It may be hard to believe that the original “Fast and the Furious” film released almost 15 years ago, but the franchise is about to celebrate the milestone this summer. As precursor to the new film, and to celebrate the original, Universal Pictures announced today it will re-release The Fast and the Furious in a limited nationwide theatrical run on Wednesday, June 22, to commemorate the film’s 15th anniversary.
The Fast and the Furious was released on the same day in summer 2001, the film would later create one of the most popular global film franchises ever, which has seen its seven films turn into a $3.9 billion box-office phenomenon. Advance tickets, available at Fandango, go on sale today.
Returning to theaters for the first time in a decade and a half, The Fast and the Furious takes audiences back to the streets of East Los Angeles, where they first met the enduring core characters of the Fast saga, played by original cast members Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez.
The seven chapters in the serialized adventures of Dom Toretto and his crew reached their greatest box-office success with last year’s Furious 7, which made more than $1.5 billion around the world. The eighth chapter is scheduled for release on April 14, 2017.
“All of us who make the Fast and Furious movies know we are part of a family that spreads all around the world,” said series producer Neal H. Moritz, “and we are happy to invite our fans to revisit where it all began back on the big screen. While we are hard at work making number eight, we are thankful to take this moment and celebrate the original that started us off.”
The upcoming “Fast 8” will be directed by F. Gary Gray, working off a script written by Chris Morgan. The original characters were created by Gary Scott Thompson. Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood and Kristofer Hivju will be joining the regular cast of characters from the franchise.