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The new remake from Brazilian director José Padilha is rated PG-13, cutting down on the extremely graphic content that was so crucial to the first film. It was a controversial choice made by the filmmaker, but one that star Joel Kinnaman wholeheartedly defended when I had the chance to speak with him a couple weeks back at a RoboCop press event held in Los Angeles.
It would seem that director Daniel Espinosa sees Joel Kinnaman as a kind of good luck charm. After all, their first collaboration, Snabba Cash, is what earned both of them international recognition and launched both of their careers in America.
For All Nighter, Kinnaman will play a chauffeur who witnesses a murder and soon becomes the target of a crime boss. As his father, Neeson will play an aging hitman whose former boss is the one going after his son, and Neeson must fight to protect the son and his family. You’d have thought after the Taken films that people would get it into their heads that you can’t mess with Liam Neeson’s fictional families
When it comes to casting biopics you can either go for similarities in appearance or you can go for acting talent so good that it would negate any aesthetic difference. If the following story is true than Bill Condon's upcoming movie about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has magically found an actor who has both.
When photos emerged the other day from the Toronto set of Sony's RoboCop remake, a lot of fans were disappointed to see the all-black, somewhat generic look of Joel Kinnaman's costume. It was an update form the 1987 original, sure, but also way too similar to typical superhero costumes
Will any of these people actually wind up in the cast? There's really no telling, since even if The Tracking Board has their story right, all of these actors seem so tentatively connected that anything could change. Penn, especially, tends to be incredibly picky in choosing his roles
Peter Weller had a pretty remarkable death scene in the beginning of RoboCop, but the truth is that for most of that movie he is pretty faceless. His cyborg helmet had the Batman effect of covering everything but his lower jaw, which, let's be honest, isn't even recognizable on your own best friends. It's not a bad thing, but apparently it is something that's going to change for the remake that is in the works over at MGM.
Remember a few weeks ago when we told you that The Killing and Snabba Cash star was being considered for the title role in MGM's Robocop movie? OK, now repeat that news to yourself, and make it sound a lot more confident
Kinnaman, for his part, does seem to have what it takes to become a Pine/Hemsworth-type breakout star. His brief scene in Safe House was a highlight of that muddled film, and while The Killing hasn't turned out as well as most people hoped, nobody seems to be blaming him for it
Arthur & Lancelot would mark a curious change from Dobkin's recent work, the willfully crude R-rated comedies Wedding Crashers and The Change-up. Yet as Warner Bros. wants this re-imagining of the Camelot tale to be a whimsical adventure in the vein of the PG-13 Sherlock Holmes franchise, it seems Dobkin need just tap into the earlier inspirations that helped him helm the family-friendly action-comedy Shanghai Knights.
Unfortunately, with declining box office numbers in general and without a proven star in either of the lead roles, Warners is understandably hesitant to let Arthur & Lancelot's budget spiral too high. According to Deadline, that budget started out around $90 million and had already swollen to possibly as high as $130 million.
When I talked to David Dobkin back in August, we discussed his upcoming project, a drama based on the King Arthur legend. While the filmmaker has spent most of his career directing comedies, like Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus and this past summer's The Change Up, he said that he "came to Hollywood to make Star Wars." Now it seems he has found his Han Solo.