After the monstrous box office opening for Fast Five this past weekend, Fast and the Furious 6 became a total no-brainer for the studio heads. So it's not exactly shocking to hear director Justin Lin say that Fast and the Furious 6 has been all but officially greenlit - and that he'll once again be calling the shots on the next installment.
A followup to Fast Five has been in the cards for a while now, with the intention that it would round out the trilogy that began with Fast and Furious. Franchise staples like Vin Diesel and Paul Walker would naturally be returning, (possibly) along with new addition Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Lin spoke to USA Today about the immense popularity of Fast Five and had the following to say about the likelihood of a followup:
"['Fast and the Furious 6' is] pretty much 100%. It's going to happen... At five, we're just hitting our stride. We're growing. People want to continue this journey."
The implication is (of course) that Lin will once again be sitting in the director's chair on a sixth Fast and the Furious flick - one that would feature a change in scenery from Rio de Janeiro in Fast Five, with Europe looking like a strong (and obvious) possibility right now.
Universal chairman Adam Fogelson has spoken about Fast and the Furious 6 as well, saying that the plan is to continue turning the series into "a true action franchise in the spirit of those great heist films made 10 or 15 years ago." So what better way to emulate classic heist flicks that feature great vehicle chase sequences (like The Italian Job) than to have the next Fast and the Furious venture literally take place in a European locale?
Something that Screen Rant's Ben Kendrick mentioned in his Fast Five review is that moviegoers who had little to no interest in the franchise before now aren't likely to become converts anytime soon; this is still a series primarily about muscle cars, (hilarious?) death-defying stunts, explosions, and scantily-clad women. Fans of these movies have seemingly approved of Lin's directorial style up to now - so, with regards to his return for Fast and the Furious 6, it's pretty much an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" situation.
Since Fast and the Furious 6 is almost a certainty at this point, it begs the question: Where (in all meanings of the term) do you want to see this franchise go next?
Source: USA Today
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