Way back in 2014, Frank Grillo signed on to star in an American remake of the face-melting Indonesian action hit The Raid. The following year, the project attracted Taylor Kitsch, who — along with director Patrick Hughes and Screen Gems — subsequently dropped out, leaving the future of the remake uncertain at best. But today brings good news for fans of Grillo who’ve been hoping to see the career tough guy pummel his way through a high-rise packed with criminals — The Raid is back on, this time with an even better director.
Things were a bit…explosive…the last time we saw Frank Grillo’s Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as even the most casual movie and TV genre fan can tell you, a character is never really dead until you’ve seen the body (and even then…) — all of which is to say that there was still a possibility that we’d see Grillo pop up in the MCU again. According to Grillo, he’s officially done with Crossbones, and he might also be bowing out from his other major franchise, too.
In 2013, The Purge introduced an interesting horror concept: In the not-too-distant future, the government allows citizens to commit violent crimes for one night each year. That first film featured a nice white suburban family besieged by yuppie college kids, only fleetingly paying any mind to more fascinating ideas about class warfare. The Purge: Anarchy further established the mythology of the franchise by weaving a “one percent vs. the 99 percent” element into a tale of revenge. In 2016, we have The Purge: Election Year, which turns the sociopolitical commentary up to 11 in the most ridiculous, relevant installment of the series yet. Far from nuanced allegory, the sequel splits the difference between satire and low-brow camp in a film that could just as easily be The Idiot’s Guide to Being Woke in 2016.
We’re less than a week away from yet another entry into the late-night world, albeit a unique streaming experience only Netflix’s Chelsea can offer three nights a week. See for yourself, as Handler’s first week will include everyone from Drew Barrymore to Civil War’s Team Cap, and far from just sitting behind a desk.
It’s time once again for America’s favorite holiday dedicated to murder and wearing creepy masks! It’s The Purge!
The planned U.S. remake of hit Indonesian action flick The Raid had some good things going for it: for audiences, there was the involvement of career tough guy Frank Grillo and Taylor Kitsch, the latter of whom has apparently walked away from the project along with director Patrick Hughes. And to top this bad news off, Screen Gems has decided they will no longer distribute the film, leaving the future of The Raid uncertain.
Where The Purge was a bit more of an intimate, home invasion-style thriller, The Purge: Anarchy expanded the sandbox with Frank Grillo’s Sergeant, a man out for revenge who gets unwittingly caught up in saving the lives of other people instead. Last week we learned that Grillo will be back for The Purge 3, and while a formal plot has yet to be revealed, the actor teases more political elements and a very dangerous mission.
Following the huge success of The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy, a third installment in the franchise was a foregone conclusion. While Anarchy ditched the family from the first film and chose to focus on a new lead with Frank Grillo, the third film sees Grillo returning to reprise his role for another night of violent shenanigans.
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Channing Tatum can’t find a director for Gambit, Frank Grillo wraps on Captain America: Civil War, and something strange shows up on the Suicide Squad set.
Captain America: Civil War seems like it could be another Avengers installment with so many members of the MCU reprising their roles for Cap’s third outing. But that’s kind of the point, since this film is primed to make major waves in the Marvel universe, completely altering the future of our heroes. New set photos definitely confirm how much of a superhero party this is, with Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd and more hanging out on set.