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Just one week ago, Sony Pictures had a sudden problem with their action comedy The Man from Toronto starring Jason Statham and Kevin Hart. After creative differences came to a head between Statham and the studio, the Hobbs & Shaw star left the production only a few weeks before shooting was slated to begin. However, since Sony was hoping not to delay the film’s release slated for this fall, they’ve quickly replaced Jason Statham with Woody Harrelson.
Variety has the news on The Man from Toronto cast replacing Jason Statham with Woody Harrelson. It makes us wonder if there was a mandate that the character have a shaved head, since both Statham and Harrelson have made that into something of a trademark. Is that weird speculation to make? Sure, but that’s just where my mind went.
Harrelson doesn’t often star in action comedies, but one of his biggest successes in the genre were at Sony with the Zombieland franchise. If we’re counting the Now You See Me franchise, then that doubles his work in the genre. Otherwise, Harrelson either plays it serious, whether it’s in the drama, sci-fi or thriller genres, or he goes full comedy like Semi-Pro or The Grand. So it’ll be interesting to see how he fares alongside Kevin Hart.
For those who haven’t kept up with The Man from Toronto, the movie follows Woody Harrelson as the titular assassin, one of the best in the world, who is forced to team up with a screw-up named Teddy Kevin Hart in New York when they are mistaken for each other in an Airbnb. The two must stop some kind of nefarious plot, but obviously they don’t get along very well and hilarity ensues.
The real test of whether or not this film works will be the chemistry between Harrelson and Hart. If they can drum up the same kind of camaraderie that Harrelson had with Wesley Snipes in White Men Can’t Jump, then we could be looking at something great. At the very least, hopefully this team-up is something that measures up to Kevin Hart’s work with Dwayne Johnson, which has been mostly satisfying.
Patrick Hughes The Hitman’s Bodyguard is directing from a script by Robbie Fox, based on a story he cracked with Jason Blumenthal, who is also producing along with Escape Artists partners Todd Black and Steve Tisch.
The Man from Toronto is set to hit theaters on November 20, 2020.Source: Slashfilm.com
The Korean zombie film Train to Busan became a runaway success upon its release in 2016, and director Yeon Sang-ho is currently working on Peninsula, an unconventional sequel set four years after the events of the first movie that follows entirely different characters. Now the first images of Peninsula have arrived, and the filmmaker has shared more details about his more ambitious follow-up and teased that another movie set in this cinematic universe might happen one day – one which explains how the zombie outbreak started in the first place.Peninsula First Look
ScreenDaily has the first photos from Peninsula, as well as a fascinating interview with director Yeon Sang-ho. You can head over there to see all three images and read the full interview, but here’s what you need to know.The Reason for the Title
“[Peninsula] takes place four years after Train To Busan, in the same universe, but it doesn’t continue the story and has different characters,” Yeon said, echoing information we wrote about last month. But he offered some new info, too: “Government authority has been decimated after the zombie outbreak in Korea, and there is nothing left except the geographical traits of the location – which is why the film is called Peninsula.” This one follows a former soldier named Jung-seok Gang Dong-won, who escaped the outbreak but is given a mission to go back into Korea, which is now “a zombie-infested wasteland turned into a ghetto by other nations trying to stop the spread of the virus.” When he tries to complete his mission and retrieve something to bring out of the wasteland, he unexpectedly meets up with some non-infected survivors who are still in Seoul.
Gang Dong-won will lead a cast comprised of several other actors, but from the sound of it, none will be more important than child actress Lee Re; Yeon thinks she will become “more [popular] than Ma Dong-seok [aka Don Lee] in Train To Busan“, the fan-favorite actor of the first movie and easily the film’s best character.A Bigger Follow-Up
The budget for Peninsula is $16 million, almost double the $8.5 million that Train to Busan cost. And while the original movie put its comparatively paltry budget to great use, it seems as if this one is expanding the scope a great deal. “The scale of Peninsula can’t compare to Train To Busan, it makes it look like an independent film,” Yeon told ScreenDaily. “Train To Busan was a high-concept film shot in narrow spaces whereas Peninsula has a much wider scope of movement.”Could We See Another Prequel One Day?
Before directing Train to Busan, Yeon helmed Seoul Station, an animated story set earlier during the zombie outbreak which was held for release until after Train to Busan became a big hit and marketed as...
Tom Hardy and his Venom tongue recently gave fans a first look at Woody Harrelson's suddenly sharp-dressed man, the antagonistic Cletus Kasady, a.k.a., “Carnage.” He'll be the primary villain, although we will hopefully soon hear more about who will portray Shriek. Michelle Williams will return as Anne Weying, and Andy Serkis is directing this installment, although Harrelson's the presence who's stoking the most excitement lately. He's lost the crazy red wig, it seems, and fresh Instagrams from photographer Greg Williams show how production fared late last week.
It looks like Harrelson and Hardy whose characters are former cellmates and not friendly now are having a fine time with some lighter moments on the set. Harrelson's looking much more conventional and less like a prison-bound Sideshow Bob. Yet the comics revealed that the Venom symbiote fused with Kasady, so look out for that to take center stage in the sequel. Oh, and Hardy's Eddie Brock got stuck in the rain.
Hardy posted some additional images taken by Greg Williams on his Instagram. Director Andy Serkis looks like he's having a ball, and screenwriter Kelly Marcel's on the scene with Hardy having been very involved in the scriptwriting process as well. Given that the film managed to pull in over $213 million at domestic theaters and $856 million worldwide, let's hope this sequel doesn't disappoint the masses. With Harrelson on board, though, this team shouldn't have a problem keeping the guilty-pleasure vibe alive.
Venom 2 grins its way into theaters on October 2.