Tuesday, 2 December 2014

More Fast & Furious after Furious 7

With the franchise such a family affair, it seemed likely that, following the tragic death of Paul Walker, nobody involved would want to continue past next instalment Fast & Furious 7. It turns out this is not necessarily the case. News was announced via Deadline recently that Universal Pictures might be looking to bring four-time Fast & Furious director Justin Lin back to direct another one. And now, Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has revealed that, far from 7 marking the final chapter, she thinks the studio has at least three more outings left in the tank.

Can the series stand without Walker? "I believe it can," says Langley. "We think there are at least three more. Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story, but there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there."

Langley does, however, admit that the Universal is mindful of "fatigue", so all involved clearly have a keen eye on the fine line between milking a franchise and flogging a horse.

Furious 7's director this time out is James Wan (The Conjuring), and finds Diesel's Dom, Paul Walker's Brian and the rest of the gang dealing with the fallout from part six, as Owen Shaw's villainous brother Ian (Jason Statham) plots revenge against the crew.

With Dwayne Johnson back once again as Luke Hobbs and new recruits Kurt Russell (Death Proof), Tony Jaa (Ong-bak), Ronda Rousey (The Expendables 3) and Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) swelling the cast, expect the usual vehicular flair and quippy teamwork when Fast & Furious 7, as it will be called here in the UK, arrives on 3 April next year.

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