F9 director Justin Lin disagreed with Universal Studio on Fast and Furious 6 title, calling discussions “alive”
Justin Lin, Director of F9, revealed he had disagreements with Universal over the title of his previous album – 2013 Fast and Furious 6. The last chapter of the long Fast and furious series, F9 sees Dominic Toretto from Vin Diesel and his Quickly family – including Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Ludacris – come together to stop Charlize Theron’s villain Cipher. This time around, Cipher is helped by Dom’s younger brother Jakob, played by series newcomer John Cena.
The upcoming film will be Lin’s fifth turn to achieve a Fast and furious movie. He first joined the series in 2006 to direct the third film, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, and then led three follow-ups: Fast and Furious, Fast 5, and Fast and Furious 6. The director is also currently attached to directing the tenth and eleventh Fast and furious films in the franchise, which would be an epic conclusion split into two parts.
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In an interview with Reelblend by Cinemablend podcast, the director spoke about his past experiences working on the show. When asked if the name of the tenth film would be styled as’Fas10‘ (thought ‘Fas10 your seat belts ”), Lin explained that he liked the idea of having fun naming each new movie. He also described the “fiery»Discussions he had with the Universal distributor about the name of the sixth film, having initially planned that it reflect the name of the previous film – Fast 5. Originally titled furious 6, the film was renamed Fast and Furious 6. You can read Lin’s full quote below:
“If you watch Fast 6 it’s called Fast & Furious 6, but when you watch the movie it’s called Furious 6… So that’s something that happens, and obviously I’m having a good time, I a great relationship with the studio, but I was like, ‘Dude, it was called Fast Five so you can have Furious 6. It was always by design.’ And somehow, for some reason, it became Fast & Furious 6. So there were some very… heated conversations about the titles, but I think we still have fun in the way. which we choose to label each new chapter.
It’s unclear why Universal chose a simpler title for the sixth film, but they will eventually choose to name the seventh film. Furious 7, apparently realizing what they might have missed. Additionally, Universal seems to have become more willing to have fun with the different naming conventions as the franchise has grown – the eighth chapter was titled The fate of the furious, a play on number eight. Interestingly, Lin also stressed the importance of the inclusion of ‘The quick saga‘in the title of F9, describing it as “Our pledge to not just do one movie and win another, it’s actually a one-chapter pledge.”
From the sound of things it seems that F9 will be an integral part of setting up the events of the next two films. While very little is known about what exactly will be in store for Dominic and his family, the cast and Lin have discussed some potential ideas. With both Fast 10 and 11 set to be a two-part, this will undoubtedly be a grand showcase. Fans can get a feel for what to expect F9 is now in theaters.
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- F9 / Fast & Furious 9 (2021)Release Date: June 25, 2021
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