“SPARTACUS’ ” Liam McIntyre goes on new “TURKEY SHOOT”


One of the most controversially violent Ozploitation thrillers of the ’80s, TURKEY SHOOT (a.k.a. ESCAPE 2000), is getting a reboot, and the star of SPARTACUS has signed on to head up the cast.

Screen Daily reports that Liam McIntyre, who portrayed the Roman slave turned warrior in SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED, will play disgraced Navy SEAL Rick Tyler in the new TURKEY SHOOT, joined by Viva Bianca, his co-star in the series. The 1982 version, directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, centered on a penal colony whose prisoners are forced to become the targets of a human hunt; in the new movie, the contest is a survival reality TV show that Tyler enters to clear his name. Australian veteran Antony I. Ginnane returns from the original to produce, with Trenchard-Smith joined by Richard S. Guardian and Anthony J. Lyons as executive producers. Longtime Aussie genre filmmaker Jon Hewitt will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Belinda McClory; Lightning Entertainment is getting sales underway at the current Cannes Film Festival. Look for more on the project at this site soon!

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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