Following the $600m+ success of Fast Five this summer Universal wasted no time in getting Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, writer Chris Morgan and director Justin Lin back for the next film. Recently there were murmurs that a back-to-back shoot was being planned for the sixth and seventh films, and now reports suggest they could have one big linking storyline.
From 24 Frames:
Eager to move ahead with new installments of what’s currently the studio’s hottest series, Universal Pictures is considering shooting its sixth and seventh “Fast and Furious” movies back-to-back with a single story connecting the two films.
Universal already has penciled in a May 24, 2013, release for “Fast and the Furious 6,” but the consecutive shooting schedule may result in a later launch, as Lin would be shooting the seventh film before he could edit the sixth. By making the two movies together, the seventh film could be in theaters sooner than the typical two-year gap between the Vin Diesel movies.
Shooting both movies at the same time is often less expensive than if both movies were shot separately. The Matrix, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings sequels were shot back-to-back, and James Cameron will be doing the same for Avatar 2 and 3.
Story details on Fast and Furious 6 and 7 haven’t been released, although Universal chairman Adam Fogelson said he hopes to transform the street-racing franchise into a series of heist films to attract a wider audience. The thinking is that more people will turn up if they are action films with cars, rather than car films with action. Fogelson also said Dwayne Johnson (who played a federal agent assigned to track down the Fast Five gang) will be “integral to the action in Fast Six.”