It appears likely that a cinematic universe will emerge from the Fast & Furious movie franchise. According to insiders at Universal, the studio and the franchise’s star, Vin Diesel, are exploring the possibility of spinoffs and prequels, seeking to develop movies beyond the core Furious films. Considering the $1.5 billion that Furious 7 has brought in worldwide this year, it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that the studio is considering different ways to expand the material.
GQ‘s Rohan Nadkarni had an interesting take on the news, saying, “Although I would argue the Furious franchise already is a universe and we are lucky enough to live in it, expanding the series outside of the main cast makes some sense. Without a doubt, The Rock is ripe for his own spinoff movie.”
The potential Furious cinematic universe would add to the three movies already being planned. The next installment, number eight in the main series, will be the first without the late Paul Walker, who regrettably died before Furious 7 was complete, prompting his brothers Caleb and Cody to take his place in some scenes.
Following the mega-success enjoyed by Marvel Studios by merging several franchises into the Avengers films, Universal jumped on the bandwagon, quickly announcing plans for a highly anticipated monster cinematic universe, which will focus on the studio’s classic movie monsters such as Frankenstein and Wolfman.
In addition to the Fast & Furious series, Vin Diesel has two more film franchises to occupy his time. Both xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 are currently in pre-production.