They also state in a different article that Jackie Chan has not yet confirmed Mel Gibsons's participation, but he does say it's a 'big Hollywood star'
Dragon Blade is set for release on February 19th, 2015. It will be shot in 3D and will shoot at Hengidan film studios and on location in Dunhuang.
Joblo.com has a great interview with director Patrick Hughes, below are the highlights but we encourage you to head on over to their site and read the whole thing!
"What are you bringing to THE EXPENDABLES 3 that we haven't seen in the other two films?
I think the goal was to bring a bit of heart and soul to it and I think that’s what I’m most proud of. The first Expendables was quite dark and the second was quite comedic, sort of almost went into parody, whereas this one was about finding the balance, because at the end of the day people want to go and enjoy the old school action stars up on the big screen and they also want to have some fun with it. And also, they want some emotional weight to it, an emotional kick to it.
Are there any particular stylistic choices you've made for the film, such as speed ramping, slow-mo, etc?
There’s a few moments that we break into slow motion if the story requires it. There’s no real speed ramping. You know, the challenge of these kind of films is you try to shoot as much as you can in camera, just to give it a bit of throwback to the old school action films, because so much is post and CGI in the modern era. So that’s certainly something we were pushing for. It’s like, okay, we’re gonna shoot a chopper attacking a train, let’s get a fucking chopper attacking a train. [laughs]
It was recently announced that you'd be directing THE RAID remake. What can you tell us about that?
It’s a really exciting project. Actually, I had the pleasure of catching up with Gareth [Evans, director of the original film] the other night in L.A., who’s EP [Executive Producer] on it. This one is a little more broader canvas. It’s a very different film, very different style of filmmaking. It centers around a DEA FAST (Foreign-Deployed Advisory and Support Team) Team that was formed during the Bush administration when the crossover between terrorism and the narcotics trade were so closely intertwined that they created a task force – I believe there are six teams that operate – they’re sort of like Navy SEALS but they operate in the world of narcotics. And, these teams work across borders so it centers around a team that goes across the border and, y’know, all hell breaks loose.
One thing that blew me away with THE RAID, along with everyone else, was – you know, what was phenomenal – it wasn’t cut up, y’know. You could clearly tell that there weren’t stunt doubles involved because you weren’t cutting around the action, it was done in “oners” and that comes down to rigorous training and having incredible fight choreography play out. We’re just in the middle of casting right now."
Speaking of the Raid, just a reminder to read the Expendables Premiere's recently posted review of The Raid 2: Berandal! Check out the page by clicking here
Here are what we think were the highlights in their article from the visit;
"Perry’s team assembled some absolutely insane action sequences for the film, which are beautifully crafted pieces of action ballet. Each pre-vis was created with stunt actors who acted out the entire sequence and it was as cool as seeing the real thing on screen. He showed a sequence for Rhonda Rousey’s character that had her dispatching a lot of bad guys with devastating ease (including a classic armbar move that she is so well known for), then a sequence for boxer-turned-actor Victor Ortiz that had some crazy gunplay with an M4 and M203 grenade launcher, and finally a sequence for Antonio Banderas’ character that had a lot of pistol gunplay, reminiscent of his DESPERADO antics. All in all, the sequences were truly imaginative and rousing, showing A LOT more energy than the brute force battles of the last two films.
“Statham saw the pre-vis ‘cause I already know what he likes and he was like “perfect mate, that’s what we’re doing.” But, Wesley came in and he – we “Blade-esqued” his fight a bit, but he’s done so many films he had his own opinion and we made him some changes and for the better. I want them to take it and make it theirs. We’re constantly looking for that, because that’s their character. I’m not “Doc” in the movie, I’m the fight coordinator and the stunt coordinator. I’m gonna lay out a framework and create a scenario, but he’s gonna come in and put his flavor on it and that’s what we’re looking for.” – J.J. Perry
Below we have an amazing Expendables 3 picture that is guaranteed to get your blood pumping!
These next photos aren't from Expendables 3, but an Expendables inspired ad for BBQ sauce!