Director Spike Lee‘s update of Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata set in the violent streets of modern-day Chicago titled Chi-Raq is opening in theaters today. Set primarily in Chicago’s Southside, the film utilizes modern gang violence to tell Aristophanes’ tale of a group of women who decide to keep sex from their male counterparts in order to encourage them to stop the street violence that is destroying their homes and families. Lee adapted the screenplay with writer Kevin Willmott (The Battle for Bunker Hill, Jayhawkers), which features actors Nick Cannon (Bobby, Day of the Dead), Teyonah Parris (How Do You Know, They Came Together), Wesley Snipes (Blade, Demolition Man), Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Unbreakable), John Cusack (The Raven, Hot Tub Time Machine), and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, Lullaby). For Hudson, the film carries a unique weight: she has lost three family members to the gun-violence dividing the streets of Chicago. Comedy veteran Dave Chappelle (The Chappelle Show, The Nutty Professor) is also expected to make an appearance. The trailer is here on MADE; check it out in theaters today.
Director Erik Van Looy‘s new suspenseful thriller The Loft is now playing in theaters this weekend. Starring Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers, The Bourne Supremacy), James Marsden (X-Men, Lee Daniel’s The Butler), Wentworth Miller (Prison Break, Underworld), Eric Stonestreet (Almost Famous, Bad Teacher), and Mattias Schoenaerts (Blackbook, Bullhead), the film comes from a script by Bart De Pauw and Wesley Strick about five friends who buy a loft to carry out their illustrious affairs away from their wives, but when a woman turns up dead in the loft, all hell breaks out and no one knows who to trust. You can see the trailer here on MADE. The Loft opens Friday, January 30th.
January 2015 will close out with a new thriller from director Erik Van Looy (Shades, The Memory of a Killer) titled The Loft. The film is a new Americanized version of Looy’s 2008 foreign thriller Loft, written by screenwriter Bart De Pauw (Team Spirit, The Mole), who co-wrote the new adaptation with fellow screenwriter Wesley Strick (Cape Fear, Final Analysis). Leading the cast are actors Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Bourne Supremacy), James Marsden (X2:X-Men United, Superman Returns), Wentworth Miller (Underworld, Prison Break), Eric Stonestreet (Almost Famous, Identity Thief), and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone) as five friends who go-in together on a secret loft where they can have their elicit affairs and outlandish indulgences. The plot turns, however, when the friends find a dead woman in the loft and begin to suspect each other of the crime. The trailer is here on MADE. Check it out in theater next Friday, January 30th.
Since his release from prison for tax evasion in April 2013, Wesley Snipes has been keeping a low profile on the Hollywood scene. Snipes had passively expressed interest in revamping his breakthrough vampire role, Blade, after the disappointment of Blade: Trinity (2004), but it hasn’t seemed like it’s something that he is really pushing. Just recently, however, the New York Daily News reported that Snipes is definitely set to appear in Blade 4 and that he will receive a $3 million paycheck, plus a certain percentage of the gross. While this is exciting news, the chances of it being true are relatively slim. The problem with making another Blade movie is that the rights to the films are still held by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, while the rights to the character have gone to Marvel (in the wake of the new comic-book era of film), which is owned by Disney. And the last time Walt Disney Pictures released a movie that had an R-rating attached to it was….oh yeah, never! I’m not saying that it wouldn’t be cool to see another Blade movie with Snipes reprising the role, but I also can’t imagine Disney selling the character rights in a time when comic-book movies with Marvel characters are the biggest money-makers in the industry. But we’ll wait and see. Maybe there is a chance that it will happen, but I’d also like to know the source the NY Daily News is quoting as well. Stay tuned.