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Fast 2 dumps Diesel

04.29.2002

Universal has decided to no longer pursue Vin Diesel as the returning star of FAST AND THE FURIOUS 2, instead focusing the sequel on Paul Walker's character.  As a result of that decision, director Rob Cohen, has also left the project.  Cohen had a clause that he would only return to F&TF2 if Diesel was involved.  While officially the studio is denying they broke off talks because of salary issues, it's widely believed the $20 million paycheck Diesel and his agents were looking for was too hefty for Universal.  The studio had been preparing for a Diesel-less sequel from the beginning, optioning two scripts - one with his character and the other without.

FAST AND THE FURIOUS 2
Artist's rendering of F&TF2 poster

F&TF2 will now follow Walker's cop Brian O'Connor, who's been stripped of his badge following the events in the original film.  He's given a chance to redeem himself by his superiors and that opportunity involves another undercover adventure in the street racing world; this time in Miami.  While Universal and Diesel reached an impass over this film, they are still gung-ho on the PITCH BLACK sequel THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, for which the star received a $12 million payday.  Both F&TF2 and RIDDICK are both scheduled to begin filming later this year.

Source: Variety
Tags: Hollywood

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