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Wheelman Movie Hits the Road

Vin Diesel set to star in a movie based on a video game starring... Vin Diesel.

Like this, but fleshier.
You know, after the miserable and 100% deserved failure of The Chronicles of Riddick, and the continued downward spiral of The Pacifier and Babylon A.D., I was pretty sure Vin Diesel's time in the spotlight was done. It seemed like he was transitioning smoothly into the second phase of his Jean-Claude Van Damme/Stephen Seagal-style career around the time that Midway first announced that Wheelman was being developed as both a movie and a video game simultaneously, a venture that I figured would go the same way as the aborted Spy Hunter movie that was going to star The Rock. The game got released, complete with a digital Dwayne Johnson, but the movie never got past the teaser poster

Then, last month, Vin somehow pulled the hat-trick with Fast and Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, and Wheelman, three properties that performed well enough to put him back in the good graces of people who like gruff, stoic one-liners and mindless entertainment in general. Now Variety is reporting that Paramount is ramping up production of The Wheelman the movie, with John Singleton, a director best known for his work on Boyz n the Hood and, uh, 2 Fast 2 Furious, attached to direct. 

So you've got the star of The Fast and the Furious, the director of its sequel, and a premise that basically sounds like The Fast and the Furious Gaiden. Sounds like a winner to me!
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Posted by Ryan
Like this, but fleshier.
You know, after the miserable and 100% deserved failure of The Chronicles of Riddick, and the continued downward spiral of The Pacifier and Babylon A.D., I was pretty sure Vin Diesel's time in the spotlight was done. It seemed like he was transitioning smoothly into the second phase of his Jean-Claude Van Damme/Stephen Seagal-style career around the time that Midway first announced that Wheelman was being developed as both a movie and a video game simultaneously, a venture that I figured would go the same way as the aborted Spy Hunter movie that was going to star The Rock. The game got released, complete with a digital Dwayne Johnson, but the movie never got past the teaser poster

Then, last month, Vin somehow pulled the hat-trick with Fast and Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, and Wheelman, three properties that performed well enough to put him back in the good graces of people who like gruff, stoic one-liners and mindless entertainment in general. Now Variety is reporting that Paramount is ramping up production of The Wheelman the movie, with John Singleton, a director best known for his work on Boyz n the Hood and, uh, 2 Fast 2 Furious, attached to direct. 

So you've got the star of The Fast and the Furious, the director of its sequel, and a premise that basically sounds like The Fast and the Furious Gaiden. Sounds like a winner to me!
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Posted by Scooper

So who's playing the role of the Wheelman in this movie.

Posted by Vinchenzo

Lol.

Posted by Chaser324

I look forward to seeing some air-jacking on the silver screen.

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Posted by RedSox8933

My first thought that the game was based on the movie, weird.

Posted by Kou_Leifoh

There better be some air-jacking scenes.

Posted by giyanks22

Vin Deisel's Best performance, though short, was in Saving Private Ryan..

Posted by AniMoney

At least its not the guy who directed Tokyo Drift.

Posted by Systech

What is the point? Really.

Posted by TheKidNixon
giyanks22 said:
"Vin Deisel's Best performance, though short, was in Saving Private Ryan.."
Did you ever see Find Me Guilty? Great flick, and Vin is surprisingly good in it. In fact, Vin isn't that bad of an actor. He's just kinda...dull as an action hero.
Posted by PureRok

Wait... Babylon A.D. a bad movie? That's news to me. I really liked it.

Posted by TheKidNixon
PureRok said:
"Wait... Babylon A.D. a bad movie? That's news to me. I really liked it."
I never saw it, but I know the director basically comepletely disowned it and talked crap about it whenever someone was willing to give him their ear.
Posted by Fr0Br0

I heart Vin Diesel (no homo). He's the one guy in Hollywood I would love to meet and hangout with. And since I kind of look like him, I'm going to be Riddick for next Halloween.

Posted by theMcNasty

Wait... so the movie hasn't even been FILMED yet?  Why release the game so early?

They should've used that downtime like the Dark Athena folk.  Polish. Polish. Polish.

Posted by RetroIce4

WHHHHAATTTT?!?!? Lol... prepare for fail. Well he wasn't terrible in fast and furious (4).

Posted by AsKo25

Vin Diesel wrote and directed an awesome short film called Multi-Facial, this is what got Spielberg interested in him and how he got a part in Saving Private Ryan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXAPWSybacg

That's a short clip from the 20 minute film. The whole thing is on YouTube, but if you wanna just get a preview, check this out. It's a good monologue.

Posted by Maxszy

Oh man, this is going to be awesome. Probably in a horrible way, but it will be great!

But Vinny D is awesome! And everything he touches TURNS TO GOLD!

Posted by Cerza

While I never saw Boyz n the Hood, I liked 2 Fast 2 Furious. It wasn't as good as it's predecessor, but it was fun movie none the less. Here's to hoping that this will be an equally solid flick and better than the mediocre game it's based on. Cheers.

Posted by teh_destroyer
Chaser324 said:
"I look forward to seeing some air-jacking on the silver screen."
and watching cops get up and walk away after being thrown out of a car after the car itself exploded.
Posted by Ozeki

For Jean-Claude Van Damme haters out there, I propose you watch JCVD (no really that the name of the movie).

The storyline is basically real-life Jean-Claude Van Damme is in Belgium basically going back home when he is mixed-up in a bank robbery for which he is blamed.

Its likes Being John Malkovich, although with more drama (being JCVD pas marital problems, acting problem, drug uses, etc.).

Posted by DukeEdwardI

Aw, I kinda liked Chronicles of Riddick.  It still wasn't nearly as awesome as Pitch Black though.

Posted by FiestaUnicorn

They should call it "Vin Diesel: The Game: The Movie"

Posted by daniel_beck_90
Well I think Ryan's remark regarding Vin Diesel was a bit over the top . Babylon A.D and The Chronicles of Riddick were both great movies .  Vin may not be very good when it comes to game production but the fact that Ryan does not like the guy is not indicative of Vin Diesel's incompetence . After all he is one of the very few Hollywood stars who take video games seriously . Wheelman was not a successful game but the movie may turn out to be awesome !!!  
Posted by slantedwindows

i look forward to ryan davis' new series entitled this ain't no movie - TANM!

Posted by MasterChief360

Babylon A.D. has a sudden-stop ending which I really doesn't like, but the action scene on New York is pretty intense which I really like. Fast and Furious is a true return of Vin Diesel and the movie franchise. I hope the movie version of The Wheelman gonna be decent. Making it live up to the excellent xXx from Rob Cohen is quite a hard task.

Posted by LiveOrDie1212

sweet. i'll download it when it comes out.

Posted by Media_Master

No thanks

Posted by BatmanLives

Vin Diesel is just one of those actors that you should hate but can't bring yourself about doing so. His movies are entertaining but nothing great, lets hope he delivers it with Wheelman.

Posted by Jimbo

He was good in Boiler Room too.  I think he's an underrated actor that is usually limited (and somewhat unfairly judged) by the shitty roles he ends up with.

Edited by Azteck

Only reason for me to see this movie = jumping across a freeway to jack a car.

Posted by natetodamax

Meh

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