Universal Tinkering With Possible ‘Fast and Furious’ Spinoffs
The Wikipedia page listing Fast and Furious characters runs 66 entries. There are ten main characters, like Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and the late Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner, on down through the various supporting characters, villains, and cops who have chased Dom and Brian’s crew of honorable thieves all over the globe through seven increasingly crazy (and increasingly awesome) entries.
Though Walker’s death in 2013 dealt the Fast franchise a huge blow, it’s continued to push forward. Furious 7 was the series biggest hit to date, grossing more than $1.5 billion worldwide. An eighth movie is already in the works, but why stop there? With so many characters already introduced in this super-dense mythology, there’s plenty of room to branch out beyond the primary Fast storyline.
Variety says that’s exactly what Universal is looking to do. Diesel told the trade that the Fast filmmakers are in the “preliminary stages” of branching off certain characters or ideas into their own movies. His words:
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 didn’t offer any details on what characters will get movies of their own, but Variety speculates that Dwayne Johnson’s extremely muscular and frequently sweaty special agent Luke Hobbs would be a likely pick. As a huge fan of the whole series, that’s an obvious and solid pick, although I’d first want to see a doomed-romance-on-the-run adventure featuring the great Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot). I’d also be interested in a movie about Jason Statham and Luke Evans’ evil Shaw Brothers (huh, I just got that joke) being evil and snarling at each other and beating people up.
In other words, there are a lot of possibilities. Unlike so many franchises, Fast and Furious is ideal for spinoffs because it’s already so large and weird and complicated, and it only seems to get better and richer with each movie. So bring on the prequels and spinoffs. Forever may they ride and/or die.