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Thoughts on Fast and Furious Possibly Going To Space

September 14, 2020 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Film Title: The Fate of the Furious Fast & Furious 8

Yes, we’re going to talk about something that’s been joked about for years and recently was mentioned in an interview that seems to give credence that the franchise might be going in that direction.

The biggest shocker to me is that people are upset that the “franchise that keeps chugging along” might actually go there. Have they not seen the last few chapters? Did they miss the spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw? It’s Universal’s biggest franchise and ranks as the tenth highest-grossing film series ever, with a combined gross of over $5.8 billion.

Billion. 

As things get bigger and bigger on the big screen, where else left do they have to go but space? The final…fun-tier?

Since The Fast and the Furious hit the screen back in 2001, the franchise has sped along, gaining strength and success with each new movie. We’ve had:
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Fast & Furious (2009)
Fast Five (2011)
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Furious 7 (2015)
The Fate of the Furious (2017)

And have these to look forward to:
F9 (2021)
Fast & Furious 10 (2022)

With spin-offs like Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in 2019, some short films and an animated series. Oh, in 2023 and 2024 respectively we’ll get 2 Fast & Furious Presents: Ladies In Action and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 2.

So where does the space angle come from? Yes, it’s been mentioned jokingly in a number of places, most notably in an interview with Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, but based on comments from Michelle Rodriguez the series could change in the upcoming Fast and Furious 9.  Watch Rodriguez in the interview and you get the very real impression that she’s being serious while talking with Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show saying, “Oh, no way! How did you guys find that out! Damn! See what happens? People start talking behind the scenes when a movie doesn’t come out and forget about it. Things get out.”

I’m all for it. Once the franchise accepted its “over-the-top” reputation and started amping up the action, things got interesting. With bigger and better action sequences along with high profile villains, I wouldn’t mind seeing a screen full of high energy moon rovers doing jumps on the moon. 

Will F9 set the table for outer space? Maybe. What we know so far is after the events of The Fate of the Furious, Dominic Toretto and his family must face Dominic’s younger brother Jakob, a deadly assassin, who is working with their old enemy Cipher, and who holds a personal vendetta against Dominic.You’d think if things were going to space we’d know by now but who’s to say that the ending doesn’t give a glimpse of the gang jumping aboard a space shuttle. Directed by Justin Lin, F9 features Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron and Cardi B. The movie arrives in theaters April 2, 2021. Hopefully. 

No word on Buzz Aldrin joining. Yet.