Justin Lin Confirms Fast and Furious 6 is Next, Terminator 5 in the Wings

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?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    Whoa, calm down Nix lol. I’m sorry, but Justin Lin is the best thing to happen to this franchise since Vin Diesel. 2F2F (dir. John Singleton) was ok in comparison to the other films, and Tokyo Drift (Lin’s first entry) was a solid one although it suffered for it’s lack of inclusion of the core cast of characters. Lin quickly rectified this in F&F which IMO stacks up evenly with and maybe just barely surpasses the original. This thing started as a “fast cars/hot women” franchise but Justin is turning it into a saga. I’m just digging the direction he’s taking it in. And I think he’s handling the huge ensemble cast well. He brought back EVERYONE from the previous films (excluding Lucas Black) but he cleared some of them out to make room for the rest. Vince is dead, Han and Giselle are on their European Tour. Oh, and Letty was never CONFIRMED dead…..we (the audience) never saw a body. A bit of a stretch, I know; but I treat it as a cinematic rule that unless we see a body, cold, on a slab….they’re not dead.

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

      Oh come on, now you’re just stretching it lol.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

        Lol maybe just a little……I’m just a huge fan of the franchise and of Justin Lin

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

          My favorite part of Fast Five? They spend the entire movie hatching their brilliant Ocean’s 11-like caper, but then just decide to ram the police station with their cars. Awesome.

          • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

            I think you missed the entire plot point there Nix. The complex plan they hatched was to camouflage what they were going to do all along. They showed you one thing and did another. A classic boxing tactic. You thought you were going to get a complex highly executed plan, but you got a crash instead. The bad guys didn’t know what hit em, and neither did you!

            Disclaimer: I haven’t seen this movie yet. Will catch it on HBO Go at some point.

          • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BZBUOXY42MWKDTFMTQIXVNUB24 Dominique

            I actually think Justin Lin was poking fun at OCEAN’S 11/12/13 and their complex heist plannings by having Dom and Brian’s thoroughly thought out heist get FUBARed and pretty much just go “Fuck it” and wing it

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

            HA. I’ve seen it twice and I still laugh my butt off at that point in the film.

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

            HA. I’ve seen it twice and I still laugh my butt off at that point in the film.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000157104672 Hugo Cavaco

      I disagree i think Justin Lin is taking the series to some more action/fighting crap… At the first one Rob Cohen made it in a way that he could actually catch the tuning/girls with some action shots + Social Relatioships. Justin Killed that factor.

  • http://twitter.com/datagrab Data Grab

    Hmm, you’re right. They don’t stay dead anymore. ROFL. But no one cares what these writers write. As long as the name rings a bell, and even though their will be aliens with faster cars invading the storyline, fans of the franchise will still watch it. Even you…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000157104672 Hugo Cavaco

      Completly agree with you but if i hadn`t liked so mutch the characters and the tuning felling and experience/great job by the direct/acting i wouldn`t be watching this new “crap”. I go so mutch into the great movie they made in 2001 that now i can call myselve a FF adicted xD

  • Airbrushshirts

    Everything changes. Our lives have changed, so has the character’s in the movie. Hell, it was 10 years since the group seen each other, so…. yeah. People grow up. I like the film Fast 5, but my ONE gripe, the NUMBER ONE thing that pissed me off? Why in the HELL didn’t they show Dom beat that guy in the street race? Built us all up for “Ohh Hey, Dom’s gonna race!!! OOOOOOO…” only for a… ‘ohh wtf”. I mean seriously. But I sigh and go on.