In an interview with the Associated Press, Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel confirmed that the Hollywood blockbuster series will soon be coming to an end. According to Diesel, there are still two films to shoot after the upcoming “F9”, the ninth installment in the long-lived film series about a street racing unit turned international heist crew. To close out the saga, Diesel said Universal Pictures is planning an epic two-part conclusion, with potential release dates of 2023 and 2024.
When asked about the franchise’s future, Diesel said the arc of films following the current cast would end. However, he also said that the Fast and Furious cinematic universe would live on, implying the franchise may continue on with a whole new cast.
Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto has been a staple character in the series since the first “Fast and Furious” film released in 2001. Despite early installments receiving lukewarm reviews, the series has powered on through the years, eventually becoming cinema winners, with multiple films in the series raking in more than $1 billion at the international and domestic box office.
Director Justin Lin said he and Vin Diesel held discussions about closing up the saga, which has spawned nine mainline films and one spinoff starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham in leading roles. Lin, who directed five Fast and Furious films, said Vin was the first to propose wrapping up the saga. Lin has been confirmed to be directing the final two films in the franchise.
The director considers F9 to be the beginning of the end for the saga of Dom and his crew: “We’re kind of reconfiguring everything, so that the next two movies should wrap up this amazing journey for these characters.”
“Every story deserves its own ending,” said Diesel. “This franchise was born from the pavement, from the concrete. The world just championed this underdog to a place where it has already surpassed all of these other franchises. But the franchise has a soul, and that soul has to rest.”
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