If you just can’t get enough of the ‘Fast and Furious’ flicks, well you’re in for one hell of a ride as Vin Diesel just confirmed through Variety that the franchise has three more sequels under contract and the studio is even talking about spinoffs for certain characters.
“We’ve written out story lines for various characters. 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,” said Fast and Furious star and producer Vin Diesel.
Some of the original characters – Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Dominic (Vin Diesel) from the very first movie are ripe for a spinoff but both have not expressed interest in a standalone movie. On the other hand, Dwayne Johnson, who plays Luke Hobbs, has said that he is looking forward to seeing his character explored in a spinoff.
The studio is open to the possibility of spinoffs in order to reach a bigger audience and expand the franchise even further.
“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,” Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley.
Right now, the main focus for the studio is the next three movies. As successful as ‘FF7’ was with all the stunts and explosions, the studio wants to put emphasis on a richer and more engaging story.
“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,” said Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
That’s why the studio hired F. Gary Gray, the director of the critically acclaimed ‘Straight Outta Compton’ to handle the 8th film in the franchise.
The late Paul Walker will not be worked into the next installment anymore, according to the studio. “But he’ll be represented in some form or another but whether his image is in it, I can’t tell you yet, but he won’t be in the film as a performer, as an actor, the way we did it last time,” said Ron Meyer, vice-chairman of NBCUniversal.
Diesel still plans to star in the last three installments of the franchise.