The Fate of the Furious is to be the eighth movie in the franchise Fast and Furious that has over the years made numerous fans while also garnering its own share of critics. While the eighth movie is to release in April this year, there is already news that two movies are set to follow this latest iteration of the furious. Fan favorite Paul Walker, who passed away before the release of the previous film, was said to be the main inspiration between the expansions of the franchise into Fast and Furious 8. Star Vin Diesel certainly indicated likewise.
The Fate of the Furious will look to emulate the success that other major franchises like “Star Wars” and “Avengers” have claimed by continuously bombarding viewers with content after content. This is not to be taken in a negative connotation, however: perhaps it is useful for more variety and spice. Marvel. Producer and star Vin Diesel has informed Variety magazine that the team behind the series is in the preliminary stages of developing prequels and possible spinoffs. Diesel also stated that several story lines for various characters were already in the pipeline and that the studio, as well as the actors, were committed to treating it with class.
Speaking about standalone films, Dwayne Johnson has said that he would like to see his DSS agent Luke Hobs to branch out into his own independent ideas. The new film is already seen as going out on a limb as it has hired F. Gary Gray to helm the film, possibly to take it away from the standard formula of cars, heists and chases. Gray is known for his film ‘Straight Outta Compton‘ which was a commercial and a critical success last year.
In another flip to the rumors of an extended franchise, Cody and Caleb Walker, who stepped up to help complete the production of Paul’s final film – the Fast and Furious 8 after Paul Walker’s untimely death in 2013, have stated that they are willing to lend their likenesses to any future films to honor their brother’s memory and legacy. Cody Walker had completed his late brother’s scenes after he dies in a single-car collision before Furious 7 hit theatres. Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBC Universal has said, “We would never have done this without all of Paul’s family agreeing. We would not have done it without everybody in the cast agreeing. We took great pains to make sure that before we said, ‘yes let’s go forward with this film,’ we knew that we were doing the right thing. Not only because there was a big investment involved, but because a young man’s life had been lost and he had a daughter and friends and family.”
One major factor is how much money the new film makes. The last film, Furious 7, was the sixth highest-grossing film of all time, bringing in an astounding $353 million in the USA & Canada and $1.16 billion in other countries, for a worldwide total of $1.515 billion against its $176 million budget. If the Fast and Furious 8 is a success, we do not see any reason why the sequels cannot exist.