While you’d assume that professional filmmakers, auteurs at the top of their game, are ultra-selective snobs when it comes to the cinema they consume, the God’s honest truth is they’re just like the rest of us ordinary dweebs – in search of digestible and often-times mindless entertainment. Forget The Birth of a Nation and whatever obscure flick Jean-Luc Godard is pushing based on its supposed “artistic merits”. As it turns out, the king of high-concept himself – Christopher Nolan – digs a bit of the The Fast & The Furious. Particularly Tokyo Drift.
“I’m sort of an original recipe [guy],” the Inception director admitted on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast.
“I mean the Rob Cohen original [from 2001]. But I’ve got a very soft spot for Tokyo Drift, actually. And then the skill as [director] Justin Lin’s iterations… as they got crazier and bigger and crazier and bigger, they became something else, but something else kind of fun.”
“The fun thing about those movies is even as they’ve gotten bigger and bigger and bigger, as sequels have to do – everyone always complains that sequels get bigger but we’re the people making sequels get bigger, we do want them bigger, you don’t want them smaller.”
“It’s the Alien 3 lesson that [David] Fincher learned. You can do it but it’s not going to make anybody happy, even though personally I love that film… a lot more than he does in fact.”
The third instalment of the franchise starring Sung Kang as Han Lue and Lucas Black as Sean Boswell copped a critical (and commercial) beating during its initial release, and currently retains a rather humble IMDb score of just 6/10. Tokyo Drift, however, has amassed a cult following and become something of a fan favourite since. Plus if it managed to convert Christopher Nolan into becoming another member of the Fast & Furious familia, it certainly isn’t a movie to write off.
Justin Lin has returned to the director’s chair for Fast & Furious 9 – otherwise known as F9 – originally scheduled for international release on May 20th of this year before being pushed to April 2nd in 2021 (for obvious COVID-19 related reasons). And yes, as we reported a few months prior, Dominic Toretto & Co. are actually headed to outer space… potential Interstellar x FF crossover film?