An action film that will be directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy. Financed by Bill Block’s QED, the film will begin production April 1, 2012. In the Skip Woods-scripted film, Schwarzenegger will play a loner who wages war against a ruthless weapons manufacturer and his private army in the Southwest. The tone is Man On Fire meets High Plains Drifter. Block will be selling worldwide territories starting today. Woods scripted A Good Day To Die Hard, which Fox is readying for production. Waugh and McCoy most recently directed Act Of Valor, an action adventure that features actual Navy SEALs. That film was acquired at an auction for distribution by Relativity Media, which paid a $13 million minimum guarantee and a $30 million P&A commitment, and scheduled the film for release on February 17, which is President’s Day Weekend.
Al Ruddy will produce Black Sands with Block and Paul Hanson. Waugh, McCoy and Max Leitman are the executive producers through their Bandito Brothers banner. Schwarzenegger has squarely returned to his action wheelhouse since returning to acting after ending his run as California governor. He’s shooting the Kim Jee-woon-directed The Last Stand for Lionsgate, after completing The Expendables 2.
In other news, we learned a little more today about the stuntman that was killed on the Expendables 2 set. He was Jet Li's stunt double and was of Chinese nationality, to further add to the tragedy he was still very young, only 26 years old. Once again, I think I speak for all of us when I say our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased.
Lastly, our report yesterday of model Veneta Harizanova joining the cast of Expendables 2 was apparently fabricated by the original source so you can completely disregard it.