'Fast Five' Director Confirms Sequel: 'It's Going to Happen'

11:15 PM PST 05/02/2011 by Gregg Kilday
Universal Pictures
"Fast Five"

"After this big weekend, we're going forward," says Justin Lin after the movie starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson bows to $86.2 million.

Justin Lin, the director of Universal's Fast Five, is ready to gas up for a sequel, following the turbo-charged opening weekend during which the heavily muscled movie took in $86.2 million in North America.

"After this big weekend, we're going forward," Lin told USA Today on Monday. "It's pretty much 100%. It's going to happen."

While Universal had no official comment on the inevitable sequel's status, the studio was gearing up for further installments of the franchise even before the movie opened domestically.

The road-racing premise that fueled the original movies in the series was retooled in Fast Five, which stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson, to bring in a heist element that could be developed further in future films.

And as The Hollywood Reporter reported April 19, Universal has signed Chris Morgan, the writer of the third, fourth and fifth installments, to a two-year, first-look pact, and he plans to write a Fast Six.

After the closing credits of Fast Five, a brief scene between Johnson -- in character as Hobbs -- and actress Eva Mendes aired for moviegoers who stayed long enough, introducing a new case that seemed to propel the franchise forward. Spoiler alert: The case involved a robbery that Michelle Rodriguez's Letty, who was murdered in 2009's Fast & Furious, is somehow involved in -- indicating that she is in fact alive.

"At five, we're just hitting our stride," said Lin, who directed the last three movies in the franchise. "We're growing. People want to continue this journey."
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