The Fast & Furious franchise has become less about fast cars and more about international amateur espionage as time has gone on, but that doesn’t mean the engine-revving soul of the series has completely stopped beating. Vin Diesel, one of the longtime stars of the franchise, has announced that he will bring the automobiles and bombast the film series is known for on the road for a live world tour. The details are hazy at the moment, but the debut month of the first live show has been confirmed.
“As you know, my work with Fast & Furious never ends,” Diesel said in a recent Facebook Live broadcast in which he announced plans for the tour. “I am in New York, believe it or not, and we are filming something that is going to be pretty state of the art, something no one’s ever seen before, which is a live show.”
According to Diesel, the show will recall some of the most memorable locales and stunts (of which there have been many) familiar to the franchise’s fans -- and fans there. The most recent Fast & Furious film, The Fate of the Furious, scored over $1.2 billion at the global box office on a budget of $250 million. The entire franchise, over the course of its 16 years and eight films, has earned over $5.1 billion at the global box office. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that Diesel is looking for some way to bring more Fast & Furious to fans all over the world. And he will. The first live show is scheduled for early next year.
“I think it’s first going to be showed at the O2 Arena in London, but it’s going to go all over the world and we’re really excited about it,” Diesel said. “It’ll be a way for you to see the action first-hand… the first time it’s ever been done.”
Signature cars from the series will make an appearance in the show, which will utilize advanced technology and stunts to dazzle in a Los Angeles-themed arena. Chris Hughes and James Cooke-Priest, the minds behind the Top Gear live tour, are the organizers for the live show. Much like Fast & Furious, Top Gear is a program known for pushing vehicles to their absolute limits.
The yet-titled ninth Fast & Furious film is set to be released on April 19, 2019, while the tenth film will hit screens on April 2, 2021.
(via Entertainment Weekly)