Operating under the wildly mistaken assumption that there aren't enough Fast and/or Furious movies currently being made, Universal and Vin Diesel have announced plans to expand the franchise into somehow even more films about driving cars into and through things. Variety reports that "the team behind the fast cars and criminals series is in the preliminary stages of developing prequels and spinoffs."
As Dwayne Johnson has already teased, his large, bald character has already been considered as a strong contender to break off from the central large, bald character of the series, but it's not yet confirmed which characters could get spin-offs.
"We've written out story lines for various characters. We've been playing with it for a long time. It's a very rich property and we're committed to treating it with a lot of class," Diesel teased. Fear not: this series about crooks in t-shirts dragging a comically-large safe down a thoroughfare will remain as ritzy as ever.
"We're certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now," Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley added. "It's an ensemble cast and there's room to bring characters in and out."
Langley makes a fair enough point, though. Already, the series swapped out most of its cast in the second chapter, followed an entirely different cast in its third, and has seen the loss of Paul Walker, Gal Gadot, and Sung Kang within the last couple films, yet still it continues on, like a sweet ride powering straight through the tip of a crashing airplane.
For now, though, it's said the studio is concentrating not on expansion but on the next trilogy of Fast and possibly Furious films Diesel has already promised us. As for those, they will apparently have more of a story-driven angle that focuses less on big set pieces.
"You can't keep having every movie have bigger and bigger stunts forever and ever and ever," Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, told the trade. "Eventually you have to really focus on the story. We'll still have big stunts but bringing in this amazing storyteller [director F. Gary Gray] is going to be great." For instance, this time, Dominic Toretto will jump his car through a plot hole instead of multiple skyscrapers.
But while Diesel hopes that his proposed trilogy will bring the series to its completely organic, ten-film conclusion, it seems Universal still has hopes for further sequels as well.
"Vin has a vision in his mind for three more, so let's get three more done and then see where we are from there," Shell said. "Everything has an end, so I don't think our expectation is we're going to have a hundred of them [but] to me Fast and Furious' has become no different than a beloved series that comes on every year." Lucky for him, Universal is sister company to NBC, so if nothing else, the option remains for 'Friends' and the Furious.