Ever since “Fast Five” shocked everyone and went on to make $604 million worldwide (who knew there was such appetite for a run-of-the-mill, workman-like heist film?), its director Justin Lin has been on the shortlist for just about every Summer action film coming up the next few years. Which is silly. I mean, Lin is a good director, but he’s not great. “Fast Five” would have made just as much money if you had Joe Blow directing it. It sold on the basis of the franchise, not because Lin’s direction was so awesome. But I digress.
According to Lin himself, though, producers should probably stop asking him to direct their films, because he’s set his sights firmly on directing “The Fast and the Furious 6” as his next movie, with “Terminator 5” next — if it actually ever happens, because at this point, I’m not so sure. Has Arnold Schwarzenegger’s public image ever been lower? Mel Gibson might be slightly more popular than this guy at the moment.
Lin also confirms that he’s talked to James Cameron about “Terminator 5”, though he wouldn’t say what exactly he and Cameron talked about. I gotta say, for a control freak like Cameron, seeing studio after studio whiffing on something he created back in the ’80s must be pretty painful, so I’m somewhat surprised he gave Lin the time of day. Maybe he’s inching for a producer credit on the next movie? The producers would certainly jump at the chance to advertise “Terminator 5” as “produced by James Cameron”.
As for the sixth installment in the car franchise, the as-yet-untitled “Fast and Furious 6” has already been scheduled for a May 24, 2013 release date by Universal. Here’s my contribution to the title: “Fasty McFuriousy ol Sixty”. Hey, it makes just as much sense as “Fast & Furious” and “Fast Five”. I’m still wondering how they’re going to juggle all the characters they keep bringing back. How many castmembers is in this thing now, 50? People don’t even stay dead anymore. What is this, a comic book now?