Fox is developing Toymageddon, a high-concept project from Anonymous Content’s Tariq Merhab that has Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) attached to produce. The picture is described as a live-action adventure movie centered around a toy factory that runs amok. Plot details beyond that basic logline are nonexistent, but it’s said to be in the vein of Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters, though it sounds like it’s got some Jumanji-meets-Toys vibe going on. Lin could eventually board the project as a director if the script is to his liking; the search for a screenwriter is currently underway. (Via Heat Vision)
One of the more talked-about documentaries from this year’s Sundance Film Festival was The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the film chronicles Bonanza actor Bing Russell’s formation of the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks and the ensuing confrontation with organized baseball. Quite a few people—our own Matt Goldberg included—were fans of the documentary, and Russell’s son Kurt Russell was onhand to talk about the film. News broke earlier today that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin has acquired remake rights to Battered Bastards with the intention of producing a narrative feature film adaptation for writer/director Todd Field (In the Bedroom), making Steve’s recent interview with Kurt Russell all the more relevant.
During Steve’s interview with Russell earlier this week about the documentary, the actor discussed a possible narrative adaptation of the story and whether he would consider playing his father in the film. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
The Sundance Film Festival is always host to a number of excellent documentaries, and this year was no exception. One of the more talked about docs was The Battered Bastards of Baseball, and while various studios are currently vying for the distribution rights, the adaptation rights have already been snatched up. THR reports that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin has purchased narrative remake rights to the baseball documentary with the intention of producing via his Perfect Storm banner. Directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the doc tells the story of Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell). The elder Russell built the independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks from the ground up, eventually leading to confrontation with organized baseball.
After helming the last four Fast & Furious films, Lin is next set to direct the sequel to The Bourne Legacy for an August 2015 release date so this feature adaptation is a ways off. That being said, Battered Bastards should make for an excellent feature when the filmmaker gets around to it. If you missed it, read Matt’s review of the documentary from Sundance right here. [Update: THR has amended its story, clarifying that Lin is just producing the adaptation while Todd Field (Little Children) is in talks to write and direct. Kurt Russell is also in negotiations to be involved with the project in some capacity.]
It’s now nearly impossible to watch Fast & Furious 6, and not reflect on the passing of star Paul Walker. Surely this big fun summer movie will now be tinged with a melancholy that it will be the last time Walker got to play Brian O’Conner in total. But removed from the context of grief, Furious 6 (as it’s titled on screen) is a lot of fun, for the most part. Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez co-star in this tale of underground racers turned crime-fighters. My review of Fast and Furious 6 follows after the jump.
You can add another Bourne film to the massive list of high-profile movies set for release in 2015. Universal Pictures announced today that the untitled follow-up to The Bourne Legacy will be released on August 14, 2015, where it will open opposite The Smurfs 3. As previously reported, Fast Five helmer Justin Lin will be directing the new installment with Jeremy Renner reprising his lead role from Legacy. Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) is penning the screenplay, making this the first Bourne film not written by Tony Gilroy.
Additionally, Universal has dated director Luc Besson’s new action thriller Lucy for August 8, 2014, directly opposite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and one week after Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Scarlett Johansson stars as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system. Unfortunately, she’s also racing against the clock to survive. Morgan Freeman also stars. For a refresher on just how packed the 2015 release calendar is, hit the jump.
After helming the last four Fast & Furious movies, Justin Lin will move to another action franchise to direct the follow-up film to The Bourne Legacy. Jeremy Renner is set to return as Aaron Cross in a sequel story scripted by Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus). With Lin directing and Peckham writing, it looks like Tony Gilroy – who penned the previous four Bourne films and directed Legacy - may be stepping aside. No title has been set just yet, but if Universal sticks with the titles of the novel series, then it may just be The Bourne Betrayal. The studio is looking to release the film in the summer of 2015. Hit the jump for more.
Catching up with some weekend news: After a bidding war, Aaron Berg sold his spec script Section 6 to Universal for $1.2 million. The Wrap provides the logline: “The historical spy thriller follows the World War I-era formation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the James Bond series.” The bidding reportedly came down to Sony and Universal. If Sony won, I wonder if the studio had plans to make it a straight-up James Bond spinoff.
No talent is attached at this time, but the project has drawn interest from the likes of Hugh Jackman and directors Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) and Brett Ratner (Tower Heist). That signals that we expect to keep tabs on Section 6 as it progresses through development.
Fast & Furious 6 is a machine running close to peak performance. The Fast & Furious franchise has been stripped down and rebuilt through six iterations. It’s gone from racing to revenge to a heist and now it’s forced to find its own identity. After finding a good group of characters and upping the stakes in the action scenes, there’s finally a level of confidence instead of simply watching fast cars drive around. The new movie struts into the room and proudly proclaims, “If we’re going to be goofy and loud, we’re going to be the goofiest, loudest movie we can be!” It’s almost admirable in its own twisted way. After four films, Justin Lin‘s direction has finally matched the ambition of his set pieces, and aside from indulging in the “family is everything” treacle, Fast & Furious 6 is easily the best film in the franchise yet.
Universal Pictures has release nine clips from director Justin Lin’s upcoming sequel Fast & Furious 6, amounting to around nine minutes of footage from the pic. The follow-up to 2011’s Fast Five moves the action to Europe, where Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is trying to stop a group of mercenary drivers led by an unnamed mastermind (Luke Evans) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Hobbs recruits Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew to help bring down the criminal outfit, and in exchange will provide pardons for the Rio heist.
Hit the jump to watch all of the clips, and click here to check out 46 high-resolution images. The film also stars Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris Bridges, Elsa Pataky, and Gina Carano. Fast & Furious 6 opens May 24th.
Universal Pictures has released a final trailer for Fast Five director Justin Lin’s sequel Fast & Furious 6, and it’s chock-full of summer blockbuster goodness. This trailer does a great job of showing off the film’s ginormous scale, as we get some extended looks at Lin’s many action sequences. Car chases through the streets of Europe, brutal fistfights in which The Rock pulls some legit wrestling moves, and a car chase/fight sequence involving a tank are all things we can look forward to with Fast & Furious 6. Producer Neal Moritz recently told us that the film features two or three of “the best action sequences you will ever see” and noted that Fast 6 is the best film of the series yet. We’ll get a chance to judge for ourselves in a few short weeks, but this trailer definitely makes the film look like one hell of a ride.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Joe Taslim, Sung Kang, Gina Carano, and Luke Evans. Fast & Furious 6 opens on May 24th.
Universal Pictures has released a new featurette for director Justin Lin’s upcoming sequel Fast & Furious 6, and it features a whole lot of new footage from the film. The follow-up to 2011’s Fast Five moves the action to Europe, where Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is trying to stop a group of mercenary drivers led by an unnamed mastermind (Luke Evans) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Hobbs recruits Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew to help bring down the criminal outfit, and in exchange will provide pardons for the Rio heist. This featurette has basically the entire cast and Lin discussing the story of the sixth installment in the franchise, and we’re treated to a host of new footage that highlights some seriously intense action/racing/fighting sequences.
Hit the jump to watch the new featurette. The film also stars Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris Bridges, Elsa Pataky, and Gina Carano. Fast & Furious 6 opens May 24th.
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.
Though Fast & Furious 6 doesn’t come out until next month, we’ve known for some time that Universal plans on moving forward with a seventh installment in the franchise. Fast Five director Justin Lin initially mulled over the idea of shooting Fast 6 and 7 back-to-back, but instead opted to shoot the Europe-set Fast & Furious 6 separately. Last week franchise star Vin Diesel suggested that filming on Fast & Furious 7 was set to get underway as early as this summer, and since that kind of schedule would necessitate a very quick turnaround from the cast and crew, most surmised that Lin would be returning as the director.
However, today word comes that Lin has decided not to direct Fast & Furious 7 after all, which would have marked his fifth film in the series. Hit the jump for much more.
When The Fast and the Furious was first released over a decade ago, it was hard to imagine that a movie about street racing would spawn a successful franchise that’s still going strong six films in. And yet, 2011’s Fast Five proved that the series still has plenty of juice left, with director Justin Lin crafting one of the most entertaining movies of the year that packed in just about every single castmember from the entire Fast & Furious franchise.
The action moves across the pond to Europe with this May’s Fast & Furious 6, also directed by Lin, and it appears that the inevitable seventh installment of the franchise might be coming much sooner than expected as star Vin Diesel recently suggested that filming on Fast & Furious 7 begins this summer. Hit the jump for more.
Tonight’s the night for high-adrenaline TV spots. We just posted a new glimpse at footage from Iron Man 3 and now a new action-packed teaser for Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6 is now available. There are so many military vehicles and a jacked up Dwayne Johnson that I thought this was G.I. Joe: Retaliation for a second, but the presence of Vin Diesel (and a massive tank) set me back on course.
Also starring Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano, Fast & Furious 6 opens May 24th. Hit the jump to watch the new TV spot.