'Fast & Furious 7' Hits in 2014, 'Snow White & the Huntsman 2' in 2015
by Ethan Anderton
April 16, 2013
Since franchise director Justin Lin decided not to direct Fast & Furious 7, we've known that Universal Pictures wanted to get moving on the sequel as soon as possible. In fact, the timeframe between the release of Fast & Furious 6 this summer and when they wanted the sequel was the reason Lin opted not to come back and Insidious and Saw director James Wan is now at the helm. Now the studio has announced that the next installment will arrive on July 11th, 2014. That leaves just 14 months between sequels, and now we know why Lin didn't want to commit. That would be one hellacious production schedule. More below!
Unless Dwayne Johnson is taking a much smaller role in the sequel, this would conflict with his schedule for Brett Ratner's Hercules, which is also shooting later this year. However, considering Johnson is on the other side of the law, and would give Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and their whole crew pardons for helping them catch Luke Evans in Fast & Furious 6, he wouldn't really have much need to interfere in the next film anyway. Still, getting a sequel like this together quickly is a risky move, and while the Fast & Furious films, are Oscar caliber, I just hope the fast tracked production doesn't mean a lower quality blockbuster.
Also on the sequel front, more news out of Universal's presentation at CinemaCon pegs gestating Snow White and the Huntsman sequel for release sometime in 2015. As we heard just a couple months ago, Kristen Stewart is returning as the film's star, but director Rupert Sanders will not be back due to the complicated relationship that blossomed between the two on set. It's expected that Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as well, but it's not clear where a sequel might go next. Audiences don't really seem to be clamoring for the sequel, but there will likely be news on that front coming sometime soon.