The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (04.21.17)

f8Fast and the Furious Spinoff on the Table at Universal, but What Does it Mean for Vin Diesel?

Universal is making moves without Diesel, who is probably upset about this given how well the new film has performed, but can you really blame the studio for wanting to shake things up?

marvelMarvel Makes a Big Directing Decision, But Was it the Right One?

Since the inception of the Cinematic Universe, Marvel has been hiring character-driven directors to ensure that its films are lead by its characters and not its plot. This trend was continued as Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck signed on to co-direct Captain Marvel. Neil Turitz evaluates Marvel’s decision in contrast with previous ones along with comparing this hire to many of DC’s hires.

heat meterStudios to Spend Weekend Reading Hot Genre Spec Afraid from Red Eye, Red Widow Writers

Described as The Purge meets The Bourne Identity, the story follows four criminal soldiers whose killing skills have been enhanced by horrifying experiments. When they escape to a small Wisconsin town and begin a campaign of terror, only a former Army medic, his tough high school sweetheart and a weathered local sheriff stand in the way of these brutal killers.

More News From Around The Web

  • Ang Lee is in talk to helm Gemini Man, the high-concept thriller that has been in development at Disney for twenty years. The story centers on an aging assassin who tries to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years young than him. (Hollywood Reporter)

  • Mike Colter of Luke Cage has booked a role opposite Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan in the sci-fi thriller Extinction. Arrival scribe Eric Heisserer is penning the script with Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane. (Variety)

  • Supergirl star Melissa Benoist is teaming up with Julia Garner to co-star in Waco on the Paramount Network. The pair join the previously cast Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch. (Deadline)

  • Bryan Singer is in the works with Blackpills on the futuristic thriller series August One. The project is created by John Cabrera and is set in a world in which the Roman Empire never collapsed. (Tubefilter)

  • Freeform has given fantasy drama Shadowhunters a third season renewal ahead of its season two premiere on June 5. The news came via the cast today on Faebook Live. (Deadline)

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