The Fast & Furious franchise will come to an end with the eleventh film, Variety is reporting. The films, focusing on the cray and adventurous lifestyle of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his gang of friends who drive fast cars and live on the edge, will finally come to a close.
The series is now set to conclude after the eleventh film, which will be directed by franchise veteran Justin Lin, who’s also behind the camera for the franchise’s tenth film. We don’t expect that this will be the end of the Fast & Furious universe, however. Expect plenty of spinoffs to come!
In fact, Variety is confirming that spinoffs for various characters are already in development as the studio looks to keep the brand alive for some time to come.
The first spinoff, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, opened in 2019 and grossed over $759 million worldwide. Just $174 million of that total came from theaters in the U.S. and Canada, underlining just how crucial international grosses have become for this franchise especially. The highest grossing film in the franchise, 2015’s “Furious 7,” made $1.16 billion from foreign grosses alone, and made more in China ($390.9 million) than it did from domestic grosses ($353 million).
As far as mindless, popcorn, big-budget films go, the franchise has certainly been a pleasing experience over the years. The first film as released in 2001 and the franchise has been a theater mainstay ever since. However, films like this are really meant for the theater experience and with the current pandemic, along with the threat of some major theater chains closing, will movies ever be the same again?
We still have three more films on the slate, with the delayed Fast 9 set to arrive in theaters, for the moment, in 2021.
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