Four times fast, furious

Rev those engines!

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are in negotiations to reunite for the fourth installment of Universal’s “Fast and the Furious” franchise. Justin Lin and Chris Morgan, who were behind “Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” are returning to directing and writing duties, respectively.

The story line is being kept under wraps, but fast cars are involved. A spring start is anticipated with shooting in Los Angeles, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

The first “Furious,” released in 2001, was a surprise hit, grossing more than $144 million and creating a franchise for the studio while making stars our of Diesel and Walker. Only Walker returned for the sequel, “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and sat out the third installment, 2005’s “Tokyo Drift.” That movie had relative newcomer Lucas Black in the driver’s seat but did feature Diesel in a cameo at the end of the movie. His appearance was so well received that it was even mentioned in ads.