Fast Six release date set for May 2013
With Fast Five taking in nearly $600 million at the worldwide box office (shocking, I know) a sequel was inevitable, and now Universal has set the Fast and Furious 6 (or Fast Six) release date for May 24, 2013.
Fast Five director Justin Lin is set to direct for the fourth time in a row, and Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson are all expected to return. Following the success of the last film Universal chairman Adam Fogelson said he hopes to transform the street-racing franchise into a series of heist films.
“We’ve heard so many people say, ‘I’ve never seen one, and I’ve never wanted to see one,’ about the Fast franchise,” Fogelson said. “So if these movies were still about street racing, there was probably a ceiling on how many people would buy tickets. We wanted to see if we could raise it out of about racing and make car driving ability just a part of the movie, like those great chases in The French Connection, The Bourne Identity, The Italian Job,” Fogelson explained. With Dodge as a partner, “Our strategy behind one of the biggest bets we’ve ever made is that the business has gone so far towards CG action every weekend, that we really believe creating a movie with real action and real cars will be amazing stuff to people excited by seeing something real.”
He also said Dwayne Johnson (who plays a federal agent assigned to track down the Fast Five gang) will be “integral to the action in Fast Six.”
Other movies set for release in May 2013 include Iron Man 3 on May 3rd, and The Dark Tower on May 17th (although as that is also a Universal film there’s a good chance it will get moved. Studios don’t compete with themselves).