Interview with Gale Anne Hurd


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Apr 15, 2004
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Saw this interview and there seemed to be no thread for it. Doesn't say too much new but what she says about blowing up stuff is pretty cool!

If you saw the Terminator or Aliens films then you know the work of legendary producer, Gale Anne Hurd. Gale also produced the first Hulk and second Punisher films and she has returned to produce their re-launches. We talked to Gale about the new Hulk film in part 1 of our interview (Gale Anne Hurd on the Hulk) and now we discuss the upcoming Punisher: War Zone.
Crave Online: You're also relaunching The Punisher movie franchise?

Gale Anne Hurd: Sure, we're still in post production and this time we are introducing Ray Stevenson from Rome as Frank Castle. We're going back also, not to an origin story but to respond to some of the things that fans initially felt we could do better from the first film. In other words, making sure the story took place in New York. That was something that we heard over and over again was important. And that the film have much more of the Marvel Max sensibility which is their more adult line. That's what we've addressed in this.

Crave Online: What were the challenges of remounting that franchise?

Gale Anne Hurd: Well, pretty much a similar situation in the sense that we were not still telling an origin story again. We had to make sure that for audiences who aren't familiar with the comic book or haven't seen the first film that we understand Frank Castle's backstory, how he became The Punisher. It's a little different in the sense that he doesn't have super powers, so he doesn't transform. But it's important to understand why Frank Castle became The Punisher so we're able to do that without having to hearken back to the first film. Then once again, a tremendous cast with Ray, Dominic West who was in 300 and The Wire, Julie Benz from Dexter, Wayne Knight plays Micro.

Crave Online: Did you have any trouble using the name Jigsaw since that's now the famous name of the villain in Saw?

Gale Anne Hurd: You know, Dominic West is playing that character. I don't think we're making a big deal of the name because also since the film is a Lionsgate film, we don't want people to think that the villain from Saw is showing up in another Lionsgate movie.

Crave Online: What big action can we expect?

Gale Anne Hurd: Well, it's different because it's not CGI action. It's much more sort of brutal hand to hand combat. All the things you'd expect from The Punisher in the comic books. He's got an array of weapons and he can also go one on one with anyone in hand to hand combat.

Crave Online: Why did action become your specialty?

Gale Anne Hurd: I've been a fan of it since I was growing up. I'm also one of the people who loves high adrenaline sports, whether it's white water river rafting, scuba diving to 200 feet, skiing fast downhill. It's something that I've always enjoyed. My first job in the business was working for Roger Corman so from the very beginning I made genre films. The nice thing now is that I have bigger budgets than I did when I was working for Roger.

Crave Online: Do you blow up more now than in your Terminator days?

Gale Anne Hurd: We blew up quite a bit. Well, the first Terminator was a very small budget film. It was $6.4 million. We blew up a lot in Terminator 2. But I think this one surpasses even that with the final action sequence in New York City.

Sounds like there should be a bang or two!
I'm glad there's not going to be a lot of CGI action.
what I like most is the fact she started it saying that they made sure the story took place in New York City!

and yes I agree too screams,..we don't need a lot of CGI so that's cool too!

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