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Break out the shiny cars, it appears the sixth and seventh The Fast & the Furious films are being scripted at the same time.
After Fast Five went on to be the highest grossing film in the franchise yet, it was no surprise that Fast Six was greenlit, and there was already talk of a seventh film to follow. Now Vin Diesel has confirmed that the two films are being scripted at the same time. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the action star said, “With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space.” He went on to add, “We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages. The studio said, ‘You can’t fit all that story in one damn movie!’”
I’m sorry, but did I miss something when this series of movies became so deep that they didn’t have “enough space” for all of their plotlines? This has nothing to do with servicing a story, this has to do with the fact that the fifth film in a series became the highest grossing one yet and brought in over $626 million worldwide off of a $125 million dollar budget. Working on the next two at the same time lowers costs even further, potentially putting each installment possibly in the $110 million range.
Paul Walker, one of the stars of the series, added, “It’s not about the action and the cars, which initially appealed to me when I was 25-years-old, Because if that’s all it was, it would have fallen off a long time ago.” I hate to break it to him, but it’s been 10 years since the first film, that’s exactly what it’s still about. You’ve got a new generation of kids coming to see these movies for the cars, and somehow I doubt they’re showing up for the “plot.”