The day is here – the day that the fifth installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise pulls into American theatres. “Fast Five” has been lauded as both true to the original and an exciting evolution for the franchise, and we’re going to break it down for you.
With the opening of “Fast Five” today in U.S. theatres, it’s a sequel that a lot of people didn’t think would ever happen. The 2001 car racing film “The Fast and the Furious” succeeded past critics and insiders’ wildest dreams, and this new installment takes this pack of racers into what could be their final showdown and into a new direction for the franchise. If you compare this film to a vintage car, it’s been classically restored to its showroom condition but has a little bit of modern muscle under the hood. Find out more about the fast-paced flick past the jump.
With a slate of midnight screenings planned in some cities, we’re less than twenty-four hours from the American debut of “Fast Five.” And as the starting pistol is readied, we’re in the final stretch as we cover the fourth movie in the franchise: “Fast & Furious.”
After two sequels and eight years, “The Fast and the Furious” franchise went from the West Coast to the East Coast – and then onto the Pacific Rim – but it was now time to come back home. This fourth film, simply titled “Fast & Furious,” saw the first full-scale reunion of the original cast since the original in 2001: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. Although the previous two films carried on the franchise, this fourth outing was the first real sequel to the story the street gang set up in the first place.
With just two days until the starting pistol is fired for the U.S. release of “Fast Five,” we enter day 3 of our week-long look back at the films that came before. Today we turn to the most exotic and unusual addition to the franchise: “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” featuring an all-new main cast and scenes primarily filmed overseas.
For the third installment of “The Fast And the Furious” franchise, the filmmakers broke away from the pack and relocated the series to the Tokyo streets that gave them the Asian-import cars from the original film. Just as Vin Diesel dropped out of the second film, his founding co-star Paul Walker opted out of this third film and pushed producer Neal H. Moritz to find a completely new cast to rebuild the franchise. For that he turned to noted independent actor Lucas Black, who became known for both his acting chops and Alabama accent in films like “Sling Blade,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Jarhead.” For directing this primarily Tokyo-based production, Moritz turned to Asian-American filmmaker Justin Lin, known at the time for his 2002 crime-drama “Better Luck Tomorrow.”
With the release of “Fast Five” only four days away, we turn now to the first fruits of the runaway success of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise – the sequel, “2 Fast 2 Furious”.
After the success of “The Fast and the Furious” in 2001, producers were quick to put the pedal to the medal on a follow-up. Although several members of the original cast walked away from a sequel, the producers pulled together a potent blend of original stars and talented newcomers to the franchise to turn this franchise’s sprint into a marathon.
With this Friday’s release of "Fast Five" barreling towards us, MTV Movies Blog is taking the time to look in the rearview at the four films that paved the way. First up, the movie that started it all.
There have been a host of car racing movies that came before "The Fast and the Furious," but its debut in 2001 saw the rise of the sub-genre’s biggest and most popular franchise ever. Described as “gritty and gratifying” by Variety, the Rob Cohen-directed film cemented the popularity of Vin Diesel after his role in "Pitch Black" the previous year and used an ensemble cast composed of young Hollywood’s biggest stars of the time. Although American car racing movies had long relied on the horsepower of homegrown ‘muscle’ cars, “The Fast and the Furious” super-charged its debut by relying primarily on vehicles from the Asian import scene that had become staples of car culture since the mid-80s but had never been depicted in a mainstream U.S. film before.
In “The Fast and the Furious,” Domenic Toretto (Diesel) is heading up a street gang that the authorities believe is responsible for a string of high-speed truck hijackings. After putting undercover cop Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) into the mix to land on Toretto’s crew, he comes to know Toretto’s real story while falling for his younger sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster). Although he eventually breaks his cover, O’Connor comes to the rescue of the Torettos when they're fingered for the crimes of a more reprehensible street gang and their activities.
After two missed shots, Sylvester Stallone and director Walter Hill will finally set their sights together on "Headshot."
Ain’t It Cool News received a direct message from Stallone that he's officially secured Hill to direct his upcoming film "Headshot." The cop and hitman team-up pic is a long time coming for this pair of filmmakers: Stallone said that he was close to working with Hill on two of the director’s previous films, 1982’s “48 Hrs.” and 1978’s “The Driver.” Although he might not be a widely-known name for modern moviegoers, Hill’s work in the '70s and '80s made him one of the most respected directors of action films and the late-20th Century revival of the Western. He's worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest action stars -- McQueen, Bronson, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Rourke, Snipes -- with Stallone being one of the few exceptions... until now.
Check out a highlight reel of Walter Hill’s work over his 40+ year career after the jump, and you’ll begin to see how a team-up with Sylvester Stallone on "Headshot" may be a perfect shot for both actor and director.
With the DVD of “Tron: Legacy” hitting shelves next week (April 5), fans are in for a load of new material – but that’s not all they have to look forward to.
Next year, "Tron" lovers can tune in to Disney XD and see the next chapter in the epic sci-fi franchise when the animated series “Tron: Uprising” makes its debut. The 10-part series is set between the time of the first film and last December’s “Tron: Legacy,” showing the titular Tron training a new program to take up his cause. For actor Bruce Boxleitner, it’s a long-overdue chance to fill in this missing chapter for the franchise and his character.
“In this story, Tron is a much more battle-hardened warrior than you’ve seen before,” the veteran actor tells MTV News. “It’s like 'The Mask of Zorro' where he’s looking for a young one to train and to have that master-student relationship.”
This Tuesday (April 5) sees the long-awaited release of “Tron: Legacy” on DVD and Blu-Ray, and with that comes the question on everyone’s mind: will there be a third “Tron” film? If you ask veteran actor Bruce Boxleitner who plays the titular character, it’s an enthusiastic yes.
“I think 'Tron: Legacy' left it open-ended,” Boxleitner said in an interview with MTV News. “You see two beautiful people riding off into the sunrise, and Quora seeing sunrise for the first time. That leaves it open to imagination and speculation."
"We also saw Cillian Murphy and the boardroom at ENCOM when Sam pulled the stunt in the beginning," he continued. "All these things have been left hanging out there.”