First “Furious” Helmer Open To Return

Though he’s had a few hits and misses, filmmaker Rob Cohen will always be remembered for giving birth to the “Fast and the Furious” and “xXx” franchise. Cohen helmed the first films in both series back in 2001 and 2002, the director’s sixth and seventh theatrical feature following the likes of “Daylight” and “DragonHeart”.

He hasn’t returned to either series since, but in a new interview with Screen Crush he says he hasn’t shut out the possibility of ever coming back. In fact, he tells the site that when the day comes for a final film in the saga he would like to direct:

“I always wished Universal would come back to me to direct the last one… The franchise went from a Los Angeles story built around a family of multicultural brothers and sisters to what I’ll call ‘pure spectacle.’ The beauty is that the audience has ridden along with it for these 18 years.

I’m very proud that the characters I created in 2001 are still in the lexicon. There‘s still a Dominic Toretto appearing every two years, or a Mia Toretto, or a Letty. It had to evolve, and it evolved in a way that was ultra-worldwide commercial. And the heartbeat of it is: We live in a world with no gravity, cars can do anything. They can burst out of the nose of airplanes. People can jump across freeways. They can take down helicopters. It’s like, ‘Okay, anything for the spectacle’.

I started out to do a different thing, but the thing that I did implanted this world and these characters deeply in that audience. [M]ost of the time when you go on the internet and [read] ‘Which was the best Fast & Furious?’ It’s almost always mine.”

Cohen’s new film “The Hurricane Heist” hits cinemas March 9th.