Screenwriter Chris Morgan Hired to Write Fast and the Furious 6 Script
Posted 04.20.11 by Ryan
Universal Pictures' sequel, Fast Five has yet to be released, but the studio is already preparing Fast Six.
THR reports that the studio has made a "two-year, first-look production pact" with screenwriter Chris Morgan who has written Fast Five, as well as the two previous sequels, 2009's Fast and Furious and 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. One of Morgan's first responsibilities will be to write Fast Six, which we assume will again reunite Vin Diesel and Paul Walker for another chapter of car-racing adventure.
"He's been not only integral to the Fast and Furious franchise, he comes up with fresh ideas and he thinks like a producer when we have budget conversations," said Universal co-chairman Donna Langley said. "We wanted to show him our appreciation, and we selfishly wanted to make sure his home was here. We don't want him going anywhere else."
Morgan also wrote the scripts for Universal's 2008 hit Wanted and the upcoming samurai epic 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves, and plans to bring even more projects to the studio.
I don't want to be the guy who gets a vanity production deal and does nothing. I want to be the guy who goes out there and busts my ass and fixes broken stories and finds material to bring back — quite frankly, as a reward to the studio that has worked with me for so long. We have a very effective partnership, and we want to get some big movies off the ground.
I grew up on Raiders, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard. Those are in my wheel house. Those are the movies I want to find, I want to help make. They're genre movies but heroic ones, ones that have a hyper-real sense to them. Summer movies.
One of the possible projects Morgan might work on for Universal is a fifth installment in the Terminator franchise, reuniting the screenwriter with Fast Five director Justin Lin. Lin recently admitting that he has "a take I would love to see."
Fast Five opens on April 29 and stars Diesel and Walker alongside franchise actors Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Gal Gadot, and Sung Kang, as well as newcomer Dwayne Johnson.