Fast and Furious 5 aka Fast Five is All Engines Go

“Fast Five”? Yup, that’s apparently the title that Universal is going with for the fifth entry in their highly lucrative “Fast and Furious” franchise. It makes sense, in a way — it is the fifth installment, so, uh, “Fast Five” it is, then. In any case, Variety reports that all the major principles have signed on the dotted line to return, including stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, director Justin Lin, and producer Neal Moritz. The fifth installment will take place after the events of the fourth movie, and will find Dom and Brian as fugitives being pursued by “relentless” lawmen. I guess that means they don’t give up easy. What are the odds that they’ll end up teaming up with the boys to catch the real bad guys, whoever they end up being?

No word on whether Jordana Brewster, the sole remaining franchise girl, will return. As you’ll recall, Michelle Rodriguez’s character died early in the fourth movie, last year’s “Fast and Furious”, setting the stage for the rest of the movie’s plot. That film went on to make $350 million worldwide, and became Universal’s biggest moneymaker for the year. Obviously they were keen on getting another “Furious” movie up and running as fast as possible.

Justin Lin will return to direct, having helmed the previous two movies. “Fast Five” will also be the third outing on the franchise for writer Chris Morgan, who returns to do scripting duties. How hard is it to type “They drive really fast”?

“The Fast and Furious: Fast Five” is set to start shooting later this year for a 2011 release.

What? The deals are done? Um, did someone forget my number?