Briefly: You might remember a couple weeks back when a rumor cropped up that Universal and director Justin Lin are looking at shooting the next two films in the Fast and the Furious franchise back to back. Now there is corroboration for that story. Not only is the studio looking at shooting the two films back to back during 2012, the LA Times says the movies could contain one “single story connecting the two films.” Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
For their latest installment, Fast Five, The Fast and the Furious franchise brought back a slew of actors from previous films including Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and then added a huge action star in the form of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Now the next film in the series may expand the family by one more, and no, I’m not talking about Walker and Jordana Brewster‘s unnecessary subplot baby.
A rumor has surfaced that The Transporter star Jason Statham is in very early talks to board the franchise. The same report also suggests that if Statham does sign on, he may be getting to work sooner rather than earlier, as the next two installments in the series (tentatively titled Fast Six and Fast Seven) may shoot back to back throughout next year. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011 by Angie Han
I’m not sure exactly why this is happening, but hey, I’m not about to complain. As part of something called IMAX Big Movie Week, AMC Theatres is bringing back three past blockbusters to IMAX screens for one week starting today: Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek, and Fast and the Furious five-quel Fast Five. And the best part is, tickets will cost just $7 each. That’s significantly cheaper than regular, non-IMAX tickets cost in many AMC theaters, so it’s a pretty sweet deal. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
After a couple years of slow-moving development, progress on Terminator 5 suddenly picked up earlier this year. Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Justin Lin both came aboard, indie financier Megan Ellison grabbed the rights and Lin began talking up what he’d like to see in the next installment of the franchise.
In fact, the problem now may be that things are moving a little too fast. Lin has been forced to pull out of the project due to scheduling issues. There’s still a chance he could find his way back to the franchise, but only if Ellison and Schwarzenegger are willing to adjust their timeline to account for Lin’s busy schedule. More details after the jump.
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It’s so early in terms of Terminator 5, separating fact and fiction can be difficult. We know producer Megan Ellison has the rights. We know Justin Lin is attached to direct and Arnold Schwarzenegger will star. We also know that those two have had conversations, some of which included James Cameron, about where the story could go. However, since there’s no script, Schwarzenegger is about to make The Last Stand and Lin is directing Fast and Furious 6 next, both of which are scheduled for 2013 release, anything beyond that is rumor and speculation. Terminator 5 is still several years off.
In a new interview, though, Lin hints at the fact that he believes the Sarah Connor character is crucial to the franchise and though she was offhandedly killed in the third film, his inclination is to bring her back. Read what he had to say after the jump. Read More »
Justin Lin is continuing his run with Universal. While the director began his career with the indie Better Luck Tomorrow, but diverted through Annapolis and ended up making the last three films in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Not a bad thing as far as financial stability goes, but it seems like the guy wants to do more.
Sure, he dropped out of remaking Highlander, but that’s probably a good idea. And he’s got a gig lined up directing Fast Six, or whatever it will be called, also probably a good idea from a certain career perspective. But after that? Lin has signed a two-film deal with Universal that will cover FF6 and another film. One of those may be Leading Man, or a WWII film about the 442nd Infantry Regiment, the all-Japanese American regiment that was also the most-decorated WWII unit. Read More »
Justin Lin and his publicist are working overtime this week. The director has been doing a few interviews, and in the process dropping details about how he’s still working on Terminator 5, the fact that he’s got a sequence already prepped for Fast Six (or whatever it will be called) and the “ok, whatever” revelation that he turned down directorial duties on the fifth Die Hard film.
Now the latest info drop is that Lin has vacated the director’s chair on the planned remake of Highlander. Read More »
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Director Justin Lin is dropping scoops all over the internet as he talks to press promoting the upcoming Blu-ray release of his $600 million beast, Fast Five. We covered a bunch of them earlier, such as his recent meeting with Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron about Terminator 5 and why he turned down Die Hard 5. He also announced that the sixth Fast and the Furious movie, which he’s unofficially calling Fast Six, will be his next project. A big hint as to where that movie might go was hidden in the credits for Fast Five and Lin spoke to Box Office Magazine about it and also revealed that, while shooting Fast Five, he pre-vised and edited together a 12 minute sequence that he plans on being the end of Fast Six. It’s already done. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »