Could the next installment of the Fast & Furious franchise see Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family head toward the moon? According to F. Gary Gray, director of the record-breaking Fate of the Furious, a space setting for the upcoming movie is still in the cards.
Car Racing To Heist To Sci-Fi?
The Fast & Furious has come a long way since it debuted in 2001. From car racers, Dom and his team are now working on behalf of the government to perform classified operations. After eight movies, it has become one of the highest-grossing movie series in the history of Hollywood.
The franchise has reinvented and improved itself throughout its decade run and in its last two installments will there be another change of face? According to Gray, the popular franchise might go bigger in the upcoming movie.
“Outer space? Listen, I wouldn’t rule anything with this franchise.” he told Screen Rant. “When I read submarine I’m like ‘OK, anything’s possible.’ [Laughs] You never know. I haven’t read ‘Dom on Mars’ yet but again, you just never know.”
An action sequence set in space does seem possible. The Fast & Furious franchise has its stars Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham performing ridiculously dangerous stunts that are almost impossible to replicate in real life.
Their adventure has always been bound to Earth, but the movie franchise is known for that kind of exact ridiculousness. Moreover, with the most recent movie’s box office success, it is not impossible for the franchise to aim even higher next time by doing the one thing that its fans have never seen before.
Screenwriter Chris Morgan has a similar opinion about the possibility of the franchise heading to space. In an interview with Uproxx a few months ago, he revealed that fans often ask him if the sky is really not the limit. However, while he thinks that heading beyond the stratosphere is something that could happen, he will not do it unless he has a compelling story in mind.
“Look, I get all versions of that question,” Morgan said with a laugh. “I get, ‘Are you going to space?,’ and, ‘Please, God, tell me you’re not going to space because you’ll lose me if you do.'”
He added, “The only way I’d go to space is if I had something so good.”
Diesel is also not against the idea. In another interview, the actor/producer even proposed a twist wherein Dom will cross paths with his other popular character, Richard B. Riddick.
Fate of the Furious Follow-Up
Unfortunately, Gray might not be able to come back to helm Fast 9. The filmmaker whose previous works include the critically-acclaimed Straight Outta Compton revealed that he might be too busy with other projects to helm the follow-up to Fate of the Furious.
He mentioned that he is starting his own production company and will be focusing on that for the next couple of months. “I had a chance to take a week off, a vacation, and then jump into some prior stuff that I had to take care of,” he explained. Of course, if his own schedule permits him, he is open to helm the next movie. In an interview with EW, he said, “We’’ll see. Who knows what the future holds? You never say never.”
Not much has been said about the ninth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. The core cast is, of course, expected to reprise their roles except for Michelle Rodriguez who recently threatened to leave the franchise if better opportunities were opened to female actors. Charlize Theron, who played the role of the cyber terrorist Cipher, might also return, but her involvement is still unconfirmed.
Fate of the Furious is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and Blu-Ray.
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