12 items from 2017
With a worldwide haul of $685 million and climbing, The Fate of the Furious is currently the biggest movie on the planet, and in a bid to strike while the iron is piping hot, Universal is purportedly pushing full steam ahead with a spinoff movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s warring anti-heroes.
Deadline has the scoop, which claims that franchise architect Chris Morgan is the brains behind the script, one that forces Us Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs to “form an unlikely alliance with Statham’s Deckard Shaw.” Essentially, it’ll build on the foundations laid down in F. Gary Gray’s blockbuster sequel, wherein Dwayne Johnson’s musclebound Hobbs turns to Shaw in a last-ditch attempt to bring Vin Diesel’s rogue Dominic Toretto back from the brink and, ultimately, make the Fast family whole once more.
- Michael Briers
The Fast & Furious franchise has one of the most strangely convoluted timelines in existence. The first three generally seem to be in order, and then we find out that Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and the beginning of Furious 7 are all a giant flashback. What’s worse, Han’s death in Tokyo Drift, it turns out, actually no nothing to do with the plot of Tokyo Drift, and everything to do with Dom’s family getting attacked by Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw.
Han’s death is what set off the entirety of Furious 7, and so long as Deckard remained squarely on the other side of the line separating family from non-family, we were square. Sadly, for Han-lovers, Fate of the Furious saw Dom’s crew team up with Deckard, and from the looks of it, he’s probably sticking around. Given the huge emphasis this film franchise has on family, »
- Joseph Medina
Even before The Fate of the Furious took in a record-breaking global box office debut of $531.9 million, Universal had already put plans in place for the final two movies in the franchise. Fast & Furious 9 is set to hit theaters on April 19, 2019, with the franchise finale, Fast & Furious 10 hitting theaters on April 2, 2021. While the movie's box office take apparently wasn't affected at all, this new movie made headlines for a behind-the-scenes feud between stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, which reportedly even lead to both actors being separated during the movie's promotional tour. Today a new report claims that both actors have put their differences aside and resolved their feud, both now slated to return in Fast & Furious 9, while Kurt Russell also expresses his interest in coming back as Mr. Nobody.
‘Tokyo Drift’ Saunters Out Of Old Mexico Into Neon GloryJustin Lin’s debut embodies the best of the Fast and Furious franchise.“You know those old Westerns where the cowboys make a run for the border? This is my Mexico. … Look at all those people down there. They follow the rules for what? They’re letting fear lead them. … Life’s simple. You make choices and you don’t look back.” — Han Seoul-Oh
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the best Fast and Furious movie. I hold this truth to be self-evident. And that’s my piece for this week. Thanks for coming out. I kid! Just give me about twelve miles of runway to make my case.
Justin Lin crosses into a world of intoxicating coolness. Without that atmosphere, it’s impossible to understand why anyone would get involved with the Yakuza. The neon revelry in Tokyo is painfully lush. I »
- William Dass
Can he drive… a franchise to a greater and greater embrace of multiculturalism?
The soundtracks of the Fast and Furious movies (or however you’d like to denote the inconsistently-named series) are second in importance only to the stunts. The latest, The Fate of the Furious, opens in Havana, Cuba to the song “Hey Ma” by J Balvin and Pitbull (featuring singer Camila Cabello). That is, a pop song performed by a Colombian and two Cubans, a delicious continuation of multicultural musical tradition for the series. Furious 7 slightly eschewed tradition with its all-American tearjerker hit “See You Again,” but as a tribute to the late Paul Walker, its roots are part of its respectful appeal.
However, despite that song’s ability to reduce even the most hardened Toretto into a blubbering Roman when the road divides down two irreconcilable paths, I’d argue that the most important song of the series is the one that’s »
- Jacob Oller
The eight-movie, 16-year history of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise is nothing less than the story of Hollywood filmmaking in the 21st century. As a scrappy, overachieving summer blockbuster has exploded into a series of bi-annual box office behemoths, the continuing adventures of Dominic Toretto have come to serve as an incredibly lucid chronicle of the transition from analog action to digital spectacle, and of how a hyper-localized star system gave way to our internationally focused age of branding. No other series in recent memory has taken so many sharp turns over the years, and no other series has been able to survive so many flat tires thanks to the sheer power of family.
With “The Fate of the Furious” ready to roll into theaters, we’ve decided to place the film in its proper context by ranking each installment of the saga from worst to best. Buckle up. »
- David Ehrlich
So much of Universal’s marketing blitz for The Fate of the Furious has been concerned with Dominic Toretto going rogue that no one has stopped to ask the question: how does Helen Mirren factor into F. Gary Gray’s blockbuster sequel? Well, wonder no more.
Proving those early rumors to be true, we know that the esteemed actress will play the part of Magdalene Shaw opposite Vin Diesel and the rest of the Toretto gang. As mother hen to both Owen (Luke Evans) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), Helen Mirren looks set to enjoy a crucial role in determining The Fate of the Furious, and up above you’ll be able to take a peek at her character dishing out a slap or two. Given the circumstances of their meeting – Dom walking out on family, Magdalene reuniting with her son(s) – we’re intrigued to find out whether Helen Mirren »
- Michael Briers
We already know that the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, arriving next weekend, will set up the final trilogy, with Fast & Furious 9 arriving on April 19, 2019 and Fast & Furious 10 bringing the franchise to a close on April 2, 2021. The franchise has had a unique timeline, with characters such as Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) coming back from the dead, while others like Brian O'Connor, played by the late Paul Walker, were given a fitting tribute. Still, seemingly anything is possible in this high-octane universe, and now it seems we may be seeing another deceased character, Sung Kang's Han, a.k.a. "Han Seoul-Oh" on the big screen in Fast & Furious 9.
It’s going on 16 years since The Fast and the Furious made its humble debut in theaters and in those intervening years, Universal’s gleefully over-the-top street racing drama has gone on to become a global phenomenon – not bad for a film that was initially written off as ‘Point Break with cars.’
Six movies later and we arrive on the verge of The Fate of the Furious, F. Gary Gray’s action-packed sequel set to spark a mini civil war from within Universal’s dysfunctional family. In short: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), seemingly under the influence of Charlize Theron’s Cipher, walks out on his nearest and dearest in their most desperate hour, spawning a series of blockbuster set-pieces each more preposterous than the last.
Indeed, if each entry into the franchise aims to top the spectacle seen in its predecessor, The Fate of the Furious looks set to go »
- Michael Briers
One of the biggest fan-favorite characters in the entire Fast & Furious franchise is Han Seoul-Oh, played by actor Sung Kang. The character died in Tokyo Drift, but he was such a hit with fans that writer Chris Morgan decided to alter the entire series’ timeline in order to incorporate him into more movies in the saga. The […]
- Ben Pearson
The Mexican actress has been cast in a recurring role, playing a high-level drug dealer named Alicia Jimenez. She will appear in three episodes.
“Power,” which has been renewed for a fourth and fifth season, is one of Starz’s all-time highest-rated series. The crime drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and creator Courtney Kemp ranked as the second highest-rated premium cable show in all of 2016, only behind “Game of Thrones.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Berlin’s International Film Festival is just now getting underway, and already we’re beginning to catch wind of exciting projects emerging from the European Film Market. Case in point: Code 8, a bold sci-fi feature starring Stephen and Robbie Amell.
Best known for their work on the small screen – Stephen with Arrow; Robbie with The Flash – the Amells headlined Jeff Chan’s short film of the same name when it launched in 2016. An Indiegogo campaign was quickly whipped into shape with the intention of transforming Code 8 into a full-length feature and, after raising upwards of $1.7 million, Deadline brings word from Berlin that Xyz Films has scooped up international rights to the project in question.
The script, one dreamed up by Chan and Chris Paré, takes place in the not-so-distant future, where a portion of the human population – 4 percent, to be precise – are born with some type of supernatural ability. »
- Michael Briers
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