The long-gestating adaptation of the 2007 Kane & Lynch video game may have found one of its two title roles in Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen). Director F. Gary Gray has been on and off the project over the last few years, but is currently attached to helm the adaptation. If a deal is made for Butler to play Kane, that would reunite the director and star of the 2009 film, Law Abiding Citizen. Butler’s co-star in that film, Jamie Foxx, was once eyed to play a lead in this film opposite Bruce Willis with Simon Crane directing, but those plans have come and gone. An offer is currently out to Vin Diesel to play Lynch. Hit the jump for more.
Vin Diesel continues to roll out photos from the set of Fast & Furious 7. After yesterday’s photo featuring Jason Statham, Diesel has now provided an image with Dwayne Johnson, who plays the badass Hobbs. I’m interested to see where Hobbes goes in the sequel considering his betrayal in Fast & Furious 6. A friend of mine pointed out that Hobbs never would have done that, but he did and now the character will have to face those consequences.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Paul Walker, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John Brotherton. Fast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014. [Warning: Photo contains minor spoilers.]
Vin Diesel has been very open with sharing photos from the set of Fast & Furious 7. It’s a nice way to connect with fans, and proof that just because a movie is highly anticipated, that doesn’t mean the set has to be locked down like Fort Knox. Of course, there’s nothing in here that will spoil the movie, but it’s fun to see Diesel and Jason Statham, who plays the film’s heavy, looking over the script. It’s also funny to see a glass of wine between them even though it’s a prop.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos. The film also stars Paul Walker, Tony Jaa, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, John Brotherton, and Dwayne Johnson. Fast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.
Vin Diesel, in a celebration of his Facebook page getting 50 million likes (which he calls “Our Page” so really it should be “Vin Diesel n’ Friends”), he decided to reward his fans with some video of his Fast & Furious 7 fight training with Tony Jaa (Ong-bak). If you can get past the unintentionally hilarious editing, there’s some pretty cool stuff here from Jaa, who proves that he could kick a ten-foot tall person in the face. Also, if there’s a scene where Jaa and Diesel need to hold themselves up horizontally, they’re physically able to do that.
Hit the jump to check out the video. The film also stars Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black, and John Brotherton. Fast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.
During some down time on the set of James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7, Vin Diesel took advantage of his free time to get in some training for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Diesel may be pretty imposing on screen, but he needs a bit of help in the height department in order to play the tree-like Groot. He posted a fun behind-the-scenes video featuring his training, along with a few words on both films. As a special bonus, Diesel’s co-star Djimon Hounsou, who will appear in both films, also makes a special appearance in the short video. Hit the jump to check it out. Fast & Furious 7 is due out July 11, 2014, and Guardians of the Galaxy will follow less than a month later on August 1, 2014.
Earlier this week, Vin Diesel shared the first image from Fast & Furious 7 via his Facebook page. It wasn’t an image of the fast cars and explosions fans want from the movie. It was Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) lost in thought. Those deep thoughts continue in another image Diesel has deemed fit to share with his fans. Diesel, his Facebook comment weighted with the wisdom of man who has loved and lost, tells his millions of fans, “The first week of filming, has been both intense and surreal…P.s. One from set… a more somber moment in Our Saga…” If I had to guess, I would say this is a funeral scene for Han (Sung Kang), who was killed at the end of Fast & Furious 6 by a new villain played by Jason Statham.
Hit the jump to check out the image, and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on the intense, emotional drama Diesel will share through these images. The film also stars Lucas Black, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou, and Kurt Russell. Fast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.
Though the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise only just hit theaters four months ago, production is already underway on Fast & Furious 7. Insidious and The Conjuring director James Wan takes over from previous helmer Justin Lin this time around, and now the Facebook-friendly Vin Diesel has shared the first official image from the set of Fast 7. The image doesn’t reveal any of the franchise newcomers like Kurt Russell or Djimon Hounsou, but we do see Diesel and Paul Walker in what looks to be a very American locale. Diesel captioned the pic himself with “the unknown road ahead…”
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Jason Statham, Tony Jaa, and Ronda Rousey. Fast & Furious 7 opens on July 11, 2014.
The September box office kicked off with a single major debut: Universal’s Riddick. After the crazy-crowded summer season, you might think that a break from the competition would guarantee Riddick a robust start. You’d be wrong. The sci-fi sequel wound up with a mediocre estimate of $18.6 million from 3,107 locations instead of the $20-$25 million that many expected. Surrounded by holdovers that are now weeks past their prime, Riddick’s poor showing also helped September’s inaugural frame qualify as 2013’s weakest to date.
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Vin Diesel is having a tough time keeping secrets from his millions of fans. It’s only going to get tougher for him and more frustrating for Marvel as the two ever-so-slowly approach not just Guardians of the Galaxy, but their mysterious plans together for 2016. Adding even more mystery to the mix is a new video interview in which Diesel further elaborates on his meetings with Marvel, re-paving over the old story that he originally met with the studio to discuss a “fresh property” in 2016 or 2017 before being offered the voice role of Groot in the James Gunn film, appeasing uproarious fan demand.
The interesting point this time around is that Diesel mentioned a cryptic “merging of brands” between himself and Marvel. Does this mean the Iron Giant will join The Avengers? Will Dom Toretto become Tony Stark’s new chauffeur? Or perhaps Riddick and Xander Cage will get a comics run of their own? Your guess is as good as mine at this point. Hit the jump to see if you can read between the lines.
Universal has released new featurette for the sci-fi/action film, Riddick. It opens with a slight contradiction between Vin Diesel and director David Twohy. Diesel says “We always wanted it to be three films,” but then Twohy follows with “It was a question of where do we go next?” The implication of a trilogy signals that they knew how it would be resolved, but clearly that wasn’t the case. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just because a film is planned that doesn’t mean the final result will be good and vice versa. This featurette contains new footage, and does a good job of laying out the story without giving too much away, although there is no alien-puppy-saving.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film also stars Katee Sackhoff, David Bautista, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Gerard Funk, and Karl Urban. Riddick opens September 6th.
Making it as an independent production that allowed them to have the creative freedom to return to its R-rated roots, Riddick – the much-anticipated new chapter of the captivating sci-fi saga that includes Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick – is a dark thriller that sees the anti-hero wanted by every mercenary and bounty hunter in the known galaxy, and both Riddick (Vin Diesel) and the mercs are forced to fight for survival. From writer/director David Twohy, the film also stars Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, Dave Bautista, Raoul Trujillo, Bokeem Woodbine and Nolan Gerard Funk.
During a press conference to promote the film’s upcoming September 6th theatrical release, actor/producer Vin Diesel talked about his desire to do more sci-fi films, balancing being actor and producer while on set, whether this was how he always envisioned the story for the third installment, how fighting Dwayne Johnson compares to fighting Dave Bautista, and the possibility of doing two more films. He also talked about his hope to deliver on this promise to still make Hannibal the Conqueror, and his thoughts on the statements Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have made about the future of cinema. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
While doing press for his upcoming film Riddick, star Vin Diesel revealed a bit more about his secretive meetings with Marvel. He didn’t outright confirm that he would be voicing the tree-like Groot in the studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but it sounds like he’s one all-important signature away from announcing the role. What’s more interesting in this particular soundbite is the news that Diesel and Marvel originally met to talk about launching a fresh property in 2016 or 2017, but then talks turned to more immediate opportunities.
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, also starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou and Peter Serafinowicz, opens August 1, 2014. Hit the jump to see what Diesel has revealed about his Marvel meetings.
Universal has released the first clip from Riddick. The film finds Vin Diesel’s titular character being hunted by mercenaries, and once again, they’re hopelessly outmatched by the anti-hero who can see in the dark. But the mercs and their bounty are forced to team up when lethal alien monsters attack. I’m looking forward to this movie, and most of this clip is the Riddick-versus-monsters stuff we expected. But there’s a moment near the end of the clip that had me absolutely cracking up. You’ll know it when you see it.
Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film also stars Katee Sackhoff, David Bautista, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Gerard Funk, and Karl Urban. Riddick opens September 6th.
I hate to wish my life away, but with both The World’s End and You’re Next hitting theaters I really can’t help but look ahead to next weekend. That’s to say nothing of the pics opening this week (I plan on checking out Kick-Ass 2 next Wednesday), rather that the aforementioned two are a pair of my most anticipated of the soon-to-end summer movie season. In fact, You’re Next has been on my must-see list since Matt reviewed it at TIFF 2011 nearly two full years ago. In addition to the excitement associated with finally seeing the movie, my latent resentment of Goldberg for having seen it a lifetime ago will finally come to a close which is nice because I could use the sleep.
But enough about next weekend. Let’s focus on the here and now. This week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Kick-Ass 2 interviews, rare footage from Jerry Lewis‘s unreleased film The Day the Clown Cried, Vin Diesel all but confirming that he’s voicing Groot in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, Paranoia interviews with Harrison Ford and more, and a recap of our coverage from Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
While Vin Diesel already has one sci-fi action franchise under his belt, it appears that he’s keen on adding another to his roster. The Riddick star is teaming up with Grace of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel to create an original sci-fi action franchise called Soldiers of the Sun. Per THR, the story takes place “in a post-apocalyptic future and focuses on a squad of soldiers that searches for a fabled city of gold while on a tour of duty in Mexico liberating it from an alien race known as Orcs.” Diesel is producing the film alongside Samantha Vincent and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers), and the plan is to launch another ensemble franchise akin to the incredibly popular Fast & Furious series. Hit the jump for more.