Screen Junkies » Rob Cohen http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:04:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 They Went There: Rob Cohen To Direct ‘Road House’ Remake http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/they-went-there-rob-cohen-to-direct-road-house-remake/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/they-went-there-rob-cohen-to-direct-road-house-remake/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:37:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258114 Fresh out of ideas.

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We have a problem. A problem that, sadly, kicking will not solve. MGM is moving ahead with plans to remake Road House, the seminal 1989 Patrick Swayze action film that made way for Steven Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme‘s careers. Rob Cohen (The Fast & The Furious; other terrible stuff) has come on board to direct the tale of a bouncer who cleans up corruption in a podunk by kicking hicks and tearing out throats as his signature move.

Some things just should not be touched and a Road House remake is one of them. I implore Whoopi Goldberg to conjure the spirit of Patrick Swayze and put a stop to this wrongdoing immediately. With his investigative skills and her sass, they just might be able to pull it off.

No casting has been announced yet, but we should expect Chris Hemsworth to squeeze into Dalton’s blue jeans and bouffant before long. (The Wrap)

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Rob Cohen Outsourced To Korea http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rob-cohen-outsourced-to-korea/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rob-cohen-outsourced-to-korea/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:42:07 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222607 He's directing '1950', a movie about the Korean War. Which thankfully happened before the age of self-aware jets.

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The man who made Vin Diesel a phenomenon, Rob Cohen, is being given all of Korea‘s money. The Fast and the Furious and Stealth director has signed on to direct 1950, a film about the Korean War which thankfully happened before the age of self-aware jets. With a budget of $100 million, it is the country’s most expensive film to date.

The story is based on the works of Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent Marguerite Higgins, who blazed the trail for female reporters as she covered the conflict’s most historic battles. The film will follow her journey with an American platoon across the peninsula climaxing on Christmas Eve with mass evacuation of 200,000 South Koreans in the face of advancing Chinese and North Korean armies.

Says Cohen, “The Korean War has often been referred to as ‘the forgotten war’ and I think it’s time it was remembered. Telling the story of this harrowing conflict through the eyes of pioneering journalist Marguerite Higgins makes it a very different war film on every level.”

“It’s an awesome chance to see Jet Li surf on a missile and kick Kim Jong Il in the face,” he probably also said. (THR)

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Rob Cohen’s ‘Bullet Run’ Has Everything You Need To Know In The Title http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rob-cohens-bullet-run-has-everything-you-need-to-know-in-the-title/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rob-cohens-bullet-run-has-everything-you-need-to-know-in-the-title/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2011 00:15:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217752 It's like 'Gosford Park', but with fast cars and machine guns.

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Rob Cohen can’t deny who he is. And “who he is” is the helmer of the seminal, original The Fast and the Furious. So after his dalliance with the literary thriller, I, Alex Cross, starring (shiver) Tyler Perry, he will return to his bread-and-butter with the Andrew Hilton-penned Bullet Run, a straight-up action film that features lots and lots of fast cars.

A private security guru and his former-operative wife bust into Iran to exact vengeance on the man that killed their daughter. HOWEVER, things go awry, forcing the husband-and-wife team to steal a bunch of tuner supercars (they just happened to be lying around?) and extract themselves from harm’s way with their hostage.

Though Cohen claims Bullet Run to be “a unique and genre bending action film,” I have yet to see how this bends the action genre one bit, which is not a criticism. Stick to your guns, Rob, and shoot the shit out of those cars. (Deadline)

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Summit Nabs Tyler Perry Detective Film That Won’t Be The Next ‘Twilight’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/summit-nabs-tyler-perry-detective-film-that-wont-be-the-next-twilight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/summit-nabs-tyler-perry-detective-film-that-wont-be-the-next-twilight/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2011 01:50:53 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203590 'I, Alex Cross' will star non-teen heartthrob Perry. In fact, an image of Madea is a good romantic mood killer for people of all ages.

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If Summit is looking to distribute the next Twilight, they probably won’t get it with I, Alex Cross. Though they’re both based on a series of books – the Alex Cross series is by James Patterson – Tyler Perry is hardly a teen heartthrob. In fact, an image of Madea is a good romantic mood killer for people of all ages.

In the film, directed by Rob Cohen (Stealth), Perry plays detective Cross, who disrupts a murderer’s plans. So the psycho killer, played by Matthew Fox (“Lost”), decides to send the detective a tersely-worded letter — actually, he kills the poor guy’s wife. Now Cross has to bring him to justice once more, with the help of his partner Tommy Kane (Ed Burns).

Summit CEO Rob Friedman managed to get the rights partly because he oversaw the last set of Alex Cross movies at Paramount, which starred Morgan Freeman and not a guy who dressed up like a fat woman dressing up like Snooki. (Deadline)

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Tyler Perry To Play Alex Cross, Hopefully As Angry Fat Woman http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tyler-perry-to-play-alex-cross-hopefully-as-angry-fat-woman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tyler-perry-to-play-alex-cross-hopefully-as-angry-fat-woman/#comments Tue, 01 Feb 2011 04:50:31 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23671 Several distributors are considering the package and wondering, "I'd like a piece of that sweet, sweet Tyler Perry box office money, but is this really gonna work? Like, at all?"

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There’s so much Tyler Perry news tonight, it’s like we’re lost inside his insidious ”House of Payne.” Cue bland, sentimental family moment and audience applause.

First we saw a Madea / Black Swan parody poster that’s one ugly-ass duckling, and now we find out that Tyler Perry is being packaged with director Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) to adapt James Patterson’s detective thriller novel I, Alex Cross, part of a series of Alex Cross novels. If you saw Along Came A Spider and/or Kiss the Girls, you probably remember Morgan Freeman as detective Alex Cross, who brought a considerable weight to the dramatic role. I’m sure Perry also plans to bring weight to the role, in the form of a fat suit, and any additional pounds that may come from a wig, comically big glasses and a plate of hot grits to scold a dude with.

Several distributors are considering the package and wondering, “I’d like a piece of that sweet, sweet Tyler Perry box office money, but is this really gonna work? Like, at all?” One big problem is that Perry’s biggest hits are still the movies where he expresses his inner fat drag queen grandma, unless you count Star Trek, where I blinked and literally missed his performance. Still… money… (Deadline)

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‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ Will Be All Up in Your Face http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/xxx-the-return-of-xander-cage-will-be-all-up-in-your-face/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/xxx-the-return-of-xander-cage-will-be-all-up-in-your-face/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Time for his 3pm apple sauce.Do you hear that sound? It's the sound of Godsmack warming up their instruments. What could possibly have the ridiculously goateed rockers half-heartedly tuning and making that "jukka jukka jukka" noise? The return of Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, that's what.Of course, that's all old news. Today we have an extreme update. All the die-hard Xander fans who ripped their neck tatts off in solidarity, should be prepared to sew them back on. Not only will director Rob Cohen return to the franchise but he'll be bringing James Cameron's fancy 3D cameras with him. Probably uses a pretty cool truck to carry them too."I feel what we did in the beginning of the decade was bring a different attitude to the action movie and a different kind of hero. With the new 3D instrument and the techniques I can apply, we can create a different kind of cutting-edge experience in 3D by shooting it that way from the beginning the way James Cameron did 'Avatar.' This won't be fantasy characters, it takes place on Earth in real time. That's a new dimension to be explored, and I'm excited."That's right earthlings. You're about to be groin-punched in the face by a non-fantasy character that can surf on speeding missiles. You have until late 2011 to vacate the planet. (ComingSoon)

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Time for his 3pm apple sauce.

Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of Godsmack warming up their instruments. What could possibly have the ridiculously goateed rockers half-heartedly tuning and making that "jukka jukka jukka" noise? The return of Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, that’s what.

Of course, that’s all old news. Today we have an extreme update. All the die-hard Xander fans who ripped their neck tatts off in solidarity, should be prepared to sew them back on. Not only will director Rob Cohen return to the franchise but he’ll be bringing James Cameron’s fancy 3D cameras with him. Probably uses a pretty cool truck to carry them too.

"I feel what we did in the beginning of the decade was bring a different attitude to the action movie and a different kind of hero. With the new 3D instrument and the techniques I can apply, we can create a different kind of cutting-edge experience in 3D by shooting it that way from the beginning the way James Cameron did’Avatar.’ This won’t be fantasy characters, it takes place on Earth in real time. That’s a new dimension to be explored, and I’m excited."

That’s right earthlings. You’re about to be groin-punched in the face by a non-fantasy character that can surf on speeding missiles. You have until late 2011 to vacate the planet. (ComingSoon)

 

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Platinum Dunes and Rob Cohen Get ‘Monster Squad’ Back Together http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/platinum-dunes-and-rob-cohen-get-monster-squad-back-together/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/platinum-dunes-and-rob-cohen-get-monster-squad-back-together/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes have incensed a number of horror fans with their Abercrombie & Fitch approach to remaking The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th, and potentially A Nightmare on Elm Street. And now they've got their sites set on incensing horror comedy fans with the announcement they've teamed with Rob Cohen for his long-gestating remake of The Monster Squad, the Fred Dekker cult classic that is fondly remembered by all children of the 1980's. The director of Stealth may seem like an odd choice to helm the picture but he actually produced the original. A movie fact that I did not know and probably the reason I'll never make it to the Scene-It nationals. The movie tells the story of a group of kids banding together to stop Dracula from assembling all the legendary monsters in his quest to take over the world. Surprisingly I'm not too bitter about this news, only because I think the idea of a Michael Bay/Rob Cohen exxxtreme take on The Monster Squad is hysterical. This time around it will be discovered that not only does Wolfman got nards, but also a pretty gnarly Prince Albert piercing. (Deadline)

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Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes have incensed a number of horror fans with their Abercrombie & Fitch approach to remaking The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Hitcher, Friday the 13th, and potentially A Nightmare on Elm Street. And now they’ve got their sites set on incensing horror comedy fans with the announcement they’ve teamed with Rob Cohen for his long-gestating remake of The Monster Squad, the Fred Dekker cult classic that is fondly remembered by all children of the 1980′s.

The director of Stealth may seem like an odd choice to helm the picture but he actually produced the original. A movie fact that I did not know and probably the reason I’ll never make it to the Scene-It nationals. The movie tells the story of a group of kids banding together to stop Dracula from assembling all the legendary monsters in his quest to take over the world.

Surprisingly I’m not too bitter about this news, only because I think the idea of a Michael Bay/Rob Cohen exxxtreme take on The Monster Squad is hysterical. This time around it will be discovered that not only does Wolfman got nards, but also a pretty gnarly Prince Albert piercing. (Deadline)

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