the_other_sandy: Movie tickets (Movies)
About two years ago, Bruce McDonald announced that he was working on three sequels to his 1996 film Hard Core Logo, which starred Callum Keith Rennie (as Billy Tallent) and Hugh Dillon (as Joe Dick), and was hugely popular in the Fraser/Kowalski subset of Due South fandom back in the day.

The first film was supposed to be about Joe and Bucky Haight (originally played by Julian Richings), the second was supposed to be about Joe and Billy, and the third was supposed to be about Joe and Billy's teenage daughters and their band. There were meetings and script readings with CKR and Hugh.

Two of those movies have now been filmed, but with massive changes. The Joe and Billy movie became Trigger starring Molly Parker and Tracy Wright instead. Callum Keith Rennie and Julian Richings have small roles in the movie, but not as Billy or Bucky. The Joe and Bucky movie has just been released as Hard Core Logo 2 and doesn't have Joe or Billy in it either, although it does star Julian Richings as Bucky and features the return of Bruce the documentary filmmaker.

The third movie is still in the idea stage, but since Joe and Billy weren't really supposed to be in it much in the first place, I'm not holding my breath that they'll have any scenes together. What a waste. CKR and Hugh Dillon had such amazing screen chemistry in Hard Core Logo. I can't believe they haven't worked together more. Maybe they can guest star on each other's TV shows or something.
the_other_sandy: Movie tickets (Movies)
About two years ago, Bruce McDonald announced that he was going to do three sequels to his film Hard Core Logo, which starred Hugh Dillon as Joe Dick and Callum Keith Rennie as Billy Tallent. One was supposed to be about Joe Dick and Bucky Haight, another about Joe and Billy, and the third about Joe and Billy's daughters and their band.

I don't know about the other two, but the movie that was supposed to be about Joe and Billy was transformed into Trigger, which now stars Molly Parker and Tracy Wright. It also features CKR and Julian Richings (but not as Billy and Bucky), but the main story revolves around these two new characters.

I'm really disappointed. Hugh and CKR have such brilliant chemistry on screen. I was really excited about getting to see them work together again, but now it's not likely to happen unless they guest star on each other's TV shows (Hugh is currently starring on Flashpoint, CKR on Shattered).

I knew I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up.
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Callum Keith Rennie's new drama, Shattered, starts airing in Canada on September 1st!

the_other_sandy: Movie tickets (Movies)
I'm still working my way through season 1 of The X-Files with friends on our weekly TV night and finally got up the wherewithal to check out the latest X-Files movie from the library. It was kind of lame in that Mulder and Scully had little to no impact on the case they were called in to consult on, but it did have its moments.

Why did no one tell me that Callum Keith Rennie was in this movie? Or that he was totally rocking a Russian accent through the whole thing? He was completely and totally awesome. I haven't been this taken by a part of his in years.

Alex Diakun was also in it. He's previously played Chick Savoy on DaVinci's Inquest, the reaper in the Supernatural episode "Faith," and Höhne on Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. According to the commentary track, he was also CKR's Russian coach.

The movie really pushed the Mulder/Scully romance angle, yet the one scene between Mulder and Skinner was the most slashtastic thing I've seen since Krycek's final scene in the series. I think David Duchovny thought so too, because there was a clip in the gag reel of him playing it up a little bit.
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Back in the late '90s, pretty much everybody in the Fraser/Kowalski end of the Due South pool owned a copy of the movie Hard Core Logo (I have 2 copies: VHS and the Canadian edition DVD with all the extras the U.S. DVD didn't have). It was marketed very badly so many people didn't like it because it wasn't what they thought it was going to be, but those of us in fandom who knew exactly what we were getting into were blown away by the chemistry between Hugh Dillon (Joe Dick) and Callum Keith Rennie (Billy Tallent) in a tragic love story between two people, only one of whom realized he was involved in a love story. I've been waiting a long time for someone to put that chemistry to good use again.

The good news is that director Bruce McDonald is planning three sequels to Hard Core Logo, one of which is scheduled to start shooting in January 2009. One will be about Joe Dick and Bucky Haight, another about Joe and Billy (\0/), and one about Joe and Billy's daughters and their band.

I suspect that the second and third sequel getting made will depend on how the first one does, so I'm really not holding my breath that any or all of these movies will see the light of day, but it would be so awesome to see Hugh Dillon and CKR on screen together again if this all works out.

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