“Fast and Furious” fans have to wait another year to see the next sequel, but they can watch their favorite drivers on the big screen before that. “The Fast and the Furious,” the movie that launched the series, will be rereleased to celebrate the movie’s 15th anniversary.
The original movie, starring the late Paul Walker, was released June 22, 2001. Theaters across the country will show the movie again June 22 this year, Universal announced Wednesday. Tickets are available on Fandango.
“While we had the ‘Back to the Future’ rerelease synced to the day when Marty McFly and Doc Brown went back to the future on Oct. 21, 2015, with ‘The Fast and the Furious’ this is a case where it’s been 15 years and seven movies later,” Universal distribution chief Nick Carpou said in a statement (via Deadline). “The fanbase has grown exponentially, particularly in the social media age, and the rerelease provides an opportunity for the most recent generation of fans to experience the first film on the big screen for the first time.”
Some revisit the first film often. Actress Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Letty, revealed that she has gone back to the original more than once. “[I’ve watched it] so many times,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “It really is a time capsule, that thing. I was just 22 years old.”
Rodriguez also noted they had no thoughts of doing a sequel while shooting the first action movie. Times have certainly changed. While the cast is still filming the “Fast and Furious 8,” Hiram Garcia, consulting producer on the seventh film, admitted they’re already thinking about a spinoff film. The movie would focus on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character, Hobbs.
“There’s a real goal for that, and we can have enough fun with that where we’ve earned that now with the audience,” Garcia told ComicBook.com. “He’s a beloved-enough character that they’d love to see what a ride with him would be like in his world.”
“The Fast and the Furious” hits theaters again June 22. The eighth film in the franchise is scheduled to be released April 14, 2017.