Arash Amel

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Back in the early 2000s, around the time when Pitch Black, The Fast and the Furious, and xXx all came out one after another, there was a lot of talk about how Vin Diesel was the first big name who was going to usher in a new generation of action stars and action movies. The plan didn’t quite end up panning out that way though. Though Pitch Black managed to spawn one sequel, and the Fast and Furious franchise kept limping along with diminishing returns, the action genre all but died in the 2000s, and before you knew it guys who were supposed to be the next generation of action stars like Diesel and Dwayne Johnson started making emasculating family comedies like The Pacifier. These were dark times for fans of blood and bullets. Things have seemed to change ever since Diesel and Johnson came face to face in Fast Five and made that movie a runaway hit though. With all of the action projects and sequels to earlier works Diesel now has on his plate, it almost feels like that prophesy of a new generation of action heroes is finally coming true, albeit a decade later than anyone anticipated. Well, the true test as to whether or not the market is once again friendly to action fare could be coming soon, because Heat Vision is reporting that Diesel is now looking to launch a brand new franchise—you know, from an original film that isn’t a sequel, remake, or adaptation […]

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In some “oh, wow, I totally forgot they were casting that” news, Variety reports that Nicole Kidman has “beaten out some stiff competition” to grab the role of Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco. That actress is currently in negotiations for the role in Olivier Dahan‘s film, which comes complete with a Black List script from Arash Amel. We’ve know about the project since October, when The Hollywood Reporter said that the film “sets Kelly’s personal story amid the politics of the time, in the vein of The King’s Speech.” The film will focus on Kelly’s life six years into her marriage to Prince Rainier III (and thus, six years into her princess-hood) and is set between December 1961 and November 1962. That is certainly a compelling time frame in Kelly’s life, marking her adjustment period to royalty and including the very young childhoods of two of her three kids.

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The news that Warner Bros. has just made deals with Akiva Goldsman and Overbrook Entertainment to bring us an I Am Legend sequel is not surprising (as it’s been chattered about for years now), but it does somewhat confoundingly smack of an article from The Onion yesterday. That article, titled “Moviegoers Not Interested In Hearing What Is, Isn’t Possible, Demand Heath Ledger ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Appearance” might focus on the impossibility of bringing back the deceased Ledger for The Dark Knight Rises, but it does remind of the impossibility of bringing back the central character of I Am Legend: Will Smith‘s Robert Neville, who (spoiler alert?) crocked off at the end of the first film. But no matter in Hollywoodland! Though a second film has been talked about ever since the first film did big business at the box office (making $584m worldwide), it was long thought that the new film would be a prequel, but today’s report from Deadline Staten Island refutes that: “the film is not being called a prequel.” Well, alrighty! Maybe if they can bring back Neville, they can bring back his charming German Shepard, too. The new film is set to be penned by Arash Amel (the scribe behind the new Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco). Smith is reportedly waiting until the script is ready before he commits, and director Francis Lawrence has yet to weigh in on his potential involvement.

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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.21.2014
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