I think it’s safe to say that the Fast And Furious film franchise has been a career defining one for actor Vin Diesel, who also has a stake in producing the film series since 2009’s The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Now with nine films in as Universal Pictures contends with the residual effects of the Covid-19 pandemic (including stagnant theater reopenings throughout North America), the studio is remaining steadfast to its commitment to the road saga that began nineteen years ago.
Adam B. Vary at Variety reports:
The central “Fast and Furious” franchise will come to a conclusion after the 10th and 11th films, Variety has confirmed. Justin Lin, who directed the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth “Fast and Furious” films, will return to direct the final two installments and the franchise to the finish line after over two decades in theaters.
This does not, however, necessarily mean that the “Fast and Furious” cinematic universe is coming to an end. While the core storyline following Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and his family of fellow car-enthusiasts-turned-thieves-turned-physics-defying-superheroes will conclude after Lin directs the 11th installment, spin-off movies based on “Fast and Furious” characters are currently in development at Universal.
David Leitch directed actors Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham for the franchise’s first major spin-off in 2019’s explosive box office hit, Fast And Furious Presents: Hobbs And Shaw. The latest installment, F9, sees Diesel back on screen with his loyal crew of badass gearheads and tech wizards, reprising the role of Dominic Toretto, battling opposite the franchise’s newest character addition of Jakob (John Cena), Dom’s long lost brother.
Also returning to the franchise is Charlize Theron as manical tech villainess, Cipher, and Sung Kang in the mysteriously revived role of Han, following the events of the previous films.
F9 opens on Memorial Day in 2021.