It all started back in 2001 with Fast and Furious, where two handsome hunks, one being a proficient race car driver cum thug and another an undercover cop, colluded to form a team who would perform supernatural stunts and physics-bending action moves, especially with their dashing custom-tuned supercars performing heists at first (for the first few films of the franchise) and then perform spying activities on culprits belonging to secret organizations planning on waging the next world war. The spying activities would then turn into something heroic (c’mon, it’s a movie, nothing’s really in there) where Dominic Toretto’s car-enthusiasts-turned-thieves-turned-physics-defying-stunt-maniacs family would step on the gas to defeat the common villain and emerge as true heroes of the day – “as a family.”
Exactly the look on your face. This one will go all the way down to the 11th title of the franchise.
Fast and Furious is one of the longest-running movie franchises in Hollywood, aside from other franchises like Harry Potter, Transformers, James Bond, Marvel, and DC Cinematic Universe, etc. The movie series kickstarted back in 2001, starring the superstar pair of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, who are legends of the Hollywood industry today. Rob Cohen directed the film, and to date, the series comprises eight films sharing the title. The ninth film(titled ‘F9’), which features another superstar wrestler John Cena was supposed to release this year, but it had to be pushed back to May 2021 as this year, the world is reeling through the COVID-19 pandemic.
We may now think of the movie series being cringe. Still, the reality is that the franchise is one of the longest and one of the highest-grossing franchises in Hollywood, with each movie acquiring more than $300 million on an average worldwide. The highest-grossing film of the franchise is the seventh installment, i.e., Furious 7, which acquired more than $1.16 billion worldwide and marked as the last Fast and Furious movie to feature Paul Walker he died because of a sudden car accident. This only proves that maybe the movies have lost their charm along the way and do not pack a powerful storyline anymore, but they are highly entertaining, which keeps people flocked to the franchise.
Concerning what this article speaks, i.e., the franchise to end with its eleventh film is because the movie series’s production houses are now focusing on developing spin-off movie series under the franchise’s name. The first spinoff movie has already landed in August 2019 with the title Fast and Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which features Hollywood superstars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hobbs and Jason Statham as Shaw. The spinoff movie alone has earned a whopping $750 million worldwide. With such an assured success rate, no doubt, the production is shifting towards spinoffs.
The eleventh film or the last film of the franchise will be directed by Justin Lin, who has also directed the upcoming ninth part and has been the franchise director for most of the films. A rumor spread that the tenth movie of the series was supposed to be the end of the franchise, but the director himself has confirmed viz. variety that there will be the eleventh part, and that would mark the end of the core movie series of the franchise.