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When can we expect the sixth film in the 'Fast & Furious' franchise?

May 10, 2011 | 12:57 pm

Fast Almost immediately after "Fast Five" posted the biggest opening weekend at the box office of any film this year, the obvious question in Hollywood became: "So, how soon can we expect a sixth movie?"

As it turns out, the answer depends on which player involved in the franchise featuring souped-up cars  you ask. But the financial incentives are high. Consider that "Fast Five" has already raked in $140 million in North America in just over two weeks and is a blockbuster overseas, where it could hit the $200-million mark within days. (For more thoughts on why the "Fast" movies are so successful, check out this Monday Calendar story.)

Not surprisingly, Universal Pictures -- which has fewer big franchises than most other studios -- seems ready to churn out another "Fast" movie. Studio Chairman Adam Fogelson said "everyone involved in the franchise is proud not only of the business result, but of the product on screen, and everyone involved wants to do it again."

And Neal Moritz, who has produced all five "Fast" films, said he would "be surprised if we didn't do" another film. He added that after changing genres from underground car-racing to heist in the fifth installment, the sixth film would probably move on to another genre, which he declined to identify, and would hit theaters in April 2013.

One person less certain about his future involvement in the franchise, however, is director Justin Lin, who has helmed the last three "Fast" movies. Before signing on to direct "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" in 2003, Lin was best known as an indie director whose film "Better Luck Tomorrow" was well-received at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

Speaking from Taipei, Taiwan, after "Fast Five" premiered there last week, Lin said he had yet to decide whether he would return for another film, or move back to the world of independent filmmaking.

“I’m going to head back to L.A. in two days, and I have six projects sitting in front of me, from huge tentpole movies to smaller things,” he said. “I want to see another [‘Fast’ film]. I want the journey to continue. But I take it very seriously. And I would have to ask a big question: ‘Why would we make another one? What would it be?’ If neither of those things are answered, I shouldn’t be a part of it. I have to be excited, because you get up at 4 in the morning and there’s a lot to accomplish.”

Paul Walker, who has starred in four of the five "Fast" movies, said he would return for a sixth film only if Lin was on board. Actor Vin Diesel, on the other hand, seemed eager to begin production on a new chapter in the franchise.

"I didn't start production on 'Fast Five' until the studio proved they had the treatment for a sixth film," said Diesel, who now serves as a producer on the films as well. "When I returned to the franchise for the fourth film, I envisioned a trilogy following."

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-- Amy Kaufman

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Photo: Paul Walker, left, and Vin Diesel star in "Fast Five." Credit: Universal Pictures


 
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They're definitely coming out with another one...did you see the bombshell they left everyone with after the previews? Lettie is alive! Hopefully they'll be able to keep the same cast as Fast Five but include Michelle Rodriguez and Eva Mendes.

Hello I'm jerry I think another fast & furious movie will be awsome this fast 5 was the best i've seen the story was great, fight seen with dwane johnson & vin was awsome, from begining to end the movie was a great hit and at the end after the credits when they showed letty! wow! i definitly want to know what happens then I think alot of people will agree on this.

wonderful

You know! In this film you are telling the people that Crime pays, One of the Bad guys get a beautiful lady plus Million of Dollars, the same to the other. Sure citizens Crime pays, God Bless us.

I didn't know there was a #3 or #4. I'm sure #5 and a possible #6 will be just as irrelevant.

Hey I watch the FastFive this past weekend and its worth going to see. It's a must see mov full of energy and thrills. Unbelievable ending! The best cast put together since the Oceans Eleven cast.I am looking forward to the next movie production of Fast and Furious!! You just gotta make another one with the same cast.

there must be a fast 6 because lettie is alive and why would they stop they should keep going it will be a great movie

Nice movie ,,,,,Lettie is alive ,,,, Unbelievable ending

This movie from beginning to end was just a thriller and definately worth seeing a second time. I am eagerly awaiting the make of #6

fast 5 was awsome and we all hope that fast 6 comes out sooner than expected (with 2012 predicted haha), Well thanks guys for 5 blockbusters especialy Fast 5, Fast 6 sould have the same cast cause they rocked the movie especialy Vin Diesel and Paul Walker , please guys same cast as Fast 5 and a little sooner thanks and with a small request of 1 or 2 more racers. Thamks Taneshan from South Africa

Please make sixth "fast film". I have seen all five of them. I think that "Fast Five" is the best "fast film".


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