I would love nothing more than to simply print the title above and allow you all to giggle like little school girls who just saw a kid pee his pants in 3rd period English, but there’s more to the story.

Universal Pictures has shifted the production of the fifth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise into first gear, green-lighting the project that is currently being called Fast Five. The studio has already secured the participation of stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, along with director Justin Lin and producer Neal Moritz.

Even in these economically challenged times, Universal has still found more than enough success with this franchise. The most recent film, 2009’s Fast and Furious, became the highest grossing film in the series, taking in over $150 million domestically in April. Only the third film, Tokyo Drift, earned less than $125 million. It’s easy to see how Universal would want to continue to squeeze money out of this high-octane series of action films.

Chris Morgan is writing Fast Five, marking the third time he and Justin Lin have teamed for a Fast and Furious film. The story finds Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) as fugitives being pursued by relentless lawmen.

I will be forming a support group for disenfranchised movie fans who are struck hard by this news. Please feel free to let your feelings flow in the comments section below (also, please disregard that time when I said Fast and the Furious “wasn’t that bad”).

Source: Variety

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