F9 director Justin Lin reveals that he and Paul Walker jokingly discussed a 68th Fast & Furious comedy film in which Walker would play O’Conner as an old man.
F9: The fast saga director Justin Lin recently revealed that he and the late Paul Walker had at one point discussed making a 68. Fast and furious film, or Fast 68, together. Lin has directed a total of five films in the globally popular franchise, starting with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006. To date, the series as a whole has earned over $ 6 billion worldwide since 2001. Lin is also currently affiliated directly Fast 10 and 11, which is believed to be the last films in the franchise.
Former franchise co-star, Walker, originally starred with Vin Diesel in the 2001 hit, The fast and the Furious, as Brian O’Conner. The actor then starred in another five Fast and furious film, with the last being Furious 7. Tragically, the actor died in 2013 before completing the film, which was finally released in 2015 with innovative CGI, and the actor’s brothers used to complete his scenes in the film.
talking with Insider, Lin shared that he has been thinking about the inevitable finale of the franchise for almost ten years. He also discussed his recollections of previous conversations with Walker about the possibilities, while Walker asked, “Well, what would the final film be?“Surprisingly, Lin even revealed that the two had actually discussed developing one separately Fast and furious project in a completely different genre, with the title Fast 68. In the proposed film, he jokes that Walker would have repeated the role of O’Conner as an old man. Read what Lin said below:
“At one point, we were going to make a short film and it was going to be a comedy,” Lin said of an idea he and Walker tossed around. “It was supposed to be ‘Fast 68’ and it was supposed to be Brian O’Conner with the walker. It was all this joke. We had it all.”
Unfortunately, the potentially funny short film was never made. Meanwhile, the development is on Fast and furious 10 continues to move forward, as Universal Pictures has already set a release date for May 2023. Cast members who are expected to return include, among others, franchise star Diesel along with Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris. But a former cast member who will not return is Dwayne Johnson, who rejected a return after Diesel publicly asked Johnson on social media to return for the next film. Johnson expressed disapproval of Diesel and mentioned Walker’s death in the social media post in which he asked to return.
Walker was known for having a good sense of humor, and a self-confident comedy directed by Lin could have held up very promisingly. However, it is unclear how such a film could have been distributed. Although it may have been likely that it was included as bonus content on home video and digital release along with a movie. A blooper gag was released years ago where Walker humorously posed as Diesel in a video that went viral. It represents a missed opportunity for what could have been a memorable comedian Fast and furious film by Walker.
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