After first premiering with The Fast and the Furious back in 2001, the Fast franchise now finally has its end in sight, as reports indicate the long-running action franchise will come to a close after its eleventh film.
According to reports, Justin Lin — who has directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and the upcoming F9 — is in talks to direct both the tenth and eleventh installments in the franchise.
It’s early days on when this will begin production but it seems likely they will tell a big story over two films that will focus on franchise patriarch Vin Diesel and bring back Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang. [via Deadline]
As Deadline speculates, the question now becomes whether The Rock and Jason Statham, who branched off to make the Hobbs & Shaw spin-off, will return to the franchise for the final two films.
They are just beginning to put the final two vehicles together, but the natural speculation will be to wonder whether Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham — core castmembers who peeled off for the F&F spinoff Hobbs & Shaw after Johnson and Diesel had a falling out — will be back for the finale. Johnson and Diesel might never be fast friends, but there is an opportunity to pull off the motorhead’s answer to Marvel’s Avengers.
The latest installment in the franchise, F9, was supposed to be released earlier in 2020 but was delayed an entire year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike the likes of Tenet, No Time To Die, and Wonder Woman 1984, Universal — the studio behind F9 — didn’t pretend like the film would hit theaters this year and had the foresight to delay its release to 2021 right off the bat.
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