One Last Ride
By Sean Hollister
The Fast and Furious saga will finally end after its 11th instalment, Deadline and Variety report — which, if you’re counting, is one more movie than we were expecting until now. Justin Lin, who directed five of the past eight F&F films (counting the upcoming F9), is reportedly set to direct the last two as well.
Of course they were going to make another movie. Unlike Chaim and Julia, I may know next to nothing about Fast’s plot or characters, but I do know spectacle — and there was no way in hell a US$ 5+ billion box office blockbuster franchise, a series whose every instalment attempts to jump the shark in the most spectacular ways possible, and a series that’s literally about tuning cars to the max, wasn’t going to turn it all the way up to 11. Also, that money. Money is a big reason.
Whether or not the series actually ends at 11 will likely depend on how many theatres continue to exist. Regal and Cineworld shut their doors, and AMC is running out of cash. F9 had already been delayed till April 2021 due to the pandemic, and it’s not yet clear when an F10 or F11 would debut. But it helps that Fast and Furious is a global cultural phenomenon, not just a US-centric one, with Variety pointing out that less than a quarter of Hobbs and Shaw’s box office totals came from the US. If F9 does well, they’ll no doubt be thinking about an F12 — or at least some additional spinoffs. (There are already two in development.)