Earlier this year, Furious 7 became the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time, broke a franchise record in less than two weeks, and ensured that there’s absolutely no way we’re not getting Furious 8. Star, producer and keeper of the franchise Vin Diesel hinted in the past that he wanted to create a final trilogy of films in the series that would bring the grand total up to 10. That’s a nice round number, and it’s easy to see a future in which Diesel hangs up his tank top after that and moves on to other things. Well, it turns out he has other plans.
Variety reports that Diesel is now in talks with Universal Pictures (which between Furious 7 and Jurassic World absolutely demolished the box office this year) to expand the Furious series to include potential spinoffs and prequels, thus ensuring that the franchise will continue to dominate for years to come.
“We’ve written out story lines for various characters,” said Diesel. “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.”
The series has long been celebrated for its diverse and growing ensemble cast, and given that one member of that cast is megastar Dwayne “The Rock if You’re Nasty” Johnson, it’s hard to imagine Universal not trying at least one movie focusing on Johnson’s Agent Hobbs, among other possibilities.
In the meantime, though, Diesel and director F. Gary Gray are hard at work developing the eighth film in the series to get it in theaters by spring 2017. According to Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman Jeff Shell, we can expect something a little more character-based this time around.
“You can’t keep having every movie have bigger and bigger stunts forever and ever and ever,” Shell said. “Eventually you have to really focus on the story. We’ll still have big stunts but bringing in this amazing storyteller is going to be great.”
Furious 8 arrives in April 2017, followed by Furious 9, Furious 10, Furious with a Vengeance, Furious the Series, Furious the Animated Series and, I’m sure, Furious the Breakfast Cereal.