Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift origin

Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is maybe the purest Fast and Furious movie. For starters, there’s a real passion for driving in Justin Lin‘s sequel; it’s not about saving the world. It’s still a crime story, but a crime story with a whole lot of impassioned drifting – all of which Vin Diesel was originally meant to perform.

Screenwriter Chris Morgan has recently explained the Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift origin story and it’s a fascinating one. This is the movie that placed this series on the right track.

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The Fate of the Furious

I’d argue that there’s no one more important to the Fast and Furious franchise than Chris Morgan. Directors and actors have come and gone, but Morgan has been the sole writer on these movies since 2006’s Tokyo Drift, which was the turning point that saved the franchise from direct-to-DVD obscurity. He’s the series’ architect, crafting the blueprints responsible for its meteoric rise in popularity and helping to turn what began as a simple Point Break riff into a billion dollar box office behemoth. In addition to writing every movie since then, he also executive produced Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, and the newest film in the series, The Fate of the Furious, which comes out this Friday.

Last week, I had the chance to speak with Morgan about the process of crafting a new sequel. In addition to teasing a possible return for Han Seoul-Oh and updating me about his exciting time travel sci-fi film Crime of the Century, we chatted about how many set piece ideas he has left, if he ever consults physicists about the series’ insane action sequences, whether he’ll ever take Dom into space, and much more. Read More »

legend-of-conan

Do you hear that sound? That’s the lamentation of Conan fans across the world after reading this headline. After spending years in development, it sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s long-brewing sequel The Legend of Conan is finally dead at Universal. But Arnold, ever the optimist, seems to still be holding on to some tiny sliver of hope.
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Han Seoul-Oh Fast and Furious

One of the biggest fan-favorite characters in the entire Fast & Furious franchise is Han Seoul-Oh, played by actor Sung Kang. The character died in Tokyo Drift, but he was such a hit with fans that writer Chris Morgan decided to alter the entire series’ timeline in order to incorporate him into more movies in the saga.

The franchise has since closed the loop and passed beyond Han’s death, but Morgan has hinted that there’s a chance we might see him again.
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Dan Trachtenberg directing 10 Cloverfield Lane

In 2011, Universal acquired a pitch for a sci-fi movie called Crime of the Century from Fast & Furious screenwriter/producer Chris Morgan. He’s producing that film, which is based on an original idea from Dan Trachtenberg (Black Mirror) and writer Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds). Trachtenberg has been on board to direct from the very beginning, long before he made his feature directorial debut last year with 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Crime of the Century has been shrouded in mystery for years as it’s inched through the development process, but I spoke with Morgan and Trachtenberg and managed to get a couple of updates about the movie. This sounds like it’s going to be huge.
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Universal Monsters Movie Universe

Last year it was revealed that Fast and the Furious producer Chris Morgan was teaming with screenwriter/director Alex Kurtzman to design a Universal Monsters cinematic universe. The plan was to reboot the Universal Monsters properties, including characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, each with their own movies leading to an Avengers-type film that would bring them all together.

The trailer for the first film in the series, The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, was released over the weekend, giving us a first look at the Universal Monster movie universe. I had the opportunity to talk with director Alex Kurtzman about the creation of this world, what their intentions are, how they hope to bring it all together and more. Please note the headline comparison to Marvel is my own, not Kurtzman’s. Although I think its obvious that Kurtzman’s opinion on building a cinematic movie universe seem to closely reflect Marvel Studios’ own philosophies and approach.

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Legend of Conan plot details

With Terminator: Genisys hitting theaters next week, Arnold Schwarzenegger is making the publicity rounds promoting the sequel/reboot, and that means he’s getting questions about future projects that we already know are in the works.

One of those projects is Schwarzenegger’s return to his epic character Conan The Barbarian, in a new film called The Legend of Conan. We’ve been hearing about the project since as far back as 2012, but it’s taking awhile to get the project off the ground. But now that Schwarzenegger is done with Terminator (until the presumed sequel), it looks like The Legend of Conan may be next, and the action star gave some new details on the forthcoming film.

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the legend of conan news

One of the big promises in Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s revived career as an actor has been the idea that he would reprise the role of Conan the Barbarian. It’s one of the gigs that cemented him as an action star, and the 1982 film co-written (with Oliver Stone) and directed by John Milius is hailed as among the best adaptations of pulp novels ever committed to film.

The new film, which is being dubbed The Legend of Conan, has Fast and Furious scribe Chris Morgan as a writer and producer, and Morgan now proclaims that the new film is intended to be an intense adventure film that carries forward the tone and even some of the other characters from the 1982 movie. Read More »

Furious 7

On its opening weekend, Furious 7 grossed $392 million worldwide. That’s a jaw-dropping gross for a franchise that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Many figured an announcement of an eighth installment in the franchise would happen almost immediately. However, that was not the case. Star Vin Diesel seems confident in a sequel, even suggesting the franchise will go to New York. Another rumor says Eva Mendes‘ character, last scene as a cameo in Fast Five, could return. But don’t go buying your tickets just yet. Produce Neil Moritz says nothing has been settled about Fast and Furious 8, but it should be soon. Read More »

Chrononauts movie

Even if you don’t read comic books you probably know comic creator Mark Millar from his many film adaptations such as Wanted, Kick-Ass and most recently Kingsman: The Secret Service. It seems like almost every Millar comic book gets optioned for the big screen these days, the last being Starlight, which has Star Wars spinoff screenwriter Gary Whitta work writing.

That a new Millar book would be immediately optioned is so obvious that the latest Millar comic Chrononauts, which was released just this week, featured a letter in the “letters to the editors” pages speculating about the possible feature film adaptation. And days later we learn a movie is indeed in the works at Universal. More details on the Chrononauts movie adaptation after the jump.

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