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Universal On Deck For Hobbs/Shaw Spin-Off From FAST Franchise
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.
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
My weekend was pretty huge for movies. My thoughts on Wolf Warrior 2 are up on my Instagram as well as posts about S.S. Rajamouli's Bahubali saga so feel free to skim those through and follow me as well as I also cross post news there. The news also includes the latest on what's what in the weekly Hit List and we begin with a new round of stunt and training reels from around the web. Anna Akimova gets things going this week with her latest reel followed by Jake Teel, D.L. MacDonald, Tyler Street, Jessica Stafford, Graham Hooper, Andy Whitmarsh, Samuel Horowitz, Monica Lopez, Noel Martinez, Casey Michaels, Bronson Cameron, Yessenia Cossio, Aaron D. Alexander, Antjuan Rhames, Donovan Law, Ai Ikeda, Justin Mane, Lukaz Leong and Cassie Lee Minnick, along with Benjamin J. Redic III and the crew at Ballistic Blade, multifaceted stuntmen and fight choreographers Fernando Jay Huerto and Geo Corvera, and Australia's own Asaya Yasushi with a newly launched team reel for Team Yas!