It seems nothing can stop the Fast and the Furious with discussions of a seventh film in the franchise happening before even the sixth film has been released. With a June 2013 release scheduled for Australia, the upcoming film picks up where the $600 million worldwide box office generating ‘Fast Five’ left of, but the franchise is not ending there.Director Justin Lin has helmed the franchise since its third film (the quasi spin off Tokyo Drift), subsequently bringing back multiple cast members until the later film became more of an ensemble production. It seems Lin will be taking a break from the series following the newest film, with Fast and Furious 7 announced for a 2014 release and with director James Wan now confirmed to be taking over.
James Wan of course is the aussie director who made an impact with the original ‘Saw’ film back in 2004, and went on to make 2010’s ‘Insidious’. 2014 is an ambitious release date, however reports are indicating that filming is to take place this (US) summer, if that goes ahead we can probably expect to see Fast 7 either mid – late 2014, to allow enough time for post-production etc.
The Fast and the Furious franchise started in 2001, it was directed by Rob Cohen with a production budget of approximately $38 million. It received mixed reviews and was generally considered a guilty pleasure but ultimately audiences have enjoyed these films and cared enough about the characters to propel it into the following decade while generating hundreds of millions of dollars with each subsequent release.
Who would’ve thought?