Fifteen years ago a film about an undercover cop, street racing, theft and the start of family came to theaters in the form of The Fast and the Furious, and now six movies later audiences will get a chance to see that film on the big screen once again.
According to Deadline, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the film The Fast and the Furious will receive a limited release in around 1,5000 theaters on Wednesday, June 22, which is exactly fifteen years to the day when the Rob Cohen-directed film opened in 2001.
Universal made the release official just as tickets became available through Fandango.
That 2001 film basically accelerated the careers of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker, who all had been appearing in big films at the time including Saving Private Ryan, Girl Fight and Varsity Blues but were still relatively unknown to many audiences.
Much has changed from that time as the films not only changed from films focused on street racing, a move that revitalized a franchise that came close to ending after the third one, to bigger budget action adventure fares.
Box office is another thing that has changed, as the original film grossed only $144.5 million domestically and $207.3 million worldwide leading up to the Furious 7, the most recent in the series, bringing in over $1.5 billion worldwide. Overall the entire series has brought Universal over $3.9 billion worldwide.
“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.”