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News Simon Brew 8 Nov 2013 - 22:06
The Bourne series will soldier on, with Fast & Furious director Justin Lin calling the shots...
The follow-up to The Bourne Legacy will see Jeremy Renner reprise the role of Aaron Cross. And this time, it's Justin Lin who is apparently on the verge of signing on the dotted line to direct. Lin is best known for his four Fast & Furious movies. In the past, he's been linked to the Highlander reboot, and he was the original choice for Terminator 5 too, before dropping out of the project.
The Bourne Legacy 2, or whatever it ends up being called, sounds like a fair bet for a 2016 release as it stands. Unless Universal »
The in-development Highlander reboot has suffered some pretty big losses over the last year. First, in November 2012 it was reported that director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo - who had been attached to the project since 2011 - had decided to drop out of the film, and then this past summer we learned that Ryan Reynolds - who signed on in May 2012 - was hitting the road too. Finally, however, we have some good news for the movie, as apparently it's found a brand new director. Deadline is reporting that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, best known for his work as a visual effects supervisor and the second unit director on Snow White and the Huntsman, has signed a deal with Summit to make the next Highlander movie as his directorial debut. The project is moving forward with a script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, and the latest report says that they are sticking fairly »
The Highlander reboot has been passed around a number of times – prompting endless “There can be only one!” jokes in the process – without ever reaching the pre-production stage. It began when Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin dropped out as director, after which he was replaced by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later), with Ryan Reynolds being lined up to star. However, Fresnadillo wound up leaving the project too and finally, around six months later, Reynolds formally withdrew his candidacy, leaving the film is need of both a new director and star.
Summit is still on the lookout for a proper leading man to become the next incarnation of Connor MacLeod, but the studio has found another director for the ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
For years producers have been trying to get a "Highlander" reboot off the ground, with a number of high profile directors flirting with the project (most notably "Fast and Furious" filmmaker Justin Lin, now on board as an executive producer). Well, it looks like they have finally found their director and chances are you've never heard of him. But, as "Highlander" finally secures some talent, the big screen revamp of "Mortal Kombat" has lost its director (he's also someone you've never heard of). Hey, these things happen. First: according to Deadline, Summit has hired Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to make his directorial debut on "Highlander," having previously served as a visual effects supervisor and second unit director on "Snow White and the Huntsman." Nicolas-Troyan will direct a script written by "Iron Man" screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, which supposedly sticks pretty close to the 1986 original. In that film, Christopher Lambert starred »
- Drew Taylor
At one point, Justin Lin (Fast and Furious 6) was set to direct the upcoming "Highlander" reboot. He eventually dropped out, but stayed on as an executive producer. Now comes word that the film has found his replacement. Summit Entertainment announced that it has hired Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to direct the new movie, which has a script by "Iron Man" writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Nicolas-Troyan will be making his feature film debut, but has worked as a visual effects supervisor and second unit director on "Snow White and the Huntsman." There were plenty of other better known directors competing for the job, but Nicolas-Troyan proved to be the most knowledgeable about the franchise, including all the movies and the TV series. He will now supervise a re-write of the script and then get ready for filming in 2014. Casting will soon begin. Ryan Reynolds was once attached to play the lead role, »
In 2008, Summit Entertainment purchased the film rights to Highlander, with plans of rebooting the franchise. Soon they hired Iron Man screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The following year they selected Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, but dropped out due to other projects. Lin, was replaced by 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, but he too would leave the project, citing creative differences. Along that journey, Ryan Reynolds named was attached to star, but he too exited the Highlander reboot. That brings us up to speed. Today, Deadline is reporting that Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has landed the directing gig. The Highlander reboot will be his directorial debut. He is known for his visual effects work on The Ring, One Hour Photo, and Snow White and the Huntsman, where he also served as a second unit director. “I have been working on my pitch for this since the summer, and when »
Interview Ryan Lambie 16 Sep 2013 - 06:21
When Justin Lin clambered aboard the Fast & Furious franchise with 2006's Tokyo Drift, it was in a very different state. Although still undoubtedly popular, its original stars had gradually drifted away, and it's just possible that, in less secure hands, it could have drifted into straight-to-dvd oblivion. Instead, Lin managed to not only gradually tempt the cast from the first two films to return in Fast & Furious 4, but with Fast Five, take the street racing series in another direction altogether.
A larger-than-life heist movie with added Dwayne Johnson, Fast Five breathed new life into the franchise, and became one of the ten top-grossing movies of 2011. This year's Fast & Furious 6 (or Fast Six, or Furious Six, depending on who you speak to) was an even bigger hit, »
• Russell Crowe (Man of Steel) is in talks to direct and star in The Water Diviner, a 1919-set film about an Australian man searching for his sons in Turkey following the Battle of Gallipoli — the Allied attempt, and failure, to capture the Ottoman capital. The Oscar winner’s next projects include Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale, and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. [Deadline]
• The Salma Hayek-produced animated feature, The Prophet, has lined up a pretty outstanding voice cast that includes Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Quvenzhané Wallis, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina. Roger Allers (The Lion King) wrote the script based on Khalil Girbran’s 1923 book, »
- Lindsey Bahr
There can only be one Highlander. and apparently that's a fictional rule that also applies to rebooting the series. Summit Entertainment has been attempting to kickstart a new Highlander movie since 2008, and after cycling through a series of writers, directors and potential stars, it's lost yet another crucial piece of the puzzle. According to The Wrap, Ryan Reynolds has dropped out of the film's lead role, a year after landing the role and six months after the director who hired him, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, dropped out himself. When Fresnadillo departed the studio vowed to find a new director to take over, with Reynolds still on board for the lead. and that was the last we heard of it. Justin Lin, who at one point planned to direct it, was still on board as a producer, and as he decided to step away from Fast & Furious 7, it's possible Summit thinks they »
Summit Entertainment has been trying to get a remake of the popular Highlander film off of the ground for a while now, but doesn't seem to be having any luck. Carlos Fresnadillo was attached to direct, but after a year of working on the project, he left back in November due to creative differences. Now reports have come in that Ryan Reynolds, attached for the lead, has also exited the project; but that's probably not a bad thing.
This Highlander remake has face a slew of troubles. It's been in the works for a while now, and originally Justin Lin was set to direct, but left in order to direct a couple of Fast & Furious movies. Then Carlos Fresnadillo took over, and things seemed to be back on track and Ryan Reynolds was chosen to portray the lead immortal, Connor MacLeod. Despite Fresnadillo leaving, Summit still seemed keen to get »
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It was bound to happen. Producer Neal Moritz and Summit Entertainment have been trying to get a Highlander remake off the ground for years. Ryan Reynolds has been attached to star in it for over a year, but he's decided that it's time to drop out of the project and move on.
28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was most recently attached to direct the film, but apparently his vision for the project wasn't in line with what the studio was looking for, so they parted ways last year. They've been on the hunt for a director since, but they didn't find one fast enough, and Reynolds wasn't going to wait around any longer.
The studio is now on the hunt for not only a director, but an actor to take on the lead role as well. According to The Wrap, a studio insider said that "Reynolds' exit may actually prove beneficial for the project, »
- Joey Paur
About two years ago, Summit Entertainment's "Highlander" reboot was at a great place. Justin Lin (Fast Five) was on board to direct and Ryan Reynolds was brought on to star. Several months later, Lin dropped out, claiming that he's too busy with other projects. The studio quickly hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Days Later), but the Fresnadillo also soon dropped out due to creative differences. Summit has been working to find another director, but now comes word that Reynolds has dropped out as well. Even though the studio isn't excited about starting from scratch, they see this as an opportunity for a new director to cast his own lead actor instead of being forced to work with Reynolds. »
It's a little ironic that the famous quote from Highlander is "There can only be one" and there's...well no one attached to Summit's planned reboot. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo exited the project back in November and now TheWrap has learned that star Ryan Reynolds has also left. However there might be a silver lining to this for fans of the franchise that do want a reboot. A knowledgable source has told TheWrap that without Reynolds a new »
- Jesse Giroux
Ryan Reynolds as the Highlander was always an odd choice. Sure, he’s handled swords before, most notably in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, where he played the swords-slinging Deadpool. And his star is certainly rising, despite some hiccups along the way. So what happened? I have no idea, but the producers of the “Highlander” reboot never really managed to bring onboard a director who saw things their way, and as a result Reynolds has now bailed on the project, leaving the producers to look for not only a new star, but also a new director. “Fast and Furious’” Justin Lin was supposed to direct at one point (then again, he was supposed to direct a lot of movies but always kept ending up doing another silly “Fast and Furious” installment instead), with “28 Weeks Later’s” Juan Carlos Fresnadillo taking over about a year back. Well, Fresnadillo is gone now, too, along with Reynolds. »
It seems this "Highlander" reboot just can't get moving, can it? Having already gone through a plethora of writers -- Art Marcum and Matt Holloway ("Iron Man"), the Wibberlys, "Twilight" scribe Melissa Rosenberg, and most recently Neal Oppenheim -- and directors, including Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Ryan Reynolds was the most recent piece of talent keeping this forever developing project alive, and now it's back to square one. The Wrap reports that Reynolds has exited the project, which is being spun as good news (kind of). Why? Well, because the thinking goes that a new director can now come onto the project and cast whoever they like to lead the movie, rather than being saddled with Reynolds. Okay, fine. But frankly, given how long this movie has spun its wheels as well as how many people have gone through the turnstiles, we're not holding our breath that this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
He’s been attached to the long-developing film for more than a year now, but it appears Ryan Reynolds is no longer willing to wait by the phone for Summit to call with news that the Highlander remake might actually go ahead. That means the MacLeod clan will need a new leading man.It’s just the latest twist for the return of Connor MacLeod, as the project has seen at least two directors – Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo – come and go and more than its fair share of script drafts through the years.Still, now there’s a chance for the studio to start completely afresh with a new director / star combo on Highlander. So whether you’re thrilled by the idea of more MacLeod swordplay or horrified at the idea that yet another film is getting the reboot treatment, you can probably find solace in your half full / half empty glass here. »
A few weeks ago I got a chance to check out “Fast & Furious 6″ and lucky enough to speak to the director of the past four Fast & Furious movies, Justin Lin, whose films have grossed $1.2 billion worldwide.
Lin talks about the mythology of the characters from the franchise, his departure and much much more.
Just when I thought you couldn’t do any better than your previous film, you topped it off with this one.
Justin Lin: Oh, thanks. It was good to come back and just, like, wrap a few things up. That’s kind of been…when I was talking to the studio back in ’05 and Vin [Diesel] and everything, that was my biggest dream, for me to be talking to you right now. It feels great to have done everything that I wanted to do.
Can you talk about the mythology you created with the characters in this film? »
- Kellvin Chavez
From atop, where the road curves around the bend and in view of a glimmering sea, “The Fast and the Furious” franchise is the dominant force in serving the public with visions of automotive mayhem. The continuous unbroken chain in the saga will be resuming with its sixth installment, but now director Justin Lin will be leaving the successful franchise. So, it’s up to the next director to keep the fuel-injected momentum going.
Universal Studios already has someone it wants at the helm of the seventh installment in the “Fast and Furious” line. Horror direct James Wan seems next in line for this lucrative job. The deal to put him in place is rumored to be in the works and finalized by the end of the week. Wan is familiar with long franchises such as the “Saw” movies and will be working on the sequel to his own “Insidious. »
- Ruben Gonzalez
Here is what Justin Lin said about the decision.
"I'm extremely proud to be part of the Fast franchise, it is an experience I will always treasure. It's time for me to move on to other things and I'm thrilled that Universal and Neal have selected James Wan to lead the franchise into its new chapter."
No production schedule has been released, »
Exclusive: Universal Pictures has begun negotiations with James Wan to direct the seventh installment of the studio’s mega-buck franchise The Fast And The Furious. I expect a deal to be made probably before the week is out. Justin Lin made it clear back at the Sundance Film Festival in January that he wasn’t going to direct the next pic after revitalizing that franchise and helming its last four installments including the upcoming May 24 opener Fast & Furious 6. He wanted to take a break, and while he wasn’t going back to The Terminator, he still considered the reboot of Highlander a possibility at Summit. Universal Pictures has had plenty of time to consider who’ll take over the race car franchise, and recently they have been working from a very short list. Among the directors they’ve spoken to are Baltazar Kormakur, who helmed Contraband, The Deep and the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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