Universal Sets Release Dates for Fast and Furious 6 and R.I.P.D.
06.25.11 by Ryan
Universal Pictures is wasting no time continuing the Fast and Furious franchise and capitalizing on the rising superstar status of Ryan Reynolds.
Fast Five has earned $592 million in worldwide box office receipts since opening at the end of April, but Universal was already planning a sequel. In mid-April, the studio hired Chris Morgan, the screenwriter of Fast Five as well as 2009's Fast and Furious and 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, to write a sixth installment, after Fast Five enjoyed a successful early release in European markets. Fast Five director Justin Lin confirmed the sequel days after the movie was released domestically.
Now Deadline reports Universal is making the sequel official, giving it a release date of Memorial Day 2013, otherwise known as May 24th. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the rest of the Fast and the Furious acting company will reunite for "their most dangerous adventure yet", according to the studio.
Despite Green Lantern's slow start, Universal is also ready to get into the "Ryan Reynolds business."
Reynolds has been attached to the studio's adaptation of R.I.P.D. since April of last year, but scheduling issues have been a problem since Reynolds is also attached to a Deadpool movie as well as Green Lantern 2. It was Reynolds' commitment to the Green Lantern sequel that forced Zach Galifianakis to drop out as Reynolds' co-star, though Warner Bros. has yet to officially give the sequel the greenlight. Jeff Bridges was cast instead, and Universal has set a release date of June 28, 2013, for R.I.P.D.
Based on the Darkhorse comic book by writer Peter Lenkov and artist Lucas Marangon, R.I.P.D. follows Reynolds as a a recently murdered man who agrees to police the dead for the Rest in Peace Department (or, R.I.P.D.) in exchange for the chance to find his killer. Bridges will play his partner, a duster–wearing gunslinger who has worked for the department since the 1800s. Adapted by Clash of the Titans remake screenwriters Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, R.I.P.D. will be directed by Robert Schwentke (RED).