"Fredrik Malmberg, a producer of The Legend of Conan, tells TheArnoldFans in an exclusive interview that they were very pleased with Andrea Berloff's "Legend of Conan" script and now they're close to finishing up with a rewrite. "We want to polish up the script, specifically about the characters," says Malmberg, "but we don't think it will take long. We'll probably have this turned in around September after the holiday and then we'll take it to the studio and if they're happy, we can hopefully start (production) in the Spring (2015)."
Is it too early to discuss directors? "We haven't been talking with directors yet," Malmberg tells us. "A lot of directors have come fourth and expressed interest and that they like Conan and want to be involved when we're at that stage but the studio said they want the script to be ready before we officially approach the directors. But we have been in touch with old great names ;) and new fresh faces. We're excited about finding the right guy for that."
This is good news for anyone who was worried that Legend Of Conan would get buried behind all of Arnold's other projects, including the likes of Twins 2...Personally I think Legend Of Conan has great potential because Arnold's age isn't a burden for the character of King Conan like it is with him playing an old Terminator.
"Aug 5, 2014 - Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced and confirmed that in addition to having Dave Batista, star of GUARDIANS OF THE GLAXY, former UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the 3D reboot of KICKBOXER will boast two additional action stars: Scott Adkins (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, ZERO DARK THIRTY) and martial arts legend Tony Jaa (ONG BAK trilogy, FAST & FURIOUS 7).
The high-octane KICKBOXER remake is directed by Stephen Fung (TAI CHI ZERO, TAI CHI HERO). It stars Alain Moussi (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST),
With the addition of Adkins and Jaa, KICKBOXER features a variety of over 20 martial arts disciplines. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY star Batista has long wrestled professionally for WWE but has formal backgrounds in Kali, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Moussi is a practitioner of Karate, Kickboxing, Aikido, Goshindo, Kobudo, Filipino martial arts, Sambo, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu. St. Pierre practices Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling along with a vast array of talents stemming from a Mixed Martial Arts background.
Adkins has a lengthy resume in the action genre with roles in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE EXPENDALES 2, and a slate of other action-centric films. Adkins has also worked alongside the original KICKBOXER, Jean-Claude Van Damme, battling the legend on screen in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING. Adkins has backgrounds in Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and Judo.
Jaa is a veteran of the martial arts genre. His groundbreaking, blitzkrieg-paced ONG BAK films are cult classics. He also starred in THE PROTECTOR. Jaa is trained in Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Muay Boran, Aikido, Judo and Wushu.
KICKBOXER follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista).
The film is produced by Ted Field of Radar Films (RIDDICK, THE LAST SAMURAI), Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will executive produce.
"Kickboxer will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with," said O'Shea, "Along with Tony Jaa, KICKBOXER has compiled a talented cast to push the boundaries of the martial arts form."
"Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) and Freestyle Releasing announce that they have concluded a deal to release the Brazilian-set action thriller FALCON RISING. The film, which stars Michael Jai White (THE DARK KNIGHT, SPAWN), Laila Ali ("American Gladiators," "Daddy's Girl") and Neal McDonough ("Justified," MINORITY REPORT), was produced by Etchie Stroh and Shahar Stroh, directed by Ernie Barbarash and is slated for a theatrical release on September 5th, 2014 with VOD bowing one day earlier. Check out the latest poster (left) and trailer (below)! John "Falcon" Chapman, is an ex-marine anti-hero plagued with a terrible secret consuming him with guilt. On the self-destructive edge, he learns his sister Cindy (Laila Ali) has been brutally beaten in the slums or "favelas" of Brazil and travels there to hunt down her attackers. In the process he discovers an underground world of drugs, prostitution, and police corruption ruled by the Japanese mafia and protected by the powerful Hirimoto (Masashi Odate, THE LAST SAMURAI). With incredible fight sequences and edge of your seat action, Falcon Rising is an in your face thrill-ride introducing America's newest action hero. The deal was negotiated by Etchie Stroh of Moonstone Entertainment and Mark Borde, Co-President of Freestyle Releasing. "Michael Jai White is definitely the next big action hero," said Borde. "He delivers an outstanding performance in Falcon Rising and Freestyle looks forward to the next two installments."