A months-long break in principal photography on Fast & Furious 7 will end imminently, as Universal Pictures is taking the automotive sequel back on the road in just over a month.
As some genuinely promising technical information regarding the sequel emerges, star Chris Pratt is talking about his character and the nature of Jurassic World, saying that the latest dinosaur adventure answers a crucial question.
A solid comedy duo is a precious commodity.
So it's with no small amount of enthusiasm that we meet the news of Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson returning for Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel set for May 15, 2015.
The revenge-driven plot of Fast & Furious 7 had many fans worried that, after the tragic death of franchise star Paul Walker, heroic former lawman Brian O'Conner would meet his demise in the sequel.
Fans needn't worry, as Universal Pictures is planning to "retire" the character, providing Walker with a respectful sendoff.
As Universal Pictures continues to sort out how the tragic death of Paul Walker will impact its biggest live-action franchise, the studio has staked out a new release date for Fast & Furious 7.
Vin Diesel has shared an image of himself and Walker in the last scene they shot together, and while he was at it, revealed that Fast & Furious 7 is now a part of the 2015 sequel feeding frenzy.
A pair of clips from this December's 47 Ronin provide a sense of how the historical adventure incorporates over-the-top fantasy creatures large and small.
Specifically, these clips introduce a lumbering orge-guy fighting Keanu Reeves and a nasty little arachnid made out of a man's envy and hatred.
Last month, we had a headline that read "Josh Brolin Is Also Probably Heading to Jurassic World."
With hindsight, we can see that the headline should have been "Josh Brolin Definitely Won't Be Heading to Jurassic World." And now we need a whole other headline to declare "Chris Pratt In Early Talks to Join Jurassic World."
Universal Pictures and Justin Lin are hoping history repeats itself.
The man who turned the Fast & Furious series into the studio's biggest franchise is hopping over to another action series, signing on to direct Jeremy Renner in a follow-up to The Bourne Legacy.
The Fast and the Furious film series is the most successful franchise in Universal Studios history having grossed over $2 billion worldwide, and the most recent installment, Fast & Furious 6, is the highest-grossing of the films so far having earned $788 million at the box office. So it only makes sense that the studio would fast track a seventh installment that is currently filming and is entitled Fast & Furious 7, which is scheduled to drive into theaters on July 11th, 2014.
Due to the film's quick turnaround, director Justin Lin, who has helmed the series ever since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, had to step down, while Insidious: Chapter 2 director James Wan has taken over. Returning franchise stars include Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Lucas Black, who finally reprises his role from Tokyo Drift. They are joined by series newcomers Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou, Ronda Rousey, and Jason Statham, who's villainous character was teased in the previous movie's end credit scene.
Earlier today I had the pleasure of speaking with actor Tyrese Gibson about his work on Fast & Furious 7, while he was promoting his upcoming holiday film Black Nativity, which hits theaters on November 27th. The talented hip-hop star turned actor discussed filming Fast & Furious 7, what the franchise means to him, new addition Jason Statham, Statham and Dwayne Johnson's fight scene, the quick production turnaround, and working with director James Wan.
A domestic trailer for this December's 47 Ronin sticks with the outlandish creatures and fantastical vistas we've seen in recent international trailers.
For American audiences, though, the whole enterprise is framed as the journey of Kai, the sword-swinging hero played by Keanu Reeves.