As Channing Tatum prepares for his comedic role in Ron Howard and Vince Vaughn’s comedy ‘Cheaters‘ (which he starts filming next month), I want to share a few bits of news about Chan’s upcoming films ‘G.I. Joe 2‘ and ‘Eagle of the Ninth‘. Check out today’s Movie Bytes to get the latest scoop. Enjoy!!!
G.I. JOE 2
Fans are constantly asking about G.I. Joe 2, the upcoming sequel to Chan’s $300-plus million grossing action film G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Recently, MTV News caught up with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the executive producer for both G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe 2.
Although Bonaventura didn’t give a ton of details, he did tell MTV News that they are currently working on the script with writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (“Zombieland”). He also mentioned that Paramount is very excited about getting the movie going, and they’ll possibly begin filming in the Spring of 2011. They’re also hoping for a Summer 2012 release.
EAGLE OF THE NINTH
Back in February, we got a glimpse of Channing Tatum in his Roman drama ‘The Eagle of the Ninth‘ when the trailer played before ‘Dear John‘, and the film also had at least one test screening in Paramus, New Jersey on May 6th. Beyond that and the release of a few promotional/fan/set photos from the film, we haven’t had a ton of updates on the film…until today that is.
Focus Features officially announced a new release date for Channing Tatum’s Roman drama ‘The Eagle of the Ninth‘. Instead of the original September 24th release date, ‘The Eagle of the Ninth‘ will now open nationwide on Friday, February 25th, 2011. So it looks like fans will have to wait a little longer to see Chan in his full on Roman glory, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait!
The Roman epic adventure, currently in post-production, is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee Duncan Kenworthy. Jeremy Brock, BAFTA Award-winning screenwriter of Mr. Macdonald’s 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, has adapted the screenplay from Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic novel of the same name.
‘The Eagle of the Ninth‘ is set in the dangerous world of second-century Britain. In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (played by Channing) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. The movie also stars Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, and Tahar Rahim.
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