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Exclusive : López-Gallego directing Backdraft II

Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego, best known for 2011 sci-fi thriller “Apollo 18”, has been charged with the mission of reigniting one of the biggest titles in the Universal library.

The studio has tapped the filmmaker for its “Backdraft” sequel, tentatively titled “Backdraft II”, with filming set to begin in Romania and Toronto next month. William Baldwin is expected to reprise his role from the original 1991 blockbuster.

Film’s central character will be Sean McCaffrey, the grown son of Kurt Russell’s character from the first film (see below, pictured with on-screen mother Rebecca De Mornay in the original), an investigator with the Chicago F.D who still holds his uncle (Baldwin) responsible for the death of his pop.

The bad guys in this one are a group of agents sneaking a missile out of the country, using a series of deadly fires as a distraction.

Raffaella De Laurentiis produces.

Exciting news for fans of the original film, particularly with the character of Brian McCaffrey back, and a capable director in the helmer’s spot. Looking forward.

“Backdraft”, directed by Ron Howard and penned by Gregory Widen, starred Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland, Robert De Niro, Jason Gedrick and J. T. Walsh. The film, made for 75 mill, didn’t spark a light with most critics but most did applaud it’s blazingly brilliant special effects and very impressive action sequences (with many of the actors performing their own stunts).

The film received three Academy Award nominations for Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects and Best Sound.

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