Fast and Furious Six and Seven? Really?
Vin Diesel is a terrible one for talking up a film before it's released, and he's at his old tricks again talking about the next instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise and saying that there was just so much in the idea for the sixth film that they've had to go and write a seventh back to back.
This sparked a moment of recognition for me and I thought, haven't I heard that before? I was surprised to find that Diesel had said the same thing about Fast and Furious Five (Filmstalker review) saying that the sixth had been written at the same time. Doesn't look like it was now does it?
"If 2009's 'Fast and Furious' was chapter one, what writer Chris Morgan just delivered is Chapter 2 and chapter 3.
I have never been submitted a two story saga from a studio before... it is very exciting, and shows a commitment level that is hard not to respond to.
Well perhaps the story was that they had been delivered outlines for the two films and not complete scripts, maybe that was the actual story.
We knew the sixth film was happening in May of this year when Justin Lin opened up and revealed that the sixth film was on, and we'd already known for a month before that Chris Morgan was writing the script for the sixth film, so now we're hearing from Vin Diesel through The Hollywood Reporter that there's a seventh as well.
"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...
...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!"
So he's not explicitly saying it this time, but it's clear that, like the first one, they're already pimping for a sequel to the as yet unwritten sequel.
All the manoeuvring and self-marketing aside, after what Fast and Furious Five or Fast Five (Filmstalker review) did for the franchise, turning it from a film about fast cars into a heist film with more layers and thriller elements to it than we'd seen before, there's certainly scope for more from the series, especially after the way they ended the film with so many returning characters and story openings instead of closures.
I think there probably is space for another couple of films, and for the story to continue evolving, however they have to keep the team going, they have to have the same level of investment in talent, time and money, and they have to keep pushing the franchise. Now they're at this point turning out a half hearted film as they have done in the past will probably mean the death of it.
Could you see two more films? Could the franchise evolve even more?