Producer Adi Shankar Talks Dredd 2, Punisher, Ghost Rider, Escape From New York, Female Expendables, Spawn, More
Producer Adi Shankar, the man behind the likes of The Grey, Maching Gun Preacher, Judge Dredd and the recent Punisher short, recently participated in a QnA.
Adi Shankar is a huge comic book fan who recently put out the Thomas Jane "Dirty Laundry" Punisher fan film that exploded on to the net.
He answered a variety of questions with some of the more interesting as follows (via Reddit).
Regarding the Punisher short, Adi Shankar offered:
The goal was just to make it and to make something that we all felt was really good. There was no studio behind it. I distributed it on my YouTube channel. Everyone worked for free. It was a lot of fun. I had no idea that people would respond to it the way that they did. I'm a life long comic book fan and I really wanted to make something cool for my fellow fans.
On doing a Punisher Movie:
I would obviously love for that to happen, but sadly no. Marvel and thereby Disney own the rights. The short film I made was essentially a fan film. Lionsgate made the last two Punisher movies. Feel free to email Marvel and tell them that they should do it.
Actually here's the deal ... I'm a life long comic book fan ... The Punisher character comes with his own baggage and is essentially a two dimensional vigilante named Frank Castle ... I don't think the world needs another Punisher movie (we've had 3 bad ones). What I think the world needs is Thom Jane playing a badass, Phil Joanou kinetic directing, and Chad St. John's subversive writing style ... I think a Punisher cameo in Avengers 2 would be awesome though ...
On more Punisher shorts and how about a Terror Inc. short?
Terror Inc would be dope. No more shorts for The Punisher though ... I made the statement I wanted to make with the character already ... I hope #DirtyLaundry gets a cult following on the net ..
On a potential Judge Dredd 2:
Probably not. But I am working on a Dredd short in the vein of #DirtyLaundry ... you're actually the first person to know about this ...
Thank you. If DREDD becomes a cult hit it will be awesome. Last September was a terrible month ... DREDD bombed and then LOOPER became a massive hit a week later!
Nothing against LOOPER! I think Rian Johnson is a genius and I think Joseph Gordon Levitt will become his generation's Matt Damon. Ram Bergman, the movie's real producer, is one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. I would tell you how I really felt about the movie's financier James D. Stern but I think I'd get into trouble ... However, most importantly I loved watching Looper.
it's because the movie totally bombed & R-rated movies are a tough sell to begin with.
Would love to redo Ghost Rider and a sequel to Escape From New York:
I would like to make a retro futuristic sequel to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK called 'Snake Plissken Returns.' I love the look and feel of that world and would like to explore the character of Snake further. He's the man with no name for my generation. Joel Silver just announced that he was rebooting ESCAPE FROM NY yesterday ... so with that in mind I'd like to make the DREDD version of The Phantom. The Phantom was my father's favorite comic when he was growing up. I also think GHOST RIDER was whack and would love to re-imagine it.
On the Escape From New York remake that was just announced:
Here's the thing ... I don't think Escape from New York should be remade ... it's already been remade when it was called DOOMSDAY. What people love about the movie is the aesthetic and the character of Snake Plissken ... I'm afraid it will end up like TOTAL RECALL.
On Female Expendables:
It depends on the movie and it depends on who your partners are. Also, the job of an independent producer (like myself) and a studio producer are very very different. It would take me around 2hrs to answer this question properly. By way of example, for the FEMALE EXPENDABLES I generated the project and have been guiding it creatively every step along the way. For #DirtyLaundry Phil Joanou, Thomas Jane, and Chad St. John did all the work =).
More on Dredd:
Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) wrote the script. He's one of the best writers out there. What's cool about Dredd is that it's essentially a Die Hard-esque story which happens to have Dredd in it. It's also not a cliche super hero origin story movie. In it's own way the idea was to evolve the super hero genre.
New serial killer movie with Ryan Reynolds:
Yes! I'm working on two right now! THE VOICES starring Ryan Reynolds is a serial killer movie from the perspective of the serial killer. It starts shooting in April. CORSICA 72 is a period gangster movie ... it looks like CORSICA will go in September but fingers crossed.
On Source Code:
I'd go back in time and remake Source Code with Phil Joanou directing it ... I LOVED that script but then it got destroyed with studio notes ... it went from being a sic-fi classic to a routine interest movie ...
Would do a Spawn film:
Yes with our without Jamie Foxx. Todd McFarlane is a friend of mine and we have literally been talking about doing this movie for 4 years now. Harass him and tell him to finally give me the rights ... I'd make a dope Spawn film ...
On producing Rockstar Games movies:
I agree with you! Manhunt is awesome. Rockstar games has always been against licensing out their properties. I literally think I emailed them every day for a year when I first started producing to give me the rights. I think I finally got a letter from their in house lawyer telling me to officially fuck off.