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10 Fast & Furious Replacements For Universal’s Next Big Movie Franchise

With Fast & Furious 11 supposedly being the last movie in the series, that’ll leave Universal, one of the major five movie studios, without a single tentpole franchise, but the studio still has plenty of other shelved properties it could bring back. Even though Fast X isn’t even out yet, it has already been confirmed that it’ll end with a huge cliffhanger that’ll lead into the 11th and final Fast & Furious movie. Fast X will be the first of the two-part finale of the epic blockbuster franchise, and the two movies will likely bring in billions for the studio, but it’ll mark the last time.

Movie studios rely on tentpole properties to bring in billions for the studio and cover any losses from riskier projects. However, in a couple of years, Universal won’t have those blockbuster movies to rely on. Not only is Fast & Furious 11 the last movie in the franchise, but Jurassic World Dominion was the last for its franchise too. Those franchises guaranteed Universal at least a billion dollars every year or two, and now they’re over or close to over, that leaves a huge, very worrying hole in Universal’s pocket. However, Universal owns the rights to tons of beloved properties, and the studio could reboot any one of them.

10 A Full Jurassic Park Reboot

The gates of Jurassic Park

Following the definitive ending of Jurassic World Dominion, it’s safe to say that Jurassic World 4 isn’t happening, especially because the Jurassic World series’ box office performance is a perfect example of diminishing returns, as each movie made less than the last (per Box Office Mojo). However, the movies have still made an average of more than $1 billion, and there’s no way Universal can shelve such a successful property. In that respect, a full Jurassic Park reboot would be the best way to bring back the series. It could completely ignore Jurassic World, and it could be more faithful to the original novel by being more grizzly and action-oriented.

9 The Nobody Universe

Bob Odenkirk as Hutch in Nobody

Nobody was Universal’s attempt at making a John Wick-type movie. Following 2014’s John Wick, every action movie attempted to incorporate gun-fu in some capacity, but Nobody has an almost identical premise to the 2014 film. Along with setting up Nobody 2, the film also built a criminal underworld universe that uses its own currency and has its own hierarchy, and it’d be so easy to build upon it. Nobody was a modest success, but it’s also such low risk and was extremely cheap to make with a budget of $16 million (via Box Office Mojo). So, in theory, more Nobody movies could potentially even have higher net profits than Fast X given how inflated the 2023 movie’s budget is.

8 A New Dark Universe

renfield dracula nicolas cage

Universal has been trying to build a cinematic universe around its monsters for years now, and the studio made a huge move in 2017 with The Mummy, which was the first film in what was called Universal’s Dark Universe. The studio planned several movies to follow, but they were quickly canceled when The Mummy underperformed and was critically scathed. Now Universal has tried again with Renfield, totally changing the tone and with a much more conservative budget. Renfield could start a new shared universe for the studio, but it’d be tough given that the Dracula movie underperformed too. It would undoubtedly be a risk, but it could pay off if the studio fully commits to it.

7 A Fast & Furious Reboot


A complete reboot of the franchise, totally rebuilding from the ground up, is exactly what the Fast & Furious franchise needs. Broadly, there are two types of Fast & Furious fans, as there are the ones who love it for the high-octane action, and there are the ones who think that the high concept has gotten out of hand and want the series to go back to its roots. A Fast & Furious reboot could go return to form with a small-scale crime drama and a street racing backdrop. There’s huge nostalgia for the first three movies, and Universal could capitalize on that, not to mention that a budget for it would be a fraction of Fast X’s production cost.

6 Back To The Future Reboot

Doc Brown at the end of Back to the Future

For the sake of its legacy, a Back to the Future reboot should never happen. However, when looking at it from a financial standpoint, it comes as a shock that it hasn’t happened yet. The first three movies have made a total of almost $1 billion worldwide, and that isn’t even adjusted for inflation, as Back to the Future Part III was released over 30 years. If Universal wants to build another tentpole movie series to replace Fast & Furious, Back to the Future has huge box office potential given its massive fanbase and being a four-quadrant franchise. At the least, a reboot could fix aspects of the original movies that have aged poorly.

5 Tremors Reboot

Kevin Bacon in Tremors

It’s no secret that most of the movies in the Tremors franchise are direct-to-DVD and somehow have worse practical and digital effects than the last. However, that’s why it has so much potential to be Universal’s next big-budget franchise. It’d be hard to make a great Jurassic Park reboot because the first movie is such a classic, but it’d be easy to reboot Tremors because the series only has a cult following and there’s nothing particularly iconic about them. A creative director could turn the schlocky source material into an endlessly rewatchable $60 million comedy horror. The original Tremor’s premise is great, and there’s clearly potential for a refreshing comedy-horror series.

4 Battlestar Galactica Movies

Battlestar Galactica Number Three D'Anna Biers

Battlestar Galactica is a Universal-owned TV series that has been running ever since 1978 and had several different reboots, but even though there have been a few Battlestar Galactica TV movies, Universal has never made a theatrical Battlestar Galactic film. However, that doesn’t mean the studio hasn’t tried. A proper movie has been in development hell ever since 2009 (via The Hollywood Reporter). Though it has a relatively cult following compared to its peers, such as Star Wars and Star Trek, Universal could turn the property into a successful movie franchise if it was conservative with the first film’s budget.

3 Jaws Reboot Series

Martin Brody facing off against Jaws the shark

Jaws is impossible to reboot, or at least it seems that way given how the franchise has gotten worse with each consecutive release. The franchise series escalated from a grounded Steven Spielberg movie to a series about psychic sharks. That’s probably why the franchise has been shelved for over 30 years. However, Jaws made almost half a billion dollars, which would be a huge splash today, never mind in 1975. A Jaws reboot could definitely repeat that success, and it could easily stand apart from the Spielberg classic. The reboot could dive more into the story details of the novel that were cut from the screenplay, such as the gangsters who were trying to muscle down Amity Island.

2 A New Horror IP

Megan looking sinisterly in M3GAN

Universal has a close relationship with Blumhouse Pictures, the extremely successful horror production company, and Universal co-produces and owns all of Blumhouse’s films. Together, the two studios have made hundreds of millions of dollars with films like M3GAN and other small-budget horrors, and Universal could potentially build a huge horror franchise like Insidious. Universal will release an Exorcist sequel in October, and with Halloween director David Gordon Green at the helm, it could potentially put the horror franchise back on track and begin a new series of films. Even the huge success of The Black Phone could lead to the start of a franchise.

1 Illumination’s Nintendo Shared Universe

Mario from The Super Mario Bros Movie Fist Pumping in Front of a Mushroom Edited

Illumination is a division of Universal, and it’s where the company has made billions of dollars, as the Despicable Me franchise has outgrossed the Fast & Furious and Jurassic World series a couple of times. Grossing $900 million, The Super Mario Bros. Movie keeps breaking box office records. It’ll likely become Illumination’s highest-grossing movie of all time, and the animation studio is likely developing multiple spin-offs about Donkey Kong, a Luigi’s Mansion movie, and so many others. The Nintendo shared universe has by far the most potential for Universal, and it could make more than the Jurassic Park and Fast & Furious franchises combined.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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