The Fast and Furious franchise will go for two more laps before calling it quits, with series producer Neal Moritz claiming that the tenth movie will be the last.
In an interview with Collider, Moritz confirmed that the current plan is to produce two more films following The Fate of the Furious, which was just released last week. Production is set to begin on the ninth film as soon as possible, but not before they “have a good story.”
According to Moritz, the franchise’s creative team already has an ending in mind for the series, which Moritz, Vin Diesel, and series writer Chris Morgan came up with together. “We have some big themes and things we’re talking about, we’re just not there in terms of where exactly we’re gonna go yet,” Moritz said. “We kind of have the ending point of the franchise, but we don’t know the in-betweens yet.”
While there were thoughts of filming the last two movies back-to-back, Moritz says that it would be “too much” and would require the cast and crew to shoot for at least 160 days consecutively. “It’s just daunting,” he said. “That would mean we would need to have two scripts finished, which we have enough of a hard time getting one script ready in time.”
With The Fate of the Furious breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ record for the biggest worldwide opening of all time, we just sort of assumed Universal Pictures would keep this cash cow franchise going indefinitely, so it’s surprising to hear that they actually have an endpoint in mind. Maybe Dom and the family are ready to permanently set down on a beach somewhere, drinking coronas at barbecues until they’re too old to drive fast and/or furiously anymore.