Yes, you read that correctly.
Vin Diesel dropped this on his Instagram late last night. (I know, isn’t that what all the cool kids do?)
Mark it on your calendars everyone. I know a lot, and I mean a lot of people are going to throw their arms up at this. I mean, we already knew about The Fast and The Furious 8 back in April, to be named “Fast 8“, but 2 more films after that? I certainly love the news because I enjoy the films for what they are: pure entertainment. You can say it’s extremely unrealistic, the acting is bad, the storyline is predictable, yada yada, but sometimes we just need a good ass-kicking, action packed, pure entertainment value film and that is exactly what this franchise has given us.
But think about this for a second. The Fast and The Furious 1-3 was all about the cars and it had a specific following. The 3 films didn’t crush the box office, but they made plenty of money to know they can keep the car running. But after the disaster of Tokyo Drift (3rd instalment) at the box office ($158 million worldwide – a drop from $236 million), Universal Pictures and probably Vin Diesel and Paul Walker discussed how they can revive this franchise. Well, bring on the action. It’s fairly well known that most bank heists or any type of heist film gets a hefty crowd and it’s also well known that action-packed films, if done right, are very successful. So, that’s exactly what they did with Fast and Furious (4th instalment) and what happened? $363 million worldwide. Fast 5? A whopping $626 million worldwide. Fast and Furious 6? $788 million worldwide and you can thank that nice little bump to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And lastly, Furious 7. An incredible $1.516 BILLION worldwide. To be fair, that’s a pretty big gap between 6 and 7 and it’s sad to say it, but it’s mainly in part due to Paul Walker’s death and this being his last film.
Now, Fast and Furious 7 (Fast 7) was always quoted as “The last ride” due to the tragic death of Paul Walker. But that’s exactly it. It was “the last ride” for Paul Walker and that was showcased heavily in the film. While we want to automatically assume that they are doing this solely for the money, is not right. Sure, it could play a pretty big part in the decision, but who’s to say they were never discussing it? Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were so dedicated to this franchise and it’s rare, extremely rare for any film to go this sort of distance. The fans have been there since day one and each film continues to attract more and more fans. If you’re at 7, why not go the distance? Paul Walker’s death definitely threw a wrench into those plans, but life goes on and it will on April 2017, April 2019 and April 2021. Crazy to even be thinking out that far.
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Just when you didn’t think it could get any better huh?