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Vin Diesel attends the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 45th Chaplin Award Gala at Alice Tully Hall, in New York
2018 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Helen Mirren, New York, USA – 30 Apr 2018
by Anita Busch
Fast and Furious franchise star Vin Diesel will star in STX’s new action-comedy Muscle which will be produced by the actor and Samantha Vincent through their One Race Films. Also producing will be Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips who brought the project to STX which is looking to make the IP into a franchise. The storyline for the comedy is being kept under wraps but the writers are Scott Taylor and Wesley Jermaine Johnson.
“I’ve known Vin for more than a decade after working closely with him on the Fast and Furious franchise and I’m excited for him to return to this genre,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms in making the announcement. “Muscle is the perfect blend of action and comedy that his millions of devoted fans around the world have come to love him for, and we believe has the potential to become his next big, signature franchise.”
STXfilms’ Senior VP of production Drew Simon and Director of Development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the film’s production.
Not only has Diesel starred in and produced (this is Neal Moritz’s baby) the five highest-grossing films in the massively successful Fast franchise bu the also voices the character ‘Groot’ in both the Guardians of the Galaxy films and appears in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. He will begin shooting Sony’s Bloodshot this summer and then star in and produce xXx4.
Diesel is represented by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Taylor and Johnson are repped by manager Sheree Guitar Entertainment and law firm Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.
by Amanda N’Duka
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‘Shades of Blue’ TV Series Season 2 premiere, Arrivals, New York, USA – 01 Mar 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Dayo Okeniyi, best known for his role in The Hunger Games as well as NBC’s Shades of Blue, has been tapped as the lead in Emperor, a Civil War-era historical drama from Sobini Films. Former Lionsgate exec and Sobini founder Mark Amin is directing the pic.
Written by Amin and Pat Charles, the screenplay is inspired by the story of Shields Green who, in 1859, escaped from a plantation and made a daring journey north where he met Frederick Douglass and John Brown. With the opportunity to continue to freedom in Canada, Green instead chose to fight to end slavery. The raid at Harpers Ferry is considered one of the sparks that led to the Civil War.
Reginald Hudlin is producing the project via Hudlin Entertainment alongside Amin and Cami Winikoff for Sobini, while Tyler Boehm will serve executive producer. Filming is expected to commence in June in Savannah, Georgia. UTA is handling domestic sales.
Okeniyi will co-star in the third and final season of the Jennifer Lopez-Ray Liotta police drama Shades of Blue, which will begin June 17. Other film credits include The Spectacular Now and Terminator Genisys. Okeniyi is repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
Amin has produced a number of films including the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Don Cheadle and Good Kill with Ethan Hawke. His forthcoming slate includes Mary Shelley starring Elle Fanning, and the Justin Kelly-directed JT Leroy pic starring Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, and Diane Kruger. Amin is repped by UTA.