Action thesp banks $4 mil per film
While chaos swirls around him, Steven Seagal continues to make movies.He’s just closed a deal with Franchise Pictures and Warner Bros. to star in the Adam Greenman-scripted “The Rescue” and a remake of 1975 Warners drama “The Yakuza.” Seagal will be paid $4 million for each film. Seagal can currently be seen in “Half Past Dead,” but he has gotten more attention of late for a volatile break with former partner Julius Nasso. Thesp’s work pace hasn’t slacked off, however. He rebounded from the split with Nasso to launch the production and sales company Luminosity Media, with deals to topline the Millenium/Nu Image films “Belly of the Beast” and “Out for a Kill.” Seagal continues his Steamroller Prods. banner, with both entities run by Phillip Goldfine. “The Yakuza” was originally scripted by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne and directed by Sydney Pollack. It starred Robert Mitchum and merged Japanese lore with the saga of gangsters kidnapping the daughter of an L.A. shipping magnate. In “The Rescue,” Seagal will play a former Vietnam vet who begins exchanging letters with an orphan in Eastern Europe that he’s helping out financially. When the letters cease, he heads to Europe to find out what happened to the child.