After eight movies of racing, drifting and fighting a supervillain in the form of Charlize Theron, the Fast and Furious franchise will be ending with a 10th and 11th instalment, as reported by Variety.
Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth Fast and Furious films will return to direct the final two movies that will conclude the franchise that spans over two decades.
However, this does not mean the Fast and Furious cinematic universe will actually end. While the main story follows Dom and his crew of street racers turned superheroes, spin-off films based on the franchise are still in development at Universal.
The first spin-off, which cleverly used the popularity of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in 2019’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, saw the franchise adding more bizarre elements in the film, like superhuman Idris Elba, which still grossed over USD759 million worldwide.
Titled F9, it stars your usual crew, with some several actors who played memorable characters in the Fast and Furious franchise like Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron and fan favourite Sung Kang, who played Han in 2006’s Tokyo Drift.
John Cena also makes his debut in F9 as Jakob, the film’s newest villain and Dom’s younger brother. Rapper-singers Cardi B and Ozuna will make an appearance in the film as well.
The ninth instalment of the franchise was supposed to be released earlier this year but Universal pushed it to April 2021 amidst the coronavirus pandemic. It’s still unclear when F10 and F11 will be in production.
However, with the way Hollywood constantly remakes franchises, there might still be a F12 or even F20, where I imagine Vin Diesel sits and yell in his self-driving AI car, and fights giant robots with Charlie Puth’s ‘See You Again & Again’ playing in the background.