Fast and Furious 6 Will be More Heist-y, Less Street Race-y

With “Fast Five”, the fifth entry in the “Fast and Furious” franchise set to blow up this Friday (but already turning a mint overseas), Universal is looking to change up the formula a tad going forward. (The phrase, “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken” comes to mind, but hey, I’m not a powerful suit wearing hotshot in Hollywood, so what do I know.) How will they do this? According to Deadline, the Powers That Be have made a decision to make further entries in the franchise “a series of heist films” instead of the street racing films that it started life as.

The franchise has always been a combination crime/racing flick from the very first film, but the street racing always had a prominent role in the films. That might be changing with “Fast Five”, which seems to put a pretty big focus on the heist in question if all those clips are any indication. And with “Fast Six” (the going title for the sixth movie, currently being written by Chris Morgan), the street racing will disappear even further in favor of a heist plotline.

The studio honchos agreed that the next installments had to be less about street racing and about more inclusive subject matter. “We’ve heard so many people say, ‘I’ve never seen one, and I’ve never wanted to see one…’ about the Fast franchise,” [Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson] said. “So if these movies were still about street racing, there was probably a ceiling on how many people would buy tickets. We wanted to see if we could raise it out of about racing and make car driving ability just a part of the movie, like those great chases in The French Connection, The Bourne Identity, The Italian Job,” Fogelson explained. With Dodge as a partner, “Our strategy behind one of the biggest bets we’ve ever made is that the business has gone so far towards CG action every weekend, that we really believe creating a movie with real action and real cars will be amazing stuff to people excited by seeing something real.”

Even with the swapping of genres, how much longer can they keep doing this? Or is the better question, how much longer will Diesel, Walker, and company keep coming back? Surely, there are other movies Diesel wants to do. Those “Riddick” sequels, perhaps?

In any case, Universal is looking at anywhere from a $50 million to $60 million for “Fast Five” when it opens this weekend. If that happens, you can bet your sweet Aunt Mary that “Fast Six” is gonna get the greenlight faster than you can say, “Vroom vroom vroom”.




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  • Doubleh55

    Has there ever been a Franchise where the main stars were all gone by part 3 but then they all came back for a part 4 that ended up being so successful that when part 5 comes out it’ll probably make the most money out of all of them?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I get the feeling the “suits” are overthinking the franchise. It’s about cars that go fast. Hot babes. Racing. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke…”

  • Chojin996

    Universal managers better not change the formula. They want Fast & Furious 6 to bomb or what?
    Fast&Furious5 is better than the previous ones and deserves to go beyond $500million worldwide boxoffice gross … BUT if Universal managers will change Fast&Furious6 into something else then they will face the franchise next movie to just bomb badly and people will get disappointed.
    Universal managers really think that another movie with the same formula is going to fail and they need to change it based on what exactly? Fast&Furious4 was loved more than previous movies and increased boxoffice gross already, this Fast&Furious5 is even more loved already and it’s highly likely going to break some new boxoffice records for the franchise worldwide…
    So the big question is…why would any manager want to change a winning formula, a loved product that more and more customers are willing to pay for,uh?
    It’s like if Apple changed iPhone or iPad completely maybe adding a keyboard, removing touch and shutting down the freelance developers program so that apps would be delivered by big software houses only… what would happen to Apple if they did that? Well, their product wouldn’t sell anymore despite fanboys.. their winning formula would be completely lost..
    Changing Fast&Furious6 into something else is a very bad thing,indeed. What works and people find unique on Fast&Furious movies and so the franchise overall is how well all the elements are inter-mixed .. the street racing, the heist, the romance, the action, the fights… DO NOT CHANGE IT!
    Universal managers .. listen to people! You can still avoid making a huge mistake that would cause the demise of the Fast&Furious franchise. If you want this franchise to survive and get bigger DO NOT CHANGE THE FORMULA !
    IT’S THE MIX THAT WORKS! DO NOT CHANGE THE MIX !