High-speed train director David Leitch teams up with Idris Elba for an adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics title Bang!. The spy thriller is part of a new partnership between Netflix and Dark Horse Entertainment, with Bang! based on the comic book series by writer Matt Kindt and artist Wilfredo Torres. Another series belonging to the creator of Matt Kindt, mind managementis adapted in series from stranger things‘Curtis Gwinn. Bang! should be written by Kindt and Zak Olkewicz. Parallel to the bar High-speed trainLeitch also made Deadpool 2, Fast & Furious Gifts: Hobbs & Shaw, Nobodyand Atomic Blonde.
Idris Elbe Bang! follows a spy sent on a mission to stop a doomsday cult from brainwashing the masses with a collection of novels. Producers include Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg for Dark Horse, Leitch and Kelly McCormick for 87 North and Elba.
Past projects from the Dark Horse/Netflix pact include The Umbrella Academy, Polar with Mads Mikkelsen, and the Rabbit Samurai: The Usagi Chronicles animated series. Some upcoming projects feature Blake Lively women killer and Revenge Inc. The women killer The comic was created by Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich and features a 1950s housewife who leads a double life as a trained mercenary.
David Leitch has credited Jackie Chan’s signature style of stunts and acrobatics steeped in slapstick humor as an influence on the lighter touch of High-speed trainis a hard-hitting action.
“You hear the title High-speed train and you think, ‘Hard action.’ But it really is a comedic, heightened, hilarious action-thriller,” Leitch said, adding classic Jackie Chan-inspired fight scenes inspired by “a bit of physical comedy” in the brawls aboard the ever-moving train.
“Combat is designed to improve characters,” he said. “We’re here to have fun in this super confined space.”
Sony Pictures describes the original cinematic event as a fun and wacky action-thriller from the acclaimed action director (who recently produced the action comedy starring Bob Odenkirk Nobody). Oscar winner Brad Pitt (Once upon a time in Hollywood) features an eclectic and diverse cast of assassins – all with connected but conflicting goals – set against the backdrop of a nonstop journey through modern Japan.
High-speed train hits theaters July 29. Let us know what you think of David Leitch and Idris Elba pairing up for Netflix Bang! in the comments!
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