Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
Go Think Big
Helping young people achieve their career dreams
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Guillermo Del Toro Planning Pacific Rim 3
'Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t...'
Jena Malone Is Part Of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
But as which character?
Eddie Murphy Becomes The Cook
In Bruce Beresford's new drama
Big Eyes Poster Online
Tim Burton goes arty
Ready For Marley & Me: The TV Series?
You may heel the love on the small screen
Fury Fights To The Top Of The US Box Office
The Book Of Life opens third
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
17 October 2012
Next Black Dynamite To Be A Western?
Michael Jai White rides a blazing saddle
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
Empire Star Rating
Black Dynamite (2010)
Empire Star Rating
Exit Wounds
Empire Star Rating
Universal Soldier: The Return
Empire Star Rating
Spawn
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Black Dynamite Picked Up By Sony
Blaxploitation spoof sold at Sundance

20 January 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Bucking this year's Sundance trend of big studios with teeny wallets, Sony have picked up comedy Black Dynamite for $2m, two days after snapping up Brooklyn's Finest.

Riffing off '70s Blaxploitation thrillers, Black Dynamite ("60,000 volts of black power") stars Michael Jai White as a ghetto hero going toe-to-toe with 'The Man' who is pumping heroin into local orphanages.

White is a martial artist best known for getting seriously Eastern on Steven Seagal in Exit Wounds and van Damme in Universal Soldier: The Return, so expect nunchucking, badass kung-fu action to go with all the 'fro's and slap-bass.

Sony has franchise in mind, and judging by the trailer - 2 parts awesome to 1 part deeply silly - they could be onto a winner. 

 


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Tobey Maguire Sees Good People
Producing new crime adaptation
In Honour of Obama's Inauguration...
We bring you clips of pure inspiration

Your Comments

RE: Rarity. A Good spoof.
Great news that Sony is distributing this - each new bit I see looks funnier and funnier! More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 17:40 on 20 January 2009 | Report This Post

Rarity. A Good spoof.
It'll make up partly for the crap those Scary Movie/Meeet the Spartans etc idiots drool out. More

Posted by Taz69 at 13:49 on 20 January 2009 | Report This Post

Looks Piss Funny!!!
I'm Gonna Get you Sucker was good but it's been a while and after about 45mins wasn't really that funny. This seems to be not just slapstick but a few funny one lines as well. This is the first I've seen and heard of this but looking forward to it! More

Posted by bronco3114 at 12:16 on 20 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Black Dynamite Picked Up By Sony
Saw the trailer for this yonks ago and have desperately wanted to see it ever since. Michael Jai White is a martial arts beast, and it bugs me that he isn't in more filmsand finally there's a place for my film recommendation, Undisputed 2, for fans of well choreographed fight scenes the film is a must watch. No quick cut editing, none of that bullshit, just 2 men ninja kicking the shit out of eachother in prison in between bouts of terrible plot (what did you expect?). It also stars More

Posted by captainrentboy at 11:38 on 20 January 2009 | Report This Post

Time to 'Get Down'
The only film I've been genuinely excited to see in a very long time. Has a 'Naked Gun' quality to it that's been lacking in comedies since... well, the Naked Gun. More

Posted by Jimjams at 11:22 on 20 January 2009 | Report This Post

Michael Jai White
I'm fairly certain Michael Jai White was in the Dark Knight, the guy who would pay $1m for the Joker dead or alive. And he also played Spawn in the very poor movie of the excellent comic. It'll be interesting to see how well he does the funnies More

Posted by keef_mac at 11:20 on 20 January 2009 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Empire Podcast #133: Robert Duvall, Anna Faris And James Marsden Interviews
Plus the team discuss the latest news on the upcoming DC and Marvel movies

Documentaries: What Happened Next
We track down and interview the stars of great non-fiction films

Movie Poster Mashups: Sean Bean Edition
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be appalled at the punning...

Your Introductory Guide To That DC Movie Slate
Suicide Squad? Cyborg? Aquaman? We explain who’s who in the DC Universe

Video Interviews: Megan Fox And Will Arnett Talk Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Plus the director and producers on the tone of their new turtle flick

Captain America 3, Iron Man And Civil War: Where Next For The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
What to make of today's Marvel news

Interactive Gallery: Explore Iconic Movie Spacesuits
Explore the fabric of space-time

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)