Few people could have predicted, when Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's The Fast and the Furious came out on 2001, that we'd still be talking about the series 16 years later. We're almost eight movies deep into the high-octane combination of crazy stunts and deep "family" roots, and now we are hearing about plans for the franchise to expand to an even greater level by bringing a live show to arenas all around the globe.
According to a press release, beginning in January 2018, Fast & Furious Live will attempt to bring the movies to life using the most advanced technology and featuring all the favorite cars from the blockbuster series. Vince Klaseus, President of Universal Brand Development, states:
Fast & Furious Live will transform the live-entertainment industry in the same way the global box-office franchise has redefined the action genre. Fans will experience everything they love about the films in an up-close and incredibly cool live show, putting them in the center of the action.
So it's almost like Fast & Furious Live will be a circus, for F&F fans. The release claims that those in attendance will "feel the heat from flaming exhausts" as real automobiles pull off some of the most insane stunts from the various Fast & Furious movies. Someone better be pulling a massive safe through a makeshift Rio then.
The release also states that the live show will be re-creating locations from the sequels, starting with the underground streets of Los Angeles, but then crisscrossing the globe to cover the ground tread by Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew. I want to go to this just to see how a live show, in an arena, pulls off THIS stunt:
Fast & Furious Live will be executive produced by Chris Hughes and James Cooke-Priest, along with writer/director Rowland French. For updates on the show, visitwww.fastandfuriouslive.com.
As for the next official Fast movie, The Fate of the Furious is racing toward an April 14 release date. Following up on the enormous success of Furious 7, this one introduces an unexpected heel turn, as Toretto rebels against his band of misfits, forcing Hobbs (The Rock) to team with an unlikely ally (Jason Statham) to take Dom down. The action roars across Cuba, Iceland and New York City, and probably promises to deliver more eye-popping car carnage than anyone has ever seen.