If you’re up to date on the Fast and Furious movies, or at the very least, if you saw Fast Five, you’re aware that the franchise, which hit the decade-mark this year, took a turn with the last film, veering away from the street racing element that played a large role in the earlier films, and aiming more for an action thriller, as the characters attempted to pull off a heist, with lots of driving and great car chasing scenes mixed in. The shift in gears proved successful for the franchise, not only among the critics, but also at the box office. Fast Five ranked #6 on the list of highest grossing films of 2011.
What’s ahead for the next installment to the franchise? While star Vin Diesel isn’t giving up any plot details, from what he told the Hollywood Reporter, fans have (at least) two more Fast and Furious movies to look forward to. The actor revealed that the sixth movie is being split into two movies, which are being written simultaneously. From the sound of it, the sequel they had in mind had too much story for just one movie, but as the Reporter notes, it's unclear whether the two sequels will be two-parters or stand-alone films.
“With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appeared in the last movie and proved to be a worthy opponent and a likable enough opposition as Luke Hobbs, a U.S. DSS agent hoping to extradite Dominic, Brian and Mia. Things didn’t work out as planned for him in Fast Five, but they did end on a relatively positive note and certainly left room for Johnson to return for the sequel(s).
It’s possible we may also be seeing the return of Michelle Rodriguez' character Letty, who was presumed dead up until the end of Fast Five when a recent photo of her surfaces. There’s also the matter of Mia and Brian’s baby, and their impending roles as new parents, which is likely to be addressed.
From the sound of it, they have more than enough material to work with, which means two more films that’ll hopefully live up to, if not surpass the last one as far as the story and characters go.