‘Fast Five’ sequel: Justin Lin looks for franchise finish line

Oct. 04, 2011 | 11:26 a.m.
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Paul Walker, left, and Vin Diesel in "Fast Five" (Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Pictures)

“Fast Five,” which hits Blu-ray and DVD this week, pulled in $616 million in worldwide box office and, yes, a sixth (and seventh?) film in the high-velocity franchise is revving up already. Our Geoff Boucher caught up with director Justin Lin on Monday to talk about the home video release and the franchise’s impressive mileage with him at the wheel for three of the movies.

GB: “Fast Five” surprised some Hollywood observers with its impressive showing — it earned more money than “Cars 2,” “Thor” or “Captain America: The First Avenger,” films that were more expensive to make. Did you have a good feeling going into the project or were you also caught off guard a bit by the way everything fell into place for that strong opening weekend?

JL: The whole idea of this being part of the franchise was something that we talked about from Day One. When I talked to the studio back on [the third film in the franchise] “Tokyo Drift,” it was really about trying to rebuild something and for me it was very important to get the sensibility of it all. It’s funny at that point, that was in 2005, we were talking about how if we had the opportunity — and if the audience embraced it — that we’d have it all evolve to the things you see now. So a lot of this was talked about and the reason we were able to make “Fast Five” is because that was something embraced by the fans and it allowed us to grow. On the creative side that felt good and on the set it felt good. And it was the greatest hope when I signed on to do these movies.

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Vin Diesel, left, and Dwayne Johnson face off in "Fast Five." (Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Pictures)

GB: You added Dwayne Johnson into the mix this time around. It’s interesting because Dwayne and Vin Diesel bring very different energies to their projects and their personalities on the set could hardly be more different.

JL: [laughs] Yes. Yeah, totally, you’re right on. That’s part of why I enjoyed being part of all this. I don’t think any day has been the same and all of these films are very different [even] as we have an opportunity now to make another one. It just felt appropriate that if we had an opportunity to make a part five that we needed some new energy and I’ve always wanted to find the right role for Dwayne. And it all happened very organically. As soon as we started talking about that role, my greatest hope was that we could get someone like Dwayne and once we sat down and talked it through it just felt like it was a natural fit.

GB: What can you tell us about the extended edition of “Fast Five” that hits home video this week? What makes it different than the theatrical version?

JL: It’s extended and I don’t know if people will notice. What I mean is when you make films — and with the tone of “Fast Five” — there’s a lot of back and forth with the MPAA and the rating. It’s just part of the process. I thought the process was very fair and the back and forth was great but if there had been no restrictions, this is the version that would have been the movie. And if you watch [the extended edition] a lot of the hits and the action sequences, it’s very subtle but this is the version that I prefer. The version that was in theaters is the essence of everything I wanted but the extended version is [a fuller realization]. There is one extra scene in the extended version … but most people that have seen it really could barely tell the difference. But tonally, it has everything. If you want to look at the definitive cut, that’s the cut you want. And when Hobbs breaks the guy’s neck you really do hear it on this cut [laughs].

GB: Looking ahead, what’s the future of the franchise?

JL: I’m excited, man. As we talk now we’re in the process and something really fun is developing. When Vin and I were sitting and talking years ago about a trilogy — and hopefully having the opportunity to earn it — this is kind of the culmination of that. Having “Fast Five” and getting to travel around the world and really getting to talk to the fans, I’m excited about what we have. This is the reason why you partake in ventures like this, to be able to get to this opportunity and a chance to close up the franchise in a proper way. This is something that we’ve talked a lot about. I’m excited every day to be able to talk about this stuff that we used to talk about for fun and now we’re going to see it come to real life. I can’t talk about that much more other than to say that we’re talking about the proper way to really close everything out the right way. At the studio everybody is excited and, really, everything is at the best situation it can be.

GB: So is this the next thing that you’re doing? There are all the reports that you set aside a “Terminator” sequel and walked away from a “Highlander” remake to get this next “Fast” film in gear and word that you might film two “Fast” films back-to-back to cloe out the franchise… 

JL: I tend to go and do an indie project or something very different between the “Fast” movies. I don’t think I’m going to have time to do a feature in between. Creatively, I’ve had to put some stuff on hold and walk away from some projects that I really love to do this but this is an opportunity for me and for us to close out the franchise the right way. It comes with a price but it’s something that I look forward to. This has been a great part of my growth as a filmmaker and it’s been an amazing thing to establish and continue this relationship with fans not just from the U.S. but from around the world. That’s something that I take to heart. It’s very rare you get to do this. Usually when I’m talking to actors and their back stories, it never gets to come on screen but with this we’re going to see it come to life. So it’s worth it.

— Geoff Boucher

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13 Responses to ‘Fast Five’ sequel: Justin Lin looks for franchise finish line

  1. Brittany says:

    Ok me and my boyfriend love the fast movies but Tokyo drift still don't make sense being third if it came after this fast five it would have been better 4 and 5 fill in a lot of 3 but are they going to have a proper place for Tokyo drift?8

    • Migeo says:

      han will not be there he died in fast and furious tokyo drift . fast and furious 4 and fast five take place between 2 fast 2 furious and tokyo drift because there was something missing: we didn't know who han was etc. so to explain it they did fast and furious 4 and fast five. unless the new movie will be between 2 fast 2 furious and tokyo dirft the han will be there and we will probably see every actor of the movie fast five.

  2. shaun nelson says:

    i think tokyo drift was a great idea for introducing han the right way to fix the blogging is to have hans twin brother be the one who died in the movie if there i 6th editon that would be the best way to fix it in the fast five at end when han says we ge to tokyo that should be him avenging his brother and having "dk running with letti in berlin" awesome i think

  3. brettghampton says:

    Really, is there anywhere else they can go…..on Earth? Fast & Furious 6: In Space"!__

  4. tanisha jones says:

    love it

  5. Maria says:

    Are they actually thinking of bringing “Ledde” back? How, Why, When?

  6. murphy says:

    Toyko drift is the last movie in the fast and furious series because Han is alive thats why that makes sense for it to be the last movie.

  7. Erron says:

    This movie is really awesome I went to go see it twice in theatres and now I have it on Blu ray it came out. I have all the movies from the first one. So when I have kids we can watch em all over again. I like what Justin Lin is doing with these movies he's good at what he does and its just right for him to say if they talking about finishing it off in the next two films which is mind boggling. A series like this you don't want to stop. I'm so hooked on Brian and Dom relationship and their lil rivalry they have going with who's the better racer. I love these movies. I like car movies. Now when I want to see something i look to see what car is in the movie or some thing like that. My car is the SKYLINE. R34 or the R35 The series go 1(The Fast and the Furious), 2(2 Fast 2 Furious), 3(Fast and Furious), 4(Fast Five), then 5(Tokyo Drift).

  8. SHEENA says:

    THIS WAS THE BEST OUT OF ALL OF THE FAST AND FURIOUS (HANDS DOWN)!!! I LOVED ALL OF THEM EXCEPT FOR THE ONE THAT VIN DIESEL WASN'T IN THAT ONE NOT SO GOOD!! ADDING THE ROCK WAS AN AWSESOME IDEA….. HOPE TO SEE HIM ON THE NEXT ONE, BEING THAT VIN DIESEL AND THE ROCK ARE MY FAVORITE ACTORS ALL TOGETHER….. HATE TO SEE IT ALL COME TO A END, BUT I AM EXCITED TO WATCH ANOTHER ONE AS LONG AS IT HAS A GOOD ENDING!!!! MY HAT GOES OFF TO JUSTIN LIN, YOU REALLY OUT DONE YOUR SELF ON THIS MOVIE, HARDLY EVER DO YOU SEE A SEQUENCE BETTER THAT THE FIRST MOVIE…. HOPE TO SEE MUCH MORE LIKE THIS ONE……

  9. Sabrina says:

    NO…THIS MOVIE IS OKAY, THEY ONLY SHOWED ONE RACE THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE MOVIE LIKE WTF, AFTER THEY MADE "THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS" ITI SEEMS LIKE THEY LOOSING THE CONCEPT OF RACING….BUT DONT GET ME WRONG THE MOVIE WAS OKAY! JUST TOO MUCH ACTION..

  10. summear says:

    are u ging to make the rest of fast five because we don't get t see what happens the baby the she is pregnant with.Also the bold guys new gilfriend if they get married or if the pregnant lady gets married to the blond guy. yu shuld make the scnd part of it.

  11. J3rrYcid says:

    I doubt that the franchise would end with this movie. The franchise is a guaranteed money maker, and Hollywood would definitely seek to milk more money out of it. undoubtedly the next sequel will have more cars, more girls and more action.

  12. J3rrYcid says:

    I really doubt that the franchise would end with this movie. This franchise is a guaranteed money maker, and Hollywood would definitely seek to milk more money out of it. undoubtedly the next sequel will have more cars, more girls and more action.

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