The Hollywood Reporter has posted a “first-look” at the concept art for THE BOOK OF LIFE, a feature film from Fox Animation, co-written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez, and produced by Guillermo Del Toro.
Fox Animation made the concept art public this week at the Beverly Hills’ Ace Gallery.
The film takes place during the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead and follows Manolo, a man who is forced to choose between playing the guitar and following the girl of his dreams, or the path his family wants him to follow. He travels across three different worlds to find himself.
Gutierrez says the film is inspired by Mexican folk art, as well as Mexican films and stories from his childhood.
“All my favorite albums, all my favorite books and films, they are all personal stories that take place in a very specific culture but that are universal,” he says. “So I wanted to make something that happened in my family but make it for the world.”
The film will be released in 3D on October 17th, and features a high profile cast, including Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, Christina Applegate and Diego Luna.
Donnie Yen is covered in golden fur in his latest FX heavy movie, The Monkey King. After recently seeing Steven Chow’s seminal Journey to the West, a movie that shares the same Chinese legend, it will be interesting to see how Donnie and co try to outdo that movie.
If you have not seen Ninja 2 then go see it. Scott Adkins is a martial arts actor who delivers one hell of a great fight movie in Ninja 2. Kane Kosugi, son of the legendary Sho Kosugi, goes toe to toe with Scott in a final fight scene that puts to shame every final battle of every Hollywood action movie of the last ten years. We still await a dream movie in which Adkins fights Donnie Yen.
Here is a recent(ish) interview with director Isaac Florentine and Scott Adkins talking about the movie process. Very interesting and worth a look.
In what is a rather awful title, Donnie Yen returns to a period piece for some contemporary action. Plotwise, the movie follows Donnie Yen as a top-notch martial arts instructor at the Hong Kong Police Academy who is imprisoned for accidentally killing a man. Yen may not be able to stay behind bars for long as shortly after his arrest, a deranged killer (played by Wang Baoqiang) begins targeting the best and brightest martial arts fighters in Hong Kong.
Jackie Chan returns to his most enduring franchise. Police Story 2013 sees the man square off against the bad guys in the fifth instalment of the series. Looks great with awesome vehicular stunts while Jackie brings the moves to some awesome fight scenes.
Lucky enough to catch a fight scene from this movie. Very excited by the mixture of old school kung fu with modern action cinema camera techniques. Yuen Woo Ping is the action director and it seems he has learnt a thing or two from Sammo Hung who also stars in this hard hitting martial arts movie.
Korea has been crafting some of the finest action thrillers over the last decade. If you haven’t seen The Man From Nowehere, A Bittersweet Life or I saw The Devil then perhaps the trailer for The Suspect may pique your curiosity. This certainly looks like the movie The Bourne Legacy tried to be.