We've already noted that FAST FIVE - the fifth and already successful entry in the FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise (it opened in some overseas territories in advance of its U.S. release this Friday) - will feature our characters doing a job...a heist, or something to that effect. Trailers and TV spots for the picture have made this quite apparent.
What isn't widely known yet, although it had been conjectured by fans, is that this heist/crime thriller angle will be advanced into future installments of the film series. I.e. the FAST franchise is shifting even further away from the street racing universe than it already has and will now focus more on mission-specific 'crime-thriller' concepts.
THIS piece at Deadline offers some interesting insight into how the decision came about, along with some words from Universal chairman Adam Fogelson.
It's already known that Universal has started Chris Morgan -- the screenwriter of Fast Five as well as The Fast And The Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, and Fast & Furious 4 -- on the script for the sixth installment as part of his new production deal at the studio. But Morgan is also a great scripter of the crime-thriller genre, like Wanted. So what Fast Five sets up nicely is a Fast Six whose plot revolves around a major robbery. And Universal's intent is to transform the street-racing franchise into a series of heist films.