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Tyrese Gibson Threatens to Quit ‘Fast 9’ if Dwayne Johnson Returns

Tyrese Gibson Threatens to Quit ‘Fast 9’ if Dwayne Johnson Returns
Tyrese Gibson has threatened to quit the “Fast and the Furious” franchise amid his ongoing feud with co-star Dwayne Johnson.

Gibson posted on Instagram Wednesday, telling “loyal fans and loved ones from Our Fast universe” that he won’t appear in “Fast 9” if Johnson is involved.

“I’m sorry to announce that if [Dwayne] is in Fast 9, there will no more Roman [Pearce]. You mess with family and my daughters survival I mess with yours,” Gibson captioned a selfie of him, Johnson, and Vin Diesel. Gibson is currently in a legal battle with his ex-wife over custody of their daughter.

This latest rant comes after Gibson criticized Johnson on Instagram in October when Universal Pictures announced the ninth “Fast” installment was being pushed back a year to accommodate a spinoff around Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters.

Gibson joined the “Fast” franchise with “2 Fast 2 Furious” in 2003, with Johnson coming on board in 2011’s “Fast Five.”

“Congratulations to [The
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Jealous Gibson Wants To Rejoin Fast & Furious Franchise

Jealous Gibson Wants To Rejoin Fast & Furious Franchise
Actor Tyrese Gibson is desperate to star in the next Fast & Furious movie, after the massive success of the latest installment.

Gibson starred in 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious, but he opted out of subsequent sequels.

The franchise returned in 2009 with its fourth film, Fast & Furious, which proved to be a surprise U.S. box office hit - taking a staggering $72.5 million (£50 million) in its opening weekend last month (03-05Apr09).

And Gibson is so impressed, he wants to jump back onboard.

He tells Starpulse.com, "Listen, love Fast and the Furious, love the numbers it did, love the cast. If my phone rings for five (the fifth installment) I'm right there. They were all beating the door down to try to get me in in four (Fast & Furious). Would've loved to have been a part of it. Didn't work out for whatever reason so my phone is wide open for five and I would love to do it."

Fast & Furious Wins Box Office Race With Huge Opening Haul

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Fast & Furious Wins Box Office Race With Huge Opening Haul
Fast & Furious raced to the top of the U.S. box office chart scooping a staggering $72.5 million (£50 million) in its opening weekend (03-05Apr09).

After skipping sequels 2 Fast 2 Furious and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Vin Diesel returned to the franchise for the fourth installment, and proved to be the magic ingredient.

The huge opening weekend haul is the most ever for a movie released in April and the biggest so far in 2009.

Monsters vs Aliens took second place with $33.5 million (£22.6 million), followed by The Haunting in Connecticut with $9.6 million (£6.5 million)

Nicolas Cage's thriller Knowing was fourth with $8.1 million (£5.5 million), followed by Paul Rudd comedy I Love You, Man with $7.9 million (£5.3 million).

A Fast and Furious $72.5 Mil Weekend

It must have been the thes that were the problem. Shorn of its franchise's titular articles, Fast and Furious blew away its predecessors and the box-office weekend competition with an estimated $72.5 million Friday-Sunday debut. The performance was the year's best opening by a mile. It was the car series' biggest by an even longer mile. Drilling down into the numbers: • The Furious franchise's previous best was the $50.5 million taken in by 2003's similarly the-lacking 2 Fast 2 Furious. • With the articles, but without either Vin Diesel or Paul Walker, 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift earned less in its entire run ($62.5 million) than...
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Fast & Furious Revs Up To Fifth Gear

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Fast & Furious Revs Up To Fifth Gear
The Fast & The Furious star Paul Walker has confirmed the action franchise is to be extended for a fifth time - with plans for a new movie set in Europe.

The actor starred in the original film, The Fast & The Furious, in 2001 alongside Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel.

Walker returned for the sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, in 2003 with a different cast but sat out the third installment, 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Walker reunited with Diesel and Rodriguez to reprise their original roles for this year's sequel, simply titled Fast & Furious - and the star admits movie bosses are already working on another follow up, taking the series to five movies.

He tells MoviesOnline, "It's beyond rumours at this point. I've spoken with executives at Universal and they're pretty serious about it. They're developing it. They know where they want it to take place. They want to do it in Europe."

Diesel Invites Wannabe Filmmakers To The Set Of Fast + The Furious

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Diesel Invites Wannabe Filmmakers To The Set Of Fast + The Furious
Action man Vin Diesel turned the dreams of Dominican Republic wannabe filmmakers into reality on the set of the new Fast + The Furious sequel - by inviting them to take part in shooting.

Diesel and the nation's President, Leonel Fernandez, set up a film school in Santa Domingo three years ago - and so when director Justin Lin was scouting for locations, the film star insisted he look there.

And once producers agreed to shoot the film in the Dominican Republic, Diesel started finding his film students jobs on set.

He explains, "We take inner city kids and put them through a six-week course in filmmaking.

"We were able to take some of the students and have them work on this major film. It was incredible."

Diesel is returning to a lead role in the Fast + The Furious film franchise as Dominic Toretto after sitting out the first sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and making an uncredited appearance in third movie Tokyo Drift.

2 veteran drivers on 'Fast' track for Universal

Rev those engines!

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are in negotiations to reunite for the fourth installment of Universal's "Fast and the Furious" franchise. Justin Lin and Chris Morgan, who were behind "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," are returning to directing and writing duties, respectively.

Neal Moritz will produce the as-yet-untitled installment along with Diesel, who will produce through his One Race Films banner.

The story line is being kept under wraps, but fast cars are involved. A spring start is anticipated with shooting in Los Angeles, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

The first "Furious", released in 2001, was a surprise hit, grossing more than $144 million and creating a franchise for the studio while making stars our of Diesel and Walker. Only Walker returned for the sequel, "2 Fast 2 Furious", and sat out the third installment, 2005's "Tokyo Drift". That movie had relative newcomer Lucas Black in the driver's seat but did feature Diesel in a cameo at the end of the movie.

Turns in '2 Fast' bias suit

Industry veteran Frank Davis on Wednesday settled his portion of the federal government's racial discrimination case against Universal Pictures, then took the stand and told a seven-member jury that he believed he was fired as first assistant director on 2 Fast 2 Furious because he is black.

"I did what I was supposed to be doing," Davis testified in federal court in downtown Los Angeles. "Unfortunately, Universal has certain stereotypes of people who look like me, and I was fired.

"I was held to a different standard," he added.

Universal has vehemently denied Davis' charges, saying that the director was fired because he could not handle the high-budget film, which included numerous action sequences.

The second day of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's case against Universal included the conclusion of testimony from 2 Fast director John Singleton as well as sidebar discussions, settlement-talk breaks and the removal of a sick juror by U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess.

The EEOC sued the studio in 2003 over Davis' firing, claiming that it was without cause."

Freeman a 'Wanted' man for Uni

Morgan Freeman is in final negotiations to star opposite James McAvoy in Universal Pictures' Wanted, a sci-fi actioner that will mark the English-language debut of Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov.

Wanted is based on a comic book miniseries by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones published by Top Cow. The story follows a put-upon man (McAvoy) who discovers that his long-lost father is an assassin. After his dad is murdered, the son is recruited into a covert organization of killers and trained to follow in his father's footsteps.

Freeman will play Sloan, the lead assassin who trains McAvoy.

Universal-based Marc Platt is producing with Jason Netter and Jim Lemley. Top Cow's Marc Silvestri is exec producing along with Adam Siegel.

The script was penned by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, who wrote Universal's 2 Fast 2 Furious. Chris Morgan ("The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift") also wrote the script.

Tyrese joining 'Waist Deep' gang at Focus

Tyrese joining 'Waist Deep' gang at Focus
Tyrese has signed on to star in Waist Deep for Focus Features. Tyrese plays an ex-convict who gets caught up in gang violence and turmoil after his car is hijacked with his son inside. He manages to outsmart the gang leaders with the help of a young woman. Vondie Curtis-Hall> directs from his own script. Waist Deep falls under a recent agreement between Radar Pictures head Ted Field and sports entrepreneur A. Demitrius Brown to produce urban and Latin-themed films. Tedd Field and Joe Rosenberg are producing the film, which is shooting for an August start date in Los Angeles. Tyrese recently signed on to co-star in Four Brothers for Lorenzo di Bonaventura at Paramount Pictures. He also filmed Annapolis last year at the Walt Disney Co. His other credits include 2 Fast 2 Furious and Baby Boy. He is repped by WMA and managed by Jerome Martin.

Uni ups Kirschenbaum to vp prod'n

Universal Pictures has promoted Jeff Kirschenbaum to vp production. Kirschenbaum will continue to report to Scott Stuber and Mary Parent, vice chairmen of worldwide production for Universal Pictures and will expand the number of films under his watch. "Since he joined our team three years ago, Jeff has made an immeasurable contribution," Stuber and Parent said in a statement. "His feel for material is instinctual and his ability to work with the creative community is an asset that is difficult to find." Kirschenbaum joined Universal in 2001, and was involved in the sequels 2 Fast 2 Furious, and The Bourne Supremacy. He also helped develop Van Helsing and was involved with In Good Company.

NBC Uni, BSC ink multiyear distribution pact

NBC Uni, BSC ink multiyear distribution pact
NBC Universal and Japan's Broadmedia Studios Corp. have entered into an exclusive, multiyear distribution agreement for free and basic subscription cable television rights to a selection of Universal's films and TV product in Japan, it was announced Wednesday. The agreement includes first-run and library films and telemovies including recent titles such as The Scorpion King, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Bourne Identity and Bridget Jones's Diary. Back catalog titles from Universal's library of more than 4,000 films include Liar, Liar, Kindergarten Cop, Twins and Casino, and TV content includes Miami Vice, Airwolf, and Columbo. The deal also includes Law & Order. Broadmedia Studios is a subsidiary of distributor and major pay TV group Softbank Broadmedia. The deal was announced by Taro Hashimoto, BSC representative director, and Belinda Menendez, NBC Universal International Television Distribution president.

Mendes rides with Cage on Col's 'Ghost'

Mendes rides with Cage on Col's 'Ghost'
Eva Mendes, who stars in the upcoming Columbia Pictures production Hitch, is reuniting with the studio for Ghost Rider, an adaptation of the Marvel Comics comic book. Mendes will play opposite Nicolas Cage, who stars as the title character, a former motorcycle stuntman who agrees to let his body become host to a vengeful spirit -- becoming a bike-riding demon in the process -- to secure the safety of his true love (Mendes). Mark Steven Johnson is directing. Shane Salerno wrote the original draft of the Columbia project. Marvel Entertainment's Avi Arad and Crystal Sky's Steven Paul are producing the project with Johnson's producing partner Gary Foster and Michael De Luca. Matt Tolmach, the studio's co-president of production, is overseeing the project. CAA-repped Mendes appeared in Training Day. Other credits include 2 Fast 2 Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Out of Time.

Singleton, Wahlberg like 'Brothers'

John Singleton has signed to direct and Mark Wahlberg is in negotiations to star in Four Brothers for Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Paramount Pictures. The contemporary feature concerns four brothers who set out to avenge the death of their mother. Dave Elliot and Paul Lovett are writing the script. Last month, Singleton signed on to develop the video game Fear & Respect for Midway Games, in which Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone is the controlling shareholder. The video game is being developed by producer Christine Peters as a feature film for the Viacom-owned studio (HR 9/24). Wahlberg is set to appear in Paramount's The Italian Job 2, which he opted to appear in over Lions Gate's The Black Dahlia, directed by Brian De Palma. Singleton, who is repped by UTA, most recently directed 2 Fast 2 Furious. His credits include Baby Boy, Shaft and Boyz N the Hood. He also is repped by attorney Steve Barnes. Wahlberg is repped by Endeavor. Elliot and Lovett are repped by CAA.

Original on 'Jump Street' case

Original on 'Jump Street' case
Original Film is boarding Paramount Pictures' big-screen adaptation of the TV series 21 Jump Street. Original's Neal Moritz will produce 21 Jump Street with Stephen J. Cannell and Douglas Rosen, while Original's Tania Landau will executive produce. The project has been in development for a couple of years at the studio, which originally made a deal in 2002 with series co-creators Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh to pen the project. The project is out to writers. Airing from 1987-90 on Fox, 21 Jump Street followed a group of cops who worked undercover in high schools. The series helped launch the career of Johnny Depp. Other cast members included Peter DeLuise, Holly Robinson Peete, Dustin Nguyen and Richard Grieco. Other current Original projects include To Catch a Thief, the remake of the Hitchcock classic that Original is producing for Paramount. Other features from the Sony-based shingle include 2 Fast 2 Furious, S.W.A.T. and Out of Time.

Original on 'Jump Street' case

Original on 'Jump Street' case
Original Film is boarding Paramount Pictures' big-screen adaptation of the TV series 21 Jump Street. Original's Neal Moritz will produce 21 Jump Street with Stephen J. Cannell and Douglas Rosen, while Original's Tania Landau will executive produce. The project has been in development for a couple of years at the studio, which originally made a deal in 2002 with series co-creators Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh to pen the project. The project is out to writers. Airing from 1987-90 on Fox, 21 Jump Street followed a group of cops who worked undercover in high schools. The series helped launch the career of Johnny Depp. Other cast members included Peter DeLuise, Holly Robinson Peete, Dustin Nguyen and Richard Grieco. Other current Original projects include To Catch a Thief, the remake of the Hitchcock classic that Original is producing for Paramount. Other features from the Sony-based shingle include 2 Fast 2 Furious, S.W.A.T. and Out of Time.

Universal driving 3rd 'Fast' film

Universal driving 3rd 'Fast' film
Universal Pictures is putting the gears in motion for a third installment of The Fast and the Furious and is hoping to put Vin Diesel back in the driver's seat of the Neal Moritz-produced franchise. Diesel and Paul Walker starred in the first Fast, which grossed $144.5 million. Although Universal originally sought Diesel to reprise his role as Dominic Toretto in the sequel, negotiations broke down, and the studio opted to build the second film in the series around Walker, who teamed up with Tyrese for last year's 2 Fast 2 Furious, which grossed $127 million domestically. Universal, which will release Diesel starrer The Chronicles of Riddick on June 11, has begun to rev up the Fast team by hiring Chris Morgan to pen a script that would accommodate Diesel's return to the street-racing franchise. The studio said no deal is in place with the actor, adding that it is "looking to bring back certain elements from the first two films."

Parent, Stuber get vice chairmen posts at Uni

Mary Parent and Scott Stuber, the two executives who head production at Universal Pictures, have been promoted to the newly created position of vice chairman, worldwide production at Universal Pictures. Universal Pictures chairman Stacey Snider, to whom the two executives report, announced the new appointments Friday. The move recognizes the success of the team assembled by Snider and Ron Meyer, Vivendi Universal Entertainment president and CEO. The promotions come just as Universal Pictures has crossed the $1 billion domestic boxoffice mark for 2003 and is set to become the first studio in history to have six films each gross more than $100 million in one year -- Bruce Almighty, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Hulk, Seabiscuit, American Wedding, and the current release Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. It also signals that the Universal team will not undergo any radical changes once VUE's merger with General Electric's NBC is completed sometime in the first quarter of the year.

Ferrari to promote race car DVD

Ferrari to promote race car DVD
LONDON -- Video and DVD distributor Universal Pictures International (UPI) said Thursday it has hooked up with sports car giant Ferrari to promote the international DVD and video launch in October of 2 Fast 2 Furious. Branding for the movie first appeared Sept. 20 in Germany on two of Ferrari's 360 N/GT race cars competing in the FIA GT Championship. It also features on the team transporters as they travel around Europe. Mary Daily, president of marketing at Universal Pictures International commented, "We are proud to break new ground with our unique and exciting partnership the Ferrari race team at Team Maranello Concessionaires. The DVD movie message is not traditionally communicated in the motorsports arena and we feel the association between our all-action hit movie and a high-performance race team is a perfect fit."

Walker feeling 'Blue' for MGM

Walker feeling 'Blue' for MGM
Hot off the success of Universal Pictures' 2 Fast 2 Furious, the film's star Paul Walker has come aboard MGM's action-thriller Into the Blue for director John Stockwell. Production begins in October with Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures producing. Blue, written by Matt Johnson, is described as being in the vein of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Deep. It is an underwater action-adventure about a group of scuba divers who uncover the sunken wreckage of a plane that contains illegal cargo. The divers then find themselves involved with a dangerous drug lord. The project was developed internally at Mandalay before being set up at MGM as a pitch last fall with Johnson attached to script (HR 10/15). Mandalay's Ori Marmur and David Zelon are overseeing alongside MGM executives Elizabeth Cantillon and Erik Baiers. Walker, repped by ICM and Nine Yards Entertainment, next stars in Paramount Pictures' Timeline.
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