"Crank" (2006) ist ein wahrlich abgedrehter Actionstreifen...
Kaum wach geworden und aufgestanden fühlt sich Chev Chelios (Jason Statham, u.a. "Snatch", "Transporter", "Schwerter des Königs - Dungeon Siege") bereits extrem unwohl, als er eine ihm bisher unbekannte DVD mit der Aufschrift Fuck you in den Player einlegt. Auf dem Bildschirm erscheint Gangster Ricky Verona (Jose Pablo Cantillo, u.a. "CSI: Miami"), der ihm per Videobotschaft trocken erklärt und zeigt, wie er ihn im Schlaf mit einer chinesischen High Tech-Droge vergiftet hat. Chev ist Auftragskiller und arbeitet für ein bedeutendes Syndikat an der Westküste. Sein Null-Acht-Fünfzehn-Auftrag von letzter Nacht, den er wie jeden anderen ausführen sollte, lief anders als von seinem Chef geplant...
Mit Gift im Körper, die ebenfalls in Gefahr schwebenden Freundin Eve (Amy Smart, u.a. "Butterfly Effect") im Kopf, dem heißen Wunsch nach Rache und auf der Suche nach einem Gegenmittel, schlägt sich Chev durch Los Angeles und hinterlässt dabei eine Schneise der Verwüstung. Nichts, was sich ihm in den Weg stellt, ist vor ihm sicher. Die Zeit rennt und Chev muss buchstäblich in Bewegung bleiben, um zu überleben: Der einzige Weg, das Gift aufzuhalten, sind kontinuierliche Adrenalinschübe...
BleedingCool.com zitiert aus einem Chat mit Brian Taylor... [...]
i think the crank movies have had staying power and cultural impact and a big influence on many fucked up young film makers.
[Crank's poisoning] was a plot device designed to showcase the shit we do w/ cutting and camera movement but became a metaphor for our entire ADD approach to reality
try explaining to amy smart that she has to take stripper pole lessons and roll around in horse manure naked for the integrity of the film. now that’s directing.
[Crank 3]will happen, prob 2013.
we were going to have chelios track down bin laden [in Crank 3] but that got fucked up [...]
Collider sprach mit Jason Statham über den 3. Teil... [...] If you’re a fan of Crank and Crank: High Voltage, Statham doesn’t sound confident that we’re going to see a Crank 3 as the second one didn’t do as well as the first one. He said:
"It’s a shame the last one didn’t do that well. I think the first one had a little bit more success and usually if you do a sequel, it usually has to in some ways take a little bit more money than the first one." [...]
CS! berichtet über die US-Kinocharts... [...] Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's sequel Crank: High Voltage, starring Jason Statham, opened to $6.5 million in 2,223 theaters. The first film debuted with $10.5 million in 2006 and ended up with $28 million. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Mike Patton, der für den "Crank 2" Soundtrack sorgte... Und die Agentur PUBLICS meldet... [...] CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE startete mit über 110.000 Kinobesuchern (inkl. Previews) auf Platz 1 der Charts. Damit ist das Sequel des Kultfilms nicht nur cranker, sondern bereits jetzt erfolgreicher als sein Vorgänger am gesamten Startwochenende. [...]
Heute startet "Crank 2: High Voltage" in den deutschen Kinos...
CS! zeigt ein neues Poster... Und bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik zum Sequel... [...] Actionwise, this is even more insane than the first one. Like anal-rape-with-a-shotgun-insane. The Stat is, once again, doing what he does best, running around, being pissed, killing people. And yeah, boobs in virtually every scene. Plus brilliant moments of "WTF?" like a bizarre Godzilla-fight which doesn't make any sense.
Still, all in all it feels like Neveldine, Taylor and Statham are just going through the same moves again with this one. I mean, there's nothing really new here, just more of the same. The editing is really fucking fast, but not in a Quantum of Solace way, so you still know what's going on most of the time. Still, the shaky cam-asthetic was beginning to get tiresome by the end of it. Speaking of which, the ending felt kind of weak and random, but I thought the same thing about the first film. That said, I would still like to see a third one, just to see what the fuck they come up with next.
So enough of my incoherent ramblings, I'm sure you get the gist. Not quite as electrifying as the first Crank, but still another charge of insane goodness into the heart of action cinema. [...]
Latino Review verrät ein paar Details aus dem "Crank 2"-Plot... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
Lakeshore Entertainment has found its leading lady and villain for sequel "Crank 2: High Voltage," starring Jason Statham as hitman Chev Chelios.
Amy Smart will reprise her role as Chelios’ girlfriend and Clifton Collins Jr. will play his nemesis.
Bai Ling is joining the cast as well, along with Dwight Yoakam and Efren Ramirez, who are both returning from the original.
In "Crank 2," Chelios faces a mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.
Filming on the pic begins April 28 in Los Angeles; Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor penned the script and will direct.
Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Skip Williamson and Richard Wright produce.
Lionsgate will handle North American distribution, while Lakeshore has international.
"Crank," released in 2006, grossed $42 million worldwide. [...]
Bei SpoilerTV gibt es ein paar verräterische Infos zu den Sequel-Charakteren aus einem "Crank 2" Casting-Papier... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
IESB sprach mit Jason Statham... IESB: [...] So coming up next is Crank 2 and Transporter 3?
Statham: Yeah, two franchises. Fucking hell. It’s crazy because over the past few months, I’ve had a ton of offers. You want to do something you want to do and you want to do something that people want you to do. You don’t want to just do a movie to be different. It’s like, does this work for me? Right? It’s a character I’ve played and the script’s okay but where do you score in that film? So you just have to put everything on the scale. Right at the time, Transporter 3 and Crank 2 made the most sense because they’re the characters people like. But people like to pigeonhole you into the corner of that’s all you can do but they’re going to do that anyway. If you do something that is away from appealing to the public they go, "Why didn’t he just do Transporter 3? Everyone wanted to see that!". You can’t fucking please everyone so you just have to please yourself. If everyone enjoys it, then great. You can never please everyone. [...]
Collider sprach mit dem Produzenten Tom Rosenberg, u.a. über "Crank 2"... Vorsicht SPOILER !!! Q: A lot of people really like the movie Crank, you guys have talked about doing Crank II?
Tom: We are doing a Crank II.
Q: Obviously with the writers strike things have been affected...
Tom: We have a script.
Q: Oh, you do?
Tom: We have a script and we are starting it right about April 1st.
Q: Crank was such a stylistic piece based on his condition, now that they’ve changed the hook - now that it’s an electric heart how does that change the style.
Tom: It’s... the last time I mentioned a little bit about it the writers and directors almost went nuts that I said something because it got on the internet but it doesn’t affect the style. It’s actually similar and more extreme, so what propels Jason is even more extreme than the drug that he took.
Q: With the success of the first film - it was a very popular film - you guys... is it a similar kind of budget? Are you guys spending more on it?
Tom: It’s actually similar. We had to pay Jason more and the director’s more and so forth, but it’s not... we generally don’t do that where the sequel becomes so much bigger and less likely to be successful. No, the style will be the same, the shooting schedule is within 2-3 days of the other one.
Q: Are you thinking more in terms of trilogy and future sequels now that it’s established?
Tom: We’ll see... it leaves off where that’s possible. If the public embraces it - I think it’s going to be bigger than the first one. [...]
CS! berichtet über die Fortsetzung... Vorsicht SPOILER !!! ComingSoon.net was just down in Albuquerque, New Mexico where we got to spend some time on the set of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's follow-up to the 2006 action hit Crank, their second movie being a sci-fi action thriller starring Gerard Butler that has been using the working title of Game. (We'll have lots more on the movie soon!)
While there, we had a chance to talk to Lakeshore Entertainment producers Robert Burke and David Rubin, and the latter answered a few questions about the impending sequel to Crank that Neveldine and Taylor will start prepping shortly after finishing the filming of their current project. The script has been finished for some time, and since the story takes place in L.A., they'd like to shoot back in L.A. in April.
(Note: The next paragraph contains a spoiler for Crank so if you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and stop reading about its sequel. Instead, go buy or rent it on DVD before reading on.)
The big question on everyone's mind is how they're going to deal with continuing the story of Jason Statham's character Chev Chelios, who (2nd spoiler warning!) died at the end of the first movie. "It's cool. That's the central question and the way they've answered it is really exciting and fun," Rubin told us in between takes of an intense action sequence, "It's really funny and really clever. I remember when we made 'Crank' how we were shooting the scene where he died, and we all laughed because 'there would never be a sequel to this movie.' Those guys are just so unique and their vision is just so specific to them that if you are excited about their vision than you'll love the way they solve and answer that question." He also debunked the early rumors that Chev has a "robotic heart." "That was a real stretch," he chuckled.
When asked about other rumors that people who died in the first movie might be back, Rubin would only respond quizzically with, "You never know with those guys. Are they really alive or are they not? And are they those people or are they related to them?"
There could be some new actors joining for the sequel as well. "We have a lot of ideas right now about 'Crank 2' and a lot of really exciting stuff that the fans are really going to dig, and it's just about the process of fantastic idea elimination," Rubin continued. "Neveldine-Taylor like to start with a lot of ideas and they're constantly exploring them and taking them to their fullest potential and then seeing which ones are going to live. We're still processing all the ideas for this movie, and with 'Crank 2' it's the same. The great thing with Neveldine-Taylor is the smallest idea they might have some times that we think is not really that prominent, can sometimes blossom into this huge thing. We're still with this movie discovering all those things and working them out, and 'Crank 2', those guys are making a lot of notes and the ideas are still percolating. The script is great but it's interesting because there's Neveldine-Taylor as a writing team and there's Neveldine-Taylor the directing team and the transformation happens when we're actually in our office prepping the movie and when they become the directors of the movie, the ideas just transform and have a life of their own." [...]
Variety.com berichtet über die Fortsetzung...
Jason Statham will reprise the role of hitman Chev Chelios in "Crank 2: High Voltage" for Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment.
The two companies are also teaming on "Game," starring Gerard Butler. Michael C. Hall has signed on to co-star in the futuristic thriller.
Both films, which are being shot back to back, are written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the team that created the 2006 sleeper hit "Crank."
Lionsgate will handle North American distribution, while Lakeshore will handle international distribution. Lakeshore will introduce the film to international buyers at this week's American Film Market.
In "Crank 2," Chelios faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.
Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Skip Williamson and Richard Wright will produce. [...]
CS! meldet... The Movie Blog got a chance to talk to Crank co-writers/co-directors Brian Taylor and Mark Neveldine about a possible sequel to the Jason Statham action-drama.
"There will be a sequel to Crank yes. Prepare to Crank again," Taylor told the site. "And you know the 'is it a sequel or prequel' question... IT'S A SEQUEL. We're not selling out and going prequel. We are picking up where the last movie left off." [...]