Vin Diesel & Paul Walker Hitting the Gas Again for 'Fast Five'
by Ethan Anderton
February 4, 2010
After missing what was one of the greatest opportunities for a pun-titled sequel (why the hell wasn't it just called Fast & Four-ious?), the franchise which can't seem to stop putting the pedal to the metal is officially moving forward with another thrilling installment as Variety reports the cleverly titled Fast Five will bring back Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for even more high speed car racing. This confirms at least part of what Diesel told us himself via his Facebook page last month. He mentioned two more scripts from writer Chris Morgan, but I'm sure Universal will wait to make sure this one will be as lucrative as Fast & Furious first.
Once again directed by Justin Lin (of Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious), the story finds franchise characters Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) as fugitives being pursued by legendary lawmen. Universal is looking at a 2011 release which will bring this out about ten years after the first one was released way back in 2001. It's almost maddening that the franchise has sustained itself for ten years, and Conan O'Brien couldn't even get more than seven months out of "The Tonight Show." Yes, that was an unrelated, "other media" reference, I know, but I'm baffled that such a mediocre franchise has stayed so strong, especially when the most recent installment didn't even have kick-ass cars, killer car chases or great action sequences like in the first few.
Here's another hilarious bit of information: Fast & Furious was Universal's top grossing movie of last year with an unimpressive $155 million. In second was Couples Retreat with $109 million. You've got to love a studio that survives by rehashing a franchises like this one for its fifth go-around. Does that mean Fast Five will be their top grossing movie in 2011? I just hope Lin is able to get a budget big enough to actually pay his stars and get solid action sequences this time. Anyone out there still interested in seeing Fast Five?