Overwhelmed by the momentous weight of the material, not to mention the demands of doing proper justice to the individual journeys of each individually complex character, the next chapter in the Fast And Furious franchise will—like Harry Potter and The Hobbit before it—spread its story out over two films, leaving a cliffhanger in between that a car can jump over like vrroooooom and then it lands like KA-BAMMM and then speeds away, errrrrrrrrrrrrr. Performance-improving additive Vin Diesel laid out the plans for The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that when he, director Justin Lin, and screenwriter Chris Morgan began mapping out the next leg of their storytelling journey, they realized that there were just too many ways in which guys with huge muscles could totally tear ass around it.
“With the success of this last one, and the inclusion of so many characters, and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space,” Diesel explained, his ink-stained fingers involuntarily twitching, scritch-scratching at the still-expanding story racing through the Asian gangster-run back streets of his mind. “The studio said, ‘You can’t fit all that story in one damn movie!’” he added, noting that their initial outline ran well over 110 pages, and that’s without the drawings. Diesel did not go into details about the plot that will unfold over two damn movies, but earlier this year, producer Neal Moritz did suggest that it would take the form of an elaborate heist. Given this promised “scope,” by the end of this heist there may be no car left in the world that hasn’t been mangled or exploded.