The Fast Saga will soon end with a two-part finale
Is this really happening?
Fast & Furious 9 was released in South Korea and China last month and it is now scheduled for theatrical release in Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Europe this week before finally hitting the screens in the UK (June 24) and the US (June 25) next week. The stakes (and expectations are high): the release date has been pushed back at least three times, we all know that Han (Sung Kang) is back, we know there's a Noble M600, and we know that John Cena will play Dom Toretto's brother Jakob.
First released twenty years ago, Fast & Furious was a huge and unexpected success but things went a bit wrong after the third installment. Vin Diesel reportedly refused a role in 2Fast 2Furious (2003) and things got even worse with Tokyo Drift (2006). Fans loved it (well, I did) but it didn't really work commercially and, in the words of YouTube satire channel Screen Junkies, it was "one Vin Diesel cameo away from totalling the whole thing".
The game changed with Fast Five (2011), when Universal Studios decided to gradually transition away from the street racing theme and turn the Fast Saga into a full-blown heist/action franchise. Eyebrows were raised (especially with hardcore fans and petrolheads), but the box office doesn't lie and Fast & Furious went on to become the 7th highest-grossing film series of all time and now, believe it or not, the franchise will finally end.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Vin Diesel confirmed that the main Fast And Furious storyline will probably end with a two-part finale, scheduled for 2023 and 2024. "Every story deserves its own ending," Diesel said. "I know people are going to feel like it doesn't have to end, but I think all good things should. There are reasons for a finale. I think this franchise has deserved it".
Diesel added that the franchise was born from "concrete" and the "underdog surpassed all of these other franchises. But the franchise has a soul, and that soul has to rest".
Justin Lin, the director of first six films and F9, said he will also direct the final two movies and he added that they are "re-configuring everything so that the next two movies should wrap up this amazing journey for these characters".
The main storyline will end but I'm guessing we're probably going to see more movies from the "Fast Universe", including more films from the spin-off "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" series as well as other spin-off projects involving other characters.