RIDERS, N.Y. — A decade after it debuted in theaters, the first “Rambo” movie is getting a reboot.
The Ripper Thriller hits theaters Oct. 20.
For the first time, director Tom Arnold has enlisted a cast of original actors and crew members, including Jason Statham and James McAvoy, to bring a “Randy” feel to the film.
The first trailer features Statham, McAvoys’ new boyfriend.
“The movie is very much about the ‘Ripper’ thrill of getting a shot at the legendary killer,” Arnold told The Associated Press.
We have a gang of gangsters who are not criminals,” Arnold said, referring to a fictional group of men who work together to break into and steal cars.
Statham, whose character was the first Ripper, said he was inspired by a classic movie in which a gangster uses a knife to kill a young boy, while a young woman uses a sledgehammer to break his neck.
McAvoy plays the character who breaks the neck.
The trailer features McAvoya as the leader, and a number of other cast members, mostly actors who have appeared in the film, including actor Michael Madsen, who has also appeared in “American Gangster,” and actor Chris O’Dowd, who played the villain in the “Ripper” franchise.
Director Arnold said he hopes the “movie will be as shocking as the original” and that it will show that “nobody deserves to be killed.”
The movie was shot in two weeks.
There are many different ways to get the film to the screen, Arnold said.
The movie will be filmed in an old theater in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Arnold, who grew up in the Bronx, and McAvoyd’s father, Steve McAvody, both worked on “RUPAUL” and starred in the movie.
He said he has the blessing of the director, who had been working on the movie for more than a decade.
A new version of the film has been filmed, but the final version is “still going to be a work in progress,” Arnold noted. “
I think it will be a little more of an authentic representation of the real thing, rather than something like the ‘American Gangsters’ movies that are so much about gangsters and crime,” Arnold added.
A new version of the film has been filmed, but the final version is “still going to be a work in progress,” Arnold noted.
After Arnold finished shooting the film in New York, he moved to L.A. to direct the “Dirty Dozen” series.
He also created a television show, “Riders.”
He is repped by CAA, WME and attorney David S. Friedman.
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