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10 Behind The Scenes Facts About Tokyo Drift

Given that it’s tied to a huge Hollywood movie franchise but seemingly has nothing to do with any film that came before it, it’s hardly surprising that there are loads of fascinating stories behind The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. After losing/firing the two men who carried the franchise up to this point, the studio armed themselves with Justin Lin, a hot, young, and fresh director at the time.

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Though there were a lot of times where it looked like the movie was in jeopardy, such as crew members getting arrested and completely different script treatments, it all worked out in the end. But just like with The Fast and the Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious, Tokyo Drift is a well of fascinating behind-the-scenes facts.

Lin Was Hired Because Of “Better Luck Tomorrow”
Han smokes a cigarette in Better Luck Tomorrow

Though Justin Lin is one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood when it comes to established blockbuster series, as he also directed Star Trek Beyond, his big break was Tokyo Drift. The studio came to the decision to hire Lin based on his low-budget crime movie, Better Luck Tomorrow.

It was one of the most well-received movies of 2002, received a perfect four stars from Roger Ebert, and also starred Sung Kang, who plays Han in both movies. It was probably the best decision the studio ever made, as Lin spearheaded the whole Furious-verse up to the sixth movie, turned it into the gravity-defying series it has become, and returned for the newly released F9.

It Was Originally Going To Be About Dom Solving A Murder
Dom points a shotgun in F9

According the writer of the movie, Chris Morgan, the studio didn’t know which direction to take the series in, which was clear given that it features a ton of unknowns and is almost completely unrelated to the first two movies. But at one point, Morgan pitched a totally different movie to what the final result was.

It was still Tokyo Drift, but it was going to see Dom’s proper return, and it was he who had to learn the new racing style of drifting. But along with the street racing, the screenplay saw the character trying to solve a murder.

Lin Found Original Drafts Of The Script Offensive
Seand and Takashi confront each other in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift

Before he agreed to direct the movie, Lin actually turned it down, even though it was his first shot at making a movie with a massive budget. After reading the script, Lin thought the movie was offensive.

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Lin felt that the screenplay was filled with cliched, out-of-context Asian imagery, like buddhas and temples, and riddled with racist jokes. The studio finally told Lin that he could change whatever he wanted because they wanted him that bad. And though he had a few uphill battles with producers, just as most directors do, Lin stated that for the most part, they stayed true to what they promised and were fair and reasonable.

Part Of It Was Shot Illegally
Han drifts through Tokyo in an orange and black Mazda RX7 in Tokyo Drift

When it comes to shooting movies on location, producers and the director have to get film permits, and if it’s outdoors, then entire streets have to be blocked off. However, Tokyo works a lot differently from the rest of the world when it comes to those sorts of things. No film permits are given out, so Lin and his crew had to shoot a lot of the movie on the fly.

This meant that civilians would walk right through the set, as nobody could stop them, and the crew was constantly getting kicked out of places.

Lin Inadvertently Got A Man Arrested
Vin Diesel and Justin Lin Fast & Furious

Because a lot of the movie was shot illegally, Lin and his film crew weren’t just kicked out of places, they were also often hassled by the police. According to Lin, as mentioned in the same Digital Spy article above, the police were kind enough to let him finish getting his shots before they hassled the crew, but that they did try to arrest him.

When they asked who the director of the movie was, a random member of the crew told the police that he was. It turned out that the crew member was hired by the studio to be Lin’s “fall guy,” and Lin had no idea.

The Studio Thought Paul Walker Was Too Old
Fast and Furious Pail Walker as Brian

One of the biggest surprises about Tokyo Drift upon being announced over a decade ago was the absence of Paul Walker. The late, great actor wasn’t reprising his role as FBI agent Brian O’Conner, the main character in the first two movies.

There isn’t necessarily one reason why Walker didn’t return, as it seems like an amalgam of reasons, whether it was the story changing so many times during development or the underperformance of 2 Fast 2 Furious. However, one of the primary reasons was apparently because the studio thought he was too old, which is why the characters of Tokyo Drift are all still in school.

Rob Cohen, Director Of The First Movie, Was Very Critical Of Tokyo Drift
Rob Cohen directs Vin Diesel behind the scenes of The Fast and the Furious

Along with the first sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Rob Cohen cast a critical eye on Tokyo Drift, and felt it was just “done for the money.” The director went on to say, “If you were to just watch Tokyo Drift, you’d say ‘I never want to see anything related to Fast and Furious again.’”

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Though he’s the person fans have to thank for the series existing in the first place, and the first movie is an incredible crime drama, he couldn’t be further off target here. Not only does Tokyo Drift have a huge cult following, which is why all the characters return in F9, but there’s even a Tokyo Drift 2 in development.

Vin Diesel’s Cameo Was Added After Poor Test Screenings
Dom Toretto meets Sean in Tokyo Drift

In an interview with the Huffington Post, David Twohy, the director of Riddick, explains why the studio wanted Vin Diesel to cameo in the movie. Though one early treatment of the movie was about Diesel’s character Dom solving a murder, the final script didn’t actually feature the cameo.

However, the movie wasn’t testing well with audiences at screenings, so the studio brought Dom in for a cameo that equated to less than one minute of screentime. But it’s just as well, as it ended up being the best scene in the movie.

Vin Diesel Didn’t Want Money For The Cameo, Just The Riddick Rights
Riddick as the Lord Marshall in Riddick

Though the movie has a great cast of characters, including Han, the best character introduced after the first movie, the studio was desperate for the Diesel cameo. But when it came to the studio pulling Diesel in to actually agree to do the cameo, as he had already turned down 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift, Diesel named his price, or rather, his franchise.

Diesel didn’t want to be paid an actor’s fee, but instead asked for the film rights to the Riddick series, a franchise the actor loved but had been laying dormant for years. The studio agreed, Diesel produced the third Riddick movie, and there’s a Riddick 4 currently in development.

Almost 250 Cars Were Destroyed
Sean drives out of a half built house in Tokyo Drift

Though the Fast & Furious series has veered off into a territory in which characters are now flying in shuttles and Dom Toretto has practically become a superhero, the franchise was most focused on street racing in Tokyo Drift. Almost 250 cars were destroyed in Tokyo Drift, which is more than almost any other Fast & Furious movie, beat only by Fast 5 and Fast & Furious 6.

It’s hardly surprising, as the drift races not only burn wheels, but cars are slamming into pillars, tumbling down hills, and straight-up exploding.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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