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Even though The Fate Of The Furious isn't actually in theaters yet, its producer and star Vin Diesel is already looking to the future. Ahead of its screening at CinemaCon at the end of last month, Vin Diesel teased that two further Fast And The Furious films would follow Fate. Now its director F. Gary Gray has also admitted as much, insisting that the latest installment to the franchise lays the groundwork for further tales. F. Gary Gray explained,
I think that when you watch the film, you understand that this is different, and hopefully it leaves you understanding that there's more to the saga beyond eight. I definitely want people to kind of come in really focused on being entertained and stimulated and just entertained across the board with this film, but also to recognize that there's somewhat of a shift in the franchise and the saga and that there's more story left. And I think that there is, and you'll see that when you watch this movie.
F. Gary Gray made this admission to me when I chatted to the director about his work on Fate Of The Furious at the start of April. Vin Diesel and F. Gary Gray's comments regarding the future of the Fast And Furious franchise had long been expected, especially after it was confirmed back in 2016 that the ninth and tenth editions would be released on April 19, 2019, and April 2, 2021, respectively.
The Fast And The Furious franchise has expanded to such an extent that there are many different avenues for it to go down in these films. Not only is the series still led by Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto, but it now possesses the action titans that are Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Jason Statham, while its main ensemble also includes Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Kurt Russell.
The franchise has also grown exponentially in scope, with the first film costing just $38 million to make when it was released back in 2001, while The Fate Of The Furious was reportedly put together for the eye-watering sum of $250 million. And with writer Chris Morgan recently refusing to rule out the possibility of the franchise moving into space, clearly not even the sky is the limit for the Fast films.
You can get a taste of what The Fate Of The Furious has in store for moviegoers by checking out Cinema Blend's exclusive clip for the film below. Which is something that you should immediately do because it involves Dwayne Johnson getting into an altercation with Scott Eastwood, and manhandling him like a wet paper towel.