Word spread on Wednesday that Universal was considering wrapping up its long-running Fast & Furious franchise, possibly bringing longtime director Justin Lin back for a multi-movie wrap-up. That tenuous rumor appears to be put to rest by the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable, which features Universal Chairman Donna Langley. Asked about the future of the franchise beyond Furious 7, Langley responds, “We think there’s at least three more…I think it’s still a growing franchise.” READ FULL STORY
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When Justin Lin joined the Fast & Furious series with 2006’s Tokyo Drift, the automotive action series appeared to be in decline. Over seven years and four movies, Lin presided over a critical and commercial ascension unparalleled in Hollywood blockbuster history. Each of the four Fasts directed by Lin earned more than the previous one; film critic Wesley Morris famously described 2011’s Fast Five as “the most progressive force in American cinema.” READ FULL STORY
It is written in the chronicles of our people that, long ago, in the days when the earth below and the sky above were as one, and the gods had not yet deserted the world of men, there was a film called The Fast and the Furious.
And it is written that The Fast and the Furious begat 2 Fast 2 Furious, which begat The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which begat Fast & Furious, which begat Fast Five, which begat Fast & Furious 6, although certain elders of the tribe insist that the latter film was actually titled Furious 6. Adding to the confusion, Fast Five was titled Fast & Furious: Rio Heist in some countries. Also, most scholars agree that the more accurate title for the sixth film would have been Tank Fast Redemption Furious: London Calling (Letty’s Lament.) READ FULL STORY
Universal is turning Fast & Furious into a theme park ride. The studio announced the arrival of “Fast & Furious: Supercharged” via the franchise’s Twitter account, with an arrival planned in 2015. According to beloved amusement park journal The New York Times, “Supercharged” will be a “hybrid movie and thrill ride in which occupants of Universal’s famed back-lot trams will be encircled by 400-foot-long movie screens.” READ FULL STORY
While Universal Pictures figures out what to do with the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise in light of Paul Walker’s sudden death (it’s currently postponed indefinitely), they paid tribute to his character Brian O’Conner in a video montage set to P. Diddy’s “Coming Home” (ft. Skylar Grey).
Sourced from various Fast films, the montage is full of hugs, smiles, and even an oddly fitting toast from Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. Take a look after the jump.
The Fast & Furious series is one of the less likely franchises in modern Hollywood history. It needed Paul Walker. He was the linchpin, back at the beginning. The first film was conceived as a Walker star vehicle. This was back when he was the guy from Varsity Blues and She’s All That and The Skulls. The latter film, mostly forgotten nowadays, was directed by Rob Cohen — and it was Cohen who thought of Walker for a film that was originally titled Red Line, based partially on a Vibe article and at least a little bit on Point Break. It was possible to go into a movie theater in the summer of 2001 thinking that The Fast and the Furious was a Paul Walker movie. He was the blond blue-eyed star. He played Brian O’Conner, an undercover police officer. Of course, he broke bad. He couldn’t help himself. He met Vin Diesel.
Walker’s career was defined by the Fast & Furious films. He starred in five of them, and was not yet finished filming Fast 7 when he died. Even Walker’s non-Fast roles felt like O’Conner variations. Character arcs trended vehicular: the trucker-terror pulp gem Joy Ride (he drove a Chrysler), the manic thriller Running Scared (he drove a red convertible), the little-seen Vehicle 10 (he drove a rental car). If he wasn’t driving something, he was usually heisting somebody: in Takers, or in the underrated beach-bum thriller Into the Blue.
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Vin Diesel has been teasing a role in an upcoming Marvel movie for a long time now. Just today, he all-but-confirmed to EW the rumors that he was voicing a character in one of the superhero-studio’s movies — probably Guardians of the Galaxy, probably Groot. This may be surprising, but it’s actually simply the next phase in an ongoing evolutionary process that dates back to the dawn of the new century. You see, way back in
2000 2001, Vin Diesel headlined The Fast and the Furious, a movie about fast cars and the furious people who drive fastly. Diesel left; in respone, the franchise replaced him with Tyrese Gibson (2 Fast 2 Furious) and the island nation of Japan (Tokyo Drift.) READ FULL STORY
The Fast & Furious franchise hit a new gear with 2011’s Fast Five when it added in Dwayne Johnson as the anti-Diesel. The addition of the Rock was a net positive for all involved, and this year’s Furious 6 followed suit, with a sequel-teasing mid-credits sequence that introduced a very familiar antagonist for the next film. Universal is bullish on the future of the franchise — understandable, since the sixth film has grossed a franchise-high $740 million so far. It makes sense that they would already be looking towards the future. And if the current hot rumor is to be believed, they’re setting their sights high. Mike Fleming at Deadline reports (mid-rant) that the studio approached Denzel Washington about a small role in Fast 7 that would lead into a major role in Fast 8 — similar to the soft-launch of Evil Statham in Furious 6. READ FULL STORY
In anticipation of Fast & Furious 6, I sat down one glorious Sunday afternoon to marathon the entire series. With a bottle of wine (okay, two), I made my way through The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, and Fast Five from approximately 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. (I took a few breaks). Here is where my head was at after nearly 10 hours of muscles, cars, and muscle cars. READ FULL STORY
The Fast & Furious sextet features many kickass babes — including Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot, Eva Mendes, Gina Carano, and Mrs. Chris Hemsworth. But it also has a lot of women who just love hanging around cars — in the least amount of clothing possible. Here are our favorites from the first five films — and what we believe they are thinking. READ FULL STORY
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