The Fast and the Furious seems to be Universal’s most valuable movie franchise right now, as the series narrowly beat the worldwide opening weekend record previously set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But in spite of the franchise’s continued success, the man who has produced every film in the series is now claiming that the end is in sight.
Neal Mortiz, the architect of the entirety of the gloriously-ridiculous car-racing franchise, has claimed that he’ll be sticking to Vin Diesel’s plan to cap the franchise off with the tenth movie in a recent interview with Collider. In the meantime, they’ll take their time before getting started with the ninth film, which is the key reason why they aren’t going to shoot the next two movies back-to-back.
Our plan is to go as quickly as we can under the idea that we gotta have a great story and be ready to go. And, honestly, we have some big themes and things we’re talking about, we’re just not there in terms of where exactly we’re gonna go yet. We kind of have the ending point of the franchise, but we don’t know the in-betweens yet… The plan is to make two more movies; [it’s] just all of us kind of putting our heads together and coming together with something that we think is very special.
The “in-betweens” seem to indicate that there’s potentially room for a spin-off, since there was talk of a post-credits scene teasing a movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham being cut to appease Vin Diesel, but as of right now, fans can definitely expect two more movies.
In addition, Moritz also noted that the door is open for Charlize Theron’s villainess to make a return in future films (as even though he doesn’t mention her by name, he went out of his way to avoid using pronouns, suggesting that the character he’s talking about is a woman):
“I think the antagonist will figure into the films, I don’t know exactly how yet… The honest answer is yes. We would love [Charlize] to be involved in the next couple of films. 100%.”
The Fate of the Furious has currently taken the lead in theaters. Fast and Furious 9 is currently racing toward an April 19, 2019 release date, while Fast and Furious 10 will trail it shortly afterward with an April 2, 2021 release.