Fast and Furious 6 may not even be starting its engine until the end of next month, but that hasn’t stopped the gravely blabber mouth Mr. Diesel from outing the release date of its inevitable follow-up. Ladies and gentleman, mark your calendars for July 11th 2014 as the release date for Fast and Furious 7.
The announcement was made at the Las Vegas CinemaCon this week with Universal announcing several new films currently in development. As Diesel took to the stage to announce the expected release date of Fast and Furious 7, which will commence filming this summer and once again reunite recurring actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, he tipped it to be “the biggest one of all.” What with Fast Five’s preposterous bank vault-towing chase and Fast and Furious 6 already gluing our palms firmly to our faces with its lessons on how to bring down a cargo plane with a car, we dread to think what lengths the seventh film will go to defy the laws of physics.
Justin Lin, who took over the series from Tokyo Drift in 2006 right up to the sixth instalment due out on May 24th, will not be fulfilling directional duties for the seventh film, however. Instead, the director’s chair will be handed over to James Wan, whose filmography includes Saw and Insidious. It could therefore spell an interesting new, darker tone for the series, but he certainly has his work cut out with such a tight schedule – previous films in the series have traditionally been released two or three years apart.
It’s incredible how a series that started as a juvenile tale about street racing yobs has managed to sustain interest over the last 12 years, but it’s principally thanks to Justin’s efforts to revitalise the series into the gloriously OTT automotive action-fest it is today. We await to see which road the franchise’s new driver takes the series down, but you can bet it won’t be the last we’ll see of Fast and Furious as having a new director will surely spawn many more sequels to come. Indeed, Fast and Furious will soon have the dubious honour of outnumbering the total number of Police Academy films if en eighth film gets commissioned.