9 items from 2015
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 »
After, what, a day of speculation on which director would take over the franchise, THR is reporting that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray has entered into exclusive talks with Universal to take over the 'we can print our own money' Fast and Furious franchise. Gray looks to have beat out other short list directors Louis Leterrier, William Eubank and oddly enough The Guest's Adam Wingard. Gray has worked with Vin Diesel in the past, on the 2003 action film A Man Apart. Gray's other work in the action-thriller genre include The Italian Job, The Negotiator and Law Abiding Citizen. Diesel met with Gray yesterday and took the picture which you see above and posted on his Facebook page. The report at THR notes that Diesel...
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More news on the next film in the Fast & Furious franchise, with reports from both The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter about who may be stepping into the director’s chair for the new installment.
The Wrap have reported that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray is in pole position to take over from Fast 7‘s James Wan, who has moved away from the film to direct Warner Brothers and DC’s Aquaman.
Straight Outta Compton was another in a long line of massive successes for Universal Pictures, who are behind the Fast franchise, and see Gray as the ideal replacement. The director has brought us such films as The Italian Job, The Negotiator and A Man Apart, with the latter starring Vin Diesel.
Insiders are rumoured to have said that producers »
- Scott J. Davis
As the hunt for a director to Fast & Furious 8 continues, the search is now down to four potential names, it's revealed...
We recently heard the strange story that one of the biggest franchises on the planet is struggling to find a director. With Fast & Furious 7 breaking the $1.5bn barrier and its sequel pegged for a 2017 release, The Hollywood Reporter suggested that Universal had offered Fast 8 to several filmmakers - who'd all turned it down.
James Wan, Justin Lin and Jaume Collet-Serra were all offered the Fast 8 gig, and all passed because they had other plans - Wan has Robotech and Aquaman, Lin has Star Trek Beyond, and Collet-Serra appears to be busy with The Shallows, which has something to do with a shark.
With the clock ticking on a huge, stunt-heavy production, Universal has, according to Variety, drawn up a shortlist of potential directors - and there's some interesting choices on here, »
Exclusive: Studio execs who thought of F. Gary Gray as a go-to guy for taut thrillers like The Italian Job, The Negotiator, Law Abiding Citizen and Be Cool already are reassessing as Straight Outta Compton opens tomorrow with rave reviews and strong box office expectations. The film chronicles the fast rise and fall of N.W.A and the birth of streetwise poets who reflected the poverty, gangs, drugs, guns and heavy-handed law enforcement that was part and parcel of living… »
Simply put, Straight Outta Compton, director F. Gary Gray’s biopic of the rap group N.W.A., is nothing you thought it would be and everything you hoped it would be. And it’s been in the making for 27 years.
Based on the true story and rise to fame of members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-e, DJ Yella and Mc Ren, Straight Outta Compton (taken from the name of the first and only album released by the 5 original members) is both a biopic and a coming of age story that keeps you riveted in your seat for two and half hours.
In 1987, Compton, CA was a hotbed of gangs, drugs, and a brutally corrupt Lapd. With no real voice to express their frustration and anger, drug dealer Eazy-e and local DJ Andre Young, (aka Dr. Dre) decided to start a group with neighborhood friends Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and Mc Ren. »
- Melissa Thompson
Following the release of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, the studio's Phase Two is now complete, and fans are starting to eagerly await Phase Three. This nine-movie phase gets kicked off next summer with Captain America: Civil War, which will showcase the new Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, for the first time. Black Panther is also getting his own stand alone Phase Three movie, set for release on July 6, 2018, which doesn't have a director in place quite yet. While promoting the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, filmmaker F. Gary Gray was asked about rumors that he is being considered to direct Black Panther. Here's what the filmmaker had to say.
"I would love to direct a superhero movie. We'll see what happens, man. If it's right, I'm there."
It isn't known if F. Gary Gray has even met with anyone at Marvel yet, but if he has, this »
The closing chapter of the Lethal Weapon movie saga was a film that, tonally, was a long way away from the movie that started the series.
In the original Lethal Weapon back in 1987, the character of Martin Riggs - as played by Mel Gibson - was on the verge of suicide, working uneasily alongside Danny Glover's Roger Murtaugh. By the end of Lethal Weapon 4, as the song Why Can't We Be Friends played out, it was all happy families. With babies. Riggs had a wife and child, any hints of suicide were long gone, and the film feels a lot more like a comedy than an action thriller.
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
9 items from 2015
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