After ruling the big screen for over two glorious decades, Universal Pictures has announced its decision to wrap up its long-running action franchise ‘Fast and Furious’. The studios announced on Wednesday that the hugely successful franchise will end after its eleventh instalment. The two back-to-back flicks will be directed by Justin Lin.
The franchise, led by Vin Diesel, has so far produced nine films since the debut of the first ‘Fast and Furious’ movie in 2001.
According to reports, Diesel will return for the new movies along with the core cast of Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang.
Lin has so far directed four films in the series — ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ (2006), ‘Fast Five’ (2011), ‘Fast & Furious 6’ (2013) and upcoming ‘F9’.
However, this does not necessarily mean that the ‘Fast and Furious’ cinematic universe is coming to an end. While the core storyline following Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto and his family of fellow car-enthusiasts-turned-thieves will conclude after Lin directs the 11th installment, spin-off movies based on ‘Fast and Furious’ characters are currently in development at Universal.
The ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, which also includes Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham-led spinoff ‘Hobbs & Shaw’, has made USD 5.89 billion globally.
The latest film ‘F9’ is currently in post-production, with the release having been pushed back by Universal to May 2021 from a 2020 release due to the coronavirus pandemic.
John Cena, meanwhile, makes his ‘Fast and Furious’ debut as Jakob, the newest villain and Dom’s younger brother; music stars Cardi B and Ozuna will also appear in the upcoming film.