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