The Fast franchise finally runs out of fuel…
I don’t know about you but I enjoy sitting down and watching a new ‘Fast & Furious‘ movie every couple of years when they are released. Ok, so they have divulged from the original 2001 premise to become all the more outlandish over time but they are still crowd-pleasing entertainment.
This year, we should have been in our local multiplexes and enjoying ‘Furious 9‘ but of course, the COVID-19 epidemic put paid to that idea, meaning the film will now open in May of 2021. While we await the new film, Universal Pictures has announced that the long-running franchise will be coming to an end after ‘Furious 10‘ and ‘Furious 11‘ which will be filmed back to back. Justin Lin, the director of ‘Furious 6‘ will be returning to end the franchise with the last two entries. What is interesting though is the announcement that the CORE franchise is ending. Does this mean that the spin-offs, first started with ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw‘ will continue, focusing on the various supporting characters featured in the films? It is certainly worth thinking about and looking into.
The star of the franchise, Vin Diesel spoke about a proposed tenth film earlier this year, claiming he had the idea and was planning for the tenth installment even before filming started on the ninth film. During his comments, he did mention that the final film COULD roar into theatres in two parts. It looks very much like he has gotten his wish with the announcement of two final films in the main franchise. From the beginning of the saga, way back in 2001 with the very first ‘The Fast And The Furious‘, the story has been building up slowly to a crescendo and along the way, the universe has expanded. Every film adds more and more characters to the mix, whether it’s a good thing or bad. Who would have ever have imagined the likes of Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Luke Evans, and, of course, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham would join in the fun all those years ago? Even Dame Helen Mirren got in on the act alongside the main players. Naturally, there have been tears over the years, many of which over the seventh film and the end of the road of Paul Walker‘s character of Brian after the tragic demise of the actor offscreen.
What do you think of the announcement? Are you happy to see the main franchise coming to an end or are you hoping that Universal has a change of heart and continues with the saga further down the road? Why not drop us a line and let us know your thoughts.
‘Fast & Furious 9‘ (F9) opens around the world on May 28th, 2021.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!