- FAST SIX & SEVEN
During a photo session with the Hollywood Reporter, Vin Diesel appears to have confirmed that a seventh Fast & Furious is already in the works. Shooting hasn’t begun with Six, but the story seems so big that they will have to split it into 2 films.
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The two films are being written simultaneously, according to Vin, although there's no indication of whether they'll be shooting back-to-back. “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,” Vin explains.
“We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages. The studio said, ‘You can’t fit all that story in one damn movie!’"
With that lovely post credits scene in Fast Five, it seems that the franchise will welcome back Michelle Rodriguez and Eva Mendes. So that, along with the presumable return of Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot and, we certainly hope, Elsa Pataky and Dwayne Johnson, certainly indicates a lot of story to spread around. There is also the case of trying to fit Jason Statham, if the rumours are true, and he does sign on, then his character would also demand significant screen time.
It's not all about the cars though, Paul Walker believes; it's really about the themes of brotherhood and family. "If the action was all it was, it would have fallen off a long time ago," Walker says.
Filming on Fast & Furious 6 gets going next year (after Diesel gets finished with Riddick 3), with Justin Lin at the helm, as he has been since Tokyo Drift. The release date is already set for May, 2013.