Looks Like The Main Fast And Furious Film Series Will Be Around Longer Than Expected

Vin Diesel and John Cena in F9
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Although we have still yet to see the ninth Fast & Furious installment, now set to head to theaters next summer, Universal is still ready to run this nearly 20-year-old sleek buggy as far as its engine will take it. For a while we’ve heard the franchise would be ending at an even ten installments, but we’ve now received word Justin Lin is looking to be in the driver’s seat for two more films after F9.

Following Justin Lin’s return to the franchise for the first time since 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 with the upcoming ninth film, the director is in talks to helm the tenth and eleventh Fast & Furious movies to round out the franchise’s central story, according to a new report from Deadline.

Justin Lin was already attached to the tenth Fast & Furious film. Vin Diesel previously teased the conclusion of Dom Toretto’s character and the rest of his crew could very well be split into two movies in early 2020. It’s a common model these days for movie series to conclude in two parts, perhaps with a cliffhanger in the middle. Infinity War and Endgame did very well for itself within the MCU using this idea, with the latter going on to become the highest grossing movie of all time.

Fast and Furious is currently Universal’s most profitable franchise, even above the Jurassic World movie series. So cruising through with a longer conclusion certainly operates in the studio’s favor. And it could make for a more satisfying finale to the series that has ruled the big screen for almost twenty years. Will it finally take these high-octane drivers to space? We’ll see. Check out the trailer for the upcoming F9 here:

Justin Lin has been a favorite filmmaker for the Fast & Furious movies, previously helming Tokyo Drift, 2009’s Fast & Furious, 2011’s Fast Five and the 2013 sixth installment. The director has had his hands in the jar for many phases of the series and is a great choice to take it into the sunset with the tenth and eleventh films.

Just because the central Fast & Furious movies starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, soon welcoming John Cena and Cardi B, and bringing back Sung Kang, Lucas Black, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, etc., the series still has plans to continue with spinoffs. There are more Hobbs & Shaw movies in the works and reportedly a female-led Fast & Furious movie as well.

A question about the future of Fast & Furious yet to be answered is whether Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will return with the main cast for 10 & 11 after being tied up with their own on-screen story and being the center of some serious drama between The Rock, Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson.

F9 is expected to reach theaters on May 28, 2021. Check out CinemaBlend’s 2021 release schedule for more exciting blockbusters to look forward to.

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