Please read this article with a grain of salt. The concentration of cool is so high, though, that it’s worth reporting in case it turns out. We know the next film in the Fast and Furious series (let’s call it Fast 6) will be director Justin Lin’s next project, and he’s already made headway with a pre-vised 12-minute final sequence. Universal must like what they see, because the studio is reportedly ready to double down on their most reliable franchise. Twitch hears Universal is looking into shooting Fast 6 and Fast 7 back to back in Europe in 2012. Cool news in itself, but there’s more. After the jump.
When the series ventured to Rio for Fast Five, action superstar Dwayne Johnson came aboard. If the pattern holds for the hypothetically European sequel(s), one name comes to mind: Jason Statham. Twitch says Universal is in preliminary talks with Statham to join one or both sequels. Sounds like a terrific idea to this writer, though Statham’s involvement is, of course, “far from a sure thing.”
Still, this is a lot to chew on for now. We’ll stay on top of development—in the meantime, please tentatively dream of Statham, Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker (I guess), and the rest of the gang speeding through the streets of London*. Hit the jump for the quote from Lin as he looks forward to more Fast.
From this article:
“My whole thing is about respecting the audience and respecting the evolution of these characters—and they’ve grown and now the family is back together. And in many ways, some of the big pieces of Fast Six have already been discussed: I already have a 12-minute sequence done. I did it just as an exercise. I had it done before we were finished with Fast Five, actually. So I wanted to do that just to have it there and to be honest with you, I didn’t know if I was going to do a Fast Six. I didn’t know if people were going to embrace Fast Five and we were going to have an opportunity. But I felt like I really wanted to make sure that the last scene, which I had talked to Vin about countless times—I wanted to make sure that was done. So actually I boarded it, I pre-vised it, and I cut it. So it’s funny, when we were in Atlanta shooting it, I already had the end sequence to Fast Six done. And that was what I wanted to work towards.”
Fast Six is scheduled for release on May 24, 2013.
*The over/under for jokes about driving on the wrong side of the road is currently set at 3.5. I have the over.