I’ve literally seen every Screen Junkies Honest Trailer out there, and I have reviewed them here for months, but this is the first time I’ve cackled out loud with glee. It takes a franchise so overtly ridiculous to produce what is my favorite Honest Trailer of all time… Furious 7. Sorry Pacific Rim and Man of Steel, you’ve been replaced.
Last year, WB announced their massive DC film slate. This was a very early look at what the studio would be releasing, as no directors were attached to any of the films. So far Michelle MacLaren has been confirmed to write and direct Wonder Woman. Chris Miller and Phil Lord have just been confirmed to write The Flash, with talks of making an offer to direct as well. But as to who will be directing Green Lantern and Shazam, that is unknown. Now we may have an idea as to who will be directing Aquaman.
Unconfirmed reports are suggesting that WB is eying James Wan as a possibility to direct Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa (check out a first look at the actor in costume here). Hit the jump for more.
Normally a first weekend’s box office numbers judge whether or not the film is a success and if it deserves a sequel. Some films don’t get the latter despite being a success, but for the ones that do get sequels, they can expand to a franchise. The Fast and Furious franchise has been doing that for seven installments already. Even though this past weekend’s Furious 7 grossed $392 million worldwide, Universal has yet to confirm if there will be a Fast and Furious 8.
This may have to do with just taking a break from everything that has happened with the production of the film and finding a story. Hit the jump for more details.
Furious 7 Director: James Wan
Writer: Chris Morgan
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, Nathalie Joanne Emmanuel, Djimon Honsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Jason Statham Universal Pictures
PG-13 | 134 Minutes
Release Date: April 3, 2015
The Fast and Furious franchise is one that lives up to its title. Incredibly fast-paced racing, furiously high-octane action sequences, and those one-liners, each new installment brings something new to the table. What makes the franchise so special is that it finds a way to adapt to the changing trends, going from underground illegal street racing to bank heists and beyond. This keeps everything fresh, and has the audience coming back for more. Even with the changes, the franchise never loses sight of its roots by continuously focusing on the themes of cars and, most importantly, family.
Furious 7 may be the most somber film of the series. The tragic passing of star Paul Walker presented a huge obstacle for director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring), who had to figure out how to give the vision that fans wanted, but also pay respect to the franchise star.
Furious 7 his theaters this Friday, and as with all film franchises like this, talks of a sequel have already started. Given that Justin Lin is off directing the third Star Trek film, and James Wan is heading back to horror by directing The Conjuring 2, plus the tragic passing of Paul Walker, where Fast and Furious 8 goes from here is unknown.
]However, Vin Diesel was on Jimmy Kimmel Livelast night to help promote the film, and during the interview he spoke candidly about locations and characters that may appear in the sequel. Minor spoilers follow after the jump.