By now, everyone has heard or seen Furious 7, the most recent installment in the successful Fast and Furious film series. The tag line for this film was ‘One Last Ride’. Instead of one last ride, how about we have one last trilogy? On Sunday, via his Facebook page, Fast and Furious star/producer Vin Diesel wrote that he planned to produce a trilogy of films to end the series.
“Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision…they have been like family,” Diesel wrote in his post. “I promised the studio that I would deliver one last Trilogy to end the saga.”
Diesel’s announcement comes after news reports that the progress of bringing Fast and Furious 8 to the screen has proven difficult. As of right now, the film is set for release on April 14, 2017, but they have yet to decide on a director.
“My producing partner Neal would like me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be very carefully handled.” Diesel also wrote in his post. “To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to helm Fast 8 yet… let alone seen a script.” According to Diesel, he will announce the “directors” in his next Facebook post.
This isn’t the first time that Diesel has discussed making more Fast and Furious films. Back in 2013, during press and promotion for Fast and Furious 6, Diesel mentioned making even 10 Fast and Furious films.
I’m a fan of the Fast and Furious film series since the very first film. After the passing of Paul Walker and the emotional ending of Furious 7, I saw this as the perfect ending of the series that the fans could walk away from and be happy for the ride the saga has taken everyone on. Ever since Fast Five, the series has gotten better with each installment. The success has been incredible, especially considering the series that started in 2001.
My fear is that another trilogy could ruin the saga. With the death of Paul Walker and his Brian O’Connor character given a happy ending, the series might not be the same for the fans but time will tell.