According to Vin Diesel, Universal Pictures may be creating a cinematic universe with its “Fast & Furious” franchise.
Following in the steps of Marvel and LucasFilm, Universal may be doubling (more like tripling) down on the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise. It was just a few months ago that Diesel tapped “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray to helm the next sequel in the series. And while the star says he believes he has three more films in him, Variety reports the team is already planning on developing sequels and prequels to build the franchise even more.
“We’ve written out story lines for various characters,” Diesel tells Variety. “We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class.”
It’s unclear who these standalone films will follow but it’s pretty safe to say franchise viagra Dwayne Johnson, who plays Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, will somehow play a part.
Universal Pictures Chairwoman Donna Langley commented on the concept, “We’re certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now. It’s an ensemble cast and there’s room to bring characters in and out.”
Shifting attention to “Furious 8,” Diesel commented on the different feel of the coming movie by saying, “We have a director who is going to bring the darkness out and bring out the character.” The actor referenced the 2003 film he worked on with Gray, “A Man Apart” as an example of how gritty the sequel may go.
The stunts featured in each installment grew more and more epic to the point where skydiving cars became a reality. Jeff Shell, the Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, thinks the franchise has hit its peak.
“You can’t keep having every movie have bigger and bigger stunts forever and ever and ever. Eventually you have to really focus on the story. We’ll still have big stunts but bringing in this amazing storyteller is going to be great.” Will this change in tone and storytelling inform the prequels and sequels being developed? That remains to be seen.
“Vin has a vision in his mind for three more, so let’s get three more done and then see where we are from there,” Shell said, calming some nerves. “Everything has an end, so I don’t think our expectation is we’re going to have a hundred of them … To me ‘Fast and Furious’ has become no different than a beloved series that comes on every year. ”