Money is a wonderful thing. Hollywood loves anything that makes money, and the Fast & Furious franchise has made a lot of money. Furious 7 was just the fourth film in history to pass the $1.5 billion mark at the box office. And just a little over one week after its digital/DVD release, the film brought in over $50 million more. It sold over 2.5 million units on Blu-Ray and DVD in its first week of release.
Incredible numbers, right? Vin Diesel knows he has a wonderful thing going, and he’s trying his best to keep this train moving for several more years. During an interview with Variety, the actor confirmed spinoff movies are being developed right now.
“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.”
This means Furious 8 won’t be the end of the series. It’s currently scheduled for a release date of April 14, 2017. And it sounds like everyone involved wants to focus on producing a great story. Even though some fans only care about the ridiculous stunts, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Jeff Shell, knows a great story is the most important part.
“You can’t keep having every movie have bigger and bigger stunts forever and ever and ever. Eventually you have to really focus on the story. We’ll still have big stunts but bringing in this amazing storyteller (F. Gary Gray) is going to be great.”
Every story needs a “the end,” though. How long will Fast & Furious fans continue to support the franchise? I guess we’ll find out in 2017. Box office numbers for Furious 8 are going to be very interesting.