The Fast & Furious franchise will be coming to an end sooner rather than later.
The cult classic film series began almost 20 years ago and is set to close out at 11 films, with Justin Lin directing the final two movies. According to Deadline, Lin directed the upcoming F9, which is currently in post-production. The film is set for release on Memorial Day weekend 2021.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the franchise, which started with 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, has grossed $5.89 billion at the worldwide box office. The last film, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, grossed $1.23 billion, but the franchise’s successful spin-offs have also generated high profit, such as 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw, which starred Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
The plotlines of the final two films are still under wraps, but there is potential they could happen in outer space. In September, Michelle Rodriguez teased a possible plot centered on outer space in an interview on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show where she was asked, “Are you in space with Ludacris?”
“Oh, no way! How did you guys find that out?” Rodriguez exclaimed. “See what happens? People start talking behind the scenes, man. When a movie doesn’t come out and forget about it, things get out.”
“Nobody was supposed to know that,” she added.
Seth Rogen also opened up about the franchise possibly moving into space following Rodriguez’s interview. “About ten years ago, me and @evandgoldberg were with one of the producers of The Fast and Furious franchise. Evan said as a joke, ‘they should go to space!’ The producer looked at us, dead serious, and said…’not yet,’ ” Rogen tweeted.