The Bright, Shining Future of Movie Genius

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by Joshua Foust on 7/7/2011 · 3 comments

From the Guardian:

Is the world ready for Steven Seagal’s Genghis Khan epic?

But the first greatest of all the vanity projects is unquestionably Seagal’s Genghis Khan epic, which the On Deadly Ground legend first mentioned in 1998. He even got around to writing a script, which he instantly burnished by attaching himself to the project as director and star. Since then? Well, it remains tantalisingly unproduced, despite various missions to China to scout locations and actors. Oh, and the mafia got involved. The usual.

So imagine my delight to read a dispatch from last week’s 2nd International Action Film festival in the Kazakhstan capital Astana, at which Seagal appears to be combining guest-of-honour duties with his usual humanitarian commitments. Apparently, he told reporters that the US movie industry was in the doldrums – stay with this – and that he would now make the film with Russian and Kazakh cinematographers. “We are not only working on the plot, but also settling financial issues,” he explained, adding that his friend, the mayor of Astana, was going to help him.

Do we dare to dream?

I know I certainly do.


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Mark Murphy July 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Genghis Khan may be one of the most important and influencial figures in history, but big screen versions of his life tend to be flops. Omar Sharif played him in a forgetable and cheesy 1965 epic which featured Irish actor Stephen Boyd as his Mongol rival. Then there was Howard Hughes’ bizarre film “The Conquerer”, which gave us John Wayne as the legendary Central Asian warrior in a performance which must be seen to be believed (and not in a good way!). The recent “Mongol” was first-rate, and a sequel is apparently on the way. But if Seagal can bring the great leader’s life to the screen with the same intensity and passion which he brought to masterworks like “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory”, “Out for Justice” and the Rastafiarian slaughterfest known as “Marked for Death”, look out Academy Awards!

Brad Mays July 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Please, please PLEASE let this film get made! This project is the 900 ft Jesus of contemporary cinema!

Dave S. July 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Tagline: “I’m just a Khan.”

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