A New Generation Gets a Chance to Experience 'The Fast and The Furious' on the Big Screen for 15th Anniversary
Rob Cohen's The Fast & The Furious made its debut on June 22, 2001. Now, 15 years later, the franchise is set to celebrate its launching pad as Universal re-releases the original film in 1500 theaters on Wednesday, June 22.
The film held the top spot at the box office on its opening weekend, and became a hit despite its obscure cast. It certainly wasn't as big as latter installments in the franchise, but it started it all.
“While we had the Back to the Future re-release synced to the day when Marty McFly and Doc Brown went back to the future on October 21, 2015, with The Fast and the Furious this is a case where it’s been 15 years and seven movies later,” said Universal distribution chief Nick Carpou, “The fanbase has grown exponentially, particularly in the social media age and the re-release provides an opportunity for the most recent generation of fans to experience the first film on the big screen for the first time.”
Producer Neal H. Moritz had this to say in a statement: “All of us who make the Fast and Furious movies know we are part of a family that spreads all around the world, and we are happy to invite our fans to revisit where it all began back on the big screen. While we are hard at work making No. 8, we are thankful to take this moment and celebrate the original that started us off.”
Tickets are now available through Fandango.