The “Fast and Furious” franchise has been on a long and winding journey. The series began back in 2001 with “The Fast and the Furious,” which starred Vin Diesel as an illegal street racer and Paul Walker as the cop tasked with taking him down. Sixteen years later, the franchise’s eighth installment “The Fate of the Furious” -- which debuted in theaters last week -- looks almost nothing like its humble debut, which at its heart was a movie about expensive cars and big stunts. Now, after almost two decades, it looks like the franchise could be drawing to an end.
Speaking with Collider, longtime "Fast and Furious" producer Neal Moritz made it clear that there is a definite end in store for series, right down to the number of films that remain in the franchise.
“Our plan is to go as quickly as we can under the idea that we gotta have a great story and be ready to go,” Moritz said. “And, honestly, we have some big themes and things we’re talking about, we’re just not there in terms of where exactly we’re gonna go yet. We kind of have the ending point of the franchise, but we don’t know the in-betweens yet.”
When asked directly about the number of films remaining in the franchise, Mortiz spoke plainly: “Yeah, the plan is to make two more movies."
That would put the end of the “Fast and Furious” franchise at the series’ 10th installment, a film that’s liable to hit theaters sometime after 2020. It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been a series staple since the fifth film “Fast Five,” which saw him adopt the role of Luke Hobbs, the sometimes-ally, sometimes-antagonist to Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. Both actors have been vocal about plans for a spinoff film starring Johnson, which -- as of 2016 -- was in the early stages of development. Still, that means that even if the “Fast and Furious” franchise is over in two films, there’s a chance some of fans’ favorite characters might carry over to Johnson’s solo project.
Screening in theaters now, “The Fate of the Furious” is a production of Original Film directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker, Scott Eastwood as Eric Reisner, Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey, Kurt Russell as Frank Petty and Charlize Theron as the villain Cipher.