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Justin Lin To Direct Big-Screen Adaptation Of David Henry Hwang's Play 'Chinglish'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 25, 2012 10:41 AM
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Whether or not you're a fan of the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, director Justin Lin has been becoming more and more steadied and confident since taking the keys to the franchise with 2006's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." Still, opportunities outside of said franchise have ultimately fallen apart due to Lin's commitment to the "Fast and the Furious" films, with Lin dropping out from "The Highlander" remake and basically stepping away from the next "Terminator" sequel (though Lin might be able to go back should the scheduling work out). Lin had to drop both projects because of "Fast Six," but Lin is setting up several possible projects to follow, one of which could be the big screen adaptation of David Henry Hwang's play "Chinglish."

Famed Manga 'Lone Wolf And Cub' Getting The Hollywood Treatment From 'Fast Five' Helmer Justin Lin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2012 5:44 PM
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Manga is all the rage in Hollywood at the moment. While "Akira" is on hold for the moment, fans were concerned when Warner Bros. announced that they were bringing "Bleach" to the big screen. And opinions are still split on Spike Lee's redo of "Oldboy," which is now aiming to shoot this fall. Well, we're sure this next project won't be scrutinized any less.

Jason Statham Reaches His Destiny, Sought For Two Future 'Fast & Furious' Sequels

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 4, 2011 1:20 AM
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'Fast Six' And 'Fast Seven' May Be Shot Back-To-Back In EuropeFranchises, generally speaking, are more like fruit than cheese (bear with us, we are going somewhere with this). They might need a film to ripen to their full potential -- sequels generally outgross their predecessors -- but in the main they run their course by the third or fourth film, as opposed to, say, maturing and finding greater audiences and creative highs with each new installment. So we were as surprised as you were that not only was "Fast Five" the the highest grossing (over $600 million now, nearly double the haul of its "Fast and Furious" predecessors) entry of the series so far, but it was also by far the most fun.

Scheduling Forces Justin Lin Out Of 'The Terminator' For Now; 2 Films Planned

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 1:30 AM
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James Cameron Convinced To Join Brainstorming Sessions, But Not Officially InvolvedWhile it the success of "Fast Five" has put Justin Lin on the hot list for movie projects around town, things just haven't quite been going his way this summer. While he's been wishlisted/shortlisted for projects like "The Wolverine" and "Die Hard 5" he has turned down those opportunities, and last month he exited the "Highlander" remake he had been attached to for a couple of years. All of this was with his eye firmly on a new 'Terminator' movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, but alas, it looks like the stars won't aligning for him to work on the project.

Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2011 4:08 AM
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As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

Justin Lin Vacates 'Highlander' Director's Chair

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 12, 2011 1:24 AM
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Yesterday, we brought exclusive word that director Justin Lin was moving straight from "Fast Five" into the next untitled installment in the "Fast And The Furious" series. We figured he had more irons in the fire, but he cited creative control as a factor in turning down projects like "Die Hard 5" and it's a sure bet that was also a factor behind his recent decision to exit Summit's high-profile "Highlander" reboot, as that coming remake now seeks a new helmer.

Justin Lin Says He's Met With James Cameron & Arnold Schwarzenegger To Talk 'Terminator 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2011 8:00 AM
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Confirms He'll Direct 'Fast And Furious 6' As His Next ProjectEXCLUSIVE: Earning over $600 million worldwide, "Fast Five" is one of the biggest hits of the year, and not only is it the most successful entry in the franchise so far, director Justin Lin proved there is still plenty of fuel in the tank and Universal agrees -- they have already dated a sequel for May 24, 2013. The film launched Lin into tentpole territory, with the studio landing the rights to "The Terminator" sequel for the director. And while the project will have to wait until series star Arnold Schwarzenegger gets the gritty thriller "The Last Stand" out of the way first, Lin is already getting his creative juices flowing.

Joe Cornish, Justin Lin & Nicolas Winding Refn Join John Moore On Shortlist For 'Die Hard 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 6:53 AM
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Over the weekend, word cropped up that Noam Murro, previously attached to direct the forever gestating "Die Hard 5" had left the project to focus on "300: Battle Of Artemisia" with John Moore (“Behind Enemy Lines,” “Max Payne”) as a contender to take his place. Well, he's going to be facing some stiff competition.

Doug Liman, Mark Romanek, James Mangold & Antoine Fuqua Reportedly Top The 'Wolverine' Wishlist

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 10:32 AM
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Other Directors Apparently In Contention For The Gig Include, Justin Lin, Jose Padilha, Gavin O'Connor & Gary Shore20th Century Fox has a history and it's not always a good one. While Darren Aronofsky left "The Wolverine" project under the pretenses of family obligations, it's been reported that "Black Swan" director left the project due to lack of creative control. That coupled with the fact that Matthew Vaughn seems to have been put through the ringer by the studio on "X-Men: First Class" -- he was super rushed, was forced to use five different cinematographers, had to switch assistant directors and didn't know who his crew was on certain days -- and it's any wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to work on one of Fox's super hero films.

Sorry, 'Terminator'; All Arnold Schwarzenegger Movie Projects On Hold Til Further Notice

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 9:46 AM
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After eight long years away from the movies in favor of, you know, being the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was on his way to an acting comeback in a big way. After circling several projects, the Austrian Oak agreed to star in the drama "Cry Macho," about a horse trainer in a kidnapping plot from "The Lincoln Lawyer" director Brad Furman, before reprising his most iconic role in a new "Terminator" film directed by "Fast Five" helmer Justin Lin.

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