Universal Pictures announced this weekend that we can expect a sixth film in the car-centric series to speed into theaters on May 24th, 2013. A fascinating move when you consider that there is no word if a script has even been started yet. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson are al expected to return for the next film in the series, which isn’t surprising on the former two’s parts since you really don’t see them get work in other films as of late.
While Fast Five is the highest grossing film in the series at $207.2 million, it is technically not a success by usual Hollywood accounting which calls for a film to gross double its production budget domestically. With a budget of $125 million, the fifth film would have had to hit $250 million to be considered in the black, but an additional $385 million in foreign reciepts for a global total of $592.2 million is sure to have influenced this decision to press forward with another installment.
Director Justin Lin, who helmed Fast Five and took it in a new direction for the series, is expected to return for whatever the sixth one ends up being named.
The suspicion is that this film is being rushed due to the fact that The Dark Tower is going to miss its original release date of May 17th, 2013 due to numerous delays with that production. Universal needed a “tentpole” movie for the summer, and this one could get spun up pretty quickly, so there you go.
While I personally have no interest in the content of these movies, I do find the business side of them interesting, and right now I’ll be waiting to see if they dial back the production budget at all for the next installment.