Fox has commissioned screenwriter David Scarpa to pen a script for a proposed plan to reboot Daredevil, the blind superhero based on the Marvel Comics character. The film isn't slated for production, so the fate of the project is still uncertain. However, the commissioning of a script shows Fox is serious about finding a way to exploit the red hot response to many Marvel characters in feature films. Daredevil was played by Ben Affleck in a 2003 big screen feature. Although not a bomb, the film under-performed at the box-office and diminished enthusiasm for a sequel. For more click here
Tom Cruise will star in a fourth Mission:Impossible film for release in May 2011. Paramount will distribute the film, which is ironic because it was the excessive cost of the third movie in the series that led to the studio splitting with Cruise in a messy 2006 professional business "divorce". J.J. Abrams, who directed that film, will co-produce with Cruise, but apparently won't direct. Click here for details.
Blue Underground, which specializes in first class DVD editions of cult films, has released Circle of Iron (aka The Silent Flute) on Blu-ray. The 1978 martial arts movie was based on a story devised by Bruce Lee, James Coburn and Sterling Silliphant. Lee couldn't find studio interest in the metaphysical film that was designed to combine the spiritual qualities of Taoist philosophy with martial arts fight sequences. The movie languished for years until Silliphant was able to get a production deal. However, by then, Lee was a major film star and he turned his back on having anything to do with the movie. After Lee's death, studios were eager to capitalize on anything to do with his legend. Thus, the movie was heavily promoted as being a tribute to Lee, though the final result is probably light years away from what he envisioned. The movie is bizarre on many levels, yet is consistently entertaining and has a goofy and charming aspect to it.The plot takes place in a mythical land where Cord (Jeff Cooper), a top martial arts fighter is determined to take on the seemingly impossible quest to locate a mysterious figure named Zetan, who jealously guards a legendary book that supposedly contains the meaning of life. Cord must first accomplish numerous dangerous tasks along the way, if he hopes to actually meet Zetan. (Imagine The Wizard of Oz with kung fu fights).