Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Universal Studios Hollywood has released the first video of the upcoming Fast and the Furious Supercharged ride. In February Universal aired the first Fast & Furious Supercharged commercial during the Super Bowl, but this is the first time we actually get to see some of the ride being filmed with Fast and the Furious franchise stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Luke Evans. Watch the Fast & Furious Supercharged ride first look video embedded after the jump.
Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride First Look
The Fast & Furious Supercharged “adrenaline filled 3D-HD thrill ride” will be added to as the “grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour” in Universal Hollywood on June 25th 2015, also a big announcement.
Press release follows:
Universal Studios Hollywood Unveils Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Much-Anticipated Thrill Ride “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and Officially Announces Ride’s June 25 Grand Opening Date
Making-of Footage Features Franchise and Ride Stars, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson; Airs During National Telecast of “Fast Five” on NBC, Saturday, March 21, at 8:00 p.m. ET / PT
Universal City, California, March 20, 2015 – Universal Studios HollywoodSM showcases exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of its upcoming “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride and reveals its eagerly-awaited opening date as Thursday, June 25, 2015.
The captivating 90-second behind-the-scenes footage offers insightful perspective on the making of this adrenaline-charged attraction along with interviews with several of the Fast & Furious franchise cast members and stars of the ride, including Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson.
The first-look footage can be accessed here and debuts nationally on NBC during the special telecast of “Fast Five” on Saturday, March 21, at 8:00 p.m. ET / PT
“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” is a technologically advanced, epic ride that reunites stars from the Fast & Furious series in a groundbreaking mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the Fast & Furious films that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. Featuring Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw), “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” will catapult guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars in a harrowing escapade—at perceived speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour—to save one of their own from an international crime cartel.
Sharing their enthusiasm for “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” cast members had this to say during their on-set interviews for the behind-the-scenes shoot:
“I get a chance to become Luke Hobbs and kick-ass…all in 3D,” said Dwayne Johnson.
“It’s really a sensory driven experience, and I can’t wait to see what happens,” commented Michelle Rodriguez.
Tyrese Gibson added, “Everything about Universal Studios puts you in the driver’s seat to really experience Hollywood.”
“Fast & Furious—Supercharged” is a high-octane, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride and new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour. The dynamic hydraulic motion-based ride will tell an original Fast & Furious story that fuses sophisticated hyper-realistic special effects with a state-of-the-art 3D audio system and 3D-HD imagery, projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen. Spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests within a newly constructed 65,000-square-foot structure on the legendary backlot, the sprawling custom-built screen will employ 34, 4K projectors and a sophisticated projection configuration system to envelop guests in unprecedented realism.
Coupled with an intense blend of thrilling visceral effects, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” will take guests on a wild ride that begins the moment they board the Studio Tour. Exclusive interstitial content—that was filmed with the cast members—will be featured on the tram monitors—highlighting interactions as they engage guests en route to the ride’s climatic scenes. Along the tram route and featured on the ride, sightings of numerous prop cars from the Fast & Furiousseries, including Dom’s iconic Dodge Charger, will enhance the story.
Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the incredibly popular 3D Ultra-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.” As part of its milestone 50thanniversary celebration in 2015, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut a slate of dynamic new attractions, including the electrifying 3D-HD thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” as the grand finale to the famed Studio Tour, “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering evening tours of the iconic movie backlot.
My original post on the announcement of the ride follows, from April 8th 2014:
I always thought it was very strange that Universal Studios theme parks don’t feature a Fast and the Furious ride. The films have earned almost $2.4 billion worldwide — Fast and the Furious is the biggest franchise in Universal Studios’ history, yet they can’t even build a ride in the domestic theme parks? Yes, they’ve had that lame stop on the studio tram tour that features a bunch of cars spinning on turntables, a cross promotion for their earlier film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. But the tram stop is one of the stupidest parts of the tram tour, and by the way, Tokyo Drift is the lowest earning movie of the franchise — seems like an odd choice.
Finally, Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a new Fast and the Furious ride which will be called Fast & Furious Supercharged (we mentioned the trademark in an earlier Theme Park Bits). More details on the Fast & Furious Supercharged ride revealed after the jump.
Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride Details
Unfortunately with Universal Hollywood building Hogwarts there is not much room for another full ride, so they are adding the new Fast & Furious Supercharged “ride” to the studio tram tour. Here is what was revealed in the New York Times:
Also coming next year, the company said on Tuesday, will be “Fast & Furious – Supercharged,” a movie-thrill ride hybrid in which occupants of Universal’s famed back-lot trams will be encircled by 400-foot-long movie screens. “We’re going to make it feel like those trams are being pulled through the streets at speeds of over 100 miles per hour,” said Chick Russell, an executive producer for Universal Creative.
Hey, at least it will be better than a bunch of cars spinning on turntables. They also revealed that the Universal Studios’ studio tram tours, which currently end at sunset, will be expanded into the night time hours with a different nighttime story line “accompanied by lighting effects at more than 20 stops.”
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