Fast & Furious: two sequels back-to-back, Jason Statham in talks?

News Simon Brew 4 Oct 2011 - 07:23
Jason Statham

Rumours suggests that two new Fast & Furious movies are set to shoot next year - and that Jason Statham will be in at least one of them. Details here...

If you’re on the hunt for a morning dose of testosterone, then this news story should just about tick every box. It’s all about what’s happening next with the Fast & Furious movies.

We already knew that Fast Six, as it’s rumoured to be called, is set for release in 2013. That much is all-but-locked, with director Justin Lin returning for his fourth consecutive movie in the franchise. In fact, so committed is Lin to the Fast & Furious franchise, that he’s allowed to drop his plans to direct both Highlander, and the new Terminator sequel.

But might his workload be bigger than originally thought (and might that, as consequence, have led to him stepping away from the Terminator film)? Because word reaches us this morning that Lin might actually be juggling the shooting of two Fast & Furious sequels back to back.

Twitch Film is reporting that Universal is investigating shooting two new movies in the series in Europe next summer, the first of which presumably we’d still see in the summer of 2013.

When Lin dropped out of directing the new Terminator movie, he reportedly left the door open in case schedules could be sorted with so that the shoot didn’t clash with his Fast & Furious commitments. If the back-to-back plan goes ahead, then any chance of him helming the new Terminator presumably disappears forever.

However, we’re not done with Fast & Furious news yet. We haven’t talked about the mighty Jason Statham, who himself is heading off to the depths of Europe any minute to shoot The Expendables 2. After that? Well, The Statham is apparently a real possibility for the new Fast & Furious movies.

Again, according to Twitch, Universal “are entering into preliminary conversations with Jason Statham to explore the possibility of the action star joining one or both films.”

We think it’s fair to say that The Statham and Fast & Furious movies would cross over significantly, were we drawing a Venn diagram to demonstrate such a fact. We would very much like to see this happen.

Here’s the full story at Twitch Film. We're off to go and look manly for a bit, now.

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