It’s a pairing made in both heaven and hell. As a press release from Stealth Media Group reports, Nicolas Cage and Mickey Rourke — “his career should have crashed” and “his career will crash over and over again” — are planning to collaborate on Marble City, a revenge picture succinctly described as “Kill Bill meets Drive.” That’s all well and good, but a better way to describe it would be, in terms of plot, “a journey of a newly released prisoner who seeks revenge on those that put him inside.”
Director Ryûhei Kitamura (Midnight Mean Train) — who sees it as “the story of a man who finds his inner peace through vengeance” — will work from the Thomas Sjölund-penned screenplay, while Cage and Rourke will go head-to-head in a battle of overacting that’s sure to ultimately underwhelm our socks into a slight breeze. Well, okay, it’s possible I’m being a little unfair here, but you have to excuse my mild-to-non-existent enthusiasm for two slightly washed-up actors getting together for the director of that movie where Vinnie Jones smashes Ted Raimi‘s head in (even if that is a slightly amazing scene). I expect this one plays better on Cinemax.
Read the full thing below (via ComingSoon):
“Stealth Media Group announced today that Nicolas Cage and Mickey Rourke are in talks to star in director Ryuhei Kitamura’s Marble City. The announcement was made by Jason Piette, Managing Director of Stealth Media Group LA office. Polaris Pictures’ Producer Jeremy Wall will co-finance the film along with Premiere Pictures. Mike Nilon, Nicolas Cage’s manager, is also Producing.
“Ryuhei is the electric kind of filmmaker that Stealth Media is proud to be in business with,” said Piette. “His vision of action filmmaking is truly unique as seen in ‘Azumi’ and we look forward to bringing a high octane smart action picture to the market that targets the critical young male demographic.”
Marble City takes us on a journey of a newly released prisoner who seeks revenge on those that put him inside. It is the story of a man who finds his inner peace through vengeance.
Jeremy Wall said, “the film is a high action and close combat fighting picture. We will bring a dynamic flair to the screen with this director and story. We are delighted to be attracting the highest caliber of actor in the business to work with us in this venture, namely Oscar winning actor Nicolas Cage and Oscar winning actor Mickey Rourke – let the battle begin.”
Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train) said, “This is ‘Kill Bill’ meets ‘Drive.’ The movie is a story of one man’s journey of vengeance on a road filled with rage, bullets and ultra-violence. He needs to go through the darkest places to reach the light in a classic story of revenge, redemption and salvation. I’m fully loaded with an incredible dream cast, great script and complete backing from my producers. Together we’ll take action noir to the next level!”
Marble City was written by Tom Sjolund. The film is scheduled to go into production in early August.”
(Fun fact: Nicolas Cage was once in line to play Randy “The Ram” Robinson in The Wrestler, until he conceded the role to his friend, Mickey Rourke. And, now, here they both are.)
News of a second assemblage comes from Deadline, who report that Kate Beckinsale, Nick Nolte, and James Cromwell are already working on a film, The Trials of Cate McCall, from writer-director Karen Moncrieff; Sunrise and Pitbull Pictures have elected to produce.
A story of motherhood, substance abuse, corruption, and beating the system, Cate McCall revolves around “a former hotshot prosecutor (Beckinsale) who threw her career away when she became an addict.” In an attempt to get back her daughter, the titular hero decides to aid a woman wrongly convicted of committing murder — but, naturally, a lot of obstacles will stand in her way. You know Nolte‘s going to cause trouble!
Does either film bear any promise to yourself?