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The Fast & Furious franchise hit a new gear with 2011′s Fast Five when it added in Dwayne Johnson as the anti-Diesel. The addition of the Rock was a net positive for all involved, and this year’s Furious 6 followed suit, with a sequel-teasing mid-credits sequence that introduced a very familiar antagonist for the next film. Universal is bullish on the future of the franchise — understandable, since the sixth film has grossed a franchise-high $740 million so far. It makes sense that they would already be looking towards the future. And if the current hot rumor is to be believed, they’re setting their sights high. »
- Darren Franich
"Independence Day" is finally getting the sequel fans have awaited for nearly two decades, but its biggest star won't be coming along for the ride.
Will Smith, whose role in the 1996 alien-invasion blockbuster helped propel him to megastardom, will not be appearing in "Independence Day 2," director Roland Emmerich told the New York Daily News on Saturday. "He's too expensive," Emmerich lamented.
That admission comes hot on the heels of Thursday's announcement that 20th Century Fox would be bringing the highly anticipated sequel to big screens on July 3, 2015. The news capped more than a decade of speculation about the long-gestating sequel, but it was not immediately clear whether or not Smith would be involved. That uncertainty wouldn't last long.
"Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive," Emmerich told the Daily News, "but he'd also be too much of a marquee name."
"It would be too much," he said. »
- The Huffington Post
Will Smith does not like when his movie opens in anything less than first-place, so much so that we may not be seeing him in a blockbuster any time soon.
The actor we've come to know as a blockbuster staple revealed in a recent interview with Digital Spy that he's considering moving away from big-budget movies. Speaking of "After Earth" Smith said, "It's been an absolute necessity that the movie be a blockbuster, but I think I'm going to start moving out of that and finding more danger in my artistic choices."
The only dangerous artistic choice the Fresh Prince has made of late was the aforementioned "After Earth," which opened at No. 3 this past weekend with only $27 million. In the Digital Spy interview, which apparently took place before the weekend ended, Smith said that his biggest filmmaking fear was, "the movie opening at No. 2."
Despite this comments, don't expect »
- Erin Whitney
One of America's most popular actors can only scrape in at No 3 with his latest film – is the Smith era officially over?
It is not too often that a Will Smith movie fails to open at No 1 so make a note of the weekend just past, when After Earth arrived in third place on $27m. With the exception of last year's cash-in Men in Black III, Smith has been off our movie screens since the self-righteous train wreck that was Seven Pounds in 2008. Perhaps he should have stayed away, because the box-office career of the man once known as Mr July 4th in homage to his seemingly inexhaustible multiplex magnetism could be in its death throes.
Men in Black III opened at No 1 in May 2012 and did extremely well in theatres, grossing $624m worldwide by the end of its run. Cast iron proof of Smith's enduring appeal, you might say. »
- Jeremy Kay
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