Fast Five Director Justin Lin Confirms Sequel
05.03.11 by Ryan
You could say Fast Five was poised for a sequel even before it earned $83.6 million last weekend when it opened in the U.S. The fifth chapter in the Fast and Furious franchise, which opened first internationally, had already made $24 million in the U.K., Australia, and other foreign markets. Meaning, out of the gate Fast Five is the biggest financial success of the franchise.
But there were clear signs of another sequel even before Fast Five hit theaters. Universal awarded Fast Five screenwriter Chris Morgan with a two-year, first-look production deal days before Fast Five opened overseas, making a script for Fast Six one of Morgan first responsibilities. Morgan also wrote the scripts for the two previous sequels, 2009's Fast and Furious and 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, working along with director Justin Lin on all three.
While Universal's hiring of Morgan wasn't an official confirmation of Fast Six, or whatever title ends up being used, Lin was happy to declare to USA Today that a sixth installment was on the way after Fast Five's huge opening weekend.
After this big weekend, we're going forward. It's pretty much 100 percent. It's going to happen. At five, we're just hitting our stride. We're growing. People want to continue this journey.
Fast Five took Vin Diesel and Paul Walker to Rio de Janeiro, but Lin says the sequel won't be set in the same place. "We'll be going elsewhere," he said.
While no details are available about the sequel just yet, THR reports that those audience members patient enough to sit through the credits of Fast Five were awarded with a scene that set the table for another movie (read about it here if you want a spoiler).
What we can tell you without risk of ruining the surprise is that we're pretty sure the sixth movie will involve cars moving at optimum speeds.