, written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), is a highly intense, very real and extremely personal look at war and the family that can get you through it.  It’s April 1945 and army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and its five-man crew.  Outnumbered and outgunned, the men face overwhelming odds in their attempts to strike back at Nazi Germany.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs.

At the film’s press day, actor Jon Bernthal (who gives a great but disturbing performance as tank loader Grady Travis) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about not shying away from the physical rigors of the film, how this immersive experience changed him, following filmmaker David Ayer down a path where the goal is darkness and despair, sparring on set every day, which included getting punched in the nose by his director on day one, and doing what was required of him, as the character.  He also talked about his experience on the Denis Villeneuve film Sicario, and why the script and director are the most important things to him, when looking for his next project.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Josh Brolin in Talks to Join Emily Blunt in Denis Villeneuve’s SICARIO

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Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve continues to put together the cast for his next film, Sicario.  The pic already has Emily Blunt set in the lead as an officer from Tuscon who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries in order to track down a drug lord, and now Variety reports that Josh Brolin is in talks to co-star.  The nature of Brolin’s role is unspecified, but the cast also includes Benicio Del Toro and the recently added Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead).  Brolin will be seen later this year in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated Inherent Vice, and he most recently wrapped the survival drama Everest.

Hit the jump for more on Sicario and Villeneuve’s follow-up project.

Rhys Ifans in Talks for ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2; Katie Holmes Joins WOMAN IN GOLD; Rodrigo Santoro to Lead DOMINION; INSURGENT Adds Two

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We’ve got a number of casting announcements to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) will join Johnny Depp in the Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass.
  • Katie Holmes has signed on to star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in the Holocaust drama The Woman in Gold.
  • Rodrigo Santoro (300) has joined Dominion, a film about the last day of poet Dylan Thomas’ life.
  • The currently-filming Divergent sequel Insurgent has added Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks) and Suki Waterhouse (Pusher).
  • The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal has Emily Blunt in the cast of Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming film Sicario.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Emily Blunt to Star in PRISONERS Director Denis Villeneuve’s Next Film SICARIO

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Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is a busy guy.  Last fall saw the release of his Hugh Jackman thriller Prisoners, his head-scratching/terrifying Enemy with Jake Gyllenhaal is in theaters now, and this morning we learned that he’ll be teaming up with Amy Adams on sci-fi thriller called Story of Your Life.  However, before he delves into sci-fi, he’ll first direct a thriller called Sicario starring Emily Blunt.  Variety reports that Blunt will lead the pic as an officer from Tuscon who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries in order to track down a drug lord.  That’s a promising premise with Villeneuve attached to direct, but what’s most exciting about the project is that it’s a female-led thriller with an incredibly talented actress in the lead role.

Hit the jump for more on Villeneuve’s next project and why it’s an admirable choice for the director.

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