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 »
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‘Furious 7:’ James Wan Talks Paul Walker’s Role, Plus Box Office Record, Tribute Video, Fast 8 Rumor
Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
It’s a Fast and Furious world, we’re just living in it. This past weekend Furious 7, the seventh film in the franchise, set the all-time April U.S. opening weekend box office record with a haul of $143.6 million. That also happens to be the 9th highest opening weekend of all time. Plus, the film grossed another $240 million overseas, for a grand total of $384 million worldwide on opening weekend. It looks to be on track to be the first $1 billion film in the franchise.
One of the many reasons for the large gross was a curiosity over how director James Wan handled the passing of his lead actor, Paul Walker. In our interview with the director, he talked about the decision in detail. Below, you can read that, and see a music video for the song used in the film. And if that’s not enough Fast and Furious for you, there’s even a brand new Fast and Furious 8 rumor. Read it all below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 by Germain Lussier
James Wan is a big time director, but that wasn’t by design. Wan directed six movies before taking the wheel for this weekend’s Furious 7 and while many of them were huge hits, none of them compared to this. Furious 7 is a big budget blockbuster with six films preceding it. It’s also in a genre – action – that he’s never worked in. Films like Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring all connected with audiences, but they were set in small locations with moderate to small budgets. Furious 7 takes place all over the globe with some of the most insane stunts you’ve ever seen. It also had to cope with the terribly tragic death of one of its stars, Paul Walker. Which is all to say, James Wan really had to step it up.
We’ll leave the Walker discussion for after opening weekend but, with the film now in theaters, here’s the rest of our interview with James Wan. He talks about the challenge of Furious 7 acting as a sequel to two Fast and Furious movies simultaneously, changing his focus from horror to action, the size and difficulty of those massive action scenes, the fact The Rock does his signature WWE move in the film and the pressures of The Conjuring 2. Read our James Wan Furious 7 interview below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Some new pics, some casting, and some very interesting quotes in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Ethan Suplee is also back for Mallrats 2
- Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 books Bella Thorne
- Sam Jones says he’s already set for Ted 3
- Sharknado 3 will be “the worst,” says the Hoff
- See Zoolander and Hansel model for Valentino
- Vin Diesel predicts Best Picture for Furious 7
- There will be a gay couple in Independence Day 2
- James Wan is getting to work on The Conjuring 2
- Simon Pegg is “terrified” to write Star Trek 3
Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
Furious 7 is a little over a week away and fans of the franchise are going to flip. The action is bigger, the emotion is deeper, and the way the franchise pays tribute to the tragedy of Paul Walker‘s death is incredible. No spoilers, but watching the film, I cried more than I’ve cried in a movie in years. It’s a truly beautiful send-off that was put together using many different techniques. We’ve already reported that Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb were on set to help out. But producers also used unused footage from previous movies to complete some key shots.
Again, we won’t spoil any of the specifics but Weta Digital was reportedly employed to complete a process that used old footage digitally composted onto new shots. Director James Wan wouldn’t confirm that to us, but a new report does. Below, read his quotes about the Paul Walker Furious 7 magic and more. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Furious 7, directed by James Wan, opens in a couple weeks, and Universal has dropped a new clip. We saw the film last weekend at SXSW, and didn’t love it, but can’t argue with the fact that it gives some fans what they want, and acts as a respectful send-off to the late Paul Walker.
But this clip has nothing to do with the latter, and everything to do with the former. It shows off an encounter between Jason Statham, playing the film’s big bad, and The Rock, playing the film’s sweatiest law-enforcement machine. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Universal Pictures held a surprise 12:07 premiere of James Wan‘s Furious 7 at South By South West (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin Texas on Sunday night. The seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, which will hit theaters on April 3rd, screened to a packed crowd at the historic Paramount theatre. What was the response? Hit the jump to check out the Furious 7 early reactions.
Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
A recent extended clip from Furious 7 showcased the film’s setpiece in which the main characters drive cars out of a C-130 military transport plane, deploying parachutes to ease themselves safely to ground. Now a new featurette shows how that Furious 7 car drop was done.
No, Vin Diesel wasn’t actually skydiving in a car, but there’s still a whole crew grabbing shots of the cars in-air. You’ll see skydivers with helmet-mounted cameras falling along with the cars, as a helicopter hovers around them spotting for everyone as camera crews on the ground aim their lenses at the sky to shoot cars as they approach. See the making-of footage below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 by Russ Fischer
I’d imagine you know everything you need to know about Furious 7 before hitting the theater in April. It’s the late Paul Walker’s last film, and it reunites much of the rest of the cast of the last few films and also brings in some new blood for a story about family (of course) and vengeance. Tonight a Furious 7 extended look went online, giving us a big excerpt of a scene that shows just how big and crazy this movie wants to go. Check it out below.
There’s also a new poster, and it’s a pretty great one-sheet — trouble is, we’ve only got a medium-sized version of it right now. Read More »