You know a studio is coming into their own when they start to think sequel months before a film’s release. Summit (a member of the rapidly growing Lionsgate group) is doing just that in regards to the Bruce Willis-led Red franchise which has him pairing with other retired CIA types. The first film has proven to show that the action-comic blend really works quite well, making this an episodic series people would undoubtedly like to revisit. As for why this is in our crosshairs today, the studio has apparently rehired Jon and Erich Hoeber to draft the script for round three.
Expect a release as early as February 2015 as production is being set up for winter. No director or cast members have signed on just yet. Red 2 hits theaters on July 19 although that could change as it shares a date with another action-comedy, R.I.P.D. which was coincidentally directed by the same guy who helmed the first Red movie.
After the last Die Hard movie hit North American theaters DOA back in February, not much was expected to get done on the franchise’s sixth outing anytime soon. Fortunately for fans of the series (and Bruce Willis’ John McClane,) a healthy international box office supported the pic to the tune of $302 million worldwide. That led Fox to accelerate their time table as opposed to slow it down and now we have our first plot details.
According to TotalFilm, newbie screenwriter Ben Trebilcook is working on the first draft right now under the tentative title Die Hardest. His take on the whole thing is very interesting in that he is comparing it to what Rocky Balboa was for the Rocky franchise. In other words, he understands some remodeling needs to be done.
“It is extremely faithful to the franchise and characters, and is a natural progression. It’s also a very plausible storyline.”
Of course, the negative here is this will be another McClane travels pic. This time he will be headed to Tokyo–a move done to cater to that overseas box office which seems to support the property even as it backs into retirement. All this is said as things still remain in the early stages, so things could conceivably change especially if other Tokyo-set pics (like The Wolverine) bomb hard with theatergoers.
In recent days, we received quite a few character posters for Red 2 (the most recently one has Anthony Hopkins front and center,) but today there is an actual trailer to look at–the second one for that matter. It is more of the same stuff as Bruce Willis and John Malkovich are back in the saddle for more spy comedy fun releasing July 19.
Red 2 has the daunting task of opening side-by-side with Universal’s R.I.P.D. in three months’ time (something I still do not think will happen as one might delay themselves out of contention,) so the marketing machine is hard at work. There is a pair of character posters with Bruce Willis and John Malkovich to look at today, thus the mention. The film hits July 19 and the trailer link is here for those who missed it.
It looks like marketing is hitting a fever pitch for G.I. Joe: Retaliation one week out from release. Today’s entries in the category for Jon M. Chu’s sequel feature a very short teaser promo for ‘The Cobra Revolution’ as well as a pretty decent international poster with Bruce Willis front and center. Expect to hear a lot more on the film in the coming weeks as Paramount does not want to see their year-long delay prove worthless as they will look to reboot a franchise many previously wrote off as dead in the water. Continue Reading
Alas, the first clip has arrived for Dwayne Johnson’s second movie of 2013, G.I. Joe: Retaliation. There really is not much to see here, for that I apologize, but it is worth pointing out because Paramount is not afraid to screen dialogue-heavy scenes before the film releases. This means the effort is not too atrocious, and while many point to early screenings last year as an indicator of the film’s overall quality, maybe…just maybe the studio salvaged Jon M. Chu’s sequel to Rise of Cobra. Either way, we will find out probably as early as three weeks from now when the review embargo is lifted. Stay tuned for more clips throughout the month of March. Continue Reading
That could have been embarrassing. A Good Day to Die Hard did manage to edge out Identity Thief for a victory this weekend. The pic found $25 million added to the $8.2 million Valentine’s Day haul bringing its line to $33.2 million going into President’s Day. This is not exactly catastrophic (especially considering the foreign box office will be big,) but it is still far from great as the film cost Fox $90 million to produce. That’s more than Jack Reacher which is the last major actioner to hit the silver screen. While that offering made a big pile of money ($200 million globally,) Die Hard 5 might find it harder to make a profit because of its $90 million+ budget. Continue Reading
Bruce Willis took to Jimmy Fallon last night to celebrate the release of A Good Day to Die Hard. The movie has not exactly had the best luck with reviewers, but it is still a Die Hard film and it still has Bruce Willis which is why it will probably make more money this weekend than it should. An appearance on Fallon is meant to drum up some buzz for the picture although it might just cater to our own selfish need to see its action star once more. Mission accomplished, but it might be a bit disappointing to some as Willis appears to have been stuck in his shell somewhat unlike what we see when the actor visits Letterman. Perhaps it is the idea that Jimmy was so unbelievably pumped to see the actor’s latest movie which he knew wasn’t his best effort. Hit the jump for the footage. Continue Reading
Want another clip for A Good Day to Die Hard? No problem. Here is one featuring John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his CIA agent son (Jai Courtney) taking fire from a helicopter. Their only escape? A plate glass window! While this could definitely be considered what many action fans would describe as ‘cool,’ it is a little disheartening to see Fox releasing nothing but action clips which undoubtedly constitute the best parts of the movie. Because we are yet to see dialogue, there is some sentiment that the story could be weak in that regard thus resulting in a mediocre film. The fact that reviews are yet to surface only furthers this notion. Nonetheless, it is fully expected the movie will bank north of $40 million this coming weekend as this does happen to be a Die Hard film. Continue Reading
A Good Day to Die Hard hits theaters on Thursday night, thus the non-stop promotion for the pic that ramps up now. Fox wants a $40 million+ weekend for this one and they just might get it thanks in part to the extended debut Valentine’s Day supplies. Our first look at the film this weekend begins with a clip we already saw, but it now has color commentary after the fact courtesy Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney. The two talk about using ear plugs during filming and apparently that has been an issue for the franchise in the past as Bruce no longer has hearing out of his left ear. He will explain that and more after the jump. Continue Reading
With the long-awaited sequel to Red finally showing up on movie-goers scanners last month through the trailer reveal, there seems to be a bit of excitement for a popcorn movie that could do no harm in the month of August. The cast is back together which includes a gun-toting Helen Mirren and a maniacal John Malkovich with Bruce Willis as the glue, and today we mention it once more because a new poster has come out featuring the tagline: “The Best Never Rest.” Cute, right? Hit the jump for the view. Continue Reading
Check out the latest and greatest featurette for A Good Day to Die Hard. Now about a week and a half out from release, Fox wants to make sure you remember all the good times you have had with John McClane through the years when making your decision whether or not to see the pic. When you put it that way, bad CGI and the prospects of seeing a movie from mediocre director John Moore does not seem like as big a barrier to see this actioner after all. Continue Reading
Want another Good Day to Die Hard clip before you plow down $10 Valentine’s Day evening? No worries. There is a brand new clip out today with Bruce Willis’ John McClane and his son Jack (Jai Courtney) to keep you satisfied until the fifth film in the series hits theaters. Directing the franchise this time around was Max Payne helmer John Moore. Continue Reading
In the next Die Hard movie, John McClane (Bruce Willis) will be visiting Moscow in order to stop a nuclear weapons heist with his CIA agent son (Jai Courtney,) that much we knew. The question going into release though has been whether or not a Russian platform would work for this franchise, but now we have our first real taste of the goods as a clip has been released showing part of an elaborate car chase sequence. During the scene, McClane reminds us why we like Die Hard as he hijacks a vehicle and jumps off a bridge with it. Enjoy. Continue Reading
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is turning into quite the production to the point where our pessimistic attitude has turned to unbridled optimism. Earlier this month, we heard that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be joining the cast as an entirely new character, and now it has become clear that Bruce Willis will be returning for a second round thus establishing our first Looper reunion. The update today comes from MTV News who landed an interview with Robert Rodriguez although he was less than forthcoming on the capacity. He did however elaborate at some length on the gambler story headlined by JGL which sounds pretty fantastic. Hit the jump for the Q&A via MTV for more details. Continue Reading