Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
With three installments of the Fast and the Furious series behind him and another one in the works — not to mention that brief flirtation with the Terminator franchise — director Justin Lin has become the go-to guy for escapist action flicks. But the film that originally put him on the map ten years ago was something rather different: the Asian-American drama Better Luck Tomorrow.
Now, as cameras continue to roll on Fast and the Furious 6, Lin’s considering a return to more serious territory with L.A. Riots. The project, which was originally set up at Universal years ago with Spike Lee attached to direct, centers on the riots sparked by the acquittal of four LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King. Over six days in April 1992, the riots claimed 53 lives and cost about $1 billion in property damage. More details after the jump.
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Briefly: The latest film in Universal’s cash cow Fast and Furious franchise got under way today. Justin Lin, who has made the last three installments, is directing once again, with a big returning cast that includes Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson.
There are new faces to the series, too, such as Gina Carano, and Luke Evans as one of the villains. And now, as production kicks off, there is one more addition: Joe Taslim, who kicked ass in The Raid, will also kick ass in Fast and Furious 6. Read More »
A casting rumor from last week regarding Fast and Furious 6 has now been confirmed and with it comes our first hint at what the plot might hold. Luke Evans (Clash of the Titans, Immortals, The Hobbit) has now officially worked out his schedule and will star opposite Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson in the Justin Lin-directed sequel, which is scheduled for release May 24, 2013.
Evans will play the head of a rival crew who is trying to pull off the same heist as our heroes. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Whether or not Rihanna really is joining Fast Six as a baddie remains to be seen, but if she does, she may have some company on the dark side. A new report has surfaced indicating that Luke Evans has just been offered the villain role in the sequel, directed by Justin Lin. It’s the same part that Jason Statham was in very early talks for back in October, but it seems the production has now moved on to a fresher face. Hit the jump for more.
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An abundance of booty shorts, bikinis and slow motion dancing haven’t exactly made the first five Fast and Furious movies girl-power milestones. However, Justin Lin‘s Fast and Furious 6/Fast Six looks like it might change that. The post-credits scene in Fast Five hints at the return of not one, but two of the franchise’s more empowering female characters. (Spoilers held for after the jump.) Additionally, Gina Carano is currently in talks for the film, and now one site clams hip-hop singer Rihanna might join the film in a villainous role. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Years ago, Justin Lin looked like he might be a new voice for the Asian-American film community when he made a splash with his debut film Better Luck Tomorrow. After that film, Lin didn’t restrict himself to making films specific to the Asian experience and instead became a voice for the much more broad mainstream movie community, as he took on the Fast and Furious franchise, and is currently slated to make his fourth entry in that series, with Fast Six.
But Lin is looking into other options as well, and one is an adaptation of David Henry Hwang‘s stage play Chinglish, about an American businessman trying to launch a venture in China. Lin has picked up the screen rights to the play, and plans to produce and direct a film with Hwang adapting his own material for the screen. Read More »
Kazuo Koike‘s long-running manga series Lone Wolf and Cub, which follows Ogami Itto, a ronin who travels the Japanese countryside carrying his toddler son Daigoro in a weapon-laden baby carriage, is a perennially-popular piece of comic book storytelling. In the ’70s it generated a famous six-film series starring Tomisaburô Wakayama, with several of the films produced by his brother Shintaro Katsu (Zatoichi) and directed by Kenji Misumi.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the smashing success of last year’s Fast Five, Universal’s been eager to keep moving forward with its popular Fast and the Furious franchise. A Fast Six was in the works before Fast Five even hit theaters, and for the past several months the rumor’s been that Fast Six and Fast Seven would tell an interconnecting story and shoot back-to-back this year.
But as so often happens in Hollywood, it seems things may have changed. According to the series’ newest superstar lead, Dwayne Johnson, Fast Six is gearing up for a May start — but Fast Seven won’t get going for a little while yet. Read his comments after the jump.
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