Now that F9 is playing in theaters, there are only two movies left to look forward to within the main Fast & Furious film series. However, the franchise as a whole will keep going with spinoffs like Hobbs & Shaw 2, and in recent weeks, there’s even been talk about the potential of mashing Fast & Furious with fellow Universal Pictures property Jurassic World. Tyrese Gibson, a.k.a. Roman Pearce in the Fast & Furious universe, is game for such a crossover, and now Ludacris, who plays Tej Parker, has shared his thoughts on the idea.
Just to be clear, Universal Pictures has in no way said it’s exploring bringing the Fast & Furious and Jurassic World franchises together, let alone greenlit the project. And from Ludacris’ perspective, that’s for the best, as he doesn’t find this crossover appealing. As the actor said to guest host Wanda Sykes on Jimmy Kimmel Live!:
That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life, I’m going to be honest with you. They surprise me in this franchise with a lot of things, with how we continue to top ourselves. But nowhere in my right mind do I see Jurassic World and The Fast and the Furious coming together. Maybe they got to convince me, but I just don’t see it.
The Fast & Furious franchise has certainly become increasingly ridiculous over the last decade, most recently exemplified with Idris Elba’s Brixton being a cybernetically-enhanced super soldier in Hobbs & Shaw, and F9 seeing Roman and Tej blasting off into space. It’s a far cry from the days when these movies were focused on street racing and small-time heists, but even with the laws of physics being continually ignored in the Fast & Furious world nowadays, it’s still a big leap to bring dinosaurs into the equation. Evidently count Ludacris among the people who’s not interested in seeing this happen.
Honestly, it’s fitting that Ludacris disagrees with Tyrese Gibson about the prospect of a Fast & Furious and Jurassic World crossover considering how much grief Tej gives Roman over his ideas in the Fast & Furious movies. But while the logistics of bringing these franchises together would be all kinds of strange (no doubt involving a portal between realities), it’s reasonable to assume the crossover would make a lot of money given how commercially well Fast & Furious and Jurassic World perform on their own. Narrative sense be damned, I see this blockbuster easily surpassing $1 billion and maybe even hitting $2 billion.
For now though, Fast & Furious and Jurassic World will remain separate, but at least fans of both franchises will be able to watch new installments in the coming years. Jurassic World: Dominion opens in theaters on June 10, 2022, and while Fast & Furious 10 Part 1 and Part 2 don’t have release dates yet, the back-to-back productions are expected to begin in January 2022.