Sunday, March 22, 2009

It's a Wrap - Sarah Connor and Frank Drebin have The Touch again?

It’s a Wrap – Naked Gun, Terminator, G.I. Joe, Transformers…It’s the 1980’s all over again this week, with a little Inglourious Basterds and Expendables thrown in for good measure.

This week AICN delivered a glowing script report for The Naked Gun: What 4? The Rhythm of Evil, and it immediately perked my interest. The originals are classic examples of the spoof genre and Leslie Nielson’s Sergeant Frank Drebin, Detective Lieutenant Police Squad, is amongst my favourite comedy performances of all time. However, the genre is in a decrepit state at the moment after a string of poor efforts and I would hate for this straight-to-video release to tarnish the Naked Gun legacy.

The story sounds quite promising as Police Squad are reactivated in a desperate attempt to end rampant corruption plaguing the city, and reads as a kind of reboot with Nielson serving as a mentor to a newly assembled team. It will play on movies such as Training Day, The Departed and Internal Affairs, and is written by Alan Spencer, (who has previous experience in the genre with the TV series Sledge Hammer!). Unfortunately, no Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker, or Proft, but I’ll likely check this out, albeit with the expectation of Cop Movie over Naked Gun.

The website for upcoming Quentin Tarantino World War II blood-fest Inglourious Basterds went live this week. There's little more than the trailer so far, which you can also check out below.

On the subject of men-on-a-mission war movies, the cast of Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables are starting to live up to the film's title. First came the news that Forest Whitaker had withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts and would be replaced by rapper 50 Cent, only for Stallone to later announce that Fiddy was out and Terry Crews (of Everybody Hates Chris fame) was in.

Studio Lionsgate has set a release date of April 23rd, 2010 for the The Expendables, which also stars Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Looking at this summer's upcoming blockbusters, IGN were treated (if that's the right word) to a five-minute sneak-peak of the Stephen Sommers-directed G.I. Joe:Rise of Cobra, and their report contains a few spoilers and plot details about the movie. Indications point to a visually-impressive, over-the-top thrill ride, but I'm not holding my breathe on this one. Meanwhile Hasbro's other hot property, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, is rumoured to be ressurecting the Stan Bush classic, "The Touch", which of course was integral to the original animated movie. I wonder if this means we could be in for a change of leadership somewhere along the line? Hmm...

On the subject of Transformers, Paramount announced that July 1st, 2011 would see the release of the third movie, only for director Michael Bay to announce on his blog that he is looking towards a 2012 opening and wants to take a year off before starting any work on a third outing for the Autobots. No doubt the studio will back down to his demands once Revenge of the Fallen sets the box-office alight this June.

IGN also got their hands on some new posters and from Terminator Salvation this week, which you can view by clicking the image to the right.

The McG-directed sequel is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, and a source from has confirmed that Sarah Connor does provide a voice-over during the film, with Linda Hamilton reprising her iconic role.

You can also view the Terminator Salvation trailer right here at

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