Scott Adkins Joins Iko Uwais in Liam O’Donnell’s “Warpath”!

Back in 2017, the sci-fi actioner “Beyond Skyline” pulled off numerous firsts all in one fell swoop.

In short, “Beyond Skyline” marked the directorial debut of Liam O’Donnell, the first marriage of martial arts to an alien invasion storyline, and the first American production to properly take advantage of Iko Uwais’ screen presence and skill as a martial artist.

With the pay off of the three being Iko’s protagonist Sua jackhammering an extraterrestrial wrist blade into an alien foe in the climactic fight of “Beyond Skyline”, Iko and Liam are currently in the midst of their second collaboration, titled “Warpath”, which is currently filming in Indonesia.

Much to the delight of martial arts movie lovers, Iko and Liam will have some very talented company in “Warpath”, with none other than Scott Adkins officially boarding the movie!

Iko Welcomes Scott Aboard while Scott Teases what “Warpath” has in Store

News of Scott’s involvement with “Warpath” officially broke with Scott sharing a photo to social media with the caption “New Year’s Eve training with the Iko Uwais stunt team”.

It didn’t take long for fans to put two-and-two together that Scott was in Indonesia to join the production of “Warpath”, a fact subsequently confirmed by Iko Uwais with his own social media salutations to Scott Adkins in his Instagram story.

Not to be outdone, “Warpath” writer-director Liam O’Donnell also shared his excitement for having Iko and Scott on-board the project on Twitter/X.

Scott Adkins and Iko Uwais were Amazing in “Triple Threat”

Lovers of action are well aware that “Warpath” is the second on-screen collaboration of Scott Adkins and Iko Uwais, with the first being Jesse V. Johnson’s 2019 uber martial arts ensemble “Triple Threat”.

In “Triple Threat”, Iko portrays Jaka, a young man seeking vengeance for the destruction of his village and death of his wife when a mercenary team arrived to extract their imprisoned leader, the vicious Collins (Scott Adkins).

Realizing that, he and their former teammates Payu (Tony Jaa) and Long Fei (Tiger Chen), Jaka joins forces with them to bring down Collins and his associates in the midst of their mission to assassinate Chinese philanthropist Xiao Xian (Celina Jade).

Under Jesse Johnson’s seasoned direction with fight choreography by the ever capable Tim Man, “Triple Threat” is as economical and fast-paced an “Expendables”-style ensemble as it gets.

With so many martial arts legends in the movie (Michael Jai White, Jeeja Yanin, Michael Bisping, and Ron Smoorenburg also among the cast), “Triple Threat” is a martial arts lover’s delight with the dream matches planted throughout the movie, including Iko and Tony’s two-on-one brawls with Scott during the movie’s mammoth final showdown.

While Iko and Scott’s respective roles in “Warpath” remain undisclosed at the moment, Liam O’Donnell’s use of numerous members of “The Raid” cast in “Beyond Skyline” and “Skylin3s” obviously sets anticipation high for another pairing of Iko Uwais and Scott Adkins in “Warpath”

“Warpath” is One of Several Exciting Action Projects Liam Has in the Works

Most moviegoers know Liam O’Donnell best for his work on the “Skyline” franchise, with Liam co-writing and producing the 2010 original and subsequently writing and directing “Beyond Skyline” and “Skylin3s”.

While being the man to bring Silat action into an alien invasion franchise is indeed an impressive claim to fame (to say nothing of how much the effects, scale, and alien designs of the “Skyline” movies put much bigger budgeted sci-fi flicks to shame), Liam’s also got several other irons in the fire as a filmmaker, with “Warpath” being the first up to bat.

Liam’s prospective sci-fi actioner “The Last Savage” also brings the same marriage of both genres to a post-apocalyptic setting, focusing on a young warrior named Buas raised in the wild and becoming a champion in the arena known “the Rig”.

Liam previously released an artbook on Twitter/X featuring concept art for the world of “The Last Savage” (with Buas himself bearing a rather undeniable resemblance to Iko Uwais.)

Liam previously spoke to KFK on his overall vision for the world of “The Last Savage”, which will surely pique the interest of any self-respecting action or sci-fi fan.

Beyond that, Liam also has a fourth installment of the “Skyline” franchise, titled “Skyline: Radial”, in the works, of which he has said is “our own niche version of a Fast Five/Avengers type of sequel” in an interview with Deadline.

Meanwhile, action movie lovers can also regularly hear Liam as co-host alongside Michael Scott and VyceVictus on the Action 4 Everyone podcast, with the trio breaking down each week’s latest developments in the action movie world.

What Can Fans Expect from “Warpath”?

At writing, there’s not much hard info on what Liam has planned for “Warpath”, though bringing both Iko Uwais and Scott Adkins on-board implies an obviously action-heavy premise.

The same goes for the involvement of Yayan Ruhian in “Warpath”, best known for his roles as Mad Dog in “The Raid: Redemption”, Prakoso in “The Raid 2”, and one of Zero’s unnamed Shinobi students in “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”.

Yayan’s own propensity and innate talent for villainous roles could suggest him as one of the major antagonists of “Warpath”. Indeed, Yayan’s tiny stature paired with his indomitable Silat skills frequently makes him a standout presence as a diminutive warrior who can take out opponents three times his size with ease.

By the same token, Liam pulled off quite an impressive twist with Yayan’s role in the “Skyline” franchise, his character Huana in “Beyond Skyline” losing an arm and a leg to the alien invaders only for his apparent death to be retconned in “Skylin3s”, Huana returning with alien limb transplants in a scene-stealing comeback.

In the end, the second team-up of Iko Uwais and Scott Adkins along with Yayan Ruhian’s mystery role are plenty to get action movie lovers on-board for what Liam has in store with “Warpath”, and hopefully, those aren’t the only surprise that “Warpath” has on its bingo card!

Stay tuned for more info on “Warpath” as it arrives!

Are you excited for “Warpath”? What is your favorite movie in the “Skyline” franchise? What are some of your favorite sci-fi martial arts films? Are you excited for Liam’s post-apocalyptic martial arts adventure in “The Last Savage”? Let us know in the comments below; Like, share and join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram!

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Brad Curran

From the earliest days of childhood, Brad Curran was utterly fascinated by martial arts, his passion only growing stronger after spending time living in the melting pot of Asian cultures that is Hawaii. His early exposure developed into a lifelong passion and fascination with all forms of martial arts and tremendous passion for action and martial arts films. He would go on to take a number of different martial arts forms, including Shaolin Ch'uan fa, Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate and remains a devoted student, avid and eager to continue his martial arts studies. Brad is also an aspiring writer and deeply desires to share his love for martial arts and martial arts movies with the world!

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