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Yes, you read that headline correctly (especially if you jumped right over the "holy" part): in the future, we will all be subjected to more bouts of ridonkulous gearhead hijinks on the big screen. Rumor has it that in the future we will also wear lots of spandex and have robot butlers, but as of yet, there's no confirmation.
The F&F rumor comes via Vin Diesel himself (aka Mark Sinclair Vincent), who posted this bombshell of a status update to his Facebook fan page: "If 2009's 'Fast and Furious' was chapter one, what writer Chris Morgan just delivered is chapter 2 and chapter 3." Which confuses the bejeebus out of us, because we thought Fast & Furious was technically chapter four, after The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Chronology aside, Mr.Diesel: just because you cut out the determiners and toss in an ampersand doesn't mean that you can erase everything else that's happened in the life of your character, Dominic Toretto. And yes, we understand that technically the franchise has moved into prequel/sequel territory, which is why you want to call the next chapters #2 and #3, but need we remind you of that whole Phantom Menace thing and how that didn't work out so well for George Lucas? Can we please just call the next one Fast/Furious Five and get everything back on track? For the sake of clarity? (Not that "clarity" ranks too high on your screenwriters' list of objectives, but still.)