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Ferrara And Snipes Re-Team
New movie for kings of New York

08 October 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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It's a while since we've heard anything from maverick director Abel Ferrara. There have been documentaries and below-the-radar features in the last few years, but his highest profile moment lately was probably his attempted Cannes spat with Werner Herzog (where Ferrara wished death on those involved with the new Bad Lieutenant, and Herzog was delighted and offered to go drinking wth him). 

But Ferrara appears to be flirting with the mainstream for a change, as this week sees the start of shooting on the action thriller Game of Death, reuniting the director with star Wesley Snipes. 

Similarities with the ropey posthumous Bruce Lee film from 1978 end at the title: Variety describes the plot as involving "a politician's bodyguard who must fend off five of the world's top assassins". Zoe Bell and Robert Davi are co-starring. 

Sounds interchangeable with any one of Snipes' recent straight-to-DVD efforts, which makes the involvement of Ferrara puzzling. Ferrara directed the original Bad Lieutenant and its brilliant spiritual follow-ups The Funeral and The Addiction, as well as King of New York, where Snipes played a cop going up against a ghoul-like Christopher Walken (remember the glory days when Walken was more than stunt casting?).  

So what's he playing at here? Maybe it's a favour for Snipes, still beleaguered by those tax issues, although he remains free to work and travel on bail while his appeal is being considered. Or maybe Ferrara wants to raise his profile pending the completion and release of his modern-day Jekyll and Hyde, which stars Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent.

Or maybe, just maybe, he felt like taking the money for once.


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Snipes was not a henchman of Walken in "King of NY." Snipes actually played one of the police officers. More

Posted by chrisjirau at 17:28 on 13 October 2009 | Report This Post

Seems a bit b-movie for ferrara, then again anyone considering working with 50 cents isnt that fussy in my book, he is to acting what Brian Blessed is to subtle. More

Posted by grounded at 19:49 on 08 October 2009 | Report This Post

Ferrara And Snipes Re-Team New movie for kings of New York....error
08/10/09 online Owen williams writes ..."where Snipes played one of the terrifying, ghoul-like Christopher Walken's henchmen"...correct me if I am wrong but I remember Snipes as one of the detectives and I believe Fishburne was the henchman. More

Posted by flyin_ryan at 19:39 on 08 October 2009 | Report This Post

COMING SOON... to a a DVD store soon
Sadly Snipes have become like Steven Segal, Van Damme and the like with their movies going straight to DVD. This probably coz he's nuts now (has been for some time) and has as much business accumen as Segal (who deals with mobsters and the such), Abel Ferrara not exactly playing with a full deck either so I guess this reunion is kismit. The movie will be sh....not good. More

Posted by Taz69 at 11:37 on 08 October 2009 | Report This Post

hmm...
...how is our Mr. Snipes thes days? wasn't he in prison? More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 11:21 on 08 October 2009 | Report This Post

I've only seen King of New York once, but didnt Snipes play a cop trying to kill Walken? More

Posted by tdw2782 at 09:45 on 08 October 2009 | Report This Post

Ghouly Henchmen? Not quite...
Snipes was the po-po, partner to Caruso. You're confusing him with Larry Fishburne, you cracker. ;-) More

Posted by Vainparlance at 07:46 on 08 October 2009 | Report This Post

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