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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Charlize Theron discusses Mad Max and another Fast and Furious film.
  • Director F. Gray Gray comments on Michelle Rodriguez‘s recent statement on the Furious franchise.
  • A new poster for the next Saw film, Jigsaw.
  • Photos from the last day of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom shoot.
  • And more!

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The Fate of the Furious director's cut

The director’s cut of The Fate of the Furious is 13 minutes longer. This franchise has a more-is-more attitude, which generally works in its favor, so even more of Dom and the family probably sounds all right for fans of the series. Director F. Gary Gray says his cut has more action and humor, but also punches up some of the characters and provides some breathing room.

Below, the Straight Outta Compton director discusses The Fate of the Furious director’s cut.

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Are We Getting a Fast and Furious Outer Space Future?

The fate of the Fast and Furious franchise is uncertain. While the once-scrappy street car racing films have turned into globe-trotting action movie phenomenons that rake in billions at the box office, the series may be facing some changes behind the scenes.

Director F. Gary Gray, who took the wheel for Fate of the Furious after Justin Lin and James Wan had ushered the series into blockbuster territory, has expressed reservations about returning to the franchise. This arrives on top of Michelle Rodriguez threatening to leave the series over the treatment of its female characters, casting a shadow over the films — even as stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson supposedly put aside their “candy ass” feud. But there’s one silver lining: Gray is not opposed to finally taking Fast and Furious to outer space.

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Han Solo Director Replacement

Yesterday brought the shocking news that directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller had been let go from the Star Wars spin-off focusing on a young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich.

At first, only creative differences were cited, but since then we’ve heard more specific details about why the acclaimed and respecting directing team were removed from the project with three weeks of principal photography left on the schedule. The reasoning for a parting of the ways is said to be a clash in filmmaking style. The fast and loose, improvisational approach that Lord & Miller have compared to the more calculated and structured style that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan never really met in the middle, and disagreements finally came to a head.

Now Lucasfilm has to find a new director quickly as the studio hopes to be back in production by July 10 (or so we’ve heard), and while Ron Howard is said to be the frontrunner, with names like Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan himself also in consideration, we have a list of filmmakers that we’d like to see finish the Han Solo movie instead.

Check out our own Han Solo director replacement candidates after the jump. Read More »

fate of the furious box office

The Fate of the Furious sped to the top of the box office on its opening weekend, knocking Star Wars: The Force Awakens down as the title-holder of the biggest worldwide box office opening of all time.

The Fate of the Furious made $532.5 million in its first weekend, just beating the $529 million record earned in 2015 by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I guess all that NOS paid off.

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The Fate of the Furious box-office

The Fate of the Furious is a disappointing setback for the series, but as you all probably know, it’s still on its way to another massive opening weekend at the box-office. While box-office analysts don’t see it surpassing Furious 7‘s opening in the United States, director F. Gary Gray‘s sequel is expected to land somewhere between $110 million to $125 million. The sequel may double that number worldwide, although some speculate it’ll make even more than $280 million this weekend.

Let’s delve into the Fate of the Furious box-office tracking.

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The Fate of the Furious

Even though blockbuster season doesn’t technically kick off until May with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Universal is shifting things into gear a little early with the release of The Fate of the Furious this weekend. It’s the eighth installment of the franchise that began all the way back in 2001, and it’s still unbelievable to me that the franchise has come this far. However, it will be up to audiences to determine whether that’s still a good thing or not.

As for The Fate of the Furious reviews, they are torn as to whether this is one of the best films in the reinvigorated franchise so far, or one of the worst. Reviews go from one extreme to the other, and some of the naysayers are those who have enjoyed the hell out of the recent run of sequels in the film series. We highlighted some brief Twitter reactions from CinemaCon a little while back, but the full reviews give us a more complete picture of the sequel. Read More »

The Fate of the Furious

The Fast and Furious franchise is known for its crazy action scenes and bombastic explosions, but the core of the saga has always been about one thing: family. Sixteen years after the original movie hit theaters, The Fate of the Furious comes roaring into theaters this Friday, and while it does feature a hefty number of explosions, the most important thing the film blows up is the series’ central thesis. Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto goes rogue and turns his back on those he loves, and the group dynamic will never be the same.

Rob Cohen and John Singleton kicked off this franchise with one movie each, and Justin Lin put his stamp on it in a big way by directing the next four films. James Wan admirably took over for Lin on Furious 7, but the newest member of the Fast directors club is F. Gary Gray, riding high after the success of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Gray about how much input he has on a big franchise like this, the dangers and challenges of filming a car chase on real melting ice, and much more. Read More »

Fate of the Furious Featurette

Director F. Gary Gray knows how to shoot a good car chase. When he took on The Italian Job remake, the bar was set high for the third act mini cooper chase. In the end, he directed a chase that didn’t completely pale in comparison to the original film. No small feat. With the eight addition to the Fast and Furious franchise, he’s again facing high expectations.

Based on a new The Fate of the Furious featurette, which teases the set piece in New York City, it doesn’t look like Gray’s action is, at the very least, going to lack scope.

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The Fate of the Furious - Cipher (Charlize Theron) and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel)

Buckle up, fam: the Fast family is about to be torn apart in a big way. Universal has just released a new featurette for The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the long-running franchise which will see Vin Diesel’s family-obsessed patriarch Dominic Toretto face off against his accomplices – including his wife, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) – and align with the mysterious Cypher (Charlize Theron), who’s described as “the fiercest villain the franchise has ever seen.” Watch the new The Fate of the Furious featurette below. Read More »