Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
According to Hollywood lore, Vin Diesel has a genie. If you want to believe the myths and legends, the buff and bald action star was strolling along the beach one day about a decade ago when he stumbled across a mysterious lamp half-buried in the sand. He picked up this expensive-looking artifact and tried to clean it. Maybe it was worth something? Maybe he could pawn it and refill his coffers since the Fast and Furious and xXx franchises had moved on without him. These were his dark days. The Chronicles of Roddick and the Babylon A.D. days.
And then a genie came out, offered him three wishes and the rest is history. Long story short: Diesel’s magically-enhanced second wind has reached maximum absurdity with the mere existence of xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage, a movie that could only exist because a desperate man called upon the powers of a djinn. Now, this unlikely sequel has a release date and everything.
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Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
At first, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage seemed like a pipe dream, a thing Vin Diesel would bring up in interviews as part of a desperate ploy to have a wingless angel assigned to his case. And now it’s actually filming with director D.J. Caruso at the helm and a genuinely bizarre ensemble of actors filling out the space not taken up by Diesel-bulk. However, it look like one of the previously announced actors won’t be in the film after all.
Jet Li has apparently dropped out of the latest XXX film, but Donnie Yen has quickly taken his place. Let’s get really honest for a second: the production has traded up here.
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Hot on the heels of finding a director for Furious 8 in Straight Outta Compton filmmaker F. Gary Gray, another Vin Diesel franchise has finally found a filmmaker to take on the next sequel.
xXx 3 has been teased by Diesel since 2008, and every year there’s been a promise of it finally coming together. More recently that possibility has seemed a little more solid since Diesel said xXx 3 would be shooting in December in the Philippines. However, we hadn’t yet heard who would be getting behind the camera for the action sequel. But that changes today as a xXx 3 director has been revealed. Read More »
Paramount desperately wants to make a third G.I. Joe film. Last we checked, they’d hired D.J. Caruso to direct and screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin was working on the script. However, now news has broken that another screenwriter has been hired, suggesting Lemkin’s work wasn’t what they wanted. They’ve hired Aaron Berg, the writer of the hot spy film Section 6, to work his magic. Read more about the new GI Joe 3 writer below. Read More »
Briefly: In Selling Time, a man is given the opportunity to relive the worst day of life in exchange for giving up seven years of his life. Will Smith has been circling the 20th Century Fox thriller for a long time, and the project just gained some new momentum as D.J. Caruso has signed to direct. Caruso, the director of Suburbia and Eagle Eye, will also oversee a new draft of the script by original writer Dan McDermott. Read more about the film’s history here. [Deadline]
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Posted on Monday, August 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Preacher is one of those projects that’s been developing for years, with tons of high-profile names attached at various points, but that nevertheless struggles to come together. D.J. Caruso became the latest director to sign on a couple of years back, but there’s been so little movement on it since then that we almost forgot the project was in the works at all.
Caruso, however, has not. The filmmaker confirmed in a recent interview that he’s still working on the Vertigo adaptation, though it may still be a while before it hits screens. Hit the jump to get the status update.
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Director D.J. Caruso may have begun to establish himself with the film The Salton Sea and some episodes of The Shield, but his real big break came thanks to the success of Disturbia in 2007. The film was a modern teen-targeting thriller that riffed on Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie Rear Window. It nearly established a pattern of films that are modern updates of other Hitchcock thrillers, though so far we’ve seen a lot more of those go into the development process than we’ve seen emerge as actual films.
Caruso, meanwhile, went on to Eagle Eye, I Am Number Four, and his recently wrapped YA adaptation Goat Island, a sort of passion project based on novel The Goats.
Now Caruso has a new project, and it sounds like another Hitchcock riff, as the title is Invertigo. But the sci-fi thriller, written by Ehren Kruger and Bradley Cramp, actually features a crashed satellite, inverted gravity in NYC, and big effects. Read More »
The Goats is not a story about Val Kilmer‘s coming of age, sadly. It could, however, be part of the evolution of Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four director D.J. Caruso. The director has meandered from well-liked cult film The Salton Sea to youth-Hitchcock thriller Disturbia to the big budget schlock of Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four. He also worked on The Shield and has some other resume entries, but overall it isn’t
Now he’s getting cameras rolling on The Goats, based on Brock Cole‘s young adult novel, with Knowing‘s pre-teen Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso in the lead roles of two kids who run away together after a summer camp incident, and Val Kilmer, Radha Mitchell and Kate Maberly. Read More »
When I Am Number Four came out in the United States, director D.J. Caruso had yet to officially sign on to direct the adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s iconic comic book series Preacher. Now that Number Four is opening internationally, though, the cat’s out of the bag and the international press has been chatting him up about it. French website CloneWeb got the director not only to open up about the film, but name a few of the people who he’s talked to about potential roles.
Caruso was very insistent that casting hasn’t started and the script isn’t quite ready, but that he’s been getting a ton of texts and calls from people who want to join in. He said Chris Pine really wants to play Jesse, Shia LaBeouf wants to play Arseface and Alex Pettyfer wants to play the Saint of Killers. Read some more of his quotes and watch the video after the break. Read More »