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Fast & Furious 6 and 7 in development

Fast & Furious 5

Story by Jack Foley

THERE will be at least two more Fast & Furious movies, according to one of its leading men, Vin Diesel.

Chatting to The Hollywood Reporter while completing a photo-shoot for the magazine’s Rule Breakers 2011 portfolio, the actor – who also serves as a producer on the 10-year franchise – said that it had become apparent while writing the sixth film that a seventh would be needed to complete the story in a satisfactory manner.

Hence, movies six and seven are being written simultaneously.

“With the success of this last one [Fast & Furious 5], 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 said.

Ironically, Fast Five was intended to have been the final film in the franchise and brought back almost every significant cast member from the first four films, as well as introducing a new character in the form of Dwayne Johnson’s law enforcer.

But pre-release tracking and the unexpected $626 million world-wide success of the instalment forced a re-think, especially in light of a mid-credits teaser that showed the return of a character played by Eva Mendes (from 2 Fast 2 Furious) as well as the possible return of Michelle Rodriguez (presumed dead from the fourth film).

Continued Diesel: “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!’”

It is not yet known whether the two movies would serve as a two-parter or two stand-alone movies.

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