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    'Top Gun 2' Gets A New Lease Of Life With 'Street Fighter' Writer

    I feel the need, the need to open my copy of Final Draft: a potential sequel to "Top Gun" has been gestating for awhile, with the project officially going into development a few years ago, with Peter Craig ("The Town") penning a script, and original director Tony Scott and star Tom Cruise said to be...

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    Sean Penn Action Thriller 'The Gunman' Acquired by Open Road Films

    Oscar-winner Sean Penn will soon be making an action-packed appearance on the big screen now that Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Pierre Morel's thriller "The Gunman."

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    Sean Penn Is The 'Prone Gunman' For 'Taken' Director Pierre Morel

    Late last year it was announced that Sean Penn would be following in the footsteps of actors like Liam Neeson and toplining his own European-set action film. And now, THR is reporting that “Taken” helmer Pierre Morel is in negotiations to direct Penn in his own potential franchise w...

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    Pierre Morel To Direct Pierre Morel-Esque 'The Hitman's Bodyguard'

    While his sister Megan has become something of a saviour for auteurs like John Hillcoat and Paul Thomas Anderson, David Ellison is the flipside to that coin with major stakes in tentpoles like last year’s rousing success, “Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol,” and his Skydance Productions is enter...

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    Denzel Washington Is Your New 'Equalizer,' Movie Shoots Spring 2013

    After a short, but well-deserved break between 2010’s “Unstoppable” and this past February’s “Safe House,” actor Denzel Washington is back with the force you’d expect from a man who once yelled King Kong “ain’t having sh*t on me” during a heated exchange in “Training Day.” Anyways, he has the Robert...

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    Sorry Garry Marshall, 'Taken' Director Pierre Morel Has Dibs On 'Bastille Day'

    It looks like Garry Marshall, in his grand plan to turn every notable day on the calendar into a tedious star-studded rom-com, will have to do without "Bastille Day." That's because the French national holiday is getting the generic action movie treatment, hooray!

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    Karl Urban & Ben Barnes Replace Matthew Goode & Alex Pettyfer In Automobile Actioner 'Overdrive'

    'Game Of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Circling Female LeadThanks to "Leon" director Luc Besson, the French have proved in recent years that they're able to produce English-language action-movies just as slam-bang and stupid as anything that Hollywood can come up with. Kicking off with the Jet Li vehicle "Kiss of the Dragon" and the Jason Statham series "The Transporter," Besson and co. have nailed the art of making a cheap, quick actioner, chucking in a few B-list American names, financing it through pre-sales, and making a tidy sum of money, helping to launch the careers of directors Louis Leterrier and Pierre Morel, and putting Liam Neeson f...

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    Five Directors Who Could Replace Kenneth Branagh On 'Thor 2'

    So, Marvel are done with Kenneth Branagh, or possibly Kenneth Branagh is done with Marvel: if you missed it earlier, "Thor 2" has been officially announced for a July 26, 2013 release date, with star Chris Hemsworth returning (which people seem to think is news: like all the superhero leads, the Aus...

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    Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode To Star In Pierre Morel-Produced Action-Thriller 'Overdrive'

    For a brief time after the release of surprise hit, "Taken," it seemed as though the world was Pierre Morel's oyster. The one-time DoP had cult success with "District 13," and his follow-up, the Liam Neeson starrer, was an enormous worldwide hit, landing the French director at the top of action/sci-fi wishlists, and giving him the plum job of replacing Peter Berg on the adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel "Dune." But things haven't been so smooth since: "Dune" was canceled by Paramount, he didn't land the job of directing Universal's tentpole "Ouija," and his third directorial effort "From Paris With Love" disappointed commerci...

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    'Dune' Is Dead At Paramount

    Last we heard, the writing was on the wall for "Dune." It was last November that it was reported that Paramount was given a deadline of this spring (read: now) to get a film into production or risk losing the rights to the film and with nothing having happened since, it's no surprise to now hear th...

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