Briefly: Rob Cohen directed The Fast and the Furious, kicking off a billion-dollar franchise for Universal. Now he’s set up to direct Bullet Run, based on a script by Andrew Hilton. The movie is an action thriller that is already being called The Fast and the Furious in a desert. (So… something like Fast & Furious?)
Here’s the plot, as given up by Deadline: “The head of an elite private protection team and his former CIA agent wife infiltrate the closed borders of Iran to abduct a man who killed their daughter. The extraction goes awry and they force to rely on their world-class driving skills and a fleet of high-performance street cars to travel 200 miles through a hail of bullets to keep alive the man they really want dead.”
Sounds utterly ludicrous, but also potentially fun. Where do the street cars come from? Hopefully they’re ‘liberated’ from old Hussein holdings, or perhaps just taken right off the streets of Dubai, where bankrupt investors left them to rot while fleeing the city.
Author James Patterson releases a new novel almost every other week. At least, that’s what it feels like. Murder mystery after murder mystery get turned out and devoured by legions of fans. In those novels, his most famous character is Alex Cross, a Washington D.C. detective and psychologist who was famously played by Morgan Freeman in two films: Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Producers recently decided to reboot the Cross franchise, casting Tyler Perry as the lead in I, Alex Cross, which will also star Matthew Fox and Ed Burns. After a few months of negotiations the project, which will be directed by Rob Cohen, has just been picked up for distribution by Summit Entertainment. Read more after the break. Read More »
James Patterson‘s Alex Cross character was brought to the screen by Morgan Freeman in two films, Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. Now there is a reboot of the character being assembled at QED. Rob Cohen will direct an adaptation of I, Alex Cross with Tyler Perry playing the psychologist/detective that appears in over a dozen novels.
Now I, Alex Cross has a bad guy: Matthew Fox will make his first big screen appearance following the end of Lost as Michael Sullivan, “who kills both for money and thrills.” Ed Burns has also signed on to the film, and will play Tommy Kane, partner to Alex Cross. Read More »
Briefly: A package is now going around Hollywood to reboot James Patterson‘s Alex Cross franchise with Tyler Perry as the lead and Rob Cohen directing, I, Alex Cross. The character was previously played by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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In a world were Hollywood is searching through bins of action figures, toys and board games for ideas for the next big tent-pole movie franchise, it’s easy to believe that a Pinkberry movie isn’t out of the question. It’s not about the story anymore, its all about the IP, merchandising and product tie-ins. The William Morris Agency created a short film on the very subject for their internal quarterly meeting, and thanks to Deadline it is online for all to enjoy. It even features a cameo from hack director Rob Cohen. Watch it now, embedded after the jump.
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Here are a few quick bits of news involving the completion of Iron Man 2, when will we see the next trailer and hear James Newton Howard‘s score for The Last Airbender and new casting/production details of xXx 3D: The Return of Xander Cage.
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In March it was announced that McG had signed on to develop and possibly direct Medieval, a spec script by Mike Finch & Alex Litvak sold for $800,000 against $1.6 million. But McG has too many other projects on his plate, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo at Disney, a big screen adaptation of the musical Spring Awakening for Warner Bros and possibly fifth Terminator film.
So who is going to take over for McG? Super duper hack director Rob Cohen. You know, the guy who directed The Fast and the Furious, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Stealth and xXx.
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I’m a firm believer that Rob Cohen’s part three of the Mummy series is the best of the lot of them, and while I know that’s an unpopular opinion I’m slightly mystified as to why. Of course, when it comes to the bird’s eye view, too long spent comparing work by Stephen Sommers and Rob Cohen in a medium that also gave us, oh, say, Terry Gilliam, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock and Werner Herzog is a bit like taking a day trip to the Seaside but staying in the carpark. In the car. With a bucket on your head.
According to Production Weekly (which as ever we can’t link to, as it comes subscription only) Rob Cohen is now attached to direct a film about modern day pirates. The Sea Artist has been scripted by Tony Puryear, a comic book artist and sometime music video director who, over ten years ago, clocked up some raves for an unproduced Buck Rogers screenplay. Read More »
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Michael Ferris and John Brancato are in early talks to write the screenplay for XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, the third film in the series which re-teams hack director Rob Cohen and robot turned actor Vin Diesel. Ferris and Brancato made a name for themselves with David Fincher’s The Game, but are probably best known for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Net, Catwoman, Primeval and Terminator Salvation. Yeah, not exactly a good track record, not that there was any hopes for a third XXX film in the first place.
On the other hand, at least it can’t be any worse than xXx 2: The Next Level.
In quick defense of Terminator Salvation, Ferris and Brancato will likely only get story credit on the final film with some sort of screenwriting credit going to David C Wilson and Jonathan Nolan.
This past month Vin Diesel was dropping hints that he would be interested in returning for a third film in the xXx franchise. And now Variety is reporting that Sony is in talks with the star to reprise his role as Xander Cage, an extreme athlete turned government super agent. Hack director Rob Cohen is also in talks to return. To give you an idea of just how much of a bad idea this actually is…. the project has a title, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, which is five words more than the current draft of the screenplay. But a screenplay isn’t important, really..
Ice Cube replaced Diesel in XXX: State of the Union, and no one noticed or cared. Apparently, Diesel wanted too much money. So either the studio has upped their offer or Diesel, who is coming off the box office bomb that was Babylon A.D., lowered his asking price. My guess is that the offer is somewhere in the lower end of the middle.
I’m actually one of the few people who believe that Diesel could be good if used right. I enjoyed his supporting performances in Boiler Room and Saving Private Ryan. But Diesel continues to take a few more steps in the wrong direction with Fast and Furious and xXx 3.