According to lead star and producer Vin Diesel, the already booming Fast and Furious franchise may be kicking into an even higher gear as there are plans to develop prequels and spin offs. In an interview with Variety, Diesel discussed how the creative team behind the hugely successful film series are currently in the early stages of exploring other avenues to take the franchise.
Diesel, who in the films plays street racer/master thief Dominic Toretto, said:
“We’ve written out story lines for various characters. 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.”
Universal Pictures Chairwoman Donna Langley confirmed Diesel’s claims that spin offs are in the works. She added:
“We’re certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now. It’s an ensemble cast and there’s room to bring characters in and out.”
It’s no surprise that Universal plans to create a Fast and Furious shared universe as judging by Marvel Studio’s unprecedented success, building a cinematic universe is a sure-fire way to bring in bucks by the boatload.
Many other film studios are aiming to follow in Marvel’s footsteps with Warner Bros and Paramount planning to make cinematic universes out of their respective DC and Transformers franchises.
Universal also has another shared universe in the works as they hope to intertwine classic monster characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy.
The studio has had a spectacular year thanks to the Fast and Furious franchise as April’s Furious 7 earned a massive total of $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. All seven films have a staggering combined global gross of $3.8 billion. There are currently plans for yet another three Fast and Furious films, with Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray locked in to helm the new trilogie’s opener Furious 8.
Furious 8 is set for an April 14, 2017