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Yesterday, a report surfaced that Universal Pictures has narrowed its Fast & Furious 8 director search down to four candidates, F. Gary Gray, Adam Wingard, Louis Leterrier and William Eubank. While principal photography on Fast & Furious 8 isn't expected to begin until next spring, pre-production is slated to begin at the end of this month, and the studio was expected to make their decision very quickly. Variety reports that F. Gary Gray has been selected to take the helm, and while Universal hasn't confirmed the report, star-producer Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself and the filmmaker on his Facebook page.
This news comes less than a week after Vin Diesel himself said that he wants Rob Cohen, who directed the first movie in the franchise, 2001's The Fast and the Furious, to come back for Fast & Furious 8. The actor said that his late co-star Paul Walker always wanted him »
As soon as Furious 7 ended, Vin Diesel announced that there would be a Fast & Furious 8. However, with James Wan not returning, the super-charged ship was without a captain. Although, that may be soon changing as it appears Universal Pictures may have selected its next director.
After the recent success of Straight Outta Compton, Director F. Gary Gray has been a hot commodity in the movie world. Until now, he was rumored to be one of the final four director's for Marvel's Black Panther movie. However, if the picture above and Vin Diesel's words are true, he may be scrapping the vibranium claws for a super-charged v6 turbo.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
When first we checked in on Furious 8's search for a director, Universal was wary of Vin Diesel taking the job himself. And when we last checked in, Diesel was promising to reveal the choice on his Facebook page; leading to fears that he would indeed pull a Dick Cheney. Now THR reports that's unlikely to be the case, as the studio has landed on Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray for the gig. Gray was one of three filmmakers short-listed for the job alongside The Transporter's Louis Leterrier and You're Next's Adam Wingard; his filmography also includes A Man Apart with Vin Diesel and The Italian Job with Jason Statham. It's like he was part of the family already.This post has been updated throughout. »
- Nate Jones
The development comes after Diesel recently appeared to hint that he wanted to direct the film himself.
Elsewhere, Diesel recently confirmed that the Fast & Furious series will end with "one last trilogy".
The actor has hinted that »
Last week, Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that a director will be announced soon for Fast & Furious 8. Furious 7 director James Wan has moved on to direct The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist, and Justin Lin, who directed the last four Fast & Furious movies before that, is currently shooting Star Trek Beyond. Today, Variety reports that Universal Pictures has narrowed their directorial choice down to four candidates, F. Gary Gray, Adam Wingard, Louis Leterrier and William Eubank.
The report claims that none of these four filmmakers have emerged as the front runner yet, but the studio is reportedly close to making their final decision. Variety also reports that there is no truth to rumors that Vin Diesel may be in the mix to direct Fast & Furious 8 himself. The actor did reveal over the weekend that he wants Rob Cohen, who directed the very first The Fast and the Furious »
When Paul Walker tragically lost his life at the end of 2013, the end of the Fast and Furious franchise seemed inevitable. Surely the seventh film would be wrapped up with a fitting tribute to the star and everyone would move on?
Thanks to a behemoth box office haul – perhaps propelled by sentimentality and morbid intrigue surrounding Walker’s death – the nitrous-fuelled series smashed those expectations with the announcement that Vin Diesel would return.
Beyond that – and the !*$%umption that the title will be some sort of variation on Fast & Furious 8 – little concrete information is known. Occasionally Diesel will stoke the fires by dropping interesting morsels, but there’s a distinctly mysterious air about the hotly-anticipated eighth film. Which is a strange thing to say, given the lack of precedent for franchises that go beyond 3 or 4 without sucking increasingly.
10. The Villain Will Be As Big As Denzel Washington »
- Simon Gallagher
Jon Watts’ next job is no secret – he’ll be directing the Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man reboot, for Marvel Studios and Sony. They signed him up off the strength of his last film – his second feature, Cop Car.
Cop Car is something of a hybrid between a road comedy and a crime thriller, where Kevin Bacon stars as a crooked cop on the hunt for the two young runaways that have taken a joyride in his eponymous vehicle.
Ahead of Cop Car’s disc release in the UK (and it's available on demand now), we chatted to Jon Watts on the phone about the film, his directorial debut (the underrated 2014 horror flick, Clown) and the comic book inspirations behind his next project…
So, we’re here to talk about Cop Car – which you wrote and directed. »
The Transporter: Refueled
Directed by Camille Delamare
Whereas each of the first three Transporter vehicles were released at three-year intervals, Refueled arrived in theatres in September of 2015, seven years since audiences last saw lone wolf Frank Martin pack a mean punch towards clients that always try to change the deal. Since then, a television series starring Chris Vance (a co-Canadian production, no less) lasted a couple of seasons and the film franchise’s true star, Jason Statham moved on to bigger things, although whether they were better is entirely up for debate. Luc Besson, co-creator of the first trilogy, saw fit to dive back into the well in the hopes of reviving the character and his many antics in southern France, announcing at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Frank Martin’s eventual return to the silver screen. Without Statham on board, »
- Edgar Chaput
Directed by Olivier Megaton
Following another three year hiatus during which time star Jason Statham saw his international stardom continue to grow with a series of adrenaline fueled action vehicles, series caretakers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen were at it again for a third Transporter film, this time returning protagonist Frank Martin (Statham) to his European roots following a pit stop in Miami for part 2. The former army man, now self-employed driver, is back in France, where he enjoys pleasant fishing expeditions with Inspector Tarconi. His relaxing time off is brutally disturbed one night when a car crashes into his living room, driven by an accomplice of his that Frank himself vouched for not long ago for a contract. Frank discovers Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) in the back seat, and it isn’t long before Frank finds himself caught »
- Edgar Chaput
In a lengthy Facebook post, the actor said that his mother gave him some advice about the upcoming film: "Either you direct 8 yourself… or don't do it."
Diesel wrote: "It is no secret that my good friend Justin [Lin] and I have been very intensely discussing the trilogy, as we have dreamed it for almost a decade.
"We know that when we re-team we will shock the world. It is also no secret that he is finishing [Star Trek] for [Jj Abrams] and won't be done in time for us to make the date the studio wanted me to announce of April 14th 2017.
Ever wondered who those guys in movies were really talking to over the phone? Well, wonder no more…
Those bright sparks at Burger Fiction have put together an awesome supercut of 57 different phone calls from films, creating one epic movie conversation.
Bridget Jones, Ron Burgundy, Marty McFly and many other iconic movie characters speak over the phone in this brilliant supercut.
Elsewhere, Burger Fiction were also responsible for putting together a supercut of every single punch thrown by Jason Statham. Watch it below. »
Earlier this week, Vin Diesel confirmed rumors that he was holding up Fast & Furious 8 with his director's search. He wants the next film to be perfect. And he has a lot vested in it. Previous rumors claimed he wanted to direct the sequel himself. He's now gone on record, addressing his fans on Facebook. Yes, he explains, his mother did urge him to direct Fast & Furious 8 or he wouldn't make the movie. But it doesn't sound like that is happening. Instead, Vin Diesel wants to bring in longtime collaborated and director of the very first movie in the franchise, 2001's The Fast and the Furious, to return to the helm. This is what Vin Diesel has to say on the current state of Fast & Furious:
It is no secret that my good friend Justin [Lin] and I have been very intensely discussing the trilogy, as we have dreamed it for almost a decade. »
Let's hope Ridley Scott has better luck on the Red Planet than John Carpenter and Brian DePalma... John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) Director: John Carpenter Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham A group of space cops must outwit and escape a horde of supernatural and super pissed off Martians. John Carpenter's Ghosts Of Mars. That phrase alone sounds exciting... Read More »
- Jason Adams
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
Welcome to "Jurassic World" -- at least the Digital HD version, which is out October 1! The blockbuster "Jurassic Park" sequel, starring Chris Pratt, will be coming out on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 20.
Rich people have problems too -- in this case, their own children. A mysterious man offers an interesting proposition to help six rich parents deal with their intolerable kids: He has seven monsters who are dying to test out their skills. 1 house, 6 kids, 7 monsters. Who will be left standing in "Kid vs Monsters"? Malcolm McDowell, Lance Henriksen, Armand Assante, Richard Moll, and Francesca Eastwood star in the fantasy film, which is out on Digital HD and VOD on »
- Gina Carbone
Last week, news surfaced that Universal Pictures is having difficulties finding a director for Fast & Furious 8, which the studio has set for release on April 14, 2017. The report suggested that Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel is at least partially to blame for the sequel having no director in place yet, claiming the actor/producer is difficult to work with, and that he may be eyeing to direct one of the forthcoming sequels himself. Over the weekend, Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page to issue a statement, revealing that no filmmaker has been given an offer to direct Fast & Furious 8, which will be part of the franchise's last trilogy.
"The fans of the Fast & Furious Saga are the best fans in the world... Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way... literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you. »
Vin Diesel has confirmed that the Fast & Furious series will end with "one last trilogy".
The fans of the Fast & Furious Saga are the best fans in the world... Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been...
Posted by Vin Diesel on Friday, 25 September 2015
The star, who has been a producer on the franchise since 2008, has now tried to clarify the situation in a post on Facebook.
"The fans of the Fast & Furious Saga are the best fans in the world... Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way... literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you," he wrote.
"My producing partner Neal would love for me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, »
Fast & Furious 7 surprised everyone when it became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time earlier this year, which obviously means an eighth instalment is on its way.
Fast 8 will be released worldwide on April 14, 2017, but fans are already searching for the latest updates. So here's everything we know so far, with the newest information right at the top...
It will kick off "one last" trilogy of films
He said: "Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision… they have been like family… I promised the studio »
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham were definitely the coolest looking couple at Lax on Friday. Check out the pic ... they look like a duo straight out of an action movie -- something they've both got plenty of experience with. We're guessing neither of them had an issue with anyone getting in the way. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Directed by Louis Leterrier
It took three full years for Frank Martin (Jason Statham) to make his return to the silver screen following the modest success that was The Transporter in 2002, but not a lot had changed in the interim, notwithstanding a few cosmetic details. Frank still offers his services privately to whomever is willing to pay, only now he has established himself in Miami. In very James Bondian fashion, the previous film’s leading lady is nowhere to be found. This time, it is Audrey (Amber Valleta), beautiful wife to brilliant doctor Jefferson Billings (Matthew Modine), who opines over the rugged entrepreneur. The Billings have hired Frank a month ago to drive their young son Jack to and from school. Frank has, rather surprisingly, developed something of a rapport with the youth, which prompts him into action on »
- Edgar Chaput
Set in a near-future dystopia, this British sci-fi suggests promising things for director-writer Justin Trefgarne
Related: Narcopolis review – noirish techno-thriller that's a useful calling-card movie
This British sci-fi punches well above its budget visually, it’s a shame the drama can’t match it. The set-up is promising: a near-future dystopia where drugs are legal but a black market thrives, cleverly collaged from more Blade Runner-ish parts of London. The story takes a similar approach. Our hero (Elliot Cowan) is a flawed, weary drugs cop, drawn into a mystery involving a corpse, experimental narcotics, corporate conspiracy and time travel – the latter element adding more “gotcha” twistiness than the film needs. Jonathan Pryce’s Russian techno-recluse adds some much needed acting ballast: Cowan’s more a Jason Statham than a Harrison Ford – tough, gruff and up for a fight/chase/shoot-out. Just as well, as there’s plenty of action, »
- Steve Rose
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