Who knew that back in 2001, The Fast and the Furious would become one of Hollywood’s biggest and longest running film franchises. The sequel aptly titled 2 Fast 2 Furious didn’t see the return of beloved star, Vin Diesel but brought on some fresh new faces to keep it interesting. Then, what should have been the end of the franchise was it’s third crack at a sequel, subtitled Tokyo Drift. However, three years later, the films were once again resurrected on schedule being tackled by director Justin Lin. He totally revived my faith in the series with Fast & Furious and the latest film Fast Five.
Now, he’s taking the helm once again to direct the sixth instalment of the franchise and this time, it’s being split into two films with one story. Actor Vin Diesel spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and said, “with the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space.” According to Diesel, screenwriter Chris Morgan is currently working on the scripts for the films which are rumored to be titled Fast Six and Fast Seven.
Universal is currently franchise-starved. With the loss of the Harry Potter series coming to theaters, the studio is looking for another way to boost ticket sales. They are trying to milk even more profits out of the Bourne series but what else have they got left? While I am a major fan of the Fast and the Furious franchise, I wonder if making two movies back-to-back like this will cause the series to suffer. Currently, the studio has released one movie every two to three years giving us just enough time to remember why we love them so much. You know the saying, you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.
What do you think of the idea of a two-film Fast and the Furious arc? Genius or most likely the franchise’s kryptonite? I’d love to hear your opinion so sound off below.