So Fast & Furious 6
roared through theaters this Memorial Day weekend, earning an estimated $120 million in its opening frame and trouncing the competition that was The Hangover Part III
. In a three day period, Fast 6
outgrossed its immediate predecessor, the critically acclaimed Fast 5
, proving that this franchise still has plenty of gas in the tank … literally and figuratively.
That’s good news, because Universal already has greenlit a seventh chapter in this series, and we have a few key details you might want to know. Obviously, this will get a little spoilery, so stop reading if you haven’t seen Furious 6 yet.
- The sequel, the as-yet-untitled Fast & Furious 7, will be in theaters on July 11, 2014.
- Universal has hired Insidious and Saw director James Wan to helm the new sequel. He replaces Justin Lin in the director’s chair after Lin chose to leave, citing the tight production schedule on Fast 7.
- The villain, if you stayed through the end credits of Fast 6, will be none other than Jason Statham (!!), who is playing the angered sibling of Owen Shaw … who was killed in this sequel.
- The Rock
, meanwhile, might not be able to return due to his contractual obligation to shoot a Hercules
movie for Brett Ratner. Johnson’s character, Hobbs, said his farewells to Dom (Vin Diesel
) and the gang at the end of Fast 6
. He may be back in future installments, but likely not in the next one.
Here’s where we turn the discussion over to you. We know that there is going to be a Fast 7, and there are rumors that it will take place in Tokyo and the Middle East. Now that you have seen Fast 6, where would you like to see the story go? What do you hope happens in Fast 7? Who should come back … and whom should be killed off? Share your thoughts below, and brace for the next Fast thriller – which is just over a year away!