Justin Lin will reportedly direct the final two entries in the sprawling, hugely popular Fast & Furious franchise, it has been announced.
It looks like Universal (according to Deadline) is planning to conclude, at least in some form, its highest-grossing franchise to date. And that’d be The Fast & The Furious saga.
Presently comprising eight films, one spin-off and another entry in post-production, it’s a long series indeed (although still not as long as that endless runway they race down at the end of the sixth film in the series). Thus, it has been decided to ‘retire’ the series, although with TV shows and more spin-off films in the works, it’s likely we haven’t truly seen the back of Dom and his family.
Beginning almost 20 years ago with a movie that shamelessly riffed on Point Break -trading out surfboards for hot rods – the series has continually grown in scope, scale and popularity. From relatively humble roots, the films have grown to become larger than life action event movies, with some cast members even claiming that the ninth film in the series will see them going into space. Presumably, by the time we get to 11 films, there’ll be no universe left for their cinematic erm, universe and so it has been decided to end with a final two-part story that will reunite all of the series’ major players for one last ride.
Whether The Rock and Jason Statham will return after going rogue with their own spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw, remains to be seen. A separate sequel is being planned to that film already.
Also interesting is Universal electing to put an end, however nominal, to its most lucrative franchise. We know it must have a future mapped out for such a valuable property, but what that looks like, remains to be see. What we do know though, is that we’ll be getting at least three more Fast & the Furious films yet…
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