8 items from 2016
Back in June, we reported that Dwayne Johnson was reuniting with San Andreas producer Beau Flynn for an adaptation of the popular 1980s video game classic Rampage. We haven't heard any updates on the project since then, but earlier today, Dwayne Johnson took to his Instagram page to announce that Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal have signed on to rewrite the script, with Brad Peyton coming aboard to direct. Here's what the actor/producer had to say to his Instagram followers, teasing how he'll prepare for this adventure.
"Cool news we just hired Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal (creators of Colony) to write our big screen adaptation of Rampage for New Line. Carlton also wrote San Andreas for us, so he excels at writing big scale with family and heart as the anchor. We have a shot to raise the bar and make something cool with this one as the »
With production scheduled to begin this spring on Fast & Furious 8, this highly-anticipated sequel is expected to be yet another international affair. While the bulk of filming will take place in New York City and Atlanta, we reported earlier this month that this sequel is eyeing locations in Cuba for part of its shoot, which would make it the first major motion picture to shoot there in over 50 years. Today, Visir is reporting that the production is also gearing up for a shoot in Iceland. The news was confirmed by Regína Ásvaldsdóttir, mayor of Akranes, Iceland, which is, approximately 28 miles north of Reykjavík, who stating that shooting is expected to begin in April.
This report also claims that the Fast 8 crew plans on pulling off the biggest explosion ever seen in Iceland, although no specific story details were given. The production plans on shooting near the Akranes »
The company already counts directors such as Richard Linklater (“Boyhood), Justin Lin (“Fast Five”) and Charles Ferguson (“Inside Job”) among its clients. But it’s looking to expand its management portfolio, hoping to capitalize on a moment in Hollywood when up-and-coming talent may struggle to find a foothold at the traditional agencies and the bigger studios. Cinetic has already added a new manager in New York who specializes in actors: Avi Lipski, formerly of Brookside Artist Management.
Cinetic, which helped pool financing for such high-profile art films as “Boyhood” and “Carol,” has ambitions to be a one-stop shop for those who can direct, produce, write and act as many entertainment industry players are straddling the lines between television, film, and digital media. The major »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
Knowing in some small way how movie studios work, I would bet a fat stack of cash that many very important people spent hours upon hours trying to chose the best title for the eighth Fast and the Furious movie. Furious 8? Fast 8? 8n't 2 Fast 2 Furious? The last two Fast and the Furious movies were Furious, but there's something to be said for a nostalgic nod to 2011's Fast Five. Luckily for them, Vin Diesel took to Instagram to put that baby to bed, finally allowing Hollywood's best and brightest sequel-namers to go home and spend some time with their children and maybe get a good night's sleep. According to the image teased by their franchise star, Fast 8 will be blowing exhaust right in our ecstatic faces in April 2017. In even more exciting news, the new film will be set in New York, where every car chase will »
- Halle Kiefer
Shortly before the release of Furious 7, franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that Fast & Furious 8 was already in the works, long before it was officially announced, and that the sequel will be set in New York City. Just a few weeks later, the actor confirmed that Fast & Furious 8 is actually happening, with Universal Pictures setting an April 14, 2017 release date. Today, the actor took to his Instagram page, releasing the first poster, which confirms the New York City setting.
After the Fast & Furious franchise started in Los Angeles with 2001's The Fast and the Furious, the beloved film series quickly became an international affair, with its sequels set in Miami, Tokyo, Panama, Rio de Janeiro and London. No plot details have surfaced yet, but Vin Diesel teased last year that Kurt Russell's Furious 7 character Mr. Nobody will play a key role in the sequel, which would start a new trilogy. »
Universal doesn’t want their Fast & Furious franchise to end anytime soon. Fast & Furious 7 made over $1.5 billion dollars at the box office, and even aside from the money, this series shows no signs of slowing down. Director Justin Lin raised the bar with Fast Five, making these movies more popular than ever before. Understandably, Universal wants to keep the brand going outside of the […]
- Jack Giroux
The moment Universal tossed in Dwayne Johnson and effectively morphed its petrolhead sequel into a heist film with Fast Five in 2011, the Fast and Furious franchise has consistently – and, more often than not, successfully – set about one-upping the previous entry in the series with even more lavish set pieces and long-winded monologues about the importance of family.
Once Furious 7 helmer James Wan journeyed back to his horror roots for The Conjuring 2, the Straight Outta Compton helmer agreed to get behind the wheel of Universal’s crown jewel, and here Gray reflects on the initial process with Vin Diesel.
“[The meeting] was great. I went to [Vin’s] home and it was a reunion, cause I had already directed »
- Michael Briers
When I started making this list I was very down on 2015 but I was wrong. I was delighted to relive all of these films; 2015 was a fantastic year.
Honorable Mention: Get Hard – Get Hard is not a movie I reviewed for this site or even one I saw theatrically but rather on an airplane. The marketing for Get Hard was so unappealing to me, but I laughed harder while watching it than I did at any other movie this year. It had all of the uncomfortable moments where this or that rape joke or borderline racist moment happens but it’s overpowered by better jokes and a better attitude. I’m not much for movie quotes anymore but I have found myself saying “You are a disappointment to your parents, who I fucked” a few too many times for polite conversation and that’s got to be worth something.
- Arthur Tebbel
8 items from 2016
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