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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

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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

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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 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
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Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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