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Icons Unearthed Creator on Fast and Furious Docuseries

The Nacelle Company and Vice TV are back with Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious, the third installment of their hit docuseries. The series dives deep into the world of Fast and Furious, beginning with the true-life inspiration behind the first film. Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious follows Icons Unearthed: Star Wars and Icons Unearthed: The Simpsons, and continues the series’ trend of exploring some of the biggest pop culture touchstones of all time.

While perhaps not an obvious choice for the focus of a docuseries, the Fast & Furious franchise has a tumultuous story that in many ways rivals the drama of the actual films. From the series’ tonal shift from grounded action thriller to CGI-heavy juggernaut, to the public feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel, to the tragic and untimely passing of Paul Walker, there were likely countless aspects Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious to explore. Thanks to interviews with screenwriters, stunt coordinators, cast members, and more, Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious is able to do so with firsthand information.

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Icons Unearthed creator and director Brian Volk-Weiss spoke with Screen Rant about becoming a fan of the franchise, the improvisational nature of the series, and more.

Brian Volk-Weiss on Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious
Dwayne Johson as Hobbs in Furious 7

Screen Rant: We’ve talked about your love for Star Wars and The Simpsons, which led to the first couple of seasons of Icons Unearthed. Did you have that kind of relationship with Fast and Furious?

Brian Volk-Weiss: Absolutely not. I will say this; I’m not even sure why, but I had seen every single movie in the theaters. There was something about it that got me to go see them, but I was not at all a diehard fan. And that’s an understatement.

Was it more, then, about the pure cultural impact of the franchise?

Brian Volk-Weiss: Yeah, I mean, that’s a fancy way of [saying it]. The truth of the matter is that the whole premise of the show Icons Unearthed was that we were looking at these iconic things and trying to explain to people how they came about. With Star Wars, we were conservatively the 89th documentary about it. Bizarrely enough, with The Simpsons, I think we were one of the first, if not the first. With Fast & Furious, I can guarantee you we were the first.
It’s funny, because why on Earth would we have been the first? How can you have this franchise that’s literally doing around a billion dollars a movie – with theme park rides, toys, all these things – and nobody’s covering it? I was like, “You know what? The day has come where I need to make a documentary about a subject I have not been obsessed with for 30 years.”

Even though it’s been around for twenty years now, did you find it easier to get access or information for Fast & Furious? At least compared to Star Wars and The Simpsons, it’s relatively new.

Brian Volk-Weiss: We had some good luck and some bad luck. The good luck was that the people that make [Fast & Furious were] kind of really frustrated, because they’re making something that is obviously staggeringly popular, but they don’t get respect. When you’re covering a topic like that, very often people want to talk to you and tell you about what they’ve done. In that regard, we were very lucky, and we got tons of people talking to us, with one major exception: the people working on Fast 10.
By pure bad luck we were producing the season simultaneously with Fast 10 being made, so everybody was all over the world shooting. There were so many people we probably would have gotten, who we knew wanted to do it, but couldn’t because they were making the movie.

Brian, Mia, Toretto and Hobbs in Fast and Furious

Something else that I think is interesting about this franchise is that the behind-the-scenes is already part of pop culture. You have The Rock and Vin Diesel stuff, and you have Paul Walker, of course. For this series, do you dive deeper into the things people already know about, or do you focus more on the stories that nobody’s heard of?

Brian Volk-Weiss: It really is both. Part of what we always like to do is find the real story behind what went down, so as it relates to Vin and The Rock, we definitely got a fair amount of scoop that has not been public. Everybody knows what happened; everybody knows that The Rock thinks Vin was not being professional. [As for] the specifics of what made a normally very, very diplomatic actor [and] producer, Dwayne Johnson, go public on Instagram slamming another star? That was not well known. What was the straw that broke the camel’s back? We got the straw. What were the details that led up to that straw? We got those facts. What were the ramifications after that came out?
Everybody knows The Rock won’t do another movie with Vin, and that the [Hobbs & Shaw] spin-off happened because of the fight, but there was a period before Hobbs & Shaw got greenlit where everybody was still trying to figure out what happened, and how to fix it. The result of that process is what led to Hobbs and Shaw. We got tons and tons of details about the lead-up, the actual event, and then the after-effects of the breakdown in their relationship. I feel like you asked me two questions, and I only answered one. What was the other?

It was whether you focused on what people thought they already knew versus things that were totally unknown.

Brian Volk-Weiss: Yeah. To be completely honest with you, this is probably the easiest time I’ve ever had with that. It’s a lot easier to get new information on Fast & Furious than it is on The Simpsons and Star Wars. One of the things that I, as a non-fan – by the way, now I’m a fan, but originally I was not – really wanted to figure out was: why are these movies so popular? What we unearthed, just to put the title in my answer, was a real epiphany. We had already been shooting, and we had been in post for a little while, before I finally saw the nugget that allowed me to understand why these movies are so popular. It’s a really interesting thing; It’s improv.
I don’t know of any other franchise that does improv the way Fast & Furious does. I’ll tell you the moment when I noticed it, and then I’ll give you a couple examples. We were interviewing one of the stunt coordinators of [2 Fast 2 Furious]. There’s a scene in the movie, I remembered it vividly, where Paul Walker is driving down the street racing with [Eva Mendes], and they’re not looking at the road ahead. They’re staring at each other, so they’re looking sideways while going a hundred miles an hour down a residential street. It is a brilliant scene; it is so stressful watching that scene, because you have these two guys driving up driving a hundred miles an hour down a residential street, not looking at where they’re going. We found out while making that episode that that scene was completely improvised.
[There was] something else they were supposed to shoot, [and] they weren’t able to make it work in the allotted time. Somebody said, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. What about if they’re just staring at each other while they’re driving a hundred miles an hour? We could probably shoot that before the sun goes down.” They embrace that. Not only that, [but] at the end of the scene when the whole thing’s over, and they don’t crash, Tyrese says to Paul Walker, “Oh, did he do the whole not looking at the road thing?” which is the perfect button to a perfect scene. Both the action and the dialogue were improvised. That’s how I figured out what makes these movies different, and what makes them special. Here’s an example.
When they were making Fast Five, which is considered arguably to be the best of the films so far, there’s a scene that in the script had a car crash into a moving train, and there’s a fight going on on top of the train. The shot in the script is two people are fighting on top of a train, and then a car [bumps the] train while they’re fighting. When they shot the car [bumping] the train, there was a complete mess-up, and the car crashed into the train.
When they were shooting the actual stunt of the car jumping over the train, that was being done in New Mexico. The fight starts inside the train, and then goes on top of the train. All the stuff being shot inside the train was being filmed in Atlanta, and just by coincidence, they happened to be filming the same scene simultaneously about two thousand miles apart. When they shot the car jumping over the train, there was a complete mess-up, and the car crashed into the train.
[With] any other movie, the first thing they would have done is called the insurance company and been like, “Oh my God, we messed up. We need another five million dollars to redo the scene.” Not in Fast & Furious. The phone call they made was to the people in Atlanta shooting the interior of the train, and they were like, “We got great news. We just accidentally launched the car into the train, and it’s stuck in the train. Could you refilm what you’re shooting in Atlanta so that the car is actually embedded in the train, and the fight that had been on the roof happens inside the car with the car sticking out of the train?” And they did.

That’s incredible.

Brian Volk-Weiss: No other franchise. Can you imagine in James Bond, the stunt goes wrong, and they rewrite the script because they screwed up the stunt? No one would do that.

Did you find there was any sort of behind-the-scenes drama surrounding the fact that the series has become so heightened over the years? It’s mind-blowing to revisit how grounded the first film is in your first episode.

Brian Volk-Weiss: No. That’s the thing. It’s so interesting. In James Bond, or even Marvel movies, or even now Star Trek – Star Trek had Gene Roddenberry, Star Wars had George Lucas, James Bond had the Broccoli family. There was always this overseeing entity that, for lack of a better expression, managed quality control. I’m not trying to say Fast & Furious doesn’t have quality; they do have quality. You can’t not have quality when you’re spending a quarter billion dollars to make a movie.
My point is, unlike those other franchises where they kept saying, “Would James Bond do this, yes or no?” and if the answer was no, they didn’t put it in the next film, Fast & Furious went the other way, where they just started embracing the wackiness. They kind of did it subconsciously, or at least not out in front, for episodes four through eight. If you watch the ninth film, [though,] they literally talk about it. There’s literally a scene in the movie where they are comparing themselves to Marvel superheroes. They’re literally saying, like, “Isn’t it kind of weird how people shoot at us all the time and we never get hit? Are we in the Matrix?” Then, the scene literally ends with them being, like, “Nah. Why are we even thinking about this?” That’s the kind of thing that would have been an SNL sketch twenty years ago, but they put it into the movie. They embraced it.

Watching the first episode of your series, it’s crazy to realize that people like Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were not famous at all before the first film. Was there something that particularly surprised you about the impact of this franchise as you were making Icons Unearthed?

Brian Volk-Weiss: It’s funny what you just said. I keep going back to James Bond; imagine if Sean Connery ended up becoming the lead producer of James Bond. Imagine if Harrison Ford ended up becoming the lead producer of Star Wars. That’s what happened here. A guy who was cast in a movie, literally cast like any other actor over the last hundred years, somehow is able to finagle almost complete control of the franchise. A billion-dollar-a-movie franchise, a ride at multiple theme parks all over planet Earth, it’s already led to two spin-offs, there’s two more on the way, and he’s an actor.
He’s literally a regular actor who was one of the leads, he wasn’t “the” lead, and he ended up becoming basically what Tom Cruise is to Mission: Impossible By the way, that was set up before they even pitched [the film to] Paramount – that Tom Cruise would be in charge of Mission: Impossible. [Vin] bails on the sequel, he doesn’t even show up, and yet somehow he’s back for the third with a cameo, and by the fourth movie, other than the head of the studio, he’s the most important leader of the franchise. We get into that a lot, and we also get into stuff like that. What I mean by “like that” is, basically, this franchise has so many weird things that work that [shouldn’t]. Imagine an airplane with one wing and no cockpit that still flew as perfectly as an airplane with two wings and a cockpit. That, to me, is Fast & Furious.

About Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious

Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious takes a look at the origins and evolution of one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Featuring interviews with screenwriters, directors, and members of the franchise’s cast, Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious presents the story of the Fast Saga in the words of those who were there along the way. Icons Unearthed: Fast & Furious was created and directed by Brian Volk-Weiss, and is the third season of the docuseries. The first two seasons, Icons Unearthed: Star Wars and Icons Unearthed: The Simpsons, are available for streaming through Vice TV.

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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
fast and furious 5 vince

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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Fast & Furious 9 Producers Fined $1M For On-Set Accident, $1.2M Lawsuit Pending

Fast & Furious 9 faces hefty legal outcomes as the producers are fined $1 million for an on-set accident in addition to a $1.2 million lawsuit.

Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel bracing before crash in F9


Fast & Furious 9 producers have been fined $1 million and face a lawsuit over a stunt accident that caused “life-changing” injuries to a stunt performer. Stunt performer Joe Watts suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury after a stunt mishap on the set of Fast & Furious 9. Investigation revealed that the producers neglected to address critical safety components, leading to the accident. Watts is seeking $1.2 million in personal damages.

The Fast & Furious 9 producers face a lawsuit and a hefty fine after a tragic stunt accident during filming in 2019. Directed by Justin Lin, F9: The Fast Saga was released in 2021, and was followed up by Fast X this year. Fast & Furious 9 was a relative box office success, taking home $726 million.

Two years after the film’s release, the Fast & Furious 9 producers are facing a lawsuit after an on-set accident. As per Variety, the producers were fined $1 million for “life-changing” injuries faced by stunt performer Joe Watts. Watts is also suing Warner Bros. $1.2 million in personal damages.

The Fast & Furious 9 Lawsuit Explained

Watts is an experienced stunt performer who has worked on other major action sets including Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. His life changed on the set of Fast & Furious 9 when a stunt mishap flung him 25 feet onto a concrete floor below. This wrongly-executed stunt left Watts with a fractured skull and a traumatic brain injury that has had lasting impacts on the performer.

After an investigation of this incident, it was determined that his stunt vest line had become detached. The incident was then brought up in a U.K. court when the U.K.’s Health and Safety executive claimed that FF9 Pictures had failed to address a critical component during the risk assessment: a “rope snap or link failure.” This failure involved neglecting to inspect Watts’s vest and extend the crash matting. Watts’ injuries were reportedly life-threatening, and District Judge Talwinder Buttar declared him “fortunate to be alive.”

Related: Who Is In The Blue Car At The End Of F9

Watts has not been able to return to work as a stunt performer as a result of his injuries, thus having a vast impact on his career. This fact is noted in his $1.2 million against the production company, which is still pending. As Watts continues to face career losses after his tragic Fast & Furious 9 injury, the lawsuit will hopefully side in his favor as his case develops.

Source: Variety

F9 Poster F9: The Fast Saga Release Date: 2021-06-25 Director: Justin Lin Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, John Cena, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell Rating: PG-13 Runtime: 143 Minutes Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime Writers: Daniel Casey, Justin Lin, Alfredo Botello Budget: $200–225 million Studio(s): Universal Pictures Distributor(s): Universal Pictures Sequel(s): Fast X, Fast and Furious 11, Fast & Furious 12 prequel(s): Fast & Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Fast And The Furious, Fast Five, Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, Fast and Furious 8 Franchise(s): Fast and Furious

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Every Planned Fast & Furious Movie That Didn’t Happen (& Why)


Vin Diesel was not the first choice for the role of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious. The studio initially wanted Timothy Olyphant, and there are significant differences between the original project and the final result. Vin Diesel did not return for 2 Fast 2 Furious, the only movie in the main saga without him or Paul Walker. However, a The Fast and the Furious sequel with Diesel could have happened. Vin Diesel was originally supposed to star in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, but the studio wanted a high school setting instead. He made a cameo at the end of the film.

Fast & Furious has gone from a low-stakes, standalone movie to a full-on blockbuster franchise, but not every envisioned project has become a reality. The Fast Saga premiered in 2001 with Paul Walker and Vin Diesel as lead actors, and it ended up spreading over 11 movies, one spin-off, two different short films, and a television series as of 2023, with more to come. The Fast & Furious franchise, which grossed over $7 billion globally, was supposed to be even bigger, and some projects will never get to happen.

Initially, the Fast & Furious franchise started as a street racing series with a focus on the car culture, culminating with the 2009 film Fast & Furious. Starting Fast Five, the saga transitioned from car races to heists and espionage, a theme that continued for the rest of the series. Fast & Furious was supposed to end with Fast X, but since there are a few rumored and confirmed Fast & Furious movies in development, the saga will likely continue in some form. Interestingly, Fast & Furious’ history could have been a lot different had any of its canceled or reimagined projects happened in their original forms.

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8 The Original The Fast And The Furious
Vin Diesel Wasn’t The First Choice
Dominic Toretto crosses his arms in front of black smoke from Fast & Furious

Although no one could see any actor portraying Dominic Toretto other than Vin Diesel, he wasn’t the first choice for the part. The first film, based on the article “Racer X” by Ken Li, always had Paul Walker tied to it, as Waulker had worked with director Rob Cohen on 2000’s The Skulls. Gary Scott Thompson wrote the original script, and the action took place in New York. However, David Ayer and Erik Bergquist were brought to the project and changed most of it. When it comes to Dominic Toretto’s role, the studio initially wanted Timothy Olyphant. Luckily for Diesel, Olyphant had previously starred in a car-related film, Gone in 60 Seconds, and declined the role.

Related: David Ayer’s Fast & Furious Script Changes Created A $7.4 Billion Box Office Juggernaut

Producer Neal H. Moritz suggested Vin Diesel after his role in the 2000’s Pitch Black. However, despite him not starring in lead roles yet, Diesel didn’t accept the deal right away, and most of the script had to be rewritten with his notes before he accepted. Jordana Brewster wasn’t the first choice, either, as Mia Toretto was originally written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Eliza Dushku. The Fast and the Furious could have been a very different film, but the final result is arguably the better version of the project.

7 Fast & Furious 2 With Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto
The Second Movie Gives Brian A New Partner
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto with Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibbons from 2 Fast 2 Furious

Vin Diesel didn’t return for 2 Fast 2 Furious, even though the first installment helped launch his career. Although he was reportedly offered $25 million to reprise his role, he didn’t sign on for the sequel, because he didn’t feel like the film needed one and didn’t like the script. 2 Fast 2 Furious went on to introduce Tyrese’s Roman Pearce and put Paul Walker’s Brian in the spotlight. However, had Diesel joined the sequel, it would surely have been massively different from what audiences got. Years later, Diesel confirmed that he would’ve done things differently and fought harder for revisions on the script, as he did with the first one.

6 Tokyo Drift With Toretto As The Main Character
Vin Diesel Only Had a Small Cameo
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and the Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift's Luke and Han

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the third installment in the Fast saga. However, it can be considered a standalone as it doesn’t feature any of the previous characters. It introduces Sung Kang as Han Lue, who would go on to reprise his role in 2009’s Fast & Furious. Vin Diesel reprised his role as Dominic Toretto in a very brief cameo at the end of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, though, but that only happened after making a unique deal with Universal Pictures: he wanted the rights to Riddick, the sci-fi action saga for which he wanted to develop a sequel.

Although he has a short cameo at the end of the film, Vin Diesel was originally supposed to star in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The movie’s screenwriter, Chris Morgan, told UPROXX. “Essentially it was Tokyo Drift, but it was with Vin, and his character kind of had to go out and learn drifting. And there was a murder he had to solve. … And they said, ‘Nah, can’t do that. We have to do high school.’” Luckily, they didn’t go for that idea, and the franchise lived on, with Diesel and the rest of the cast returning for the fourth one. Tokyo Drift would be “retconned back” into the franchise during Fast & Furious 6’s post-credits scene.

5 Vin Diesel’s Solo Dominic Toretto Movie
Fast & Furious Was Supposed To Be Dom’s Movie
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in Fast & Furious

Vin Diesel is the star of the Fast & Furious franchise, but he almost had his solo movie, too. Diesel’s career only evolved after The Fast And The Furious, and he made his way back to Dom Toretto with a cameo in 2006’s The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift. Diesel would fully return to the role and reunite with the original cast for 2009’s Fast & Furious. However, before the 2009 film reunited the original crew, it was supposed to be a solo Dominic Toretto movie. Considering how solid Fast & Furious (2009) was, and how it reignited the franchise, it’s good that a solo Toretto film didn’t happen during that time.

4 Hobbs & Shaw 2
The Sequel With Dwayne Johnson And Jason Statham Is Long In The Works

Hobbs & Shaw introduced the franchise’s antiheroes, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), giving them their spin-off film in 2019. The spin-off was a success, making $760 million at the box office with a $200 million budget. Naturally, Universal greenlit a sequel, but it never materialized. The movie was supposed to take the two action stars on more adventures, but it’s unlikely it will happen now.

Related: Hobbs & Shaw 2: Confirmation, Dwayne Johnson’s Fast Saga Plans & Everything We Know

Hobbs & Shaw 2 has been in active development since November 2021, but there are not many details available. The latest updates indicate that the next Hobbs movie will not be a sequel to Hobbs & Shaw. Instead, it will be a Dwayne Johnson solo Fast & Furious film building up from Fast X’s ending. Despite his differences with Vin Diesel, The Rock reprised his role in Fast X in a post-credits scene, setting up his solo future in the franchise.

3 The Original Furious 7
Paul Walker’s Tragic Death Called For Many Changes

Furious 7 picks up after the events of Fast & Furious 6 and mixes with Tokyo Drift, with Lucas Black reprising his role as Sean Boswell. After appearing in the credits scene of Fast & Furious 6, Jason Statham has a bigger role in the movie. The film also marks Paul Walker’s last acting credit, as he passed away during filming. Universal put the movie on hold, and, although Furious 7 was almost canceled, the filmmakers were able to reshoot and rewrite the film. For the remaining scenes in the movie, Paul Walker’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, acted as stand-ins for Brian’s scenes. Later, they used CGI to recreate Paul Walker’s face.

2 Fast X as the Series’ Ending
Fast X Was Supposed To Tie All Lose Ends
Cipher in Fast 9 and the poster for Furious X

The Fast saga had been hinting at “one last ride” for a while, although there is no certain end in sight. It was all supposed to end with Fast X, which would tie all loose ends. Later, the project evolved into a two-part finale. Justin Lin was supposed to direct both films but exited Fast X due to creative differences. With Dwayne Johnson’s new Fast & Furious spinoff in development, it’s clear that Fast X is no longer really the end of the franchise. It also remains to be seen whether Fast & Furious 12 will happen as, despite what Vin Diesel has hinted at, a new film in the main saga after Fast X, Part 2 has yet to be confirmed.

1 All-Female Fast & Furious Spin-Off
A Project Long In The Works
Gisele, Cipher, and Letty in Fast & Furious

In 2019, Vin Diesel teased an all-female spin-off for the Fast & Furious franchise. Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet were tied to the project for the script, and the timeline suggested it would come out after Fast 9. That hasn’t happened yet, but the project isn’t canceled, so it might happen eventually. Still, there’s no certainty about it. It’s unclear which Fast & Furious characters would be part of the movie, but Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tess (Brie Larson), Gisele (Gal Gadot), and Cipher (Charlize Theron) would likely be part of it.

Sources: UPROXX

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