Earlier this week, Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin confirmed that he would not be returning to helm a seventh installment of the high-octane franchise. Though the sixth entry has yet to hit theaters, star Vin Diesel has suggested that production on the next film could start shooting as early as this summer, meaning that Universal needs to find a new director ASAP. While there are likely plenty of takers for the job, three individuals have emerged at the top contenders: Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2), Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), and Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid). Hit the jump for more on each of the directors, as well as my pick for gig.
Forget Jar Jar Binks. George Lucas has announced that he’s taking the Death Star-load of money he just made selling Lucasfilm and opening an art museum. Yep, you read that right. Turns out that four decades plus of filmmaking was all just a lead up to his true passion: becoming a museum curator. The director revealed that he started collecting art when he was in film school and hasn’t stopped since. “At one point, I wanted to become an illustrator,” Lucas told CBS News. “My father said, ‘No way I’m going to pay for that…You’ll never make a living as an artist.’”
Lucas added that he hopes the museum will inspire a world of young people, much like the way he was inspired to create the world of Star Wars. “This museum, if anything, is a dedication to cultural fantasy,” he said. “How do you design environments, how do you design sets, how do you design characters, how do you design costumes. Part of the museum is designed to educate people into the idea of storytelling, into the idea of being able to paint your fantasies, which is what Star Wars was.” Hit the jump to see else what Lucas had to share about his new project in a video interview.
Sony Pictures is going the whole nine yards with its next project. The studio has acquired Jesse Holley, a movie based on the life of the titular wide receiver, who earned an invitation to the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp after winning the reality show 4th and Long. The film will be written by Randy Brown, the scribe behind Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve, with Undefeated’s Oscar-winning duo Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin attached to direct. Hit the jump for more on Holley and the film’s potential directors.
The last weekend of March promises to be an exciting one. Not only do we get the return of Game of Thrones , but the long-delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation finally blasts its way into theaters. A new minute-long clip from the film debuted online earlier today, featuring none other than Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.
The clip’s not so very different from what we’ve seen in the various trailers and TV spots, though this clip shows a little bit more of the scene in which Willis’ Joe Colton announces his decision to reenlist. Oh yeah, and he’s got a pretty sweet pair of wheels too. Directed by John Chu, the film also features Channing Tatum, Ray Stevenson, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, and, of course, a whole other host of ninjas. Hit the jump to see the boys in all their badass glory. G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens in 3D on March 29th.
It appears that Steven Spielberg has officially taken it upon himself to finish Stanley Kubrick’s life’s work. The Lincoln director is developing another one of Kubrick’s projects, this time for the small screen. Napoleon is perhaps the most famous of the 2001: A Space Odyssey helmer’s unrealized films, with Kubrick having conducted massive amounts of research for the biopic on the French Emperor, only to see the project canceled due to the hefty cost of location filming. Hit the jump for more on what Spielberg had to say about Napoleon.
Bryan Singer has added yet another member to the ever-expanding cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The director tweeted earlier today that Omar Sy, the 35-year-old French star of The Intouchables, has officially signed on to the film, joining Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and Hugh Jackman, as well as returning X-Men: First Class stars Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Jennifer Lawrence. Hit the jump for more on who Sy might play.
It’s been less than a week since this year’s Oscars, but The Weinstein Company has already set fall release dates for four of next year’s contenders. And with Meryl Streep in the mix, it’s safe to say that Harvey “Thanked More Than God” Weinstein’s chances are looking good. So what’s on tap? Check it out below:
- Fruitvale – This Sundance darling (read our review), the true story of a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot to death in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009, will open October 18.
- August: Osage County – A family comes together after their alcoholic patriarch goes missing in this adaptation of Tracy Lett’s comedic play, which is slated for November 8.
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Idris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in this film based on the South African president’s 1995 autobiography, scheduled for November 29.
- Grace of Monaco – Nicole Kidman steps into the shoes of the legendary Hollywood star who became a princess in this film, which opens on December 27.
Hit the jump for more on each of the movies, as well as their release dates.