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Before ‘Black Panther,’ 6 Studio Movies that Changed the Film Industry Forever — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Prior to “Black Panther,” when was the last time that a major studio movie changed the film industry forever?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Freelance for Village Voice

What’s equal parts incredible and scary about “Black Panther” being the next big game changer — and it will be — is the last time a studio film changed the American film industry in a major way it was Marvel’s own “The Avengers.” The landscape shift in the post-Avengers world was palpable. Disney had struck gold by acquiring Marvel a few years prior (“The Avengers” was the first superhero film distributed by the Mouse House) and in the wake of its financial,
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Magnum P.I.: Jay Hernandez Scores Title Role in CBS Reboot Pilot

Magnum P.I.: Jay Hernandez Scores Title Role in CBS Reboot Pilot
CBS has found its modern-day Magnum.

Jay Hernandez (Scandal, Last Resort) has nabbed the title role in Magnum P.I., the Eye net’s in-the-works reboot of the classic ’80s action-drama. He succeeds Tom Selleck, who played the iconic private eye during the series’ original CBS run.

Hernandez’s Thomas Magnum is a decorated ex-Navy Seal who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. Reboot vet Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver) penned the pilot along with his fellow Five-0 writer Eric Guggenheim. Fast & FuriousJustin Lin will handle directing duties.

Hernandez
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Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Gets a Fall 2019 Release Date

Paramount Pictures has given the Sonic the Hedgehog video game movie adaptation an official November 2019 theatrical release date. A live-action/CGI hybrid project, the film is being produced by Deadpool director Tim Miller and Fast & Furious franchise producer Neal H. Mortiz, among others. Jeff Fowler, who previously helmed the Oscar-nominated animated short Gopher Broke in the mid-2000s, is making his feature-length directorial debut on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, with screenwriting Patrick Casey and Josh Miller (the Team Hot Wheels movies) among those who are working on the script.
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Jason Statham to play The Killer’s Game with D.J. Caruso

For over 20 years, Hollywood has been trying to adapt Jay Bonansinga’s novel The Killer’s Game, and now THR is reporting that it finally looks to be heading out of development hell thanks to Stx Films.

According to the site, Jason Statham is currently in talks to star in the action thriller, with D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, xXx: Return of Xander Cage) in the director’s chair.

Statham will play “a veteran assassin who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and takes a hit out on himself to avoid the pain that is destined to follow. After ordering the kill, he finds out that he was misdiagnosed and must then fend off the army of former colleagues trying to kill him.”

The project has passed through the hands of a host of directors over the years, including Alex Proyas, John Woo, Pitof, Rupert Wainwright, Renny Harlin and Simon Crane, while
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Jason Statham in Talks To Star In The Action Thriller The Killer's Game

Action vet Jason Statham is in negotiations to star in the action thriller The Killer’s Game that will be directed by D.J. Caruso (xXx: Return of Xander Cage). THR reports that this move breathes new life into one of Hollywood’s oldest unproduced scripts.

The Killer's Game is based on a novel by Jay Bonansinga; the story follows a veteran assassin who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and takes a hit out on himself to avoid the pain that is destined to follow. The twist comes when he finds out that he was misdiagnosed and must then fend off the army of former colleagues trying to kill him.

The book was published in 1997, and since then Hollywood has been trying to turn it into a movie. Several great actors including Michael Keaton and Wesley Snipes were attached to star in the project during its early development.

A long
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Fast & Furious director to helm CBS’ Magnum, P.I. pilot

Last month it was announced that CBS is moving forward with a reboot of the 80s TV series Magnum, P.I., and now comes word from Deadline that Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Star Trek Beyond) will direct the pilot episode.

The new take on the series has been created by Hawaii Five-o’s Peter Lenkov, and follows “Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy Seal who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. With help from fellow vets Theodore “Tc” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright, as well as that of disavowed former Mi:6 agent Juliet Higgins, Magnum takes on the cases no one else will, helping those who have no one else to turn to. Action, adventure and comedy aside, Magnum P.I. will also explore a brotherhood forged by the trauma of combat, what it means to return home an ex-soldier,
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Dwayne Johnson and Rawson Marshall Thurber reuniting for Red Notice

Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment have come out on top in a heated bidding war for Red Notice, a new tentpole action film project which will reunite Central Intelligence and Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber and star Dwayne Johnson.

The deal, described as “easily” the biggest of the year for any Hollywood movie studio, saw Universal and Legendary pipping Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony and Netflix for the rights, and will see Johnson reportedly netting a payday in the region of $20 million.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it is described as “a globe-trotting heist thriller designed as a two-hander for Johnson and another star yet to be set.” Johnson, who is also serving an a producer, has apparently rejigged his schedule so that production can begin early in 2019 for release the following year.

See Also: You’ll believe Dwayne Johnson can fly in the Skyscraper trailer

As always,
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Red Notice: Universal wins bidding war for Dwayne Johnson project

Simon Brew Feb 12, 2018

Red Notice, Dwayne Johnson’s developing heist flick, heads to Universal and Legendary in the biggest studio deal of the year.

Universal has had to break out its chequebook for the next big Dwayne Johnson action movie. Several studios were involved last week in an auction for a film called Red Notice, that’s going to see The Rock playing an Interpol employee. The Red Notice of the film’s title refers to the most serious of the notices that he agency can issue.

The film is set to cost around $150m to make, with Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber also on board. Johnson will trouser in the region of $20m to appear, and Universal has put the project on the fast track, with the aim of getting it filmed next year. That said, Johnson has to fit in filming the Fast & Furious spin-off movie – alongside
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Sleeping Dogs movie is still moving forward, says Donnie Yen

Back in March of last year it was announced that martial arts superstar Donnie Yen would be taking on the lead role in an adaptation of Square Enix’s bestselling video game Sleeping Dogs, with Fast & Furious’ Neal Moritz attached to produce.

Since that time, we’ve heard nothing in the way of progress on the project, but Yen has now taken to Instagram to reassure fans that the film is “in motion” and they are simply taking the time to ensure the adaptation is as good as possible.

See Also: Video Game Review – Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

Sleeping Dogs was released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in 2012, and followed Wei Shen, a Hong Kong police officer assigned to infiltrate the Sun On Yee Triad organisation. The movie will reportedly retain the same plot, with Yen going undercover to take down the Triads amid lots of martial arts, racing,
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Fast & Furious Spin-off Film may be Directed by Deadpool 2 Director David Leitch

David Leitch May Direct the Fast & Furious Spin-off Film Director David Leitch is in preliminary talks to direct the first spin-off film for The Fast and the Furious film franchise. Nothing is locked in yet but discussions are underway. Picking Leitch to direct a Fast and the Furious film [...]

Continue reading: Fast & Furious Spin-off Film may be Directed by Deadpool 2 Director David Leitch
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Deadpool 2’s David Leitch in talks to direct Fast & Furious spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham

As Universal prepares to expand the Fast & Furious franchise with a spin-off starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard, it seems the studio has zeroed in on a director for the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has begun talks with Deadpool 2 and John Wick director David Leitch to helm the spin-off.

Leitch is said to have emerged as a frontrunner for the project after meeting with Universal. He’s become very-well known in the last few years for his high-kinetic action films, working with Chad Stahelski on the first John Wick before directing his solo debut with the Charlize Theron-led action thriller Atomic Blonde. Before becoming a director, he worked as a stuntman and stunt coordinator on films like Hitman: Agent 47, Captain America: Civil War and The Mechanic, the last of which he worked with Statham on the action film.
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‘Deadpool 2 Director May Speed To ‘Fast & Furious’ Spin-Off Next

Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde and John Wick director David Leitch may sign up to helm Universal Pictures’ first spin-off to the Fast & Furious series. The Hollywood Reporter reports the news that Leitch is the front runner to direct the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham-led movie, current set for a release in the summer of 2019.

The planned film, written by Chris Morgan, focuses on Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs, the Diplomatic Security Service agent from the previous movies, and Deckard Shaw (Statham), an assassin who was one of the primary bad guys in the franchise before being redeemed and joining the motley crew of antiheroes that make up the roll call.

Leitch is in negotiations for the new movie, the latest in the massive $5 billion franchise for the studio. The film currently has a release date set for July 26th, 2019, so shooting will have to get underway shortly to meet that deadline.
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Fast & Furious spin-off targeting Deadpool 2 director

Simon Brew Feb 8, 2018

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham's Fast & Furious spin-off may finally have found its director...

The planned spin-off from the Fast & Furious movies, that will centre on the characters of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw – played by The Rock and The Statham – has taken a nudge forward.

The film is scheduled for release on July 26th 2019, and with that in mind, filming is set to get started soon. And now we learn that Universal Pictures has a director in mind.

David Leitch, the helmer of Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde (as well as co-director on John Wick) is the top choice, and it’s now being reported that he’s entered negotiations for the role. If he takes the job on, he’ll direct from a script that’s been put together by Fast & Furious series veteran Chris Morgan.

The spin-off movie doesn’t have a title yet,
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'Deadpool 2' Director in Early Talks for Dwayne Johnson's 'Fast and Furious' Spinoff

'Deadpool 2' Director in Early Talks for Dwayne Johnson's 'Fast and Furious' Spinoff
Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is revving up his engines to possibly join the Fast and Furious family.

The director, considered one of the premier action filmmakers currently working in the field with credits such as John Wick and Atomic Blonde under his belt, has emerged as the frontrunner and is in early talks to direct the untitled Fast & Furious spinoff that is to star Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

Universal has set a July 26, 2019 release for the movie, which will focus on Luke Hobbs, the Diplomatic Security Service agent played by Johnson, and Deckard Shaw, an...
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‘Magnum P.I’: Justin Lin To Direct CBS Pilot Reboot

‘Magnum P.I’: Justin Lin To Direct CBS Pilot Reboot
Fast & the FuriousJustin Lin will direct CBSMagnum P.I. pilot from Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-O), Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist), CBS TV Studios and Universal TV Studios. Lin and Danielle Woodrow also will executive produce via Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment. Co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-O executive producer/co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim, the reboot of the classic 1980s Tom Selleck series will feature the same central quartet of characters as the…
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Deadpool 2 Director Circling The Rock’s Fast & Furious Spinoff

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch may be tackling the Hobbs/Shaw Fast & Furious spinoff next. Starting with Fast Five and the addition of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to its core ensemble, the Fast & Furious franchise has soared to new heights over the past several years. While that remained the case with last year’s The Fate of the Furious, that film also made it clear that the series’ expanded cast had gotten too big and filled with too many egos for its own good. As such, Johnson’s character Luke Hobbs is now getting a Fast & Furious movie all to himself… and Jason Statham.
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Untitled Fast & Furious Spinoff (2019)

A spinoff of the Fast & Furious movie franchise centered on the characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham respectively.

The project was confirmed shortly after The Fate of the Furious was released in theaters in April 2017. Fate of the Furious originally included a post-credits scene that set the stage for the Hobbs/Shaw spinoff, but it was ultimately dropped from the film’s theatrical release.
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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Is Now Dwayne Johnson’s Biggest Domestic Release

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‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Is Now Dwayne Johnson’s Biggest Domestic Release
Dwayne Johnson has become one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, and now he’s set a new personal record, as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” will pass “Furious 7” on Monday to become The Rock’s highest-grossing domestic release. This weekend, “Jumanji” added $11 million to bring its domestic total to $352.7 million, just $300,000 shy of the $353 million made by “Furious 7” in the summer of 2015. “Furious 7” is the highest-grossing film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, taking a big bump as viewers flocked to theaters to see the final film of the late Paul Walker. Also Read: 'Jumanji'...
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Donna Langley on Universal Success and the ‘Fate of the Movie Gods’

Donna Langley on Universal Success and the ‘Fate of the Movie Gods’
Universal keeps outdoing itself under Donna Langley’s watch.

Last year was its most profitable yet, boasting tentpole successes including “Despicable Me 3” and “The Fate of the Furious,” as well as such breakout hits as “Get Out” and “Girls Trip.” Its first quarter was its best ever, setting the momentum for the rest of 2017. All told, the studio crossed $5 billion worldwide at the box office, its second time ever, during a year in which box office was down industry wide.

Fittingly enough the Producers Guild of America will honor Langley, Universal’s chair since 2013, with its Milestone Award at its Jan. 20 ceremony.

“Donna Langley is essentially the epitome of a 21st century studio executive,” Producers Guild awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said when announcing the honor, the PGA’s highest accolade. “Not only has she built Universal into a powerhouse through her stewardship of tentpole event films, she’s built
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Fast & Furious: Helen Mirren fancies another go

Simon Brew Jan 19, 2018

Helen Mirren wants to return to the Fast & Furious series. And she wants to drive...

She took on a small role in last summer’s Fast & Furious 8, after suggesting beforehand that she wanted a part in the franchise. And now, Helen Mirren is after another go, this time stepping behind the driver’s wheel!

Chatting to Yahoo! whilst promoting her new project, The Leisure Seeker, Mirren confirmed that she’d return for Fast & Furious 9 if the call came through. “I hope so”, she said of a possible return. “I’m sort of quietly manoeuvring, but I love it, it would be brilliant. I love that character”.

The character in question was the mother of the Shaw brothers, played by Luke Evans and The Statham. However, if Mirren does indeed get her wish, she wants to get behind the wheel this time. “Definitely”, she said.
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