When 'Fast and Furious' opened in April 2009 with a weekend gross of just under $71 million dollars, one thing became clear: there'd be more 'Fast and Furious' movies in our collective future. The newest installment, entitled 'Fast Five' (honestly, is there a series with a more confusing set of sequel titles than this one? Clearly the folks behind the first film weren't thinking of franchise potential when they saddled it with that name...), is set to open this April – moving the start of the summer box office season back yet another week. What's more is that now they're talking the next installment even though this one is still a few months away.
Producer Neal Moritz, who's out doing promotional work for 'The Green Hornet,' took time to chat with Collider about the evolution of the street racing franchise, what viewers can expect from the fifth installment and plans for the next film and a potential spin-off. If you're a fan of the series, there are some interesting tidbits in the following quotes after the jump.
This time out, Dom (Vin Diesel) and former Cop Brian (Paul Walker) find themselves hunted down by a no-nonsense Federal Agent played by Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. Naturally, much action ensues – some of which we've seen in the trailer.
The most impressive moment in the clip has to be a street chase through Rio featuring multiple cars chasing a vehicle towing a giant bank vault. Moritz shared the larger details of the sequence, saying "You know the vault that gets pulled out of the – well that's a police station and it gets pulled out cause the bad guys have all this stuff in there and our guys pull it out of there. That sequence of 14 minutes probably, of them pulling this vault through the city of Rio de Janiero being chased by 50 police cars throughout the city is one of the most incredible sequences I've ever seen on film. The action in that is like nothing you've ever seen. It's all real."
The action isn't limited to just car chases, though. When you have two modern action stars with the pedigrees of Diesel and Johnson, fans expect them to throwdown at some point in the film. They will not be disappointed according to Moritz. "They beat the sh*t out of each other, we shot for probably four days of them literally beating the sh*t out of each other. The audience is gonna be like "wow."
He elaborated further, adding "It was something that we had to conceive, obviously, then we had to work out how we're actually gonna do the fight, then we had to bring the stunt guys in to rehearse it, then we had to bring Vin and Dwayne in to rehearse it and then we shot it and it goes up, down, through walls, through windows, it's one hell of a fight. And it's probably like a 5-minute fight." Sounds good – although movie fight fanatics amongst us are already wondering if it can live up to the infamous fight scene between Roddy Piper and Keith David in John Carpenter's 'They Live,' a sequence regarded as one of the greatest movie fights of all time by cult film fanatics.
As interesting as all of that is, the most interesting bombshell in the piece involves the future plans for the franchise. Universal and Moritz are already banking on the film being a hit, so plans are underway for a sixth installment in the series. Moritz and Diesel are currently hammering out the ideas. "Vin and I have had numerous conversations about what that might be. And we're starting to get serious about it right now. We just finished the movie like 4 or 5 weeks ago and we just needed a break, and now we're gonna start focusing on that." Johnson's series, meanwhile, will have to wait until after a 'Fast 6' gets rolling, but could move into development at some point later this year.
Sounds like there's definitely more fast driving, and crime fighting hijinks featuring hot cars in filmgoers future. What's more interesting, though – the prospect of another 'Fast and Furious' sequel or a new series featuring Johnson getting back to his action film roots after a series of puzzling career choices? Share your thoughts in the comment section and check out the 'Fast Five' trailer below.