I’m fairly stoked to report that everyone’s favorite sidewalk surfer, Tony Hawk, will be the subject of a new feature documentary from filmmaker-photographer Sam Jones (I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes). The doc has yet to receive a title, though we know it will explore the life and career of the 53-year-old sky shredder.
“We have already shot everything for it, it’s just in the editing process,” Hawk tells Variety, adding that he was fully on-board for Jones’s vision. “I definitely wanted to give them as much footage and interview as possible.”
This marks the second time that Hawk and Jones have collaborated on a project after the skateboarder appeared on the first season of Off Camera with Sam Jones, an interview-style TV series.
Known throughout the skateboarding community as a genuine soul and master of his craft, Hawk is also the subject of Activision’s Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series. There have been 21 games in the franchise so far, with the latest, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2, having sold more than one million copies within its first month of release.
For the moment, Jones plans to release the documentary sometime this fall, with a wide release expected for 2022.
Your move Jason Momoa! The actor’s AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM co-star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, is set to return as Black Manta in the DCEU sequel and he has taken to Instagram to show that he’s in perfect shape for his return.
Abdul-Mateen plays David Kane, aka, Black Manta and he is the antagonist of 2018’s Aquaman. In that film, he and his father are pirates hired by Aquaman’s (Momoa) brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) to hijack a Russian submarine. When Aquaman attempts to stop them, a battle ensues and David’s father is killed in the process. This leads David to swear vengeance on Aquaman and thus Black Manta is born. Abdul-Mateen appears to be in fighting shape for his next round with Aquaman as you can see in his Instagram post below!
As you can see, the actor is back in the gym and there is a TON of weight on the bar beside him. The caption reads "BLACK MANTA Back Under Construction!" If this is under construction, I assume he still has gains to make which is insane because Abdul-Mateen already looks pretty jacked in the photo. After viewing the picture, I suddenly feel like I need to make multiple trips to the gym soon to feel better about myself.
Director James Wan is back at the helm of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom which sees the return of Momoa, Abdul-Mateen II, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, and Dolph Lundgren. Filming on the sequel began back in June and is set to arrive in theaters on December 16, 2022. The release date is similar to that of the first film which hit screens on December 21, 2018, and ultimately grossed a staggering $1.148 billion worldwide.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II can be seen next in Nia DaCosta’s Candyman sequel and the upcoming fourth installment of The Matrix. The actor is not only making gains at the gym but also in Hollywood where he has quickly become an actor to watch.
What do YOU hope to see from Yahya Abdul-Mateen II when he returns as Black Manta in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom?
It turns out that those waiting for Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs to return to the main Fast & Furious franchise shall go wanting. Johnson relayed the disappointing news in a recent interview, but now producer and president of production at Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions Hiram Garcia is backing up the news. Recently while speaking with Collider, Garcia confirmed that Johnson will not appear in Fast & Furious 10 or Fast & Furious 11.
Johnson made his Fast & Furious debut in arguably the franchise’s best film to date, Fast Five. Snarky, sweaty, and always ready to rumble, Johnson’s Luke Hobbs quickly became a fan-favorite character, especially when paired with Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw. Hobbs went on to appear in Furious 6, Furious 7, and Fate of the Furious. Eventually, Johnson and Statham starred in their own spinoff titled Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw. The buddy action-comedy grossed $760 million worldwide, despite being one of the most contentious films in the Fast saga.
With that kind of money being made, you’d think that a sequel would have been fast-tracked. However, it appears as if ideas are still being tossed around concerning how to bring the characters back for another adrenaline-filled adventure.
“At the moment we’re trying to figure out what that sequel is going to be, but we have some very big ideas,” Garcia tells Collider, adding that Johnson not participating in Fast 10 or Fast 11 will not keep him from starring in a Hobbs & Shaw sequel.
“After filming Fast 8 DJ made the clear decision to close the Fast & Furious chapter for all the evident reasons. He wished them all well and shifted our focus to other storytelling avenues. So while he will not be in F10 or F11, that won’t in any way interfere with our Hobbs plans. Obviously, all these characters exist in the Fast universe and we love to see all aspects of that universe thrive and succeed. We just have specific plans for what we want to do with the Hobbs character and I think the fans are going to love it! We’re working to deliver something very unique and fresh and we know the studio is eager for us to get into it ASAP!”
While it’s a shame that Johnson has no plans to return to the main Fast & Furious films, it’s comforting to know that Luke Hobbs will live to kick ass another day. I guess that it’ll be some time before we hear of any movement on Hobbs & Shaw 2, but at least the project isn’t dead, right? Where do you think Johnson and Statham’s Fast characters should go next? What could be the thing that brings them together for another round? Let’s hear your pitches in the comments section below.