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Cant ask for better partners than Vin, Neal & Universal. Excited to bring u the next chapter of the #FastFamily saga pic.twitter.com/zRGre14kKO
— F Gary Gray (@FGaryGray) October 8, 2015
According to various reports this morning, Straight Outta Compton helmer F. Gary Gray, could become the Furious 8 director before the week’s out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gray, who achieved huge success with Universal’s N.W.A. biopic earlier this year, is at the top of a very short list of filmmakers in line for the lucrative job of bringing Fast and the Furious 8 to cinemas in 2017.
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- Paul Heath
Just last week, Vin Diesel was using his Facebook foghorn to counter reports that the eighth Fast & Furious entry was having trouble locking down a director. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, there are several candidates racing towards the finish line, with Louis Leterrier, F. Gary Gray and Adam Wingard all in contention. Deadline also throws in The Signal’s William Eubank, though THR says his name came up earlier in the search, so he may already have dropped out.Wingard, who made You’re Next and The Guest, seems the most interesting of the three main contenders, especially given his background in horror and thrillers, which would make him the second director after James Wan to jump from scares to screeching tyres. He could certainly bring his own style to the film, though we do wonder if he’s better off doing just that, and not going the studio franchise route. »
The most honest magicians never use the word “magic” – they’re illusionists; they make believable that which can’t possibly be, and that’s what Harryhausen was: a master illusionist who made us believe that his table-top constructions of fabric and clay and metal were massive, mighty creatures out of legend, out of fantasy, out of our nightmares. He was a master of stop-motion animation; moving his creations a fraction of an inch per frame to create the illusion of flying saucers toppling the Washington Monument (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 1956), a tremendous octopus threatening the Golden Gate Bridge (It Came from Beneath the Sea, 1955), or an impossible prehistory of cave men battling dinosaurs (One Million Years B.C., 1966). When he passed, a generation of filmmakers who’d grown up watching his work at movie house matinees and Saturday night monster movie TV slots saluted him, acknowledging how his work had inspired them. »
- Bill Mesce
With Justin Lin and James Wan officially moving on from the multibillion-dollar franchise they helped resurrect and keep afloat, Universal is now ramping up the search for the director of “Fast and Furious 8.”
Sources tell Variety that “Straight Outta Compton” helmer F. Gary Gray, “The Guest’s” Adam Wingard, “Now You See Me” director Louis Leterrier and Will Eubank are among the directors who have met or are meeting for the job. Insiders add that though no frontrunner has emerged, the studio is getting closer to making a choice.
“Furious 7” grossed more than $1.5 billion dollars worldwide, even after having to postpone production following the death of star Paul Walker in a tragic car crash. The franchise is still one of the top priorities at the studio, so Universal will take its time in finding the right person for the job.
The Hollywood Reporter reported two weeks ago that after »
- Justin Kroll
For all the hype leading up to Saturday’s WWE live event at Madison Square Garden, the main attraction was more of a massacre than a Clash of the Titans. The company tried to portray Big Show versus Brock Lesnar as some huge, storied rivalry, despite Lesnar obliterating Show when they last faced at Royal Rumble 2014. They tried to make Show look like he was unstoppable by having him beat up lower-card wrestlers in the lead-up to Saturday.
None of that mattered, as Lesnar did what many expected: shrug off the attack and destroy the giant in mere minutes. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t entertaining, but it does mean that the big selling point for the show was not nearly as epic as the billing suggested.
With three title matches and no new champions crowned, and relatively short matches (by PPV standards), this was a largely forgettable show. »
- Scott Carlson
Last November, deep beneath the frozen ground of Pennsylvania, I visited the set of “The Last Witch Hunter”. Producer Mark Canton sat down to talk about how the film came into being, the hopes for an expanded universe, and what makes Kaulder different from other heroes. Unrelated, Canton also spoke about his hopes for teaming up with Zack Snyder again in the future. How did you get involved in “The Last Witch Hunter?” Mark Canton: I worked on it for about four years. Breck [Eisner] was aboard early and then Bernie [Goldmann] he came [on]. Then we just kept hammering away at the screenplay and Breck created this incredible world, which was really difficult to do in light of the fact that there was no IP on this. Normally everyone would think [a story like “The Last Witch Hunter”] would come from a graphic novel, but in this case, the graphic novel’s gonna follow [the movie.] We had no Frank Miller to fall back on, »
- Donna Dickens
Following on from last week's report that "Furious 8" has been having trouble locking down a director, confusion has mostly reigned over the past day or two regarding whom might take the helm.
Scheduling conflicts rule both the third through sixth film's director Justin Lin and the seventh film's director James Wan out. Jaume Collet-Serra ("Non-Stop") is also out of the running after being approached.
It is no secret that my good friend Justin and I have been very intensely discussing the trilogy, as we have dreamed it...
Posted by Vin Diesel on Wednesday, 30 September 2015
THR says the studio is not pleased with the post and that the possibility of Diesel or Cohen at the helm is »
- Garth Franklin
The BBC has announces its very first feature-length comedy drama film for iPlayer, entitled The Rack Pack, which is set to star Luke Treadaway (Fortitude, Clash of the Titans), Will Merrick (About Time, Skins), Kevin Bishop (The Kevin Bishop Show, A Few Best Men), Nichola Burley (Death Comes To Pemberley, Downton Abbey) and James Bailey (Downton Abbey).
Directed by Brian Welsh (Glasgow Girls, Black Mirror) the film explores the glory days of the Seventies and Eighties snooker scene, when huge characters became household names and Snooker Loopy troubled the pop charts. The story tells of the rivalry between Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins (Treadaway), whose natural talent and showmanship transformed the image of the traditional game and captivated audiences across the country, and Steve ‘The Nugget’ Davis (Merrick) who under the guidance of manager Barry Hearn (Bishop) dominated the sport throughout the Eighties and ushered in a new era of professionalism.
- Gary Collinson
This review was originally published during our coverage of Lff 2014.
The Keeping Room is ‘past-apocalyptic’ cinema. We like to imagine the end of the world coming with nuclear war, asteroid collision or alien invasion. Here, however, we see it as history, a terrifying world as cruel as The Road or Mad Max, where mankind can only crawl among the ashes, a world that’s already happened.
This particular apocalypse is the American Civil War, and its desperate survivors are three Southern women: sisters Augusta and Louise (Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld) and their former slave, Mad (Muna Otaru). With the sister’s parents dead, the women are left to scratch an existence in an empty, isolated farmhouse. Their world is one largely devoid of human life, as nearly every man has become gristle for the Confederate war machine and the women have fled in terror.
Under these extreme circumstances, social contracts have broken down. »
- David James
San Sebastian – Following up pre-tiff deals to the U.K. (Metrodome) and Spain (Festival Films) and a Magnolia Pictures U.S. pick-up at Toronto, Fortissimo Films has clinched further sales at San Sebastian on Terence Davies’ pre-World War I Scotland-set “Sunset Song.”
Russian Report has closed Russia/Cis, Denk Cinema Turkey, One From the Heart Greece and Continental Film former-Yugoslavia.
“Sunset Song’s” latest distrib pacts added zest to good-to-steady business at San Sebastian, In other key deals and announcements at the highest-profile fest in the Spanish-speaking world, Films Boutique revealed it had sold some of the last remaining territories on Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent,” a San Sebastian Horizontes Latinos contender, and continued to roll out Sergio Machado’s Locarno closer “The Violin Teacher.”
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Liam Neeson is one busy fella! His latest suspense-thriller, The Commuter, will find him starring as a normal businessman who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy that affects him and his fellow commuters, according to Deadline. The role will be a departure for him, in that he won't be able to draw upon "a particular set of skills," as he did in the Taken movies that made him a worldwide action star. Since the first installment in 2008, Neeson has displayed his action chops in Clash of the Titans, The A-Team, Unknown, The Grey, Wrath of the Titans, Battleship, Non-Stop, and Run All Night, and he's also set to star in upcoming action pictures such as The Returner and A Willing Patriot. Now, not all those movies have been straightforward action movies. Joe...
- Peter Martin
San Sebastian – Hosting “Clash of the Titans,” “Wrath of the Titans,” “Fast and Furious 6,” “Exodus” and “In the Heart of the Sea,” Spain’s Canary Islands have added another big shoot to its location roster: the latest “Bourne” installment, with Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Wikander and Julia Stiles.
Filming in Tenerife from Sept. 7, the “Bourne” shoot comes as the Canaries have scored their first San Sebastian competition slot with Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s “Evolution,” a France-Belgium- Spain production, co-produced by Sebastian Alvarez at the Canaries’ Volcano Films, a co-producer on Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which shot exteriors on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura. Lanzarote provided “Evolution’s” stunning waterscapes.
Qualifying as Spanish nationality movies, the Canary Island’s past big shoots made avail of a 2007 Spanish movie Agrupacion de Interes Economico tax shelter, offering deductions of 38% for the Canaries.
“’Evolution’ is the principle example of a film that, »
- John Hopewell
Update 9/18/15: Hop to the bottom of this post for Guillermo del Toro's response to the news. Today the Hollywood Reporter ran a piece called "Hollywood Gorilla Warfare" exploring the shifting relationship between three of the biggest players in Hollywood - Warner Bros., Universal and Legendary Pictures - and the future of two of cinema's biggest monsters, King Kong and Godzilla. It's mainly a lot of inside baseball, but since it does effect Kong, Godzilla and, surprisingly, the fate of Pacific Rim 2, we wanted to break it down. First, who is Thomas Tull? Thomas Tull is the CEO of Legendary Pictures, the company that has had a hand in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, 300, Watchmen, Clash of the Titans...
- Peter Hall
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for director Robert Connolly’s upcoming family film Paper Planes starring Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould and David Wenham, and you can watch it below after the official synopsis…
Eleven-year-old Dylan (Ed Oxenbould – The Visit, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) is getting a hard time from a school bully, whilst his father (Sam Worthington – Avatar, Clash of the Titans) is at home grieving over the death of Dylan’s mother. When a regional paper plane tournament is announced at Dylan’s primary school, he soon discovers his natural talent for creating the ultimate paper plane. During a whirlwind adventure that takes him all the way to Japan for the world championships, Dylan meets the junior Japanese champion, Kimi, and they develop a close bond challenging each other to build the most beautiful paper plane ever made.
Inspired by his carefree »
- Gary Collinson
Sam Worthington ("Avatar," "Clash of the Titans") and Ruth Wilson ("The Affair," "Luther") and Sofia Boutella ("Kingsman: The Secret Service," "Star Trek Beyond") are set to star in the sci-fi adventure "The Titan".
The story follows a military family that's relocated to take part in a ground-breaking experiment about genetic evolution in space. Lennart Ruff directs from a script by Max Hurwitz, based on a story by Amel.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Beasts have always provided fantastic source material for horror filmmakers across the ages, whether from the mythical world or the natural. To celebrate the release of Into the Grizzly Maze last week we take a look back at some the biggest, baddest beasts on film…
Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton, Into the Grizzly Maze tells the story of a sheriff (Jane), thrown into turmoil when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc in a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother (Marsden) he enters the labyrinthine Grizzly Maze to track down his missing wife, before the bear does. As the body count mounts, things are only further complicated when an infamous bear hunter (Thornton) enters the fray, determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life…
- Phil Wheat
Heigl will play a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Dule Hill, Laverne Cox, Kobi Libii, Elliott Gould and Dreama Walker also star. [Source: THR]
Matthew Lewis ("Harry Potter"), Shirley Henderson ("Filth"), Kevin Doyle ("Downton Abbey"), Katherine Kelly ("Mr. Selfridge"), Julie Hesmondhalgh ("Coronation Street") and Amelia Bullmore ("Scott & Bailey") have joined the cast of the second season of the BBC's acclaimed drama "Happy Valley" which begins shooting this week.
- Garth Franklin
Adapting Bowen's first book A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life - which has sold four million copies worldwide and been translated into over 30 languages - the film starts shooting this October.
The director is one-time Bond helmer Roger Spottiswoode, who probably won't be bringing guns and explosions to the heartwarming story of redemption and one utterly adorable ginger tom.
Expect scenes with a yet-to-be-cast Bob and Treadaway's Bowen busking on the streets of Covent Garden, as the latter's love of the former forces him to turn his life around.
Bowen has since written five more books about his life with Bob, which may spell sequels should this family-friendly tale make a big box office impression. »
Production is launching in October in the U.K. with Adam Rolston producing for his new Shooting Script Films. Tim Smith and Paul Brett of Prescience (“The King’s Speech”) are executive producers and financiers on the project. The Exchange is handling international sales.
The book was written by street musician James Bowen, a recovering addict who was barely getting by on the streets of London when he met a sick stray ginger cat, named him Bob and nursed him back to health. He then took Bob with him as he played guitar — and the pair became an instant attraction.
The book was on top of the Sunday Times’ bestseller list for 76 weeks. »
- Dave McNary
The true story centres on how Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.
The production is set to begin a seven-week shoot in the UK from late October.
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