DOLPH LUNDGREN TO GET HIS OWN SERIES
Hurtling you back in time and giving you one more chance to get the '90s right, Emmett/Furla Films has launched Rescue 3, an action series starring Dolph Lundgren as a lifeguard, a syndicated show intended to revive the era when the likes of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules roamed the earth, contributing acts of heroism for a low packaging price. Or more accurately, Rescue 3 recalls Baywatch—not least because it hails from that show's executive producer Gregory J. Bonnan, who can't sleep at night for all the slowly running lifeguards he sees whenever he closes his eyes.
Lundgren will star as one of those lifeguards—named Captain John Mathews, because Dolph Lundgren is very American—who is described as the "reluctant hero" in charge of a "highly specialized unit made up of experts in air, fire and water rescue," reluctantly pulling people from danger in big action sequences then demanding that he not be called a hero, because he is simply John Mathews, American man. The show—presumably with a supporting cast comprised of ex-football players and former Playboy Playmates—is set to debut on Tribune stations sometime in 2013, at which point you can begin trying the '90s all over again. This time do more sit-ups!
My apologies to Dolph, but I just can't get excited about this.....
CHRIS HEMSWORTH TO JOIN BRUCE WILLIS IN AMERICAN ASSASSIN?
After trying since 2008 to turn Vince Flynn’s bestselling novel series into an action franchise, CBS Films thinks it has found the actor to play terrorist hunter Mitch Rapp. I’m told that CBS Films has offered Chris Hemsworth $10 million to star in American Assassin. While it is the 11th book in Flynn’s series of espionage novels, American Assassin is an ideal place to start a movie franchise. The novel is a prequel that explains how tragedy transformed Rapp from a college scholar and athlete into a ruthless hunter of terrorists for the CIA. Bruce Willis is also in talks, to play Rapp’s mentor. The film will be directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who has covered the terrorist hunting terrain directing episodes of Showtime’s Homeland and also helming the Don Cheadle thriller Traitor. Nachmanoff also co-wrote with Roland Emmerich The Day After Tomorrow and helmed the pilot for the Dick Wolf-produced NBC series Chicago Fire.
The most recent script draft was written by Mike Finch, who took over a draft written by Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, when Zwick was going to direct. CBS Films Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing.
Hemsworth is proving to be a go-to young guy for big ticket Hollywood fare, particularly after he was part of the blockbuster The Avengers and also Snow White And The Huntsman. He’s shooting a Thor sequel and then will star in the Steven Spielberg-directed Robopocalypse, with Anne Hathaway. Let’s see how this one plays out.