With all the building excitement for the next instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise, the news that the locations are going to be exotic will pump up that adrenaline a little bit more. Because the locations will be just that, exotic, at least according to the film’s star and producer, Vin Diesel. He has said that Fast & Furious 7 will be filmed in the Middle East and Tokyo, Japan.
But rumours have already started circulating on Fast & Furious 8! it is being whispered that number eight in the franchise will be filmed in Cairo, Egypt. It is obvious that the 45 year-old actor and producer intends on keeping the film’s locations an intentional highlight of the franchise.
In an interview with DigitalSpy movie website he confirmed that number seven will still retain that international flavour. Diesel said, “We will have a stint in Tokyo and there is the Middle East next, that could be very interesting.”
Fast & Furious 7 is set to start filming in September and is set for a July 2014 summer release. Twitter is already full of tweets that are speculating that the area in the Middle East where Diesel and Co will be filming has got to be Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
THe 45 year-old Diesel revealed earlier that he saw number seven as the beginning of a new trilogy in the franchise and despite there being no information about exact locations, the budget for the next film will be most likely be big enough that the high octane car based franchise will continue to deliver that signature heart pounding action.
But exotic locations aren’t the only exciting thing about number seven. The news that Jason Statham is joining the film has quite a few pulses racing already. If you haven’t seen Fast & Furious 6 yet, you may want to skip this next piece of information.
Stathman has been cast as Ian Shaw, the brother of Owen Shaw. It seems that after Dominic Torreto and his crew helped to take down Owen Shaw, his brother Ian (Jason Statham) now wants revenge. The 46 year-old actor has made a career out of playing “bad-ass” characters and whether he is on the side of law and order or not, he generally makes it very difficult for people who oppose him.
It will be very exciting to see Statham up against Vin Diesel and his crew. Add into the mix the exotic locations and you have another sequel to write home about.
Of course there is also a rumour that Taylor Lautner, who is perhaps better known as Jacob in the Stephanie Meyer Twilight films, aka “Team Jacob” could well be joining the cast of the next iteration of the Fast & Furious franchise. The producers must be trying to hedge their bets by acquiring some Lautner fans to fork up some box office bucks to see him behind the wheel of a car.
Fast & Furious 6 was released on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend this year and besides the film tromping its competition flat at the box office, it almost quadrupled the production budget of the film. In case you were wondering, the budget was around $160 million and so far the world box office for the film stands at $405 million. Just a short $19 million away from earning four times its production cost.
With a profit margin like that, the cost of filming Fast & Furious 7 in the Middle East and Tokyo, Japan will be a drop in the bucket in the area of production cost. We’ll leave you with one last little bit of information, the six movies in the Fast & Furious franchise have now earned a total of nearly $2billion world wide since they were launched in 2001.
By Michael Smith