Universal Pictures and Justin Lin are hoping history repeats itself.
The man who turned the Fast & Furious series into the studio's biggest franchise is hopping over to another action series, signing on to direct Jeremy Renner in a follow-up to The Bourne Legacy.
The Fast and the Furious film series is the most successful franchise in Universal Studios history having grossed over $2 billion worldwide, and the most recent installment, Fast & Furious 6, is the highest-grossing of the films so far having earned $788 million at the box office. So it only makes sense that the studio would fast track a seventh installment that is currently filming and is entitled Fast & Furious 7, which is scheduled to drive into theaters on July 11th, 2014.
Due to the film's quick turnaround, director Justin Lin, who has helmed the series ever since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, had to step down, while Insidious: Chapter 2 director James Wan has taken over. Returning franchise stars include Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Lucas Black, who finally reprises his role from Tokyo Drift. They are joined by series newcomers Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou, Ronda Rousey, and Jason Statham, who's villainous character was teased in the previous movie's end credit scene.
Earlier today I had the pleasure of speaking with actor Tyrese Gibson about his work on Fast & Furious 7, while he was promoting his upcoming holiday film Black Nativity, which hits theaters on November 27th. The talented hip-hop star turned actor discussed filming Fast & Furious 7, what the franchise means to him, new addition Jason Statham, Statham and Dwayne Johnson's fight scene, the quick production turnaround, and working with director James Wan.
Our second look at next summer's Fast & Furious 7 features a car, but it's just sitting there while our heroes brood. Hard.
The first official look at Fast & Furious 7 features no fastness and, at best, moderate furiousness.
But since it has Vin Diesel and Paul Walker looking pensive, it reminds us all just how far Brian and Dom have come. In fact, it reminds us how far we've all come since the halcyon days when Brian was an undercover cop pulling a Johnny Utah on Dom and his family of racing thieves.
He may look like the monosyllabic bruiser checking your I.D. on the way into an unsavory bar, but Vin Diesel is possessed of the gift of gab.
The loquacious action star is sharing his enthusiasm for Riddick, this Friday's sci-fi sequel that heralds the title character's return after an absence of almost a decade.
Interstellar outlaw Richard B. Riddick first charmed audiences thirteen years ago as the breakout character in Pitch Black. As one of the survivors of a crash landing on a desolate alien world, the extremely proficient killer whose polished eyes see in the dark went up against a swarm of nocturnal beasts. The sequel, 2004's summer event movie The Chronicles of Riddick, put the anti-hero at the center of a vast mythology, revealing him as the last of an extinct species known as Furyans and putting him in conflict with a marauding galactic empire.
Nine years after the straightforward sci-fi spectacle of that sequel comes Riddick, a return to form for the genre's foremost tank top-wearing mass murderer. Without abandoning the elements introduced in The Chronicles of Riddick, this entry more closely follows the stripped-down approach of Pitch Black. Once again, Riddick finds himself marooned on harsh alien soil. With no other option, he activates a distress beacon, one that brings not rescue, but bounty hunters intent on collecting his head. Unluckily for them, the mercenaries aren't just facing the most dangerous man in the galaxy, but also another limitless hoard of alien carnivores.
On Riddick, Vin Diesel dons the characters goggles again, working with David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway), the writer-director behind both Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. IAR recently attended a press conference in which star and producer Diesel was happy to discuss Richard Riddick's return, how his fatherhood affected the character, building franchises like Fast & Furious, financing Riddick independently, Dungeons and Dragons influencing the atmosphere on set, matching muscles with professional wrestlers, and the future of the last Furyan.
If you've been wondering just how happily ludicrous the action is going to get in next month's Fast & Furious 6, a new featurette is here to answer, "Very."
With just about one month until the sequel's May 24th release date, Universal Pictures has unveiled a new three minute, fourteen second featurette that mixes talking head interview snippets of the director, producer, and cast with a huge haul of wholly new footage. Basically, it's our best look thus far not just as the next-level action movie silliness Fast & Furious 6 has to offer, as well as a concise and revealing overview of the story and characters.
With all the Fast & Furious 6 character posters we've seen over the last several months, we've been waiting to see just what kind of car Dwayne Johnson would be paired with on a poster of his own.
The Luke Hobbs character poster has finally arrived, and it doesn't disappoint.
It's been a busy quarter mile for Fast & Furious 6 as of late, but that stop Dominic Toretto from rounding up all his friends and heading to their local Sears for a big group photo.
That photo – with a background conveniently informing audiences that the new sequel heads to London and a few fast-looking cars reminding audiences that Fast & Furious 6 will indeed boast fast cars going fast – adorns the new one sheet for the sequel, in theaters this May 24th.
Vin Diesel has spoken. He hath declared that the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise will commence production this summer.
Then he amended his declaration to be less emphatic. But as you and I know, attempting to remove from the internet is like training to strain pee from a pool.
The action lunacy hinted at in a new TV spot for this summer's Fast & Furious 6 has us thinking about how far this franchise has come.