Justin Lin to ensure the new Magnum P.I. pilot has the fastest cars, most extreme facial hair imaginable

Ensuring that there’s nothing pedestrian or un-supercharged about CBS’s upcoming reboot of Magnum P.I., the network has announced that it’s tapped frequent Fast And Furious director Justin Lin to handle its already-ordered pilot for the upcoming series. This is according to Deadline, which reports that Lin—whose past…

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Ensuring that there’s nothing pedestrian or un-supercharged about CBS’s upcoming reboot of Magnum P.I., the network has announced that it’s tapped frequent Fast And Furious director Justin Lin to handle its already-ordered pilot for the upcoming series. This is according to Deadline, which reports that Lin—whose past…

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Justin Lin to Direct ‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot Pilot for CBS

Justin Lin has signed on to direct the pilot for a CBS reboot of the hit 80’s action adventure series “Magnum P.I.,” which is being written by Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, showrunners for the successful revival of “Hawaii Five-O.”

The revival will see Thomas Magnum, who was played in the original series by Tom Selleck, be reimagined as an ex-Navy SEAL returning from combat in Afghanistan and repurposing his military skills as a private investigator. Alongside him are fellow military vets Theodore “TC” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright and disavowed MI6 agent Juliet Higgins, with the latter character originally being a male former British major played by John Hillerman but being rewritten as a woman for the revival.

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Davis Entertainment, Universal TV and CBS TV are producing, with Lin and his partner Danielle Woodrow serving as executive producers through Perfect Storm Entertainment alongside Lenkov and Guggenhiem.

In addition to this pilot, Lin’s future projects include the next two installments of the “Fast & Furious” series, to be released in 2020 and 2021, and a dramatic adaptation of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”. Lin is repped by CAA and attorney Warren Dern at Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.

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Justin Lin has signed on to direct the pilot for a CBS reboot of the hit 80’s action adventure series “Magnum P.I.,” which is being written by Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, showrunners for the successful revival of “Hawaii Five-O.”

The revival will see Thomas Magnum, who was played in the original series by Tom Selleck, be reimagined as an ex-Navy SEAL returning from combat in Afghanistan and repurposing his military skills as a private investigator. Alongside him are fellow military vets Theodore “TC” Calvin and Orville “Rick” Wright and disavowed MI6 agent Juliet Higgins, with the latter character originally being a male former British major played by John Hillerman but being rewritten as a woman for the revival.

Davis Entertainment, Universal TV and CBS TV are producing, with Lin and his partner Danielle Woodrow serving as executive producers through Perfect Storm Entertainment alongside Lenkov and Guggenhiem.

In addition to this pilot, Lin’s future projects include the next two installments of the “Fast & Furious” series, to be released in 2020 and 2021, and a dramatic adaptation of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”. Lin is repped by CAA and attorney Warren Dern at Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.

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‘Magnum P.I’: Justin Lin To Direct CBS Pilot Reboot

Fast & the Furious’ Justin Lin will direct CBSMagnum P.I. pilot from Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-O), Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist) and CBS TV Studios.
Lin and Danielle Woodrow also will executive produce via Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment.
Co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim, the reboot of the classic 1980s Tom Selleck series will feature the same central quartet of characters as the original but, instead…

Fast & the Furious’ Justin Lin will direct CBSMagnum P.I. pilot from Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-O), Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist) and CBS TV Studios. Lin and Danielle Woodrow also will executive produce via Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment. Co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/co-showrunner Eric Guggenheim, the reboot of the classic 1980s Tom Selleck series will feature the same central quartet of characters as the original but, instead…

Watch Sundance Director’s Panel with Taika Waititi, Justin Lin, and Catherine Hardwicke: Live Stream Online

Day nine of the festival is officially underway with “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood.”

Three directors who have had a film surpass $340 million at the worldwide box office will today revisit how Sundance launched their careers. “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood,” will bring together Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarock”), Justin Lin (“Star Trek: Beyond”), and Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) to discuss the challenges of adjusting to the studio system.

Waititi, a New Zealander, has premiered four pictures in Park City: “Eagle vs Shark” (2007), “Boy” (2010), “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”(2016), and “What We Do in the Shadows” (2014), which is now being adapted for television. Taiwan-born Lin — a veteran of four “The Fast and the Furious” sequels (with more to come) — has attended the festival as a buyer and seller: his features “Better Luck Tomorrow” (2002) and “Finishing the Game” (2007) both debuted at Sundance, along with his short “La Revolución de Iguodala!” (2007). In 2014, he also acquired the rights to the documentary “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” with plans to make a narrative account. Hardwicke’s first film, “Thirteen” (2003), earned the Texan Sundance’s directing prize for drama.

Additional Hollywood directing powerhouses that got their starts at Sundance include Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”), Rian Johnson (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon”) and Oscar-winner Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time”).

During the 2018 festival’s opening day press conference last week, the Sundance Institute’s founder and president, Robert Redford, told IndieWire that he had no qualms about directors quickly transitioning from helming indies to blockbusters. “It’s their choice, as long as they have a choice,” he said. “The idea in starting Sundance [was] we didn’t want to disparage the major film business, because it’s a valuable business, and it’s a great camping ground for filmmakers to go to…Basically it was just extending the business, not taking something away, or criticizing something that was already there.” 

“Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood” will be moderated by KPCC radio host John Horn and streamed live on Sundance.org, the Sundance Institute’s YouTube channel, and below. 

Additional reporting by Eric Kohn.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi Heading to 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Catherine Hardwicke and Taika Waititi are heading to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to discuss their work and the power of media, it was announced Thursday.

DuVernay, Patrick Gaspard, Rae, Megan Smith and Christine Vachon will speak on a panel titled “Power of Story: Culture Shift” to talk about their work as well as the role of creative choices in our ever-shifting culture. The conversation will be led by Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison on Jan. 19.

Hardwicke, Waititi and Justin Lin will talk about the advantages and challenges of moving from independent filmmaking to big-budget studio films with moderator John Horn on Jan. 26, on a panel titled “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood.”

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Other noteworthy conversations at the festival include talks between will.i.am and Kevin Smith; Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant; Justice Ginsberg and Nina Totenberg; Ira Glass and Miranda July; and Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett.

Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh will also take part in conversations at the festival.

A Celebration of Music and Film will present an evening with Joan Jett who will take the stage with The Blackhearts on Jan. 20, in celebration of the premiere of the documentary “Bad Reputation.” Other live music at the festival will include performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr. Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska and Striking Matches.

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The Sundance Film Festival will take place from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Catherine Hardwicke and Taika Waititi are heading to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to discuss their work and the power of media, it was announced Thursday.

DuVernay, Patrick Gaspard, Rae, Megan Smith and Christine Vachon will speak on a panel titled “Power of Story: Culture Shift” to talk about their work as well as the role of creative choices in our ever-shifting culture. The conversation will be led by Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison on Jan. 19.

Hardwicke, Waititi and Justin Lin will talk about the advantages and challenges of moving from independent filmmaking to big-budget studio films with moderator John Horn on Jan. 26, on a panel titled “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood.”

Other noteworthy conversations at the festival include talks between will.i.am and Kevin Smith; Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant; Justice Ginsberg and Nina Totenberg; Ira Glass and Miranda July; and Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett.

Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh will also take part in conversations at the festival.

A Celebration of Music and Film will present an evening with Joan Jett who will take the stage with The Blackhearts on Jan. 20, in celebration of the premiere of the documentary “Bad Reputation.” Other live music at the festival will include performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr. Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska and Striking Matches.

The Sundance Film Festival will take place from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

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Justin Lin to Return for Next Two ‘Fast & Furious’ Films, Says Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel, in a surprise Facebook livestream, announced on Wednesday afternoon that director Justin Lin would be returning for the next two installments of the “Fast & Furious” series. Lin, who Diesel referred to as a “forefather of ‘Fast,’” an “architect” of the series’ mythology, and “the one responsible for resurrecting this beautiful saga,” has […]

Vin Diesel, in a surprise Facebook livestream, announced on Wednesday afternoon that director Justin Lin would be returning for the next two installments of the “Fast & Furious” series. Lin, who Diesel referred to as a “forefather of ‘Fast,'” an “architect” of the series’ mythology, and “the one responsible for resurrecting this beautiful saga,” has […]

Justin Lin and Jordana Brewster to Return to ‘Fast & Furious,’ Vin Diesel Announces

Vin Diesel blew “Fast & Furious” fans away with a surprise announcement on Facebook Live on Wednesday, revealing that longtime “F&F” director Justin Lin will be returning in some capacity for the next two installments in the high-octane series.

And that’s not all, Jordana Brewster, a.k.a. Mia Toretto, is also returning to the series. Mia was last seen in “Furious 7,” retiring from the Toretto family business to start a family with Brian O’Conner, played by the late Paul Walker. Now it seems that Mia is going to be getting behind the wheel again to help her brother Dom out once again.

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“You wanted 9 and 10 to be incredible. We’ve heard your concerns about the saga and where it needs to arrive in its final chapters,” Diesel told fans with a grin. Then came the appearance first of Lin, then Brewster. Check out Diesel’s announcement in the video below.

Universal declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

Though it wasn’t said precisely what he’ll be doing, Lin directed four “F&F” films starting with “Tokyo Drift” in 2006 and continuing through “Fast & Furious 6” in 2013. He is one of the major creative forces behind the franchise’s transformation into a globetrotting, stunt-heavy, billion-dollar action franchise, a milestone that was achieved with “Fast Five” in 2011.

Diesel’s surprise came after Universal announced that “Fast & Furious 9” would be pushed down to 2020, leaving 2019 open for a spin-off film starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as recent “F&F” additions Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. While Diesel’s castmate, Tyrese Gibson, ripped Johnson for making the film series “”all about YOU,” Diesel called for fans to show patience and to not point fingers at anyone for the delay.

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“Like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance,” Diesel wrote in an Instagram post. “My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon.”

It looks like that news has arrived with the return of Lin and Brewster.

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Vin Diesel blew “Fast & Furious” fans away with a surprise announcement on Facebook Live on Wednesday, revealing that longtime “F&F” director Justin Lin will be returning in some capacity for the next two installments in the high-octane series.

And that’s not all, Jordana Brewster, a.k.a. Mia Toretto, is also returning to the series. Mia was last seen in “Furious 7,” retiring from the Toretto family business to start a family with Brian O’Conner, played by the late Paul Walker. Now it seems that Mia is going to be getting behind the wheel again to help her brother Dom out once again.

“You wanted 9 and 10 to be incredible. We’ve heard your concerns about the saga and where it needs to arrive in its final chapters,” Diesel told fans with a grin. Then came the appearance first of Lin, then Brewster. Check out Diesel’s announcement in the video below.

Universal declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

Though it wasn’t said precisely what he’ll be doing, Lin directed four “F&F” films starting with “Tokyo Drift” in 2006 and continuing through “Fast & Furious 6” in 2013. He is one of the major creative forces behind the franchise’s transformation into a globetrotting, stunt-heavy, billion-dollar action franchise, a milestone that was achieved with “Fast Five” in 2011.

Diesel’s surprise came after Universal announced that “Fast & Furious 9” would be pushed down to 2020, leaving 2019 open for a spin-off film starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as recent “F&F” additions Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. While Diesel’s castmate, Tyrese Gibson, ripped Johnson for making the film series “”all about YOU,” Diesel called for fans to show patience and to not point fingers at anyone for the delay.

“Like any vehicle that has run around the globe 8 times, the franchise is in need of maintenance,” Diesel wrote in an Instagram post. “My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon.”

It looks like that news has arrived with the return of Lin and Brewster.

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