Some late-breaking official release date news to round out your Friday! Universal Pictures has just scheduled two of its most anticipated upcoming films and, though we have to wait until 2013 for both of them, I can honestly say I am genuinely excited for at least one of them.
Up first, Robert Schwentke's take on Peter Lenkov's comic, R.I.P.D., will hit theaters on June 28, 2013. The film is set to star Ryan Reynolds (proving that Hollywood continues to believe that if there is a comic book role to fill, Reynolds is the guy, even after the boring disappointment of GREEN LANTERN) and Jeff Bridges. The film will follow a force of "undead officers" who run the Rest In Peace Department. This certainly sounds like a much better fit for Reynolds, an Bridges should serve as a fun counter-point. This is, however, not the film I am excited about.
That film would be FAST & FURIOUS 6 (or whatever they end up calling it - SIX FAST SIX FURIOUS? FAST AND FURIOUSIX?). Coming off the giant success that was FAST FIVE (the film gave Universal its biggest opening weekend ever and is zooming in on a $600 million box office take), it's a no-brainer that Universal would get going on this entry.
It looks as if Justin Lin will return to direct (his fourth FAST AND FURIOUS in a row), and the film expects to bring back its core cast "for their most dangerous adventure yet." It's also been reported that the film will continue the franchise's slide into more straight-up heist film territory, with all that street racing as a fun side-note. From the end of the FAST FIVE, we can expect to see the gang reunite somewhere in Europe.
Universal has sagely set that film to open on Memorial Day - May 24, 2013.
Which of these films are you most excited to see in 2013?
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