The sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise will be split into two movies.
The news comes just weeks after Universal officially green-lit the sixth installment, which picks up the with the cliffhanger at the end of 2010’s “Fast Five”.
Directed by Justin Lin, Vin Diesel said the two scripts are being written simultaneously.
‘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 … 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. The studio said: “You can’t fit all that story in one damn movie!”‘
There is a rumor that action star Jason Statham, a hit in The Transporter trilogy, may join the cast.
The best-reviewed film in the franchise, “Fast Five,” grossed $626 million worldwide.
No word yet on whether the upcoming installments will be released as a two-part unit or as stand-alone movies.