The Fast & Furious movies aren’t really a trilogy by any technical sense of the word. For starters, trilogy means three movies, and the Fast & Furious franchise has seven.
Even then, one isn’t really connected to Two in any meaningful sense, and Four and Five are only tangentially related. Your best argument would be that Five, Six and Seven are a trilogy in their own right, but they are interrupted by Three and technically can’t be understood without it. Maybe Six, Three, and Seven, but what trilogy’s second flick is missing its nine biggest stars? It’d be like if Empire Strikes Back didn’t have Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Chewie, R2-D2, or C-3PO. And also sucked.
Regardless of the sensicalness of any of it, we are in for another (or more accurately the first) Fast & Furious trilogy. Eight, Nine and Ten are happening.
There’d been rumors and rumblings about this, but Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page to announce that the series would end with a trilogy, no matter what.
Here’s what Diesel had to say:
The fans of the Fast & Furious SAGA are the best fans in the world… Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way… literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you.
My producing partner Neal would love for me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be very carefully handled. To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to helm Fast 8 yet… let alone seen a script.
Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision… they have been like family… I promised the studio I would deliver one last Trilogy to end the saga.
I will announce the directors on my next post…
So soon we’ll know who will be heading up Eight. It’s also reported that the star of Tokyo Drift, Lucas Black, will be filling the void left by Paul Walker’s departure.
Which, you know, he’s got experience doing.