On June 22 the very first Fast and Furious movie, actually called The Fast And The Furious, will be back in about 1,500 movie theaters around America in honor of the movie’s 15th anniversary. Insert car-related excitement pun!
This is your chance to see the original F&F, with such gems of dialogue like “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time,” and “You never had me, you never had your car!”
Oh, and who can forget “More than you can afford, pal. Ferrari.”
Re-releases are not unheard of, and I guess a 15th anniversary is as good an excuse as any to keep the multi-billion dollar franchise on stoke until the next one comes out.
Here’s what Universal Distribution Chief Nick Carpou said in a statement quoted by MoviePlot:
“While we had the Back to the Future re-release 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. The fanbase has grown exponentially, particularly in the social media age and the re-release provides an opportunity for the most recent generation of fans to experience the first film on the big screen for the first time.
It will be surreal to see a young Paul Walker pushing tin on the big screen again after his untimely death in 2013, and I’m really looking forward to all that neon and nitrous. No word yet on whether the re-release will include any kind of bonus or new footage.
Deadline reports that The Fast and the Furious made $40 million when it opened and ultimately raked in $144.5 million dollars at the box office in America. They say the franchise has made $3.9 billion at the box office around the world. Add that too whatever’s been made on DVDs, downloads, video games, t-shirts, toys and everything else and you’re talking about obscene amounts of money.
Funny to imagine all that stemmed from a 1998 Vibe magazine article adapted to a hokey movie cast with relatively unknown actors.
“Fifteen years ago my life changed forever. Dom was born… Little did I know back then what that really meant,” now-superstar Vin Diesel said to EW. “The brotherhood formed with Brian, the love personified in Letty and the sense of family initiated by Mia… It is surreal that this film has held up all the years and led to so much more. Proud of our Fast saga family. From studio to crew, thank you all.”
The Fast And The Furious has a special place in my heart, too. I saw it right around the same time I turned into a teenager, and proceeded to become obsessed with tuner cars until finally getting my own, crashing it, getting another one, and eventually realizing there’s more to the car scene than the diameter of your exhaust pipe.
I’ve already got my tickets. Here’s where you can find your own. So who am I going to see there?