Posted Oct. 4, 2007 -- Get your motors running. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are in negotiations to reunite for the fourth installment of "Fast and the Furious" franchise, reports Variety. Justin Lin and Chris Morgan, who were behind Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, are returning to directing and writing duties, respectively.
The story line is being kept under wraps, but fast cars are undoubtedly involved. A spring start is anticipated with shooting in Los Angeles, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.Neal Moritz will produce the as-yet-untitled installment along with Diesel, who will produce through his One Race Films banner.
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The first "Furious," released in 2001, was a surprise hit, grossing more than $144 million and creating a franchise for the studio while making stars our of Diesel and Walker. Only Walker returned for the sequel, "2 Fast 2 Furious," and sat out the third installment, 2005's "Tokyo Drift." That movie had relative newcomer Lucas Black in the driver's seat but did feature Diesel in a cameo at the end of the movie.
Murphy Has "A Thousand Words"
Eddie Murphy is in final negotiations to reteam with "Norbit" director Brian Robbins for the DreamWorks comedy "A Thousand Words." The two recently collaborated on the upcoming "Starship Dave" for 20th Century Fox, also.
"Words" centers on a glib man who finds out that he has only 1,000 words left to speak before he dies. Steve Koren ("Click") penned the screenplay. Murphy is currently shooting the comedy "Nowhereland" for Paramount Pictures. He has several projects in development at various studios, including a bigscreen adaptation of "Fantasy Island" at Columbia Pictures.