Over the past five years or so we’ve watched The Fast and the Furious franchise evolve from a mismatched-buddy racing drama into a pan-ethnic action movie juggernaut that generates billion dollar box office returns and shows no sign of slowing down. We already know that an eighth installment will definitely follow the smash that was Furious 7, but what happens beyond that? Will this series keep going until Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson shrivel and die (okay, you’re right; everyone knows The Rock can’t die) or is there an end in sight?
Well, according to Diesel, there is actually a plan to conclude this behemoth of a film series. Last week, amid reports that the 8th Furious film was struggling to find a director, Diesel posted on his official Facebook page (AKA VinBook) to let fans know that everything is fine.
“My producing partner Neal [Moritz] would love for me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be very carefully handled,” Diesel wrote. “To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to helm Fast 8 yet… let alone seen a script.”
Near the end of the post, while praising Universal Pictures for their work on the films, Diesel noted that he “promised the studio I would deliver one last Trilogy to end the saga.” So, does that mean there are three films left? Not necessarily. Diesel has hinted in the past that Furious 7 might be the start of a new trilogy for the series, which would make Furious 9 the final film. Of course, Diesel could also mean Furious 8 is actually the start of a new trilogy, bringing the final film count to 10.
Or, none of this is real, and we’ll be watching these films well into the 2030s.