Vin Diesel to Direct Fast and the Furious Prequel

Vin Diesel revealed to ComingSoon that he is directing a 20-minute prequel to the fourth Fast and the Furious movie. Diesel will also star in the prequel alongside Michelle Rodriguez and Sung Kang. No word on how this will connect, if at all, with the earlier films or where it will be released. Maybe it will be included on a DVD re-release of “the original trilogy”. Chances are it can’t be worse than 2 Fast 2 Furious.

This isn’t Diesel’s first time in the director’s chair. He helmed and starred in a short film titled Strays, that was shown during the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. Steven Spielberg saw the short and decided to cast the actor in Saving Private Ryan, jump-starting his career. He tried his hand at directing one more time in a low-budget 1999 short film titled Multi-Facial. Diesel has since tried his hand at producing, at at one point was announced to helm and star in Hannibal the Conqueror, about the Carthaginian general who led an elephant-riding battalion across the Alps to attack Rome in the 3rd Century B.C.

Justin Lin’s Fast and Furious hits theaters on June 5th 2009.


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First Look: Fast and Furious

USA Today has a first look at Fast and Furious, the fourth film in The Fast and the Furious series. The new film brings back the three leads of the first film: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Michelle Rodriguez. And for some reason that fact excites me, just a little. The series gets a lot of flack, as well it should, but I’ve always enjoyed the first film on a purely popcorn level. The new photos focus on Diesel’s return, although moviegoers who were subjected to Tokyo Drift might remember that Diesel returned as a ridiculous and unexplainable cameo in that film.

Paul Walker comments that “this isn’t Shakespeare, so we don’t take ourselves too seriously.” Indeed, but is there any chance the fourth film could be good? Probably not. I keep rooting for director Justin Lin, who has disapointed me countless times since I first discovered his 2002 indie film Better Luck Tomorrow. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. He has yet to fullfill the expectations he has set up in that film. I am sure he will someday, and I’ll be there to see it and say “I knew it!” It’s just a matter of how old I might be when that happens.

Fast and Furious hits theaters on June 5th 2009.

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