Though we’ve caught wind of character-driven spinoffs revving into gear over at Universal – Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs is reportedly tip-top of the studio’s wanted list when it comes to standalone pics – the Powers That Be have consistently stated that Fast and Furious 10 will bring an end to the saga, with F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious angled as the first in one final – yes, final – trilogy of physics-defying actioners.
Last we reported, the studio had earmarked April 2019 and April 2021 for those conclusive chapters, and as the furore over The Fate of the Furious begins to sweep across the globe, Collider sat down with series producer Neal Moritz to get an overview of this most lucrative franchise. It’s a truly fascinating interview in which Moritz reflects on Vin Diesel’s contribution to the series – the actor also holds a producer credit, and seemingly has a big creative input into each new installment – the difficulties of shooting in Cuba and, ultimately, why the series will wind down with the launch of Fast and Furious 10.
We kind of have the ending point of the franchise, but we don’t know the in-betweens yet… Yeah, the plan is to make two more movies. That’s just all of us kind of putting our heads together and coming together with something that we think is very special.
The Fate of the Furious sped into theaters late last week, and made history while doing so. Beating out Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Deathly Hallows – Part 2, F. Gary Gray’s blockbuster sequel now holds the biggest opening weekend of all-time with an eye-watering $532.5 million. Can Fast and Furious 9 top that success in 2019? Who knows, but at least Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel have reportedly buried the hatchet in the wake of their on-set spat.