The only question facing Universal right now is just how much of the $626 million worldwide made by “Fast Five” will be matched or exceeded by “Fast & Furious 6.” There is really no doubt it’s going to be a monster hit at this point, because no matter where you stand on this series, or whether or not you’re a film snob, Vin Diesel driving the car out of the front of a jetplane is fucking awesome. Universal knows this, and that’s why they’re already looking ahead to next year.
The studio has dated “Fast & Furious 7” for a July 11, 2014 release date. Boom. “Saw” and “Insidious” helmer James Wan recently landed the directing gig after Justin Lin exited, citing the extremely tight deadline, which will see pre-production on the sequel starting shortly if it hasn’t already. There have already been some pretty spoiler-y rumors about what will connect the two movies and who the villain might be.