This weekend, The Fate of the Furious roars into theaters with plenty of car chases, punch fests, physics-defying stunts, and explosions. But it’s never too soon to start thinking about the next movie in the mega franchise, right? Well, longtime franchise writer Chris Morgan already has the wheels turning.
Sitting down with SlashFilm, Morgan revealed that there’s already talk of what the next film might look like.
Vin [Diesel] and I have talked about this one for a while, because the intent is to do 8, 9, and 10 and to make it a trilogy. So how do they all connect, what are we moving toward, what’s that final end point? We’ve been playing around with that stuff, and the studio has announced dates on it, but in terms of the script actually being written right now, we’re not at that stage yet.
Saying that the things they’re setting up in The Fate of the Furious are “going to pay off in the trilogy,” Morgan couldn’t reveal any specifics, but it does sound as if Vin Diesel has had a lot of storytelling input over the years.
He has a massive part of the storytelling. We’re really in sync from the very beginning. Normally what will happen is, while we’re shooting one of these films, we’ll be thinking about what comes next and we’ll be bouncing ideas back and forth. Eventually I’ll form a basic idea or a structure, and I’ll go to the studio and I’ll go to him, and we kind of spitball and bounce it around, it starts taking the shape.
Ever since I’ve met him – it’s funny, he and I have a lot in common in that we’re both kind of nerdy. We talk in Dungeons & Dragons [terms] a lot. So we throw around words like ‘saga,’ and ‘mythology.’ Essentially the way we look at telling these stories is – again, nerd alert – is kind of like how a dungeon master would create a campaign for their players. We’re building a world for Dom and Letty and all our characters, and we’re watching as they level up emotionally. To go through the hurdles of their lives and become stronger and more potent for it. So we’re pretty tight together on creating the world of the stories for Fast.
On their journey to “level up” the Fast and the Furious characters, the team hasn’t even come close to running out of action set piece ideas.
We have a lot of action set pieces that we’ve thought about, talked about, but we just haven’t been able to do for time or money.
With two more parts of the trilogy to work out and a wealth of high-octane action scene ideas to draw from, piecing together Fast 9 and Fast 10 is sure to happen in no time flat.
The Fate of the Furious hits theaters this Friday, April 14.