We’ve been hearing quite a few details on Fast Six over recent months, with the latest bit of info coming from Dwayne Johnson who confirmed shooting will begin in May, but it will only be for the sixth film (the original intention was to shoot 6 and 7 back-to-back).
Johnson also said the story will be going international, with filming set to take place in the UK and Germany. Given the European setting we can probably expect a few British and German actors to join the ranks, but Jason Statham won’t be one of them.
Back in October Twitch broke word that Universal was looking into shooting the sixth and seventh entries in the Fast And The Furious in Europe and that they had approached Jason Statham to join the franchise. Things have been proceeding on the films since but, alas, they will be moving along without Statham. The two sides were unable to work things out and the Euro-Fast (not the actual title, by the way, at least I certainly hope not) will be proceeding without Statham’s services.
Statham teaming up with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson for Fast Six would have been an action fans wet dream, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like it will be happening.
Story details on the sequel haven’t been revealed, 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.” Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and most of the gang will return, as will director Justin Lin. Fast Five screenwriter Chris Morgan is currently working on the script, and Universal has set a release date for May 24, 2013.