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Bundling together every known trope of the action thriller genre, the footage follows Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody, two bickering brothers who find themselves united by a common goal: that one last job. With Brody’s Frankie fresh out of prison after serving a ten-year sentence, the only person he can truly depend on is James (Christensen), who is struggling to get his life together with his girlfriend, played here by Fast Five‘s Jordana Brewster.
American Heist initially debuted during the Toronto Film Festival and is directed by Sarik Andreasyan. From the trailer, we’ve tapered our own expectations for the crime drama, but hey, we’ll leave the ultimate verdict to you.
American Heist doesn’t have a release date at this time, but »
- Michael Briers
"Banks are an essential threat to our democracy, so consider this justice." After winning an Academy Award for The Pianist, it's unfortunate that the career of Adrien Brody has mostly derailed. I couldn't even tell you the last time I saw a great movie with Brody in it, and that doesn't look to change with this international trailer for the Tiff selected American Heist. All the cliches of a crime thriller are on display, and while Hayden Christensen doesn't seem all that bad for once, this just looks like it's trying to be Heat meets Fast Five (they even got Jordana Brewster on board), but not nearly as good as either. Here's the international trailer for Sarik Andreasyan's American Heist from Voltage Pictures: American Heist is directed by Armenian filmmaker Sarik Andreasyan and written by Raul Inglis (Transparency, Suddenly). Frankie (Hayden Christensen) and James (Adrien Brody) are two »
- Ethan Anderton
If you were to attempt the heist of the century or the raid of the century or attack a stronghold or defend a village, whom would you call? First you'd need a team leader. Then the guy who knows how to get past any locked door, and the woman with the uncanny photographic memory. Then you'd need to find an explosives expert (always an explosives expert!), a computer genius, and someone who can charm his or her way into anything. Each role would be as important as the next. Which movies based on or including this always-entertaining trope are the best? Read on.1. Fast Five (2011)In the fifth installment of the obscenely successful franchise, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) switch gears (pun strongly intended) from their usual street racing to grand larceny. The duo summons all the fan favorites from past sequels to form a team — or, »
- Marie Lodi
Has anyone else noticed that in just about every Fast and Furious movie, the main characters always call this “their last ride?” Well from now on, we know that this phrase is a boldfaced lie.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the Fast and Furious franchise is looking to keep going with at least three more films added to the series (for a grand total of ten movies). During a roundtable with Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley, she spoke about the future of the franchise and what may be happening in the coming years.
“We think there’s at least three more. Paul [Walker] is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. 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. We’ll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box »
- Zach Dennis
While saying they'll be mindful of audience fatigue, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley sees the Fast & Furious franchise lasting despite the recent passing of star Paul Walker. "We think there are at least three more," Langley said during the recent Hollywood Reporter executive roundtable. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story, 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. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there." I imagine when she says "there are at least three more" she's including Furious 7, which hits theaters on April 3, 2015. Added to that film you'd have a nine films, enough for three trilogy packs. Then again, if »
- Brad Brevet
It’s rare that a film franchise makes it to its sixth or seventh entry, and even rarer that the latter films end up being more successful than what came before. But that's exactly what has happened with the Fast & Furious franchise, which hit a high mark with the excellent Fast Five at $626 million worldwide and went even higher with Fast & Furious 6’s worldwide gross of $788 million. The next film, Furious 7, is due out in April with high expectations, but the series suffered a major loss late last year when star Paul Walker sadly passed away. Recently, word surfaced that director Justin Lin—who helmed entries 3 through 6—might be returning to the franchise for a multi-film wrap up that will bring the series to a close. Now Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has weighed in on the end of the franchise, saying she envisions it continuing on for at least three more films. »
- Adam Chitwood
Earlier in the week, it was reported that Universal Pictures wanted Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to return for a multi-part finale that would end the lucrative franchise. Most assumed this would be a two-part adventure, and that The Fast and the Furious would wrap up with 9 films. Now, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley is claiming that the franchise might come to an end with ten movies, as three more sequels are being planned. Though, it may not end there.
"We think there's at least three more...I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there. But we're »
The "Fast & Furious" franchise is a perpetual moneymaker for Universal, but could it be ready to hang up its racing tires? That's the new speculation from Deadline, which also writes that longtime "Fast" director Justin Lin is being courted to return to the series for its final outing.
According to the site, Lin -- who directed "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," "Fast & Furious," "Fast Five," and "Fast & Furious 6" -- is widely considered the favorite to direct "Fast & Furious 8," taking over from "Furious 7" helmer James Wan. Wan has already signed on to direct "The Conjuring 2," taking him out of consideration for the "FF8" job, and Lin is a logical replacement -- especially now that there's a gap in his schedule following news that his Aaron Cross movie with Jeremy Renner is being pushed to accommodate a new Jason Bourne film starring Matt Damon.
But could Universal really »
- Katie Roberts
Universal Pictures is continuing to lock down plans for an interconnected cinematic universe featuring its classic monsters, with a trio of scribes having been hired by the studio.
Off screen, the studio aims to create something akin to Pixar's "brain trust" with a handful of scribes all weighing in on and contributing to each other's movies. Each will offer help as needed as they work on separate films that will include serialized storytelling elements.
Previously announced for this group were Chris Morgan ("Fast Five," "47 Ronin") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") who are also producing. Joining them will be "Fargo" TV series creator Noah Hawley, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners," "Contraband"), and veteran screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Men in Black," "Now You See Me").
Guzikowski will take the lead on penning "The Wolfman," a new version of the classic werewolf story that hopes to avoid the mistakes of the 2010 adaptation. It will »
- Garth Franklin
When Justin Lin joined the Fast & Furious series with 2006's Tokyo Drift, the automotive action series appeared to be in decline. Over seven years and four movies, Lin presided over a critical and commercial ascension unparalleled in Hollywood blockbuster history. Each of the four Fasts directed by Lin earned more than the previous one; film critic Wesley Morris famously described 2011's Fast Five as "the most progressive force in American cinema." After Furious 6 came out last year, Vin Diesel began talking about a new Fast & Furious trilogy. But Lin had already announced his intention to depart the franchise, at »
- Darren Franich
Universal obviously isn't confirming this new report from Deadline considering it would show something of a lack of faith in Furious 7 director James Wan, but word is the studio is attempting to court Justin Lin to return and put the finishing touches on the Fast and Furious franchise by directing what seems to be suggested to be the final installment. Here's how the report reads: I am not getting anything from the studio on this, but here's what I hear: I expect Lin and Universal to begin talking again about him directing a multi-part production that will lead to multiple movies shot together and will wave the checkered flag on the Fast & Furious franchise. Now, that's not exactly straight-forward. In fact, it doesn't entirely make sense or present the entire picture, but my interpretation is to assume Deadline's Mike Fleming is saying Universal wants to get Lin locked in for a multi-picture deal, »
- Brad Brevet
Justin Lin, the filmmaker who revitalized Universal Pictures' Fast & Furious franches, may be coming back for a multi-part finale. Little is known about the story being set up, but Deadline reveals that it will be an unspecified number of sequels shot back-to-back, which will bring this popular action series to its conclusion.
After making The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and last year's Fast & Furious 6, Justin Lin bowed out from making next year's Furious 7, due to an accelerated production schedule. James Wan came on board shortly thereafter, but several things have transpired that could lead to Justin Lin's return.
We reported last month that James Wan is returning to direct the Warner Bros. horror sequel The Conjuring 2, which is already set for release on June 10, 2016. While that project will keep James Wan unavailable for the forseeable future, Justin Lin suddenly has »
"I don.t have friends," Vin Diesel explains in the explosive trailer for Furious 7. "I got family." And one member of that extended Fast & Furious family has to be director Justin Lin, who helped usher the series into its current golden age before moving on to greener pastures. But could Lin be lured back to the Furious table, possibly to bring closure to the high-octane series? This is the rumor being floated over at Deadline, where Mike Fleming reports that Universal might want Justin Lin to return to the Fast & Furious franchise in order to "wave the checkered flag" on the long-running series. Lin started directing Fast films back with the third chapter, Tokyo Drift. He endured the muddy, lackluster fourth installment, Fast & Furious before breathing hellfire into the series with Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6. But Justin Lin handed the reigns to The Conjuring filmmaker James Wan »
With the "Fast & Furious" franchise putting $2.3 billion in the tank for Universal, it's hard to believe that the studio is thinking about ending their one sure thing. But those are the rumblings, and apparently, Universal wants the man who essentially brought the series back to life to return and end it. Justin Lin ("The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift," "Fast And Furious," "Fast Five," "Fast & Furious 6") will apparently be courted to direct "a multi-part production that will lead to multiple movies shot together" that will mark the end of Vin Diesel's meal ticket. Of course, no franchise is ever dead in Hollywood, and this is the closest thing Universal has to a Bond series, so we expect the engine to be running on this one with a new batch of gearheads for decades to come. But sure, the "final" movie is being talked about. Even then, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
How much gas does the Fast & Furious franchise have left in the tank? If talk overheard by Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. is to be believed, Universal is already looking at concluding the blockbuster with a massive, multi-film finale, and the studio is keenly interested on getting series director Justin Lin back on board to help them do it.
Lin, who first directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift for the series, brought the property roaring back to life with 2009’s Fast & Furious. Following the success of that title, Lin skillfully retooled the series into a high-octane action-adventure franchise with subsequent entries Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6. By the time that sixth movie was released, to widespread acclaim and huge box office numbers, Universal must have thought it could expect to be making Fast & Furious movies for years to come.
But then, star Paul Walker died, and production »
- Isaac Feldberg
Christopher Nolan made Memento, but he also made The Dark Knight Rises. Great filmmakers can make bad movies: This is not a particularly complicated equation. And Nolan's new space melodrama Interstellar is not a particularly complicated movie. The science is elaborate and insane, but the emotional stakes are simple: Father loves daughter, father saves humanity. But Nolan is one of our plottiest filmmakers. (Most films have three acts; Nolan's movies usually have at least six, usually out of order and/or overlapping.) I attempted to explain the plot of Interstellar, but even I ran up against some impenetrable cosmo-logic. Some »
- Darren Franich
Universal Pictures has handed out an April 21, 2017 release date for an untitled project that will be the second movie in the studio's inter-connected monster universe, following Untitled Mummy Reboot, which is set for release on June 24, 2016.
The untitled and unspecified project, whatever it is, currently has the April 21, 2017 release date to itself, but it will come two weeks before Warner Bros.' Pacific Rim 2 on April 7, 2017, and two weeks after Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5, 2017.
The studio launched the Universal Monsters Shared Universe back in July, with Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Chris Morgan (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Fast & Furious 7) overseeing the franchise. Alex Kurtzman is attached to direct the Untitled Mummy Reboot, but no casting has been announced as of yet.
It is written in the chronicles of our people that, long ago, in the days when the earth below and the sky above were as one, and the gods had not yet deserted the world of men, there was a film called The Fast and the Furious. And it is written that The Fast and the Furious begat 2 Fast 2 Furious, which begat The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which begat Fast & Furious, which begat Fast Five, which begat Fast & Furious 6, although certain elders of the tribe insist that the latter film was actually titled Furious 6. Adding to the confusion, »
- Darren Franich
The week-long wait is finally over! After making the announcement seven days ago, Universal Pictures has released the trailer for Furious 7, offering our first look at footage from this highly-anticipated action-thriller.
James Wan takes over in the director's chair for Justin Lin, who brought the Fast & Furious franchise to new heights by directing the last four installments, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6.
The ensemble cast is back with Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Agent Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto), Ludacris (Tej Parker) and Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pierce) all returning, with the late Paul Walker starring in his final appearance as Brian O'Connor. Lucas Black also returns as his The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift character Sean Boswell, along with new cast members such as Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel and Jason Statham, »
Not exactly the most imaginative title, but then again, have the franchise's titles every really been? There was "2 Fast 2 Furious," "Fast and Furious," "Fast Five," "Fast & Furious 6" etc. So, don't ever expect anything like "Fast & Furious 7: Ghost Protocol," or "Fast & Furious 8: Quantum of Solace." Although there was "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," the 3rd film in the franchise. Then again, maybe that's just how we like it - clean and simple, and always with either "fast," "furious" or both words in the title, for continuity and to maintain brand awareness. The »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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