The Fast & Furious franchise seemed like it could go on forever, but logging a lot of miles, it’s finally going to that great garage in the sky.
Who would’ve thought that an unassuming action movie about illegal street racing would turn into a multi-billion dollar franchise where the characters zipped around the world (and maybe outer space, if the rumors about F9 are true) stopping cyber-terrorists? Earth’s most ridiculous action franchise has lived a long, exciting life, but it’s finally running out of gas.
Deadline reports that the franchise will end two more sequels (that’s in addition to F9, which was delayed into next year thanks to the coronavirus). We don’t know many details about Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11, but they have quite a job ahead of them if they want to top what’s come before. Maybe the cars could time travel? Have they done that yet?
We also don’t know about the cast. Will Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham return, or will the Hobbs & Shaw spinoffs continue uninterrupted? What about Gal Gadot? What we do know is that Justin Lin will direct both movies. He’s due a lot of credit for making the franchise what it is today, having directed Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast And Furious 6 and the upcoming F9. It’s only right that he…pull this car into the garage? Sure, let’s go with that.
This is a fairly big deal. Whatever you think about the Fast & Furious movies, they’ve been a staple at theaters since 2001. It reminds me of the news that The Walking Dead, another franchise that seemed like it would go on forever, is ending after a final eleventh season.
Of course, I wouldn’t be shocked if the movies continue on through spinoffs or even a TV show or two. The animated Netflix series Fast & Furious Spy Racers already exists. We’ll see what happens after the main franchise…is impounded and crushed into a cube? I don’t know cars very well, I’m doing my best.