Back in July, I first broke the news that director Gina Prince-Bythewood (attached to direct Sony’s Silver and Black at the time) would be directing a feature film adaptation of the Greg Rucka comic book The Old Guard for Skydance Media, it was later confirmed by trades and revealed that Netflix would be getting involved.
More recently, Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne have been officially announced as the film’s leads.
A small group of soldiers, led by a woman named Andy, who are inexplicably immortal and have been working as mercenaries through the ages. The novelty of not dying long gone, the group gets a jolt in their bones when they discover the existence of a new immortal, a black woman serving in the Marines, at the same time as a nefarious organization captures their undying actions on camera.
It sounds like they’re serious about this movie’s fight scenes as HN Entertainment has now learned that they’ve hired 87Eleven Action Design’s Daniel Hernadez as The Old Guard’s fight coordinator, who recently had the same gig on the massive Marvel Studios film Avengers: Endgame.
Daniel is currently the 2nd unit stunt coordinator on Margot Robbie’s DC Comics action film Birds of Prey working alongside his fellow 87Eleven cohorts stunt coordinator Jonathan Eusebio and fight coordinator Jon Valera.
His various stunt credits include John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2, Creed II, Venom, Thor: Ragnarok, Fate of The Furious, Machete Kills, Jurassic World, The Expendables 2, and Logan.
The film stars Oscar-winner Charlize Theron, who isn’t new to working with 87Eleven as their co-founder David Leitch, directed her in the action flick Atomic Blonde and that stunt team worked with her for months for that role.
We recently confirmed The Old Guard’s crew would include Kingsman: The Secret Service and Hellboy production designer Paul Kirby. Filming is expected to begin sometime in May as we recently confirmed it would be shooting mainly at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England.
Secondary filming locations are expected to be Paris and Morocco, the latter was recently used for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
Other Skydance Media action films on the horizon include Michael Bay’s 6 Underground starring Ryan Reynolds (also at Netflix), Tim Miller’s Terminator: Dark Fate, Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, Will Smith’s sci-fi action flick Gemini Man directed by Ang Lee, and Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 7-8 which is currently in development stages.
Netflix has yet to announce an official release date for The Old Guard, but sometime in 2020 feels like a good bet to make.
SOURCE: HN ENTERTAINMENT