PARIS — French director Louis Leterrier was a regular fan of “The Fast and the Furious” when the multibillion-dollar franchise began more than two decades ago. Now he finished it.
“I was such a huge fan, I bought my ticket on the Champs-Elysées in 2001, I became a manager and now I’m finishing the franchise,” Leterrier told AFP. “This never happens!”
The 49-year-old has directed the last two episodes, including Fast X, which hits cinemas around the world next week.
He told AFP that his goal is to restore contact with the “safety” of the first batch, which dates back to 2001.
“Well, there’s still some pretty crazy stuff going on, but at least we’re down to earth,” Leterrier said, referring to the final episode, “Fast 9,” which ups the ante while driving a car in space.
The sprawling series followed the adventures of Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), an ex-criminal who becomes a Los Angeles street racing star, and the gang he considers family.
From a relatively modest car-focused horror flick with pimps, the series has grown to challenge the Hollywood superhero giant, grossing more than $6.6 billion at the global box office.
With bloated budgets, as well as bizarre stunts and stories. But Letry said he wanted to bring things back down to earth.
He said, “Nothing is more impossible when it comes to stunts, but I don’t want to lose sight of the impossible.
“I want to push reality, to turn cinema into another dimension, but above all I have to tell human stories.”
This time, Doom and his friends are fighting the son of the enemy they once again defeat in Episode V, played by Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”).
They were joined by regulars like Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Statham, as well as Academy Award winners Charlize Theron and Brie Larson.
As with other films in the series, the viewer moves to the four corners of the world, from Rio de Janeiro to London, and from Antarctica to Portugal.
“I’m going back to basics. That means leaving the computer and going back to the physical world.”
“The cars are really driven. The fires are really real.”
The final chapter is due out next year and tells Leterrier where it’s headed.
“The sequel wasn’t filmed at the same time but it was filmed at the same time, so we know where the movie will end,” he said.
It will be the pinnacle of humanity. The end will not be just a sensation. »
He closed his lips on the details, but he promised her she would go “somewhere Hollywood doesn’t usually go…and back to where it all began.” /ra
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