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Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips Seek Reunion on ‘Mack Bolan,’ Johnny Depp to Be One of Kevin Smith’s ‘Yoga Hosers’ & More

Written by on August 20, 2014 


If results like the Hangover sequels can’t separate Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper, perhaps nothing will. In the wake of films you’d fully forgotten until I just mentioned them, the director-actor pairing are looking to use their newly formed production company, in conjunction with WB, to launch a trilogy based on Don Pendleton‘s action-adventure series Mack Bolan. Early days though it may be, things are lining up for Cooper to lead and Phillips to helm — which, given the whole “director-actor pairing” label… well, you know — while Shane Salerno (Avatar 4, Savages) has boarded for scripting and directing duties. [Deadline]

The novelist-cum-scribe has stated the intention to craft a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world, PG-13 action-drama film series,” more than likely updating the story of a Vietnam-era Green Beret for our War on Terror age. With Phillips slated to next direct Arms and the Dudes — good God, how did it take him this long to direct something with the word “dudes” in the title? — the first installment may have to wait a few years.

Johnny DeppIn less-appealing news of the same sort, THR inform us Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp will partner on Yoga Hosers, a comic-inspired action picture that sees the writer-director reteam with essentially the entirety of his Tusk cast. (To say nothing of the new star supposedly having a cameo in that upcoming horror film.) Their own daughters, Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith, will star as “15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed.” When their invitation to a party full of seniors is threatened by “an ancient evil [that] rises from beneath Canada’s crust,” the eponymous Hosers “join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp).”

About those supporting players: returning from Smith‘s yet-to-be-released feature are Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Ralph Garman, Harley Morenstein, and Genesis Rodriguez. Tony Hale, Jason Mewes, Adam Brody, Natasha Lyonne, and Tyler Posey will also co-star.

Production begins next week, with SModcast Pictures, StarStream Entertainment, Invincible Pictures, and Abolitta Productions financing and producing.

mark-wahlberg-premiere-lone-survivor-01Deadline have word that, not so long after J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, All Is Lost) stepped into the director’s chair, Mark Wahlberg has entered talks to headline. A recent draft scripted by Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) follows a New York Times article, “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours,” while the picture in question will center on “the No. 2 manager on the doomed oil rig in the story about what happened behind-the-scenes in the 48 hours leading up to and the day of the disaster.” From there we see “stories not known to the general public,” likely with the same force and terror of his recent Redford-starrer.

Chandor is expected to roll cameras next spring or summer; Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and Participant Media are behind the endeavor.

christian-bale-premiere-2013Finally, Andy Serkis‘s Jungle Book: Origins has added a bevy of big names, including two that make for an I’m Not There reunion. With regard to actors and roles: Christian Bale (“Bagheera, a fearsome panther”), Cate Blanchett (“Kaa, a sinister python who is also a friend to Mowgli”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“killer tiger Shere Khan”), Peter Mullan (“Akela, the leader of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli”), Naomie Harris (“the female wolf Nisha”), Eddie Marsan (“Nisha’s mate, Vihaan”) Tom Hollander (“Tabaqui, the jackal who is an underling of Shere Khan”) and Rohan Chand (the lead role of Mowgli) will lead the project, with Serkis (Baloo the bear) also taking part in the action.

Serkis‘s film matches Jon Favreau‘s own adaptation of the classic Kipling text in its production model, incorporation CGI and live-action work. Warner Bros., thinking two Jungle Book films are necessary, will release Origins on October 21, 2016.

Which of the projects noted above are you anticipating the most? Does any casting bit catch your eye?

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