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Vin Diesel's One Race Television is partnering with Universal Television on a multi-year, first-look production deal. One of the first offerings going to market will be a television series complement to Diesel and writer/director David Twohy's highly successful sci-fi franchise, Riddick. Vin Diesel announced the TV series last month, revealing it will be called Merc City, which will follow the Mercs and Bounty Hunters in the Riddick universe.
One Race, founded in 1995 by writer, director, producer and actor Diesel, has produced the four highest-grossing films in the seven film Fast franchise - Furious 7, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five as well as Fast & Furious. The franchise has earned $3.9 billion at the worldwide box-office. He has directed Multifacial, Strays and Los Bandoleros.
The action star founded One Race in 1995, where he has produced four of the seven films in Universal’s high-grossing “Fast & Furious” franchise as well as the sci-fi thriller “Pitch Black” and follow-ups “Chronicles of Riddick” and “Riddick.”
One of the TV division’s first orders of business will be to develop a television series complement to “Riddick.”
“In addition to being a huge star for our feature division, Vin is a true creative force as a producer. After sitting down with him and his team at One Race Television, it’s clear he will now also be an incredible asset to both the network and our television studio,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “We feel really fortunate to be in business with, not only an international powerhouse, »
- Whitney Friedlander
With three months still left in 2015, it has already been a record year at the box office for Universal Pictures. The studio has become the first in history to have three movies gross over $1 billion worldwide in the same year, Furious 7, Jurassic World and Minions, which contributed to the studio's record-breaking overall gross of $6.3 billion this year. The studio is already moving forward with Jurassic World 2, set for release on June 22, 2018, but a new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals they are having problems with their Furious 7 follow-up, Fast & Furious 8. The studio has already set an April 14, 2017 release date, but this report claims that they are having trouble finding a director, with Vin Diesel said to be at least partially at fault for the directorial vacancy.
Did you know there are nine Fast and Furious movies? Yes, the latest is titled Furious 7, so we can see where that might be confusing, but in addition to the theatrical features there are two shorts. One of them is titled Turbo-Charged Prelude and bridges the first and second movies. The other is Los Bandoleros, which is set just before the events of the fourth movie, Fast & Furious. Chronologically, though, it's sort of a bridge between the first movie and the fourth. Are you still with me? The 18-minute film (which is also sometimes labeled Fast & Furious 3.5: Los Bandoleros and has been previously available as a bonus feature on the Fast & Furious DVD) brings together the new crew of Dom (Vin Diesel), Han (Sung Kang), Rico (Don Omar), Cara...
- Christopher Campbell
With the $384 million worldwide weekend gross of Furious 7 the Fast franchise shows no signs of slowing down, as its muscle-car-centric mythos only continues to accelerate. In fact, contrary to assumed opinions, the series has spun itself a rather interesting canonical web. This idea was ever-apparent with some particularly revelatory scenes in Furious 7 regarding backstories of Vin Diesel.s Dom and Michelle Rodriguez.s Letty. Now, a short film made by Vin Diesel himself, years ago, has become the perfect complementary viewing for much of the surprises from this past weekend's blockbuster hit. Warning: Spoiler material ahead for those who have yet to see Furious 7! Titled, Los Bandoleros ("The Bandits"), the 18-minute short film written and directed by Vin Diesel was made in 2009 to serve as a prequel of sorts to the events leading up to his return to the franchise in 2009.s Fast & Furious. While Vin Diesel »
5 items from 2015
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