BRONSON is the evolutionary journey of Mickey Peterson into Britain’s most notorious and dangerous living prisoner CHARLES BRONSON. Originally sentenced to 7 years in prison for burglary, Charles Bronson has been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. Charlie has forged an outrageous reputation through violence, hostage taking and rooftop protests to become a notorious figure in the British public’s consciousness.
A few weeks back we reported that Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures had joined forces with Studio Canal to build a new franchise with a out of Escape From New York. Apparently The goal is to turn it into a trilogy, starting with an origin story in a fashion similar to the way Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes restarted that franchise.
Which of course doesn’t sound like the greatest idea. Back when a different version of this remake was in development at New Line with producer Neil Moritz and The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner attached, names like Gerard Butler, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hardy were bandied about to play Plissken. Now, according to the highly dubious Daily News, Hardy is still in the running. Along with Jason Statham.
A source touted as being “close to the producers” says that Statham has the physical build and “proven track record of a leading man.” I’m not sure where that comment comes from since neither of Statham’s last two starring vehicles (Safe, Parker) made much money. And not to get too fan-wanky – but he’s just not right for the part. Sure, Snake Plissken was Kurt Russell dialing his charm down a bit, but there was still something fun about the character internally. Anyway there’s a good chance there’s not one iota of truth to this.
I mean, I guess I’d prefer Tom Hardy since he’s “better” for the part. But we’re talking about a movie that probably shouldn’t exist either way, really.
With the July 20th release date for The Dark Knight Rises looming, fans are chomping at the bits for anything they can get their grubby little paws on. Now, Empire Online has the entire soundtrack available for streaming right here, giving fans the opportunity to hear what the film is all about. Composed solely by Hans Zimmer, the 15-track soundtrack is full of brooding, dark, percussive melodies that only accentuate the serious and intense tone that we’ve come to know and love from the series. None of the track titles really give anything away, but it’s still interesting enough for a listen.
Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, and Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. READ MORE
Screentesting is about to get underway for Twentieth Century Fox’s macabre 3D Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel (he also wrote the script) that will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Timur, Tim Burton, and Jim Lemley. The studio has set a June 22, 2012 release for the film and has been focused on casting since November. Deadline has list of actors who’ll be screentesting for the role of young Abe Lincoln this week and next…. wait for it, and GO: Benjamin Walker (basically an unknown), James D’Arcy (Exorcist: The Beginning, An American Haunting, Rise), Adrien Brody (Giallo, Predators, King Kong), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven), Josh Lucas (American Psycho, Tell-Tale), and Timothy Olyphant (The Crazies, Perfect Getaway). If these were your only options, who would you cast?
The news breaks earlier and earlier these days, which is why the following should be taken with a thick grain of salt: TheWrap is reporting that Australian actor Eric Bana is circling the title role in 20th Century Fox’s big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. While Bana hasn’t landed the coveted role yet, he’s scheduled to meet with director Timur Bekmambetov soon. The epistolary-style book is written as a biography of Lincoln based on “secret diaries” he kept that were given to the author by a vampire named Henry Sturges, who saved Lincoln’s life when he battled a vampire as a teenager. The two develop a friendship and Sturges teaches Lincoln how to hunt and kill vampires. Tim Burton is producing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012. What do you guys think of this potential casting?
Bloody Disgusting learned today that Tom Hardy has been offered the role of “Henry Sturgess” in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Hardy recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s Inception and also captured the vicious role of Nicolas Winding Refn’s remarkable Bronson. He was one of Variety’s Top Ten Actors to watch in 2009. In Seth Grahame-Smith’s historical horror spin, when Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the “milk sickness.” Only later did he learn that his mother’s deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect a debt owed by Lincoln’s father. When Abe learned the truth, he vowed revenge and kept one passion hidden throughout his life: the brutal elimination of all vampires. Twentieth Century Fox is aiming at a June 22, 2012 release for the Tim Burton produced horror adventure.