What was set to be a reunion between Samuel L. Jackson and his Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis was sadly halted when Ellis suddenly passed away during pre-production on the film, a live-action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu‘s Japanese anime Kite. But things are still pushing forward, as a replacement has been found and a cast confirmed.
Jackson is still on board to star in the project, while South African director Ralph Ziman has taken over helming duties, according to a press release. Joining Jackson will be two major upcoming stars, Maleficent and Underworld: Awakening actress India Eisley, as well as Flipped and The Great Gatsby‘s Callan McAuliffe.
Following closely to the original, the story tracks a young woman (Eisley) living in a failed state, post-financial collapse, where the corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. Her father, a police officer, is killed, and she decides to find his murderer with his ex-partner (Jackson), who is actually the killer. Check out a trailer for Ziman’s last film below, the 2008 crime drama Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema, as we await will clearly be his biggest undertaking yet.
Have you seen any of Ziman’s previous works? Are you fans of the added cast?
Since any New York City cinephile has an almost suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not [...]
One of the most highly anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festivals was unveiled this morning to a divisive response, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. As we said in our review, “set amidst an underground Muay Thai boxing club and glowing with hellish red lights from countless brothels, the mood and style is more [...]
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