Vin Diesel Wants Ang Lee for ‘Kojak’

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One year after Vin Diesel signed on for the title role, Universal’s Kojak has yet to find a director. But its outspoken lead has some ideas about whom he’d eventually like to see in the director’s chair.

Diesel has hinted that Ang Lee is his top pick to helm the TV adaptation, though it’s unclear at this point how the filmmaker feels about the project. Hit the jump to see what Diesel had to say.

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Whether you want to read Keanu Reeves‘ regrets about the (non-existent) Constantine sequel, Robert Englund‘s hopes for a (theoretical) Elm Street prequel, or Alfonso Cuaron‘s thoughts on the Harry Potter spinoff, there’s a little something for everyone here. Also after the jump:

  • Gareth Evans breaks down the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal
  • Michael Bay hints at a big theme from Transformers 4
  • Steven Spielberg gets a bit political while in Hawaii for Jurassic World
  • See more pics of Vin Diesel on the set of Fast & Furious 7
  • The 300: Rise of an Empire site offers new pics and footage

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Briefly: One video game adaptation that keeps restarting from save points is Kane & Lynch, which has had directors and potential cast members come and go over since shortly after the first game’s debut in 2007. The game series features the two title characters, two escaped death row inmates who find that they were broken out of prison only to be coerced into tracking down a giant cache of loot for a big criminal organization. Turns out that recruiting pychopathic, schizophrenic men to do such work isn’t the best idea, and much violence ensues.

Now Gerard Butler is in talks to play Kane, and F. Gary Gray, once set to direct a while back, on board once more to make the movie. To round out the lead duo, producers are hoping to land Vin DieselTHR has the news, saying that an offer is out to Diesel, but even Butler isn’t signed just yet. Butler and Gray have worked together before, on the Gray’s most recent feature Law Abiding Citizen, and the director worked with Diesel on A Man Apart.

 

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There’s a lot of controversy on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction as principal photography concludes. But that’s not all in today’s Sequel Bets. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Michael Bay sets the record on the “extortion” rumors regarding Transformers: Age of Extinction.
  • Check out a brief glimpse of what the new Bumblebee might look like.
  • Harrison Ford said he’d love to be in Star Trek 3.
  • Miles Teller believes Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, is aiming at an April start date.
  • Vin Diesel tweeted two Behind the Scenes images from Fast and Furious 7.
  • Ridley Scott confirms Prometheus 2 is indeed still in the works.
  • Paramount has asked for a fourth Jackass sequel.
  • Soul Surfer herself, Bethany Hamilton, will be in Dolphin Tale 2.

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Vin Diesel keeps his fans happy by posting a lot of personal messages and little videos to Facebook. His latest, which is actually a “reward” to all the people who like him, is a behind the scenes video from the set of Fast & Furious 7. The film, directed by James Wan, also features Thai action phenomenon Tony Jaa, and this video features the two actors in a training session. Check it out below. Read More »

Kevin Feige

While promoting Thor 2 in London, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige took a few minutes to chat about some other Marvel movies coming down the pipeline — namely, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man.

Although Vin Diesel‘s recent antics had fans assuming he was a lock for Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Feige clarifies exactly where the actor stands right now. Additionally, he comments on the Ant-Man speculation surrounding Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd — just as another new rumor suggests that Rashida Jones could play Ant-Man’s lady love. Hit the jump for Feige’s comments plus the latest buzz on the Wasp.

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How is Edgar Wright teasing us about Ant-Man? When is the Lego Marvel Super Heroes demo available? Where can you get screen used props from The Dark Knight? Will a Constantine TV show mess with Guillermo del Toro‘s Justice League Dark? Want to see Jock’s storyboards from Dredd? How can you get a Stan Lee Funko Pop figure? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Vin Diesel has spent his downtime on the Fast & Furious 7 set getting ready to play Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, but it seems memorizing lines isn’t a big part of that prep. While the sentient tree is a key member of the intergalactic team, he’s not much of a talker. As a matter of fact, he only says one thing: “I am Groot.”

Still, Diesel insists that while his Groot isn’t much of a talker, he wants to make that single phrase count. Hit the jump to see Diesel talking about and preparing for his big Marvel role.

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