I suppose it was only a matter of time before the billion dollar grossing Fast and Furious franchise went the way of Marvel, DC and Star Wars. For as reported exclusively from Variety, Vin Diesel and the producers behind the gravity defying car chase to car heists movies is branching off into prequels and spin-off’s.
Says Variety from their interview with Vin Diesel:
“We’ve written out story lines for various characters,” said Diesel. “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 nor the report went into details about what characters would be getting a stand alone or a prequel but as it does mention that The Rock has expressed interest in seeing his own character Luke Hobbs get his own movie.
In speaking with Universal, Variety goes on with their report:
Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley confirmed that talks were taking place about ways to broaden the series’ reach.
“We’re certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now,” said Langley. “It’s an ensemble cast and there’s room to bring characters in and out.”
As of now, the studio is moving forward with their latest sequel in Fast 8, directed by Straight Outta Compton’s F Gary Gray.
Chairman of Universal, Jeff Shell, had this to say:
“You can’t keep having every movie have bigger and bigger stunts forever and ever and ever,” said Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. “Eventually you have to really focus on the story. We’ll still have big stunts but bringing in this amazing storyteller is going to be great.”
Now that the news has settled a bit with me, I have to say, I get it. It’s a huge franchise. I can see why they would want to milk it for all that it’s worth. The shared universe spin on it – well, that’s where I think it’s reaching a bit. You don’t necessarily have to call it a shared universe as people (and trades) are calling it. Because of that reason, it’s like the studio is trying to follow a trend with something that doesn’t need to be called a “shared universe.” This isn’t a huge galaxy full of characters and time periods, or a franchise with superheroes that have over sixty years of source material behind it. It’s an action franchise, plain and simple. Just do the spin-off’s and prequels and make those stories worth telling. The people will come. Because based on the seventh film and its worldwide haul, I see no signs of this franchise – in sequels, spin-off’s and prequels – ever slowing down.
Question now, from me, do you out there in the Nation think this is a good idea? Would you like to see solo movies from Vin Diesel’s character? Do you want a Fast and Furious ‘Shared Universe?’ Drop in your comments and let me know what you think.
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