5 items from 2014
It's been over a year since visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was set to make his directorial debut on Highlander, a reboot of the film franchise of the same name that's set up at Summit Entertainment. Ryan Reynolds was once going to star in the film, but fell away from the project last summer. The hunt is still on to find someone to take the lead role, and they might get a boost to finding a big name, because The Wrap is looking to land a superstar for the role of Ramirez, the man who mentors and trains an immortal Scottish swordsman seeking revenge against a barbarian chasing him across time. Tom Cruise is currently the target to take the role of Ramirez, but one of Cruise's representatives said the actor is "one of many projects that come to him" but he's "far from talks" as far as progress goes towards taking the role. »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal is planning Fast & Furious films through to Fast & Furious 10 at least, it seems...
A rumour sprang up last week, that we reported here, suggesting that Universal was looking to lure director Justin Lin back to helm two final Fast & Furious movies, which would take the series up to nine films. As it turns out, the studio is planning at least ten, and has no immediate end line in sight for the series.
Donna Langley, the chair of Universal Pictures, took part in an 'executive roundtable' with The Hollywood Reporter, and she was asked as to where the Fast & Furious films stood, not least following the death of Paul Walker a year ago. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story", Langley said. "But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise".
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Justin Lin is reportedly being targeted to direct Fast & Furious 8 and Fast & Furious 9...
Well, by the looks of it, that Fast & Furious boxset is going to be nine movies long.
With Fast & Furious 7 heading into cinemas next April, Universal already has plans for Fast & Furious 8. But a new report suggests that the studio is looking to shoot both Fast & Furious 8 and Fast & Furious 9 back to back, which will bring the movie series to a close. Well, at least until the inevitable reboot.
Furthermore, the studio is reportedly looking to lure director Justin Lin back for the final two movies. Lin has helmed four movies in the series to date, from Tokyo Drift through to Fast & Furious 6. He ducked out of Fast & Furious 7 when Universal wanted a very quick turnaround on the film, the chair and megaphone instead going to The Conjuring's James Wan.
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Not many film series kick into high gear (pun intended) so late in the game, but the fact that Fast Five gave new life to the aging Fast and Furious franchise is a testament to the films’ appeal as well as the direction of Justin Lin. The filmmaker may have turned down the chance to direct his fifth consecutive entry in the series (allowing James Wan to step in), but he certainly has no shortage of options for his next project.
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- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Justin Lin is in the blank-check phase of his career. What he did with the Fast And Furious franchise was borderline miraculous: Tokyo Drift was once considered a potential direct-to-dvd vehicle, not the start of a transition that would turn that series from a B+ franchise into a bonafide sensation. Soon he.d earn the clout to receive some of the industry.s greatest opportunities. And by the time Furious 6 rolled around, he earned the clout to turn them down, departing from lucrative gigs for reboots of both the Terminator and Highlander series. His next picture is next summer.s untitled Bourne Identity sequel, though his next gig after that could be his most ambitious undertaking yet. Deadline is reporting that Lin is locked-in to direct a remake of The Shaolin Temple. The original, from 1982, details the revenge sought by the son of a slave worker seeking revenge against »
5 items from 2014
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