Fast and Furious (also known as The Fast and the Furious and The Fast Saga) is a media franchise focusing on a series of action films about street racing, heists, espionage, and family. Short films, television series, live performances, video games, and theme park experiences are also part of the brand. Universal Pictures is in charge of distribution.
The first film, Fast & Furious, was released in 2001, and it launched the original tetralogy of films about illegal street racing, which ended in the film Fast & Furious (2009). With Fast Five (2011), the series shifted to heists and spying, and it was followed by four sequels, the most recent of which, F9, was published in 2021. The series will be concluded with a tenth and eleventh film, and the main character will appear in both.
Universal extended the franchise with the 2019 spin-off feature Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and its subsidiary DreamWorks Animation followed with the animated streaming television series Fast & Furious Spy Racers. Soundtrack CDs for all of the films, as well as compilation albums featuring existing music heard in the films, have been produced. Two short films have also been released that are related to the series. The series has been economically successful; it is Universal’s most lucrative franchise and the fifth highest-grossing film series, with a total gross of more than $6 billion. The first four films garnered mixed to poor reviews until the fifth and later films, which earned mixed to excellent reviews. Fast & Furious has spawned a slew of different media, including attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida, live events, ads, and a slew of video games and toys. It is widely regarded as the vehicle that catapulted main actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker to fame.
New Announcement for New Entry
Vin Diesel has revealed that Brie Larson, from Captain Marvel, has joined the cast of Fast & Furious 10. Diesel announced the news on Instagram, with a photo of himself and Larson beaming with the words, “welcome to the FAMILY Brie.”
“Yes yeah yeah… you see this angel over my shoulder chuckling me up, and you think to yourself, ‘that’s Captain Marvel,” Diesel tweeted. “This photograph depicts love and fun. What you don’t see, though, is the character you’ll meet in Fast10.” You have no clue how magnificent and timeless she will be in our mythology. Her intelligence, in addition to her attractiveness… Her Oscar, LOL, is this profound soul who will offer something you may not have expected but has wished for.
Larson will be a newbie to the franchise, joining Aquaman’s Jason Momoa, who will portray the film’s villain and Daniela Melchior from The Suicide Squad. Larson, on the other hand, will not be acting with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, since the actor who portrays Luke Hobbs recently rebuffed Diesel’s request to return to the series following a spat between the two in 2016.
Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Sung Kang will all return, as will Charlize Theron, who first appeared in the series in the seventh film. F9, the fifth film in the franchise directed by Lin, was released in theaters on June 24 after being delayed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Larson said “one hundred percent” when asked if being in a Fast & Furious movie had been a goal of hers during an interview with Uproxx in February, which was tied to her Nissan ad running during this year’s Super Bowl.
“Please, please tell everyone that I would, of course, love to be in a Fast & Furious film,” she said at the time. “I’m completely smitten.
The Quick Saga
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel’s careers were aided by the series.
Paul Walker collaborated with filmmaker Rob Cohen on The Skulls in 2000. Cohen signed a deal with producer Neal H. Moritz for an unnamed action picture for Universal Pictures, and called Walker, asking him to offer his “dream” action film; Walker recommended a mash-up of the films Days of Thunder (1990) and Donnie Brasco (1991). (1997). Soon after, Cohen and Moritz presented him with a May 1998 Vibe magazine article that documented an undercover street racing circuit running in New York City and offered a plot that was to be a re-imagined version of the film Point Break (1991) but set to follow Walker as an adult.
Due to the popularity of the blockbuster Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), the studio was interested in casting Timothy Olyphant in the part of Dominic Toretto, but he declined. Moritz continued pursuing Vin Diesel after his performance in Pitch Black (2000), and Diesel agreed after offering many screenplay modifications. Moritz struggled with the titles Racer X, Redline, Race Wars, and Street Wars until being inspired by a documentary on American International Pictures, which included the 1954 picture The Fast and the Furious. Moritz was permitted to use the title in return for the use of certain stock footage by the film’s director, Roger Corman. When it was released in June 2001, the picture smashed box office projections, and a 2002 sequel was approved by the studio.
Diesel refused to return for the sequel, claiming that the writing was inferior to the first. Cohen also turned down the sequel, instead of focusing on the picture XXX (2002), which stars Diesel in the starring role. To account for these changes, Universal hired John Singleton as the new director and commissioned the authors to produce a solo sequel starring Walker. Filming was postponed by a year, and the setting was relocated to Miami. Tyrese Gibson, who had previously collaborated with Singleton on the film Baby Boy (2001), was cast as Walker’s new co-star, and the film was the first in the series to feature long-running cast member Ludacris.
Films based on spin-offs
Diesel revealed in 2015 that prospective spin-offs were in the early phases of development. In 2019, Diesel revealed a film centered on the Fast & Furious franchise’s female characters, as well as three spin-off films in the works. The project’s co-screenwriters will be Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.