In March 2007, New Line Cinema announced they would be making a big screen adaptation of Microsoft’s popular video game Gears of War. Collateral and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl screenwriter Stuart Beattie was hired to pen a script after turning in a 21-page treatment. A few months later Live Free or Die Hard helmer Len Wiseman came aboard the project to direct. Wiseman worked on the script with Wanted scribe Chris Morgan for a year, before moving on to Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass).
LA Times now reports that Wiseman is moving on, after having the budget slashed in half. He is now officially signed on to direct the apocalyptic thriller Nocturne, a project he was developing for 20th Century Fox.
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Universal Pictures has given the greenlight to a fifth film in the Fast and the Furious franchise. And in an apparent attempt to one-up the ridiculousness of the previous titles, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Fast & Furious, they have come up with the brilliant (yes, sarcasm) title “Fast Five.” The studio has inked deals with all the key players, including stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, director Justin Lin, screenwriter Chris Morgan (Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Wanted), and producer Neal Moritz to return to the franchise. According to Variety, the fifth film will follow Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) as “fugitives being pursued by legendary lawmen.”‘
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Last year it was reported that Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman was in talks with New Line to develop and direct a big screen adaptation of the popular X-Box 360 video game Gears of War. A year later, and the project has now been officially announced. Speculation first began when Wiseman featured the game in the fourth Die Hard film. Wiseman will develop the story with Chris Morgan, whose credits include Wanted and Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. I know, not a hugely promising resume. Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Stuart Beattie wrote a draft of the film last year. IESB gave that script a 3 out of 10 star review, calling it ”a DUKES OF HAZZARD out of a possible STARSHIP TROOPERS”.
Wiseman has been working with Morgan on Shell Game, a sci-fi thriller set up at Lakeshore/Columbia Pictures (”Set a hundred and fifty years in the future – a detective is faced with a moral dilemma as he investigates the dangerous black market business of immortality.”). Wiseman, made a name for himself in the business as an art director (Stargate, Godzilla, Independence Day, Men in Black), and went on to direct Underworld and its sequel Underworld Evolution. Wiseman is certainly a step-up from Paul W.S. Anderson or Uwe Boll, and his participation guarantees that it will at least be good to look at.
Released in November 2006, Gears has sold over three million units worldwide, becoming the fourth best selling game of last year (not too shabby for only a two month lead). The game became very popular in the online arena of Xbox Live. Gears of War follows the soldiers of Delta Squad as they fight to save the human inhabitants of the fictional planet Sera from a relentless subterranean enemy known as The Locust Horde. A video game sequel was announced earlier this year at the 2008 Game Developers Conference. When the film was first announced, New Line has planned on releasing the film in the Summer of 2009, but that timetable is probably unrealistic.
Watch the trailer for the video game below. It makes use of Gary Jules and Michael Andrews somber 2001 cover of Tears for Fears’s Mad World, originally featured in the soundtrack to Donnie Darko.
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Discuss: Is Len Wiseman the right director to take on Gears of War?
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are in negotiations to reunite for Fast and the Furious 4. Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift director Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan are set to return for the fourth film.
I think i was one of the few people that somewhat enjoyed the first flick (the cg-car action sequences were amazing, right? Okay, maybe I’m alone). The second and third films are something else entirely. And when a studio decides to call a movie 2 Fast 2 Furious, they deserve all the mockery that eventually came. And while Tokyo Drift was not a great film, it was certainly better than 2 Fast. Justin Lin is capable of a good film (Better Luck Tomorrow), it all depends on the material. He’s certainly better than Rob Cohen.
So the question now becomes, could a fourth Fast and the Furious film possibly be good? I’m not too sure, but I do know that if Diesel and Walker reprise their characters from the original film, I’ll at least be interested in watching it. And that’s saying a lot.
source: Hollywood Reporter
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I for one actually enjoyed the first film, probably more for it’s unintentional laughs and action than it’s formulaic plot and porno-level acting. But how The Fast and the Furious series made it past 2 Fast 2 Furious is beyond our comprehension. The only reasoning we can come up with is there must be some huge interest in seeing this type of film in urban markets. God knows it’s not because of the story. Well Universal has hired screenwriter Chris Morgan (Cellular, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) to write a fourth installment.
No word on the title, storyline or cast, although we assume that the series will remain overseas in an attempt to keep the landscape interesting. And with the last film grossing over $65 million in theaters and probably double that on DVD, I’m sure we’ll see the day of Fast and the Furious 10: More Faster and More Furiouser. I dread the day.