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Universal Hoping for At Least Three More 'Fast & Furious' Movies

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November 14, 2014
Source: THR

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Just a few days ago, we learned that Universal was in talks with director Justin Lin to return to the Fast & Furious franchise to be at the helm of a multi-part conclusion to the action franchise that has only grown with popularity over the years. Now we have a little more information on what Universal is expecting out of the series. THR recently hosted a roundtable discussion with some of the executives at various studios, and that included Universal's chairman Donna Langley, who indicated that they think there's "at least three more" movies to add to the Fast & Furious franchise. So we're milking this cow until it's bone dry. Read on!

Langley's language choice is a little frustrating, but here's what she said (via SlashFilm):

"We think there’s at least three more. […] I think it’s still a growing franchise. We’ll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there’s more to mine there. But we’re of course very mindful about fatigue."

Honestly, I can't stand that she uses the phrase "we think there's more to mine there," because it just shows the studio executive mentality of continuing to make movies just because they know the box office will rake in the dough. She doesn't even try and say that there's a little more story to tell. It's all about the money. Yes, it's show business, but sometimes the reminder is just a little depressing.

However, the question is whether fans will be as excited to continue the franchise with the late Paul Walker no longer part of the mix after Furious 7. Walker was probably never really a driving force to get butts in the seats, especially since there's so many characters now, but his dynamic with Vin Diesel was appreciated for sure, and fans might begin to feel fatigue as time goes on, no matter who's in the cast. Anyway, I'm sure ideas are still percolating as to how the franchise will continue and probably end, but if they're hoping for three movie movies, then we've got at least six years before that happens. Thoughts?

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  • TheOct8pus
    Not sure how I feel about these "multi-part" conclusions to "trilogies".... too much maybe?
  • Franklin Carpio
    I thought they were all over hyped up, up until Fast 5, Since then they caught my intention. if they keep making them, people will keep watching them, which is more money to them. It's kind of sad that Hollywood just seems to do reboots and sequels now a days.
  • Akirakorn
    Han Prequels! (and I 'aint talking Star Wars buddy!)
    • Chris Groves
      Check out Justin Lin's "Better Luck Tomorrow" for a movie that features young Han.
  • Chris Groves
    I don't think they should go any further than 9, to be honest. 3 sets of 3. I'd also be perfectly fine if, in light of Paul Walker's passing, the 7th film was the finale.
    • OfficialJab
      They don't really go in threes do they? If anything 1567 are a set, with 2, 3 and 4 having ties but not being as close. They could make 8,9 and 10 into a set maybe.
      • Chris Groves
        I don't think they intentionally work in sets of 3. But they did view 4, 5, and 6 as a bit of a trilogy. 4 brought back the original 4 leads and introduced Gal Gadot, who's "arc" was across 4, 5, and 6. Although in a lot of ways 5 launched the "team action movie" angle that is being continued in 6 and 7. I personally think the best viewing order is 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6, 7 ANYWAY....because in 4, you get the introduction to the Han character, who then carries over into Tokyo Drift, then you 'flashback' and eventually catch up with the 5, 6, 7 "trilogy". I don't like the idea of watching Tokyo Drift before Fast & Furious(the 4th) because then it feels completely random. If you watch the 4th, then Tokyo Drift...Han is at least a character that links the films. And once you go into 'team action movie' mode with the 5th, it is hard to want to watch Tokyo Drift after the 6th movie and go back to the 'low scale racing' formula. Once it goes into action movie, I want it to stay that way. So release order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Chronological order: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 3, 7 My order: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6, 7
  • OfficialJab
    Fine with me I guess. I don't really hold this series (though I love it) to a high standard of integrity, they can do whatever they want if it means a fun film.
  • Jason Scarpelli
    Three more??? The movies are friggin boring. Besides, what are they gonna do, wait until the entire cast dies in car crashes?
  • Rock n Rollllll
    OH for f**k's sakes!!! Just go away already!
  • DAVIDPD
    Wow. I am not sure this right, but I will watch them all if they come to fruition.
  • Zack Smith
    All of the FF movies are drek.
  • steve
    Just give us a Hobbs spin off with someone like Snipes or Idris Elba who has a big intimidating presence and looks like they could give Hobbs a run for his money in the final fight scene in the movie

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