Kickboxer, Star Trek 3, a Low Riders film project, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Gina Carano has joined the cast of Kickboxer, Radar Pictures’ remake of the 1989 martial artist actioner…Carano will play a fight promoter.
Model-turned-actress Sara Malakul Lane plays the love interest.
Untitled Low Riders project
Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age Of Extinction) is joining the cast of the untitled Low Riders project…Peltz replaces Lily Collins, who had previously been attached, for the role of Lorelei.
Ricardo de Montreuil is on board to direct the script, written by Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping. Previous drafts were written by Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James.
Streets of Rage
Rise of Nightmares
As Sega looks to turn more of its videogames into other forms of entertainment, it has hired former Break Media executive Evan Cholfin to lead those efforts.
Cholfin now serves as head of development and production at Tokyo-based Stories International, a joint venture of Japanese gamemaker Sega and Hakuhodo DY Group (the world’s seventh-largest advertising agency) that was launched to produce films, TV shows and entertainment for digital platforms in 2011.
Of the vast library of titles that Stories has the rights to adapt, it’s moving forward with “Altered Beast,” “Streets of Rage,” “Shinobi,” “Rise of Nightmares” and “Crazy Taxi” first as English-language live action and animated spinoffs. “Virtua Fighter” and “Golden Axe” also are part of the portfolio of properties.
Cholfin, who will work closely with Stories president and CEO Tomoya Suzuki, based in Culver City, Calif., also will serve as Stories’ U.S.-based commercial and branded entertainment arm, connecting directors with Hakuhodo DY Group’s brand clients to create content for Asia and other markets.
Star Trek 3
The departure of Roberto Orci from the bridge of Star Trek 3 was both a blessing and a curse…Articles and tweets packed with bad Star Trek puns filled the Internet and one thing became clear, at least for fans of the series. They wanted Jonathan Frakes, aka Commander William T. Riker himself, to direct the film. Besides starring in Star Trek The Next Generation and multiple Trek movies, Frakes actually directed several episodes of the show as well as Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection
Frakes…was excited about the Twitter hashtag #BringInRiker and confirmed he’s contacted J.J. Abrams, a producer on the movie. His agent has also contacted Paramount Pictures to pitch his client for the gig.
“I would love that job. I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it….I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better.”
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