Considering the surprise success of Fast Five, which raked in $626 million worldwide, it came as no surprise when a sixth movie was announced. But, according to star Vin Diesel, there won’t only be a sixth but a seventh installment of the action franchise.
“With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space,” the actor tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The follow-ups are being worked out right now by director Justin Lin, screenwriter Chris Morgan and co-producer Diesel. “We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages,” Diesel explains. “The studio said, ‘You can’t fit all that story in one damn movie!’”
The trade paper notes that Diesel didn’t answer whether the film would be a two-parter like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows or a more traditional pair of sequels. These latter installments will juggle a huge cast that includes Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and the hinted-at return of Michelle Rodriguez and Eva Mendes.