Variety reports that Universal Pictures and Vin Diesel are planning out a whole “Fast and Furious” cinematic universe with spin-offs and prequels on the way.
The news comes after word last month that “Straight Outta Compton” helmer F. Gary Gray is set to direct the next entry in the main series, the eighth one in that series and the first of a new trilogy. The new films are also expected to be different and darker in tone to previous seven films.
Talking about the spin-offs, Diesel tells the trade: “We’ve written out story lines for various characters. We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class.”
Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley confirms talks are taking place: “We’re certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now. It’s an ensemble cast and there’s room to bring characters in and out.”
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell says that though there have been rumors that the main series would close out with ten films, that may not be the case: “Vin has a vision in his mind for three more, so let’s get three more done and then see where we are from there. Everything has an end, so I don’t think our expectation is we’re going to have a hundred of them…To me ‘Fast and Furious’ has become no different than a beloved series that comes on every year.”
The series shows no signs of slowing at the box-office as “Furious 7” earned an astonishing $1.514 billion worldwide.