News Briefs: Jason Statham Heads to TV; Watch New 'Last Witch Hunter' and 'Point Break' Trailers

News Briefs: Jason Statham Heads to TV; Watch New 'Last Witch Hunter' and 'Point Break' Trailers

Safe

Viva La Madness: We heard back in June that Jason Statham (above in Safe) would star in Viva La Madness, based on a book by J.J. Connolly, who wrote it as a follow-up to his novel Layer Cake, which itself served as the basis for a 2004 film starring Daniel Craig. Now it's been decided to adapt the book as a TV show rather than a movie, with plans to make at least 10 one-hour episodes. It will be the first television series for Statham, who will play a drug dealer who managed to retire early, but finds himself itching to get back in the business. [Digital Spy]

 

Taken

Taken: Liam Neeson became an action star as a retired CIA agent when Taken (above) debuted in 2009, making his character Bryan Mills an iconic figure with "a particular set of skills." The three movies in the series have made more than $900 million at the box office worldwide. Now a younger version of Mills, sans wife and children, will show how he gained those skills, as NBC has ordered a prequel series for television. The series will somehow take place in the modern day; Neeson will not be involved. [Deadline]

 

The Last Witch Hunter

The Last Witch Hunter Trailer: Vin Diesel stars in a new trailer for The Last Witch Hunter, which features a plethora of action as the titular character does battle against history's most horrifying witches. Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine also star; the movie opens in theaters on October 23. [IGN]

 

Point Break

Point Break Trailer: FBI agent Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) goes undercover to bring down a criminal gang led by Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez) that claims to be altruistic. A new Point Break trailer suggests the moral dilemma the agent faces. The movie costars Teresa Palmer and Ray Winstone; look for it in theaters on December 25. [Movieclips]

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