Fast and Furious series to relaunch as action franchise

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Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster reprise their roles in this fifth movie from the "Fast & The Furious" series. Since breaking Dom out of custody, Brian (Walker) and Mia Toretto (Brewster) have been on the run with their ex-con friend, blowing through borders to elude the authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last high-risk job in order to gain their freedom.

April 26th, 2011

The 'Fast and Furious' franchise is set to be rebooted as an action series.

Although the latest film 'Fast Five' starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker will only be released in the UK this week, plans are already underway for a sixth installment even though bosses are aware viewers will eventually tire of the street racing storyline of the first five movies.

Universal's Adam Fogelson said: "We've heard so many people say, 'I've never seen one, and I've never wanted to see one'. So if these movies were still about street racing, there was probably a ceiling on how many people would buy tickets. We wanted to see if we could raise it out of about racing and make car driving ability just a part of the movie, like those great chases in 'The French Connection', 'The Bourne Identity', 'The Italian Job'.

"Our strategy behind one of the biggest bets we've ever made is that the business has gone so far towards CG action every weekend, that we really believe creating a movie with real action and real cars will be amazing stuff to people excited by seeing something real."

Adam revealed a surprise ending to 'Fast Five' will set up the series reboot and while he is proud of this film, he admitted it is a "transitional movie".

He explained to Deadline.com: "We've absolutely left perfect room for where we want to go with this franchise. I don't want to give away too much, but there are a lot of surprises at the end of 'Fast Five' involving one of the biggest characters of the previous movies which will set up the franchise now as a series of heist action films."