More than 20 years from when the wheels first started spinning, the Fast & Furious saga will be hitting the finish line.
Universal Pictures is ordering two more films in the core Fast & Furious franchise before that line wraps, although the potentially-growing Hobbs & Shaw series and other possible off-shoots are still free to move ahead if the studio wants. C’mon, you think Universal would really put this cashcow to sleep completely?
Set to direct the last two chapters is Justin Lin, who joined the franchise with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), stayed on for Fast & Furious (2009), and helped transform the film series into a brand of fantastical action with Fast Five (2011) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013). He’s also behind the upcoming ninth film in the series, F9, which had been scheduled for release earlier this year until the pandemic pushed it to 2021.
Deadline broke the news, and although no plot details were provided, the outlet safely speculates…
“it seems likely they will tell a big story over two films that will focus on franchise patriarch Vin Diesel and bring back Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang.”
This franchise has had quite the trajectory since director Rob Cohen (xXx, Dragonheart, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story) delivered 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, the Vin Diesel and Paul Walker-starring action-drama that came about after Cohen read a 1998 Vibe magazine article on illegal street racing in New York City. Each film that followed proved successful enough to warrant another, and here we are, waiting for film number 9, with a franchise that’s earned $US5.7 BILLION worldwide – topping the Jurassic franchise to be Universal’s most-successful.
F9, also starring Charlie Theron, John Cena, and Helen Mirren, among others, will be hitting US cinemas on May 28th and Australian cinemas on April 1st, 2021.