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WIRO SABLENG Cast Strikes A Pose In A Trio Of Character Posters

The countdown begins as we approach a September release of Angga D. Sasongko's latest, Wiro Sableng, taken from the pages of the long celebrated action adventure novel saga from author Bastian Tito whose son, actor Vino G. Bastian, now stakes his claim in the title role.

The story itself is set in the 16th century and centured on an axe-wielding hero of legend who accrues a number of skills on his adventures. Plot details are unclear as to which areas of the novels are the film's focus, but we've since garnered a teaser as of December and in kind, our first volley of poster art is now making the rounds from Lifelike Pictures and 20th Century Fox.
Bastian leads the trio of ink below in addition to actress Sherina Munaf and actor Fariz Alfarazi. Rounding out the cast are Marsha Timothy, Lukman Sardi, Rifnu Wikana, Dwi Sasono, Marcella Zalianty, Marcell Siahaan, Happy Salma, Yayan Ruhian, Ruth Marini, Yayu Unru and action fan favorite Cecep Arief Rahman with Dian Sidik, Yusu…

Review: DETECTIVE K: SECRET OF THE LIVING DEAD Honors The Living With Love And Laughter

One can certainly comprehend sticking with what works as a creative. With director Kim Sok-Yun's commitment to mining the work of author Kim Tak-Hwan undoubtedly comes a delightful trio of entries with the Detective K franchise that began in 2011 and clearly it's done the filmmaker some justice after working in television in the early two thousandsies.
Both the first and second films remain wishlist items for me while Well Go USA has since taken it upon themselves to harbor the release of the latest installment, Detective K: Secret Of The Living Dead. Watching this, it became even more intriguing wondering how the first two would play out on a narrative level prior to constructing a threequel considering what unfolds.
Lee Nam-Kyu, who had a hand in adapting the screenplay with other writers for the first two films, lends us a solo act this time around with a screenplay that incorporates a steady presentation of odd-couple slapstick comedy to pair with the horror and mystery. …

EFM 2018: Jamie Dornan And Sam Clafin To Star In BORDERLAND

50 Shades trilogy star Jamie Dornan is switching gears as of this week with action thriller, Borderland, set to film in Dublin and London this summer. The BAFTA nominated actor will be joined by fellow actor Sam Clafin with BAFTA nominee Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Luther) directing from a script by Public Enemies scribe Ronan Bennett.
Set in 1970's London, Borderland is a high-octane character-driven thriller, in the vein of Michael Mann's Heat. After his wife is accidentally shot dead in Ireland, a member of the IRA takes over an Active Service Unit in the English Capital. Their mission is to cause chaos and destruction while his mission is to hunt down his wife's killer - an SAS captain (Sam Claflin) who is also hunting him. Chris Coen (The Childhood of a Leader, Funny Games) is producing at Unanimous Entertainment with Rebecca Brown (In the Dark), and Alan Moloney (Mary Shelley, Siege of Jadotville) for Parallel Film Productions. IMR International is selling the film …

CITY HUNTER Is Getting A Live-Action French Adaptation

French actor and filmmaker Philippe Lacheau is applying his craft as of late with word that he'll be adapting his own take on the popular Shueisha publication, City Hunter. He'll be on both sides of the lens directing and starring, thus adding to recent credits such as Babysitting, Babysitting 2, and 2017 comedy,
The news comes in the wake of reports out of Berlin via Variety where French telco operator Orange is taking its newly launched film shingle, Orange Studio, to the sales floor at EFM. Their package joins City Hunter with Amos Gitai's Tramway In Jerusalem to Jean-Charles Hue's Tijuana Bible with Ed Skrein starring among others.
Hojo Tsukasa's original 1985 manga serves the basis telling of a womanizing detective who runs a jack-of-all-trades outlet running missions with a beautiful tomboy as his often jealous assistant. The manga ran several OVAs and two live-action films: a 1991 movie loosely based on the manga with Andy Lau starring, and a ti…

EFM 2018: Action Thriller MANUSCRIPT Sets Scott Eastwood And Morgan Freeman To Star

Highland Film Group is out and about with their package in Berlin for buyers. Featured in their slate is Manuscript which, per The Hollywood Reporter, has Nick Cassavetes replacing John Moore to direct from a script by Louis Rosenberg and Joe Rosenbaum. In this cat and mouse style thriller, a jailed genius convict (Morgan Freeman), leads an ambitious junior editor, through clues in his memoir, to the 20 million in missing diamonds he stole years earlier. As the junior editor gets closer to finding out the truth about the mystery, he falls in to a greater criminal ploy that leaves his life in danger. Mike Witherill (John Wick) and Mark Williams (The Accountant) will produce next to Paris Film Inc.'s Rob Paris for the film's New Orleans shoot in April. Eastwood, who has appeared in several major franchise pics - namely DC adaptation Suicide Squad and Universal's The Fate Of The Furious, headlines with John Boyega for Steven DeKnight's March release of Pacific Rim: Uprisi…

EFM 2018: Henry Rollins To Return For HE NEVER DIED 2

It's not easy to crowdfund a film. Such was the case for filmmaker Jason Krawczyk who, despite falling short of Indiegogo goals, managed to push forward for his third feature length pic, He Never Died, a semi-supernatural tale dipped in blood and family drama about a social recluse with a biblical past whose penchant for eating people finds him rescuing his long lost daughter from a vengeful crimeboss's kidnapping.
The film eventually saw screens at SXSW in 2015 before hitting audiences in theaters and via streaming. Fast forward three years later and whatever the case might have been since then, it seems Krawczyk is now in line to shepherd a sequel per The Hollywood Reporter out of Berlin with Sons of Anarchy series and Bad Boys 2 co-star, actor Henry Rollins reprising the role that marked his feature debuted. There's no word yet on further casting while Krawczyk plots a return to Canada for principal photography at North Bay, Ontario in May.
Henry Rollins is Jack, a soci…

'The Karate Kid' Sequel Series, COBRA KAI, Unleashes An Ominius Teaser

YouTube Red will have its way with netizens later this year upon the premiere of The Karate Kid series, Cobra Kai. The sequel to the classic underdog fight drama now has a teaser online introducing a narrative centric to that of Johnny (William Zabka), stoic and struggling amid his search for heuristic redemption thirty-four years after the All Valley Karate Tournament upon losing to a now happily-married and successful Daniel (Ralph Macchio).

The drama escalates when the two clash over Johnny's interest in reopening his old Karate school, Cobra Kai, next to mentoring school bullying victim Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) while suffering from a rift with his own son, Robby (Tanner Buchanan). Ed Asner will play Johnny's old-school stepfather, Sid Weinberg, with Macchio joined by Courtney Henggeler who will play Daniel's wife and business partner, Amanda, both parents to daughter Samantha, played by Mary Mouser.
Hurwitz and Schlossberg will direct much of the ten-part half hour com…

AFTERBURN: Gerard Butler To Pair With 'The Villainess' Director

Den Of Thieves 2 isn't all that's stirring this week for actor and producer Gerard Butler. Deadline broke news on Thursday for his latest attachment to new action thriller, Afterburn, based on the 2008 Red 5 Comics publication, and with none other than Korean stunt favorite Jung Byung-Gil set to direct as the start of a hopeful new franchise.
Butler will play a treasure hunter joined by a highly skilled weapons expert with an agenda of her own as they set out to collect and capitalize off of priceless artifacts in the wake of a massive solar flare that destroys all technology in Europe. Into The Blue scribe Matt Johnson is penning the script which will mind other storylines in the comics.
Original Film and Butler's G-BASE banner are all producing along with Jung's partner, Lewis Taewan Kim (Okja) and Endurance Media who is also financing. Steve Barnett and James Tomlinson are executive producing in addition to Christian Mercuri whose Capstone Group will be handling in…

KUNG FURY 2: THE MOVIE Casts Arnold Schwarzenegger

The mega success of David Sandberg's crowdfunded, stylish martial arts love letter to the 80's Kung Fury, has opened the floodgates in fine form. The very shortfilm in question is the subject of the bustling news out of Berlin this week as Sandberg readies production on Kung Fury 2: The Movie with several big names attached, including that of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Hollywood Reporter notes.
The Maggie and Aftermath star is set to be joined by the newly added Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff with Sandberg directing as well as reprising in the title role. Sandberg is producing via his Laser Unicorns label with Fassbender next to It producers David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith at KatzSmith Productions with Aaron Schmidt. Also producing are Philip Westgren of B-Reel Films and Conor McCaughan with Pelle Strandberg executive producing on behalf of Laser Unicorns.
Taking its myriad cues from ultra-lit 1980s fantasy fervor, Sandberg leads the intial short as Kung…

[UPDATED] Japanese Cult Action Star TAK SAKAGUCHI To Attend Iron Dragon TV Action Fest This August

EXCLUSIVE: Japanese action star, actor Tak Sakaguchi will share the floor as a guest panelist among other headliners for this year's sophomore entry of the Iron DragonTV ActionFest. Submissions are now underway for the upcoming event which will be held at the Galaxy Highland 10 Theater in Austin, Texas from August 10 through 12.
The humble Ishikawa native is a naturally well-known fan favorite credited for such films as Battlefield Baseball, Versus, Alive, Samurai School, Yakuza Weapon and Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell? to name a few. His latest action-packed starring role now sees him carving and beating armies of villains to a pulp for longtime friend and film partner Shimomura Yuji's second directing effort, Re:Born, which has since been subject to a raft of critical praise from the festival circuit since last year.
Obligatory rules for IDTV Action Fest submissions and entries therein are listed in detail for attendees and local genre fans and cinephiles a…

EFM 2018: Saban Picks Up Crime Comedy, THE ESCAPE OF PRISONER 614

Announcements out of Berlin are hailing Zach Golden's latest crime comedy, The Escape Of Prisoner 614, as it screens this week at EFM. Film Mode Entertainment has sold the film to Saban Films for its U.S. release with a cast that includes Golden Globe Winner Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Hand of God) and Martin Starr (Knocked Up). After being fired by their overbearing Sheriff, two well-intentioned but simple-minded Sheriff’s Deputies, decide to go after an escaped prisoner in hopes of getting their jobs back. But when they realize that the supposed murderer they have hunted down is an innocent victim of a racist judicial system, they face a moral dilemma -- return the prisoner and be hailed as heroes, or act on their principles in pursuit of true justice. Golden has several credits behind the lens while The Escape Of Prisoner 614 will serve as his debut. He wrote the script with Jordan Yale Levine and Jordan Beckerman (Shotgun) and Shaun Sanghani (Blood Heist) producing. “We are extremel…