Martial arts superstar Scott Adkins was at MCM Comic Con over the weekend 26th – 28th May at ExceL London to talk about his latest film “Accident Man”. Regular readers and followers will already be aware of Scott’s dream project however, as well as promoting the film audiences got their first look at he much-anticipated teaser trailer. Kung Fu Kingdom was there to get a first glimpse of this hotly awaited action extravaganza and were not disappointed!
To recap then, “Accident Man” was a staple feature of the UK cult comic book series “Toxic!” and followed the adventures of Mike Fallon, an assassin who specialises in making his hits look like accidents. Killing isn’t personal to this man with no morals until his ex-wife is murdered. Fallon then goes on a revenge-fuelled mission to track down her killer. The film features some of the top names in martial arts filmdom including Michael Jai White, Amy Johnston and Ray Park, with choreography courtesy of Tim Man (“Ninja II, Shadow of a Tear”, and “Boyka; Undisputed”). The film, is directed by Jesse Johnson (nephew of legendary stuntman/director Vic Armstrong) with whom Scott has worked previously on in 2005’s “Pit Fighter” and “Savage Dog” also starring Mark Zaror and Cung Le.
At the MCM event’s silver theatre Scott brought along with him some of the cast and crew for a panel discussion lead by action choreographer and movie journalist Mike Fury. On the panel were Ross O’Hennessy who plays the main villain Carnage Cliff, as well as Perry Benson as another Finicky Fred, Nick Moran as Leonard Kent and Producer Bob Jacques. Scott talked about what has been his dream project – “It’s been a rewarding journey” he declared with a beaming smile. The cast and crew are all made of people Scott wanted to work with and in particular Jesse Johnson who he felt not only understood action movies, having worked alongside his legendary uncle but also the quintessentially British humour prevalent throughout the film.
After each of the cast talked about their experience and fondness for the film, in particular Ross who enjoyed the action – a far cry from his usual roles – it was time to catch our first glimpse of the trailer; and let me tell you folks, it was awesome. It promises lots of action, including Scott’s trademark aerial spinning kicks, explosions but also some dark humour all in the style of an English gangster film reminiscent of Guy Ritchie’s “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch”. Scott explained that it was thanks to Marvel’s “Deadpool” that paved the way for a more adult-centric comic book hero (or anti-hero) and he felt “Accident Man” fit neatly into this realm. Asked if there would be the possibility of this turning into a rival franchise, Scott was keen not to jump the gun, instead aiming to get a cinema release for the film before moving to the VOD and DVD/Blu-ray platforms. “Accident Man” is currently in post-production and has yet to be given a release date.
Stay tuned to KFK for more news on “Accident Man” as it incidentally arrives!