Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 69%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Martin Freeman Joins Captain America: Civil War
But which side will he be on?
Emily Blunt Will Be A Bronco Belle
Saddle up!
Jason Momoa In Talks For The Magnificent Seven
While Byung-hun Lee is now aboard
Mark Strong, Jamie Bell And Abbie Cornish On For 6 Days
They'll star in the Iranian Embassy siege film
First Pic Of Chloë Sevigny And Kate Beckinsale In Love & Friendship
Whit Stillman reunion klaxon!
Alec Baldwin And More Voicing Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad
James Franco, Anjelica Huston, Heidi Klum and Omar Sy also aboard
New Indiana Jones Movie Confirmed By Kathleen Kennedy
The adventuring archaeologist will seek fortune and glory again
Second Star Wars Anthology Film Reportedly About Boba Fett
And it still needs a director
Will Poulter Is Pennywise The Clown
In Cary Fukunaga's new take on Stephen King's It
Jennifer Aniston Considering Mean Moms
Buzzing around a queen bee role
John Cleese Heads For Albion
Playing the villain in Rise Of The Danann
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


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Film Studies 101: Being A Location Manager
Avengers: Age Of Ultron's Jamie Lengyel shares the tricks of the trade

10 Avengers: Age Of Ultron Secrets
Exclusive: Joss Whedon spills the beans on Empire's spoiler podcast

Updated! Stan Lee’s Marvel-lous Cameos – Now With Even More Cameos
From Daredevil to... Daredevil?

11 Of The Silliest Sesame Street Film Parodies
From Aveggies: Age Of Ultron to Big Birdman (and back again)

Podcast #158: Paul Bettany, Charlie Cox
The Vision vs. Daredevil

Richard Armitage Bids Farewell To The Hobbit
On goat-riding, keepsakes and saying goodbye to Thorin

Empire's Jurassic World Covers Unveiled
You're going to hear her roar

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire Digital Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  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)