Gossip from around the campfire suggests that director Justin Lin is jumping back behind the metaphorical wheel and is ready to drive Universal's Fast and Furious franchise over the finish line to a thrilling conclusion.
This comes as a wise choice for Universal seeing as Lin managed to jump-start the ailing franchise after being handed the keys for Tokyo Drift...four movies ago, then leaving his well oiled machine in the capable hands of horror hero Justin Wan to direct the fast approaching Furious 7.
Although Lin is keeping himself busy revving the first two episodes of the second installment of HBO's epic cop drama True Detective and signing on to direct the latest chapter in Jeremy Renner's junkie assassin Aaron Cross' tale in The Bourne Spinoff, Universal seem keen to get him back on board to helm the "multi-part production" Fast 8 & 9 finales.
Multi-part meaning the Fast franchise will be jumping on the recent fad of splitting sprawling conclusions into two parts. My wallet already feels thin.
With all this work being tossed at Lin, you'd think the Furious conclusion would be left with James Wan to work on. Buuut seeing as Wan has scurried back to his veritable house of horrors with The Conjuring 2 and Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass have green-lit a new (proper) Bourne film, this will see the brakes put on The Bourne Spinoff idea and possibly leave open road for Lin to return to his spiritual...garage? That was probably my worst metaphor.
So what will Justin Lin be bringing back to the plate?
Awesome Car Action!
Well...that's a given! The driving stunts in Tokyo Drift were pretty damn cool! (via tenterflex)
Awesome Tank Action!
'Cause what film about superpowered cars shouldn't have a superpowered, superarmoured, supertank?
Awesome Rock Clothesline Action!
Who doesn't want to see The Rock fly?
Awesome Deep Monologue Action!
Cause, you know, life and stuff. (via DRZTK)
So the stage is set for the checkered flag to come down on Vin Diesel and family's exploits as the baddest swear words on four wheels. It'll be a shame to see them hang up their driving gloves, but I'm sure the garage doors will reopen for a younger bunch of ace drivers to drive real fast and be all furious and grr.