The smoke has not yet cleared but a possible sequel to The Fate of the Furious is already being teased. With fans still hyped about Fast 8, Universal Pictures might want to have “one last ride” with the franchise before calling it quits.
Speculation regarding the franchise is at an all-time high given that Paul Walker, who was central to the whole franchise, had passed away during production for Fast and the Furious 7. While many fans see Fast 8 as a tribute to the late actor, they also don’t want the franchise to end.
This is probably why the film’s writers are discussing plans for a sequel. Chris Morgan hinted that he wants to take the fast family to “outer space” in future installments.
Whether or not he means this literally and the franchise undergoes a time-skip is still unclear, but we can’t help but wonder what such an attempt would bring to the franchise.
Of course, Morgan could also be speaking figuratively, meaning he wants to bring the franchise to new heights. That could very well be the plan given that it would certainly take a lot to top off F7 and F8.
Screen Rant reported that since the release of the first installment way back in 2001, Vin Diesel and company have created one of the most iconic and profitable franchises in Hollywood history. And this was before the advent of cinematic universes from which Marvel and DC are using as the foundation for their superhero films.
With projected earnings reaching $400 million worldwide for the opening weekend, director F. Gary Gray is probably patting himself on the back. Such earning potential is certainly tempting to studios, enough to give the green light to another sequel.
The Fate of the Furious Writer Reveals Plans For A Sequel
A sequel to The Fate of the Furious could be one film too far which is probably why Morgan sat down with Slash Film to discuss the future of the franchise. After a bit of kidding around with a sequel set in space, Morgan got down to the nitty-gritty and discussed the amount of plot material left to explore.
“The way we tell stories over a long period of time really is more like a cable TV show. Every time we have a movie we don’t have to re-establish everything about the characters.
“People who come to the films generally know some of the back story about the characters, so we can always forge ahead and let them grow,” said Morgan during the interview.
While he did not reveal any details regarding plans for a sequel, he did go through the process of making a Fast and Furious film.
Vin and I have talked about this one for a while, because the intent is to do 8, 9, and 10 and to make it a trilogy. So how do they all connect, what are we moving toward, what’s that final end point?”
But while the studio has given dates to the production staff, Morgan admitted that they have not yet written any script for a sequel. Additionally, there are also the feelings of the cast to consider.
The latest Fast and Furious Installment Is Dedicated To Paul Walker
The cast is known to have a familial bond with one another, so much so that they dedicated this latest installment to Paul Walker. Diesel, in particular, shared a brother-like relationship with Walker and reportedly mentioned that he only did F8 as a tribute to the late actor.
Given the huge success of the franchise, it’s probably not about the money anymore but about camaraderie. Whether or not the cast pulls through and decides to make a sequel to The Fate of the Furious, we’ll never know. But should one ever come out, it’s probably safe to say that fans will be coming out once again to experience “one more ride.”
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