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Justin Lin to direct drama pilot “Scorpion”

CBS has given a pilot order to Scorpion, a drama from Nick Santora, Justin Lin, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. The project, which had a put pilot commitment, was written by Breakout Kings co-creator Santora and will be directed by Fast & Furious’ Lin, with CBS TV Studios producing. It centers on an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age.

Scorpion was inspired by the true story of Walter O’Brien (hacker name “Scorpion”), CEO of global think tank Scorpion Computer Services. A man with one of the world’s highest documented IQs (1 in 1.5B people), O’Brien became a real-life Professor X and recruited and trained other geniuses from around the world to work together to save lives and solve problems from casino security to Military Drone warfare. Executive producing Scorpion are Santora, Lin, O’Brien, K/O Paper Products’ Kurtzman, Orci and Heather Kadin and SB Prods.’ Scooter Braun, with SB’s Danny Rose and Danielle Woodrow of Lin’s Perfect Storm Entertainment co-exec producing, and SB’s Scott Manson and Perfect Storm’s Troy Craig Poon producing.

This is a second pilot order this season for CBS TV Studios-based K/O, along with terrorism drama Identity at the CW.

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Sung Kang named to cast of new Fox series

Actor Sung Kang of Better Luck Tomorrow and Fast & Furious fame has been named to the cast of the new Fox series Gang Related, reports Hit Fix.

According to Fox, Gang Related is a gritty new action drama starring Ramon Rodriguez as detective Ryan Lopez, the head of Los Angeles’ elite gang task force.

Sung Kang plays Tae Kim, a member of that elite team. The show will debut after the first part of the season finale of American Idol on May 20.

Chris Morgan who wrote Fast Five is also a driving force behind Gang Related.

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‘Fast & Furious’ Releases A Tribute Video to Paul Walker

Universal Studios has released a touching montage video for Paul Walker filled with scenes and clips of the Fast & Furious actor who died this past weekend in an unfortunate car accident.

A coinciding message from the family was released with the video:

Paul Walker’s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/.

Production for Fast & Furious 7 has indefinitely been put on hold.

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Director Justin Lin on Paul Walker: A Fast Friend

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TIME Magazine: The “Fast & Furious” vet shares his memories of the late actor

We were 48 hours from production on Fast & Furious and $3 million over budget. Paul showed up on set the first day, and we huddled in my trailer as I walked him through a new chase scene. He smiled and said, “Cool,” and off we went. He ran nonstop for three days. At times, I knew he was beyond tired, but he knew how important it was to set the right tone from the start. That’s when I knew I had a true partner in Paul.

During the press tour for Fast & Furious, we were outside a club in Moscow during a dreadful winter. Paul and I decided to do jumping jacks to keep warm. That’s the thing with Paul — he would never let his friend go do some goofy move alone. He was always there, no matter what. It wasn’t long before everyone joined us outside the club, doing jumping jacks in the snow.

We were back from the rainy U.K. to shoot the final scenes for Fast 6, and we brought the rain back with us. We fought the weather for three days trying to get the perfect finish. With 20 minutes to go, we had to shoot the all-important barbecue scene. I knew this was going to be the last scene I’d shoot in the Fast franchise and wanted it to be special. I pushed the crew and cast so hard, and we barely got it in the can. As we ran out of light on the last shot, I threw my headphones down in frustration and walked off to collect myself. I was beyond spent. Next thing I knew, there were two arms hugging me. It was Paul. He said, “Thank you” and walked off. That was the last moment I had with Paul on set, and it’s what Paul was all about.

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Justin Lin tapped to direct the next film (#5) in Bourne franchise

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Universal Pictures has tapped the director of one of the studio’s most lucrative and successful franchises to take on the fifth installment of The Bourne Identity franchise. Justin Lin will direct the sequel to the Tony Gilroy-directed The Bourne Legacy, the pic that kicked off storyline of Aaron Cross, the character played by Jeremy Renner. Renner is set to return as Cross in a story hatched by ‘Invictus’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ scribe Anthony Peckham. Frank Marshall and Captivate Entertainment’s Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner are also back as producers, and Lin also will produce through his Perfect Storm banner.

We’re hearing a summer 2015 release is being eyed for this one, though the studio is saying it doesn’t know when it will open. Universal chairman Donna Langley, co-president of production Peter Cramer, and VP Production Anikah McLaren will oversee the project for the studio.

Bourne Legacy, released in 2012, grossed $276 million worldwide. Lin has plenty of fans at Universal, where he came aboard a flagging Fast & Furious franchise and put it back on the fast track: the last three installments have grossed $1B collectively. He was key to making it probably the studio’s most valuable franchise — especially overseas and among younger fans.

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Justin Lin/YOMYOMF post Fast and Furious Previz footage

Fan of Justin Lin, and his Fast & Furious movie franchise? Here’s a cool behind-the-scenes video put out by Lin on his YOMYOMF site, presented in celebration of YouTube’s Geek Week.

Justin Lin pays tribute to the previz artists from the last four Fast films. “Previz” is an abbreviation for Pre-visualization (also known as pre-rendering, preview or wireframe windows), a function to visualize complex scenes in a movie before filming through computer rendering and storyboarding.