Universal Pictures has snagged a release date for the yet-untitled sixth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, temporarily titled Fast and Furious 6, and according to Deadline, they’ll be releasing the movie on May 24, 2013 over Memorial Day weekend.
Produced by Neal Moritz, the franchise has grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide with the recent Fast Five having grossed nearly $600 million globally on its won.
There’s no confirmation that director Justin Lin will be returning for his fourth movie in a row, although he’s talked about completing the trilogy that began with 2009’s Fast and Furious. There isn’t any word on how much of the ensemble cast from Fast Five will be returning, but considering that they’ve established a new heist thriller format, one would expect at least Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson, who joined the franchise with the last film, playing a special forces agent sent to stop the streetracin’ criminals.
Fast & Furious 6 is the third movie to be scheduled for May 2013, although recent word and the fact it’s also from Universal puts further question on whether Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower would open the week before as previously scheduled.
Deadline is also reporting that Universal has picked June 28, 2013 for the horror-comedy R.I.P.D. (short for “Rest in Peace Department”), starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges and directed by Robert Schwentke (Red). That’s also produced by Neal Moritz with Michael Fottrell and Mike Richardson from Dark Horse Entertainment.