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Rob Cohen to direct $100m China-us thriller 'Speedhunters'

5 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce with Jiaflix, China’s 1905.

Us and China-based Jiaflix Pictures is teaming with its Chinese partner 1905 Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce $100m futuristic action thriller Speedhunters (working title).

Rob Cohen [pictured] is directing from a script by Josh Parkinson (Free Country). The film is scheduled to start shooting in Shanghai, Studio Babelsberg in Germany and other international locations in July 2017 for release in summer 2018.

Set in the near future, the film follows a team of racers and their crew who get drawn into the intrigue surrounding a revolutionary technology that threatens to change the world.

“Speedhunters has all the tenets of a global franchise with its action sequences, visual effects, relatable characters and a storyline that takes ordinary people through a journey of extraordinary circumstances,” said Di Bonaventura.

“We are excited to work with Hollywood powerhouses Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Rob Cohen, both who have exceptional track records in developing and directing »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Rob Cohen to Direct $100 Million Action-Thriller ‘Speedhunters’ for China’s Jiaflix and 1905

5 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jiaflix Pictures and 1905 Pictures, part of state-owned China Movie Channel, have hitched up with Lorenzo di Bonaventura to produce car-racing action-thriller “Speedhunters.” Rob Cohen, who previously made “Fast and Furious,” will direct.

The film, which has a budget pegged at about $100 million, is set to shoot in Shanghai and Berlin’s Babelsberg Studios from July. Theatrical release is expected in summer 2018.

The film is set in the near future and rooted in the world of Formula racing. A colorful team of racers and crew gets drawn into high intrigue around a revolutionary technology that threatens to change the world.

“‘Speedhunters’ has all the tenets of a global franchise with its action sequences, visual effects, relatable characters and a storyline that takes ordinary people through a journey of extraordinary circumstances,” said di Bonaventura (“G.I. Joe,” “Transformers”), the lead producer.

Cohen, who is currently in post-production on Foresight Unlimited’s “Category 5, »

- Patrick Frater

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G.I. Joe 3 was going to have the Transformers crossover we wanted

19 January 2017 1:16 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

It is something we have all wanted to see since 80's cartoons started getting turned into films. Duke driving Optimus Prime. And we almost got it.

We have had 4 Transformers movies thus far, with a 5th on it's way. It is safe to say the films have been met with mixed reactions. 2 outings for Joes in G.I. Joe. Which is safe to say was met with a lot of negative reactions. I for one was a fan of the first film. And parts of Retailiation. But something I have always wanted to see is the crossover between the two franchises. And according to xXx: The Return of Xander Cage director D.J. Caruso we almost got it.

D.J. Caruso (Distubia, Eagle Eye) had entered negotions to direct a third installment into the G.I. Joe Franchise. While the film has been locked in developmental hell, Caruso took on the director role for »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (B.C.)

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Halo: the Neill Blomkamp movie we never got to see

17 January 2017 9:56 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jan 20, 2017

It could have been the first blockbuster videogame adaptation, but instead, it fell apart. Ryan looks at the Halo movie that never was...

From Super Mario Bros in the 90s and on to the recent Assassin’s Creed, it’s fair to say that movies adapted from videogames seldom fare well. But there’s one movie, now sadly lost to history, that might just have bucked that trend: Neill Blomkamp’s Halo.

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In 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved was the game that helped launch Microsoft’s first ever console, the Xbox. A first-person shooter with an absorbing sci-fi plot and a cool character at its core - the anonymous, armoured super-soldier, Master Chief - Halo »

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