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Upon its release last summer, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw made $759 million worldwide on a reported budget of around $200 million. Those kinds of numbers usually mean that a sequel won’t be too far behind, and now star Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that Hobbs and Shaw 2 is officially in development. Flex so hard that your cast explodes and read his comment below.
Yesterday, Johnson hosted a Q&A on his Instagram Live, and the topic of a Hobbs and Shaw sequel came up. “We are developing now the next film, the next [Hobbs & Shaw] movie, and I’m pretty excited about it…Just gotta figure out the creative right now, and the direction we’re going to go,” he said h/t Collider.
I don’t think anyone actually expected Universal to only make one Hobbs and Shaw film, especially since the first movie was pretty blatant about laying the groundwork for additional stories for those characters. Plus, the main Fast & Furious “Saga” only has two films left before it crosses the final finish line. This year’s F9 was bumped to 2021 due to COVID-19, and it’s currently unclear exactly when Fast 10 will be released. So while “yep, we’re making a sequel to a movie that everyone thought would get a sequel” may not be the most exciting news, I’m choosing to read his comments as a subtle admission that the first Hobbs and Shaw wasn’t as good as it could have been, and an announcement that they’re looking to raise the bar in the sequel – possibly by bringing new blood in on the creative side.
Hobbs and Shaw should have been a home run, but it traded the heart of the Fast and Furious movies for criminally unfunny banter between Johnson and Jason Statham. Sure, it had a few solid action moments, and Ryan Reynolds who’s reuniting with Johnson for the Netflix action film Red Notice may prove to be an entertaining third wheel in a follow-up if his character has a larger role to play. But nearly eight months after Hobbs and Shaw‘s release, my biggest memory of the movie is the disappointment I felt when watching it. Hopefully a re-energized or completely different creative team can course-correct in a sequel, answering the big question left by the first movie’s ending who is running Eteon? and bringing in some electrifying actors to face off against the muscle-bound heroes.
Kevin Hart has found his next comedy. The Jumanji: The Next Level star is attached to star in a yet-untitled action-comedy from Broad City alums Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. The film is being developed by Universal Pictures, with Aniello and Downs set to pen the script as well as executive produce.
Variety reports that Kevin Hart is attached to star in an untitled action-comedy under Universal Pictures. The film is based on an original idea from Broad City‘s Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, while Malcolm D. Lee is on board to direct. The film will reunite Hart with Lee, who directed the star in 2018’s Night School. Hart is also producing the film through his Hartbeat Productions banner, alongside Lee through Blacmaled Productions, and Will Packer and James Lopez through Will Packer Productions.
The entire project is a series of reunions for Hart, who also worked with Packer on the 2014 hit Ride Along and the Think Like a Man TV series.
Other than the people involved, there are no other details on this film, which makes it a little hard to get excited for. A Hart comedy isn’t always a success, though the films are usually commercial successes based on the star’s strong box office draw among black audiences. What’s interesting here is the involvement of Aniello and Downs, who executive produced Broad City, with Aniello directing and writing episodes of the Comedy Central hit, and Downs writing and co-starring in the series. Most projects from any Broad City alum are cause for excitement, and could inject some fresh comedy into the formula that Hart tends to fall back on.
And while Night School wasn’t a major critical success, though the 2018 film ended up being the highest-grossing domestic comedy that year, Lee still has the goodwill behind Girls Trip behind him — the 2017 film became a minor comedy phenomenon and launched Tiffany Haddish to stardom. Perhaps second time’s a charm for him and Hart’s team-up.
As of yesterday, only four wide-release movies were scheduled to come out between the beginning of April and end of June, due to the coronavirus pandemic: Artemis Fowl, Candyman, Soul, and The King of Staten Island. As of today, that number is down to three. Universal Pictures has pushed the release date of Candyman, the Nia DaCosta-directed, Jordan Peele-produced “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror movie of the same name, from June 12 to September 25. At least it’ll still be in theaters for Halloween?
Other Universal titles to be shuffled around the schedule include Minions: The Rise of Gru July 2, 2021, Sing 2 December 22, 2021, Wicked TBD, and Praise This, about youth choir competitions, which had the September 25 slot. It’s now undated.
Assuming Candyman — which stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams, and Tony Todd — does actually come out on September 25, it will face competition from the likes of fellow horror movies A Quiet Place Part II September 4 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It September 11, as well as Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark, and Edgar Wright’s “well-directed acid trip” Last Night in Soho, all of which also come out September 25. Stacked day.
Let’s hope it stays that way.
I have a confession: Jordan Peele's Candyman is actually moving to September because Nia DaCosta just bought Skyrim. https://t.co/2WLNNcnoPh
— Nia DaCosta @NiaDaCosta April 3, 2020Via Hollywood Reporter
HBO is reportedly going to begin paying cast members on shows that have had their production impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Deadline reported that HBO has agreed to a payment schedule that will include giving actors 25 percent of their pay now, 25 percent when production on their shows was supposed to start, and the remaining 50 percent when filming commences. The publication provided no indication that below the line employees or other workers would receive payments.
An HBO spokesperson did not return a request for comment.
The HBO news came one week after Netflix made headlines for beginning to minimum guarantees to cast members on its shows that have been impacted by coronavirus-related production shutdowns. Like Netflix, HBO parent company WarnerMedia is pledging $100 million in relief to workers affected by production shutdowns.
The Deadline report also noted that other studios are still pondering their options, with some of their labor executives arguing that the production delays are essentially hiatuses, therefore meaning that actors should not be paid. The publication noted that the SAG-AFTRA union reportedly does not agree with the hiatus arguments and may threaten to file grievances if the issue is not resolved.
It is unclear if actors on the following programs will be paid by HBO, but HBO series that have had their production impacted by the coronavirus include “Succession,” “Barry,” “The Righteous Gemstones,” and “Euphoria.”
While the coronavirus has caused significant disruptions across the entertainment industries, streaming services and other television platforms are reportedly enjoying considerable spikes in popularity as more consumers hole up indoors. WarnerMedia recently announced that HBO Now has enjoyed a surge in popularity and the company also said that overall television viewing across the industry has grown by 20 percent recently. WarnerMedia is still expected to release its upcoming HBO Max streaming service in May.
There are several organizations and programs offering financial aid to entertainment industry employees whose livelihoods have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
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