The Fast and Furious franchise has been around since 2001 and has spawned a total of 7 movies. The most recent, Furious 7, debuted shortly after the untimely death of actor Paul Walker who starred in the movies. His co-star, Vin Diesel, says they’ll wrap it all up with a trilogy.
Diesel announced a deal with Universal Pictures that will see three more films bringing the total in the series to 10 movies. Expect the next 3 to be a lot like the first 7 with crazy, impossible, ridiculous, cheer-worthy car stunts that will have you laughing and enjoying the ride.
The one notable absence from the movies will, of course, be actor Paul Walker. He was killed in a high-speed crash as a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by professional race car driver Roger Rodas. The accident happened while Furious 7 was still filming and brought the entire production to a halt.
After a brief hiatus, filming resumed as those involved felt that Walker would want them to finish up and not abandon the project. Computer animation was used to add Walker to the scenes he had not yet filmed, although most of his filming was completed before the accident that took his life. At the end of the movie, Walker’s character moves on with an actual drive into the sunset.
Authorities determined the accident was a result of excessive speeds of up to 94 mph, but Walker’s daughter and Rodas’ wife have both filed suit against Porsche. They allege the vehicle is unsafe by design with no electronic stability control, inadequate door reinforcement, and defective rubber fuel lines.
While the lawsuits will likely be tied up in court for some time, the next Fast and Furious film has a release date of April 14, 2017. There’s no word on exactly who will be signing up for the last films in the franchise, although Diesel is a sure thing.
There’s also no director for the movie, but, according to Autoblog, Diesel will be announcing who will helm the movie soon. James Wan, director of Furious 7, chose to walk away from the franchise citing the challenges of working with Diesel. He claimed his health suffered due to Diesel’s late night phone calls and nitpicking over every detail.
With the last movie making $1.5 billion worldwide, Universal is likely to be very careful about who is chosen to direct the next three. It’s a big money-maker that needs the right director to see it through to the end.