Fast And The Furious to return for two further sequels

The Hollywood Reporter have reported this week that the next instalment of the Fast and the Furious franchise will be split into two films because it’s too long to fit into one. That means a Fast and the Furious SIX & SEVEN.

The star (and producer) of the franchise (which has been going since 2001), Vin Diesel has been working with director, Justin Lin (who has directed three films already in the franchise) and screenwriter, Chris Morgan on the six film in the series but they realised that they would need a seventh to tell their story. Both films are being written simultaneously. 

“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,” Diesel told THR 

The most recent addition of the series, Fast Five was released in 2011 and received the best reviews in the franchise’s history, grossing $626 million worldwide. As well as this, the film moved the series from simply a car-racing adventure story to action-adventure heist and also added star power in the form of Dwayne Johnson as well as returning with all the original cast.

“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,” Diesel explained. “The studio said, ‘You can’t fit all that story in one damn movie!’”

Diesel returned to the franchise with the series’ fourth film (Fast & Furious) after appearing in an end-of-movie cameo in the third (The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift). The move proved so popular that it paved the way for the return of Diesel and original star Paul Walker.

“It’s not about the action and the cars, which initially appealed to me when I was 25 years old,” said Walker. “Because if that’s all it was, it would have fallen off a long time ago.”

It does appear that these films are surprisingly popular a decade on and with the most recent outing with these characters being the most popular, perhaps the series still has some brum brum (see what I did there?) left in it? Are you looking forward to not one, but two more films in the franchise and how many more do you seriously think it has left?

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