Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
If the idea of a Taxi Driver 2 sounds stupid to you, know that Paul Schrader agrees. As a matter of fact, he thinks the concept pitched to him by Robert De Niro in the ’90s was “the dumbest idea that I’ve ever heard.” Also after the jump:
- Keanu Reeves offers a small Bill & Ted 3 update
- Sean Young calls for a Blade Runner 2 boycott
- James Cameron is finalizing multiple Avatar scripts
- Bravo kills development on their Heathers TV show
- Bruce Willis was too expensive for Expendables 3
- 300: Rise of an Empire gets rated R by the MPAA
- See an early version of the Fast & Furious 7 poster
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Briefly: When fighter Gina Carano successfully leapt from the ring to the big screen in films like Haywire and Fast & Furious 6, she helped establish a path for other women to do the same.
Now Ronda Rousey, who is already set for a role in The Expendables 3, is in talks for Fast and Furious 7. The Olympic medalist is the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and has been Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion. She’ll play ”a minor supporting role that will showcase her fighting skills.”
James Wan is directing, taking over from Justin Lin, and the film will see the returns of cast members such as Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. The film will shoot in Atlanta later this year. [Variety]
Eventually Universal is going to run out of manly actors to cast in the Fast & Furious movies. That won’t happen soon, but the end point will come faster if big names turn down roles.
New guy Luke Evans held down the fort as the bad guy in the most recent film, and [REDACTED, for the few people who haven't seen the film or been spoiled] will show up as the baddie in the next. The pattern of introducing a new character (typically a villain) at the very end of one film, before expanding their role in the sequel that follows, is something Universal evidently wants to continue.
in a piece about the general state of original tentpoles in Hollywood, Deadline reveals that Denzel Washington could have been the next guy to drive against Dom Toretto, but the actor wasn’t interested. Read More »
I’m not a huge horror film guy, but I probably see more than your average film geek. I’ll be the first to admit that I had little interest in The Conjuring as I usually don’t like possession stories. The idea of someone becoming possessed by someone else has always been a movie storyline pet peeve for me, likely tainted for me by comic book storylines I read as a kid where the superhero somehow becomes controlled by the bad guy. While I was in San Francisco covering the Pacific Rim junket, I was presented with the opportunity to talk to director James Wan. I’ve been a fan of Wan since seeing the first Saw film at Sundance in 2004. That interview is why I ended up seeing The Conjuring in San Francisco and… I’m very glad I did.
The Conjuring is creepy as hell, a well made horror film — a throwback in many ways to the horror films of my childhood. Wan is a master of his craft, and I’m excited to see what he’ll be able to do once Hollywood lets him play in other genres (I really enjoyed his 2007 thriller Death Sentence which was virtually unseen in theaters).
After the jump you can read my interview with James Wan. We talk about The Conturing‘s connection to AMITYVILLE, the importance of the period setting of the film, the struggle with creating a horrific story while trying to stay true to the true story, the Perron family’s reaction to the movie, delving into some of the filmmaking techniques employed in this film including the sound and an early tracking shot, and I tried to get him to talk about his upcoming gig directing Fast & Furious 7.
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Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:
- Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
- Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
- Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
- Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
- Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
- … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now
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Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
Steve Carell doesn’t actually need to dress up as Gru to play him for Despicable Me 2, but don’t tell him that. Also after the jump:
- Broken Lizard is planning Weedfest and Super Troopers 2
- Despicable Me 2‘s villainous El Macho is finally revealed
- See new pics and a filmmakers’ message from Insidious Chapter 2
- James Wan explores Abu Dhabi as a potential Fast 7 location
- Michelle Rodriguez glowers in her Machete Kills poster
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Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Joss Whedon is still pretty bummed about what happened with Alien: Resurrection. Also after the jump:
- Jack Reynor talks Transformers; Megan Fox won’t return
- Michael Bay reveals some shooting locations and a runtime
- Producer claims Dwayne Johnson will be back for Fast 7
- Jurassic Park 4 and Pirates 5 might head to Hawaii to shoot
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Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
When Justin Lin decided to exit the Fast and the Furious series after directing four consecutive installments, he opened up a plum gig at one of the hottest franchises in Hollywood. Now it looks like Universal’s found just the man to take it.
Saw director James Wan has entered talks to direct The Fast and the Furious 7, with the deal expected to close sometime in the next week or so. The quick progress is beneficial for the studio, which reportedly wants to put the film in theaters next year. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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