Pikes Peak could be star of next 'Fast and Furious' installment

By Ryan Handy Published: August 16, 2013 | 9:00 pm 0

The Pikes Peak Highway will be closed to drivers for a few days in September to make way for Universal Pictures to shoot a movie.

And reportedly, the film is another installment in "The Fast and The Furious," a popular franchise of six movies about the lords of a drag racing underworld, although city officials would not confirm the name of the film.

In a news release sent Friday, the city of Colorado Springs said that the filming "will benefit both the City of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain," but did not specify what the film project will be. A Pikes Peak Highway employee confirmed that the highway will be periodically closed in early September for filming.

No one will say for sure if Pikes Peak will star in "Fast and Furious 7," which will be released on July 11, 2014, according to Universal Pictures' website.

"They told me that they are not allowed to release that information," said city spokeswoman Krithika Prashant, of the Pikes Peak - America's Mountain group. "They are directing all the calls to the Universal filming studio."

A burly Vin Diesel has become the "The Fast and the Furious" main star, along with co-star Paul Walker, who served as the Grand Marshal for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this summer. Walker drove the race's Official Pace Car, with Mayor Steve Bach as his passenger.

While the highway will either be entirely or partially closed in early September, hikers can climb the fourteener, and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway will be operational, according to the news release. The highway and the North Slope Recreation Area will be closed entirely on Sept. 5 and 10, and on Sept. 3 and 4 the highway will be closed from Glen Cove to the summit. On the days that the highway is partially closed, visitors will get a 50 percent discount on the highway fee.

The film crew will be on the mountain for two weeks, and when the highway is open, visitors are welcome on the summit. The North Slope Recreation Area is extending is 2013 season, weather permitting, until Oct. 27, and access will be free of charge on Oct. 21 and 27.

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