Voltron Legendary Defender‘s Tim Hedrick and All Hail King Julien‘s Bret Haaland are executive producing and showrunning. Diesel is also executive producing the series along with Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, all of whom still share a role on the on-going film saga through the tenth installment opening in April of 2021. The streaming service is further expected to develop more shows based on Universal IPs as will DreamWorks Animation with original content.
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Universal Pictures officially moved on Thursday to confirm David Leitch as the director of the upcoming Fast saga spin-off with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. The news comes about two months since Leitch’s name arose with potential toward helming the film that would reunite the two cast members in their respective roles of Luke Hobbs and former soldier-turned-mercenary Decard Shaw since The Fate Of The Furious.
Time will tell if whether or not this will be it for Johnson following his prolific, ongoing dispute with franchise headliner and producer Vin Diesel which Johnson recently resolved, mostly as a matter of creative differences. What is definitely known, however, is that with Leitch having proven himself co-directing John Wick and sitting at the helm for Atomic Blonde and this summer’s Deadpool 2, is that this newest spin-off endeavor is sure to be a lighting-fast, supercool action thriller.
Further casting and crewing remain pending ahead of the film’s July 26, 2019 release. The following graphic appeared on the film’s social media pages.
Director David Leitch is the center of attention as of late with a career that has taken a striking turn from stunts and second unit direction to fulltime filmmaking after sharing the helm with Chad Stahelski for John Wick in 2014. Now upon following up with Deadpool 2, The Hollywood Reporter has it on good terms that the Atomic Blonde helmer is in talks to direct the hotly anticipated spin-off to The Fast And Furious franchise from a script by Chris Morgan.
The film was announced last October in the wake of Universal Pictures’s April release of The Fate Of The Furious from director F. Gary Gray. The studio has garnered up to $5.1 billion dollars in global box office earnings which will undoubtedly increase as the studio plans the next two major installments for April 20, 2019 and April 2, 2021 with franchise co-helmer Justin Lin possibly adding both to his directing credits.
Since late 2016, much has been ado with the celebrity fallout over a few of the stars of the adrenaline-fueled saga including Dwayne Johnson who will reteam once more with Furious Seven antagonist Jason Statham who found his footing among the heroes in #F8. With entries nine and ten still cooking, time will tell if sentiments will allow the narrative to see Johnson pair up once again with Vin Diesel who helped shepherd the Fast saga since Fast And Furious in 2009.
Johnson is currently poised for several releases at the movies, including Rampage on April 20, Skyscraper on July 13, and Fighting With My Family on September 14. His most recent credit, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has surpassed now stands at well over $353.33 million at the box office surpassing Furious Seven according to Forbes as of Wednesday.
Statham’s next theatrical rollout will be in Jon Turtletaub’s shark thriller, The Meg, on August 10. Leitch, who is producing Netflix action pic, Kate, has Deadpool 2 charming moviegoers beginning May 18 from Fox.
“Fast & Furious is one of Universal’s most beloved properties, and we handle every decision we make surrounding this franchise with great care,” Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley told The Hollywood Reporter. “The global brand of Fast & Furious is strong and full of iconic characters, and we look forward to continuing to build on the film that started it all, as well as expanding into different narratives beginning with our first spinoff.”
It was to be expected since its confirmation in late 2015, and now it looks as if things will officially take shape for the spin-off corner of Universal Pictures’s Fast And Furious saga. On Friday, new report from Deadline presented news on good terms that the studio is keen on efforts to manifest a spin-off that will join action movie stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in their own movie with a script by franchise scribe Chris Morgan.
The news comes following the latest release of the eighth installment of the high speed action movie franchise, The Fate Of The Furious, and while I won’t divulge the specific twists and details that outline the prospects of this union, the film did greatly in invoking a buddy element that would bode well for both actors in their current positive chemistry. Ironically it also comes in the wake of other news that the film would have been signaled by an end credits scene filmed by producer Neal Moritz with Johnson and Statham featured which Fast franchise star Vin Diesel had removed from the theatrical cut in post production, otherwise joining in the toxic pot-stirring of long-reported animosity between both Diesel and Johnson; Whether or not that scene will get woven into the DVD and Blu-Ray release remains to be seen. I mourned about this in my review of the film which you can read here.
Johnson, who voiced his interest for a spin-off back in 2013, has been with the franchise since debuting the role of D.S.S. Agent Luke Hobbs in Justin Lin’s Fast Five in 2011. The film was second of the 3-film package bolstered by Diesel’s return to the fray in a starring and producing role beginning with Fast & Furious in 2009, the fourth film of the franchise following The Fast And The Furious from Rob Cohen and 2 Fast 2 Furious from John Singleton. Lin took the mantle for the 2006 third installment, The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift, and stayed for all four movies until helming Furious 6, tacking an outro scene debuting Statham as Decard Shaw, a villain role weaving all four movies through to director James Wan’s billion dollar blockbuster, Furious Seven.
F. Gary Gray sits at the helm for the new movie which released in theaters from Universal Pictures on April 14, 2017 and has earned just over $685 million dollars as of this article. The main canon still has two films currently dated for April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021 with directors yet to be determined. As for the spin-off…well… I’d say now would be a good time to propose the addition of a certain martial arts action star which I opined about earlier this week.
Here’s to hoping the powers that be will listen!
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The hardcore fanbase cheering on martial arts action star Scott Adkins were vociferous in support of him obtaining a role in the months leading to the seventh installment of the Fast franchise, Furious Seven. Ultimately it never came to fruition, nor did the attempts to cheer him on for the role of Batman as it stands with Ben Affleck having earned his appeal with most fans now in lieu of Justice League and The Batman.
I guess one other question remains now: Could Adkins snag a role this time in the forthcoming ninth installment following the pivot taken in The Fate Of The Furious this month? Well, I guess that will depend on what the studio plans for it first, although to be frank, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t, and there’s plenty of potential to go on. Gray’s film still leaves you wanting to learn more about Charlize Theron’s role as Cypher, as well as what remains to be seen with the current handling of Statham’s portrayal of Decard Shaw next to the newly added Dame Helen Mirren who plays the venerable Mrs. Shaw.
Several articles online are already hinting that we may even meet Mr. Shaw as we delve further into the enigmatic Shaw sibs as it mingles into the family narrative being evolved by Universal as we speak for the last two films being slated for April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021, respectively. In my humble opinion, the possibilities here are near-endless with what could very well lead to a new challenge for our protagonists with new villains, and even a potential role for Adkins who already has a good foot in as of late next to Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
Give Adkins a possible principal villain role next to Theron and we could have a second offering between him and the Stath, and with ample opportunity for a much more memorable fight scene between both action movie proponents following the hurdlez the two faced while filming their action scene in The Expendables 2. Besides, next to high-speed car chases and automotive destruction, the Fast saga thrives on martial arts and screenfighting talent, and we know this to be true with the likes of Joe Taslim and Tony Jaa having had their own grab at the Fast spotlight in Furious 6 and Furious Seven.
Adkins should be a shoe-in for this franchise and I suppose Universal has two more movies to decide if and how that could and/or would work. Right now he’s filming Triple Threat with an epic cast in Thailand, and he’s already bolstering with the promise of three other pending releases including Savage Dog, Accident Man, Incoming and Boyka: Undisputed, all of which, and with necessity in reminding, NEED your monetary support.
Be sure to read my review of The Fate Of The Furious. For all else, stay tuned for more info and comment below with an answer to the following question: Would you like to see Scott Adkins in the next Fast And Furious movie? Let us know your thoughts?
This past weekend, we saw history being made. We watched in awe as Vin Diesel achieved the action-star equivalent of an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). With the box office success of xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, Diesel is the first Hollywood action star to be the face of three action movie franchises simultaneously!
In the past, action stars rarely got locked in to more than one action franchise at a time because they were franchises unto themselves. The closest that anyone has come would be Sylvester Stallone, who made Rocky Balboa, Rambo and The Expendables in the span of five years. Sadly, Rambo isn’t much of a franchise in the 21st century and Rocky movies just seem to happen organically these days (not exactly a bad thing).
Van Damme, Seagal, Willis and Schwarzenegger all had about one franchise apiece while Statham couldn’t sustain more than two at a time (The Transporter and Crank were short-lived but fun while they lasted).
Diesel’s three franchises all kicked off back in the early 2000s when the action landscape was MUCH different. At one point in the mid 2000s, he seemed to have abandoned all three franchises entirely in favor of making original films. After a string if disasters (remember Babylon A.D.?) and one marginal success (never forget The Pacifier), he went back to the well and found great success.
At this point, Diesel can just make xXx, Riddick and The Fast And The Furious movies in rotation for the next decade of his life. He won’t need to make an original movie again until he’s nearly 60! And that’s actually pretty disappointing.
For all its flaws, The Last Witch Hunter had a lot of dorky charm. Its plot, characters and overly complicated lore feel like the product of Diesel marathoning pen and paper RPGs. It was the kind of movie that I, Frankenstein wishes it was. Vin Diesel, the producer, is a unique voice in Hollywood. While most others are working to appropriate nerd culture for financial gain, Diesel is a legit nerd making legitimately nerdy choices.
With the modern film industry’s intense reliance on the safety of franchises, we can expect Diesel’s accomplishment to be overshadowed soon enough. At this point, actors serve as window dressing for the franchise and don’t necessarily find much success outside of it (just as the cast of The Avengers).
If Vin Diesel decides to cycle between his three big franchises for awhile, more power to him; he’s earned it. But if he cares to indulge in his nerdy druthers from time to time, that’d just be swell.
Actor Vin Diesel is currently in a “Xander state of mind” while filming xXx3 with a wicked cast. In the meantime, Diesel isn’t about to break consistency with “Toretto Tuesday” in lieu of all things to come with the remaining films of the Fast saga.
Fast 8 is poised to film later this year rejoining Diesel with A Man Apart and Straight Outta Compton helmer F. Gary Gray and Neal Moritz producing for an April 14, 2017 release as per last year’s announcement. On that note, the actor went to Instagram late in the evening to share some big news from Universal Pictures in the following post, stamping official release dates for the last two films:
A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:51pm PST
No plot details are available yet but several cast members from previous films are expected to return, including Tyrese Gibson, Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson now balancing between filming a new season of ballers as well as two other films this year, and Jason Statham who played the villain in director James Wan’s Furious Seven, contributing to its $1.5 billion dollar gross last Spring. This, coupled with some epic scenery promised in places like Cuba and New York City next to its base in Altana, Georgia.
A director has not yet been tapped for either Fast 9 or 10 as it’s still early in the scheule, so keep your eyes peeled for more ahead.
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Aside from hoping Rob Cohen would return to the franchise in some way after delivering such a successful first film back in 2002, it’s certainly fitting to see Lin back in the throes of the franchise once again. I wrote an epic editorial last year paying homage to his contribution to the franchise in its ever-growing and successful state prior to his departure onto other film and television ventures before horror director James Wan was brought on board for the seventh film. As such, with an eighth consecutive installment unlikely after all that has happened, today’s news has certainly opened the doors for curiousity as to how this epic story of modern-day road warriors will continue. Of course, without Walker, that journey may be bittersweet for many, but there’s plenty of reason to stay excited nonetheless before and after Furious 7 releases in theaters and IMAX on April 3, 2015, especially after its eventful first teaser now online.