Dave Bautista's film career is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Guardians of the Galaxy star is teaming up with Signature Films once again for the upcoming action thriller Traphouse. Bautista is set to produce and star in the film. It will be the second joint venture between the production company and the retired WWE wrestler. The two had previously produced last year's Final Score starring Bautista and Pierce Brosnan.
Traphouse is a project Dave Bautista has been working on for years. It follows an undercover DEA agent and his partner who embark on a game of cat and mouse with a surprising group of thieves - their own rebellious teenagers. The audacious teens have begun robbing from a dangerous cartel by using their parents' tactics and top-secret intel. The script will come from Fast & Furious creator Gary Scott Thompson, someone Bautista hopes can bring a little bit of flavor to the action, something his poorly received Final Score may not have had. The actor/producer had this to say.
"We're thrilled to be working with Marc and his team at Signature to bring [ Traphouse] to life, and in Gary, we've found the perfect writer to infuse our original fast-paced action movie with tons of heart."
Considering the plot of the film is centered on family, the writer of the first The Fast & the Furious movie might be the perfect ingredient. Thompson was also behind the scripts for 88 Minutes and TV's Last Vegas. Dave Bautista is a relative newcomer to Big-Budget Hollywood, but he's made quite the splash since landing there.
Along with his almost 20 year career in professional wrestling, Bautista appeared in a slew of films and series since 2006. Some of his roles included brief appearances on Smallville and Chuck, as well as roles in The Man With the Iron Fists and Riddick. His career blew up when he portrayed the very literal Drax in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
His and his co-star's work paid off, and Gunn was rehired. He has also appeared in other franchise films like Blade Runner 2049, Escape Plan, Hotel Artemis and 2019's Stuber alongside Kumail Nanjiani.
Traphouse will be released sometime next year. Bautista developed the project and is producing it with longtime manager Jonathan Meisner through his Dream Bros Entertainment production company.
Dream Bros is also behind the family action film My Spy starring Bautista, Kristen Schaal and Ken Jeong. Signature Entertainment is behind titles including The Hatton Garden Job and the Gary Oldman-Olga Kurylenko thriller The Courier. This news comes to us from Deadline
ave Bautista and his longtime manager Jonathan Meisner's Dream Bros Entertainment are reteaming with their fellow Final Score producer Signature Films on Traphouse, a new action thriller in which Guardians of the Galaxy and Stuber star Bautista will topline.
Fast & Furious creator Gary Scott Thompson is set to pen the script for the pic, which follows an undercover DEA agent and his partner who embark on a game of cat and mouse with an audacious, and surprising group of thieves - their own rebellious teenagers, who have begun robbing from a dangerous cartel, using their parents' tactics and top-secret intel to do it.
Bautista, who developed the project, is producing with Meisner. The deal was negotiated by Signature’s Marc Goldberg and Sarah Gabriel, Fourth Wall Management’s Jon Huddle, Craig Emanuel on behalf of Gary Scott Thompson, and CAA and Jay Rosenthal on behalf of Dream Bros.
“ Traphouse is a project that we've been working on for years,” Bautista said. “We're thrilled to be working with Marc and his team at Signature to bring it to life, and in Gary, we’ve found the perfect writer to infuse our original fast-paced action movie with tons of heart.”
ream Bros is also behind My Spy, their first film since forming. It will be released next year by STX. Signature Films, the production arm of UK indie distributor Signature Entertainment, is behind titles including The Hatton Garden Job and the Gary Oldman-Olga Kurylenko thriller The Courier.
Stuntman Joe Watts is on the road to recovery following a major on-set injury he suffered while filming Fast & Furious 9. Watts, a stunt performer with several years of experience on major blockbusters, sustained the injury last month after falling from an elevated set at Leavesden Studios in London while filming with the production's second unit. Now, per an update from his girlfriend Tilly Powell, Watts has been moved out of the ICU. Here's what she had to say in a statement.
"While Joe remains in hospital and there is still a long road ahead, he has been moved out of the ICU and doctors are pleased with his progress. We'd especially like to send an enormous thank-you to the air ambulance crew, all the fantastic doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal London Hospital who have provided amazing care to Joe. We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from friends, family and the stunt community, as well as the 'Fast & Furious 9' cast, crew and Universal Pictures."
The full nature of Joe Watts' injuries haven't been made public, but it's said that he suffered major head trauma. Watts has been in the ICU recovering ever since. The U.K.'s Health and Safety Executive has since opened an investigation, seeking to discover the cause of the incident. A spokesperson for Universal Pictures, the studio behind the highly successful franchise, said the following in a statement.
"The filmmakers, talent and crew of 'Fast & Furious 9' are heartened that Joe is on the road to recovery with the support of his loved ones. Joe is a professional in every sense of the word and his commitment to his craft is inspiring to all of us. We know he'll continue to inspire us throughout his recovery. Everyone in the 'Fast' family sends our heartfelt wishes and we will continue to support Joe and his family however we can."
Joe Watts is by no means a rookie. His impressive resume includes projects such as Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Spider-Man: Far From Home and Game of Thrones, amongst many others. Unfortunately, Watts isn't the only crew member to suffer a major injury in recent years working on a major production. In July, Warren Appleby, a veteran special effects coordinator, died following an incident on the set of the DC series Titans. Stuntman John Bernecker passed away while filming AMC's The Walking Dead in 2017 and Joi "SJ" Harris also died while performing a stunt for Deadpool 2 that same year.
Fast & Furious 9 is currently filming under the direction of Justin Lin. The cast sees many familiar faces returning, including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron, which John Cena also boarding the franchise. The movie is on track for release on May 22, 2020. This news was previously reported by Variety.
Production on the Universal picture was temporarily stopped when Joe Watts was severely hurt on July 22.
A stuntman for Fast & Furious 9 who suffered a major head injury during production last month is out of the intensive care unit.
Production on the Universal picture was temporarily stopped when Joe Watts was severely hurt on July 22.
His family, including fiancee Tilly Powell also a stunt professional, gave an update on Thursday, saying his condition had improved slightly.
“While Joe remains in hospital and there is still a long road ahead, he has been moved out of the ICU and doctors are pleased with his progress," read the family statement. "We'd especially like to send an enormous thank you to the air ambulance crew, all the fantastic doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal London Hospital who have provided amazing care to Joe.”
Watts suffered the injury at Warner Bros.' Leavesden Studios in the U.K.
Universal also issued a statement on Watts upgraded condition.
“Universal Pictures and the filmmakers, talent and crew of Fa st & Furious 9, are heartened that Joe is on the road to recovery with the support of his loved ones," the statement reads. "Joe is a professional in every sense of the word and his commitment to his craft is inspiring to all of us. We know he'll continue to inspire us throughout his recovery. Everyone in the Fast family sends our heartfelt wishes and we will continue to support Joe and his family however we can.”
Fast & Furious 9 stars Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, John Cena, Helen Mirren, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel. The film opens in May 2020.
Joe Watts, who suffered a serious head injury in a fall during the production of Universal’s Fast & Furious 9 at Leavesden studios in London last month, is out of the intensive care unit and “doctors are pleased with his progress,” according to a statement Thursday.
“While Joe remains in hospital and there is still a long road ahead, he has been moved out of the ICU and doctors are pleased with his progress,” read a statement from Watts, his fiancée Tilly Powell and their families. “We'd especially like to send an enormous thank you to the air ambulance crew, all the fantastic doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal London Hospital who have provided amazing care to Joe.”
Watts, whose stunt credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Game of Thrones and The Hitman's Bodyguard and its upcoming sequel, was working with the film's second unit when he fell off an elevated set about 20 feet off the ground, according to sources close to the production. He was airlifted to Royal London Hospital and placed in an induced coma. Production was halted for the day after the incident.
“We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes since Joe's accident whilst filming Fast & Furious 9,” today’s statement began.”We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from friends, family and the stunt community, as well as the Fast & Furious 9 cast, crew and Universal Pictures.”
The studio also released a statement.
“Universal Pictures and the filmmakers, talent and crew of Fast & Furious 9, are heartened that Joe is on the road to recovery with the support of his loved ones. Joe is a professional in every sense of the word and his commitment to his craft is inspiring to all of us. We know he'll continue to inspire us throughout his recovery. Everyone in the Fast family sends our heartfelt wishes and we will continue to support Joe and his family however we can.”
Fast & Furious 9 is the latest installment in the Universal franchise, Justin Lin has returned to direct the sequel, which also returns Vin Diesel along with The Fate of the Furious' Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, as well as franchise newcomer John Cena.
We thought the feud between Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was over. Maybe it's just beginning. Gibson, who plays Roman Pierce in the Fast & Furious franchise, wasn't thrilled when Johnson decided to go off and make Hobbs & Shaw, the first spin-off in the successful franchise, which delayed Fast and Furious 9. Now, Gibson has stoked the flames yet again, shading Johnson following the opening weekend of Hobbs & Shaw.
Over the weekend, Hobbs & Shaw posted a global opening just shy of $180 million, including $60 million domestic, which gave it the number one spot at the box office. However, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Tyrese Gibson stated, "180 million dollar global opening on Hobbs and Shaw is not a win." Gibson also ranted about Dwayne Johnson breaking up the "fast family" once again, which has been a point of contention for some time. Here's some of what Gibson had to say on Instagram before the posts were removed.
"I have to show my respects for one thing.... He tried........ Folks called me a hater.... Attacked me for speaking out.....Breaking up the family clearly doesn't have the value that one would assume it does. 'Hobbs & Shaw' Has Lowest 'Fast & Furious' Box Office Opening Since 'Tokyo Drift... You know what maybe just maybe... The Rock and the crew will come dance with us again for #Fast10 we can all hug it out and get back to giving the true fans who have supported this franchise for 20 years what they want........No hating I'm just pointing out the facts," Gibson, who played Roman Pearce in the longrunning franchise, continued. "#FastFamily has more value as the #FastFamily its ok."
The post was shared with an article that pointed out Hobbs & Shaw had the lowest opening for the franchise in some time. However, it's still, relatively speaking, looking like it will be a financial success. Spin-offs rarely do as well as core entries in a series. The main thing holding it back is its massive $200 million budget. That said, it's expected to perform very well overseas in the coming weeks and should still be a profitable endeavor for Universal Pictures.
While the original posts were deleted, Tyrese Gibson decided to share another post on Instagram that, as of this writing, is still up. It features a picture of the actor and seems to reference his earlier posts. Though, this time, he's choosing to focus on Fast and Furious 9, as opposed to trash talking.
"Just gonna sit here....... Leave my glasses on... Stay quiet and act like nothing ever happened.... Why..? Cause nothing did happen.... lol #Fast9 #FastFamily coming #2020 Justin Lin is back in the driver seat...... #MagicMagicMagic hate to say it... But I told you...."
Given the tension, not only with Tyrese Gibson, but the old Fast and Furious feud with Vin Diesel, it seems unlikely that Dwayne Johnson will return for Fast 10, at least not in any significant capacity. And, from the studio's perspective, if they can expand the franchise to include spin-offs, why wouldn't they do it? To date, the franchise has earned more than $5 billion worldwide and it's a true cash cow. It's just the nature of the business. This news comes to us via Page Six.
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