Justin Lin has carved out a unique position for himself. Since making The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Lin has done only one feature that wasn’t part of the FF franchise: the mock-doc comedy called Finishing the Game. He’s made four Fast & Furious films now, and overseen the franchise as it became both the premiere action franchise in Hollywood and Universal’s most reliable money-maker.

In other words, he’s in a good place.

And that means that, for the time being, whenever we hear about Lin being attached to new projects, they have to be understood to be things that will have to fit around whatever Lin’s further interest in the FF franchise is. His latest attachment is to a thriller based on a new, currently unpublished thriller novel from Patrick Lee, the author of The BreachRead More »

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Super Bowl Sunday was a great day if you were a Baltimore Ravens fan, but it was pretty damn good day for Fast and Furious fans too. Universal dropped their first look at the upcoming Fast and Furious 6, the latest film in the action franchise about crime, fast cars, and huge set pieces. It blew away the competition. Today we get more.

Justin Lin returns for his fourth go-round in as director, and seems to have crafted an even faster and furious (er…) film this time around. Fresh off their massive heist in Brazil, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) are back. This time, though, the special agent hired to bring them down (Dwayne Johnson) has a favor to ask. He needs to team up with Dom and Brian to bring down an even worse bad guy, played by Luke Evans. Throw in the return of Michelle Rodriguez‘s thought-to-be-dead character and May 24 can’t get here fast enough.

While the Super Bowl spot was great, below we have an “extended first look” at the film which combines the mind-blowing action from the Super Bowl with more story and explosions. Read More »

We haven’t seen too much from Fast & Furious 6 yet, but Universal has apparently chosen Super Bowl weekend to get the marketing push started in earnest. A few days ago, they revealed the full synopsis, and earlier this weekend they unveiled the first poster. Now, in the middle of the big game, we’ve finally gotten our first look at some footage in the form of a 60-second TV spot. Check it out after the jump.

Watch other 2013 Super Bowl spots at these links: Iron Man 3World War ZStar Trek Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger, Oz: The Great and Powerful.

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Fast Five wound up being one of 2011′s most unexpected pleasures, so hopefully we’re in for a treat when the first footage from Justin Lin‘s Fast and Furious 6 (or whatever it winds up being called) airs during the Super Bowl this weekend.

To prep fans for the unveiling, Universal has finally released an official synopsis explaining just what Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), and the rest of the gang will be up to in the new film — and how exactly Luke Evans‘ villain and the presumed-dead Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) factor in. Read it after the jump.

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Briefly: The Highlander remake needs a new director. Most recently, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) was set to direct, after having taken over when Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious franchise) exited. But now Fresnadillo is out, too. Reportedly the reason he moved on was based in a simple “creative differences” scenario. Fresnadillo wanted one version of the story, and Summit wanted another.

Deadline says that Ryan Reynolds remains attached to star as the man who discovers that he is immortal, and is soon drawn into a “game” to claim a prize of ultimate knowledge and awareness. (Reynolds was never officially confirmed as the lead for the film, but has been strongly rumored for the role in the past few months.) The site also says Summit is still high on the remake, thanks to the Art Marcum and Matt Holloway script, and will quickly look for a new director. The goal seems to be to hew pretty close to the original 1986 film that launched a stuttering franchise with seven features and multiple TV series between the debut and 2007.

Justin Lin has begun to enter Guillermo Del Toro territory. The director of Fast Five is currently shooting Fast and Furious 6 and was expected to immediately follow that with the seventh installment. Whether that’s the case or not, he’s now attached to at least five additional projects, with the fifth one just being announced. It’s called Hibernation and is described as a “sci-fi thriller” from new writers Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Will Frank. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Justin Lin‘s best known for his work on the Fast and the Furious franchise, but judging by his recent movements he’s eager to branch out. Over the past year, he’s been attached to direct Kamala Films’ Lone Wolf and Cub, the David Henry Hwang adaptation Chinglish, and the former Spike Lee joint L.A. Riots. Now we can add to that list Subdivision, a sci-fi comedy spec from writers Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles. More details after the jump.

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With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:

  • Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
  • Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
  • Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
  • Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
  • Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
  • Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
  • See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set

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