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5 Reasons The Original Series Is Better (& 5 It’s The Reboot)  

There was a soft reboot of the Fast and Furious franchise starting from Fast Five, which changed the focus from racing to action-adventure. From the first to fourth entries, the series shifted from being about Dominic Toretto to Brian O’Conner, and then Sean Boswell. The presentation and overall style of the original movies also differ greatly from the later entries.

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The reboot series has been firmly about Dom and his crew, with their adventures now going on a global scale that sees them fight international villains with bigger stakes involved. Both the original and reboot have their own strengths, and it’s interesting to see which area one trumps the other.

Original: Soundtrack That Fits The Movie’s Events

Brian Oconner split image with Suki 2 fast 2 furious

The reboot series has boasted superb songs that bookend the movies and are used in promotional material. However, the original series did it better by having soundtracks relevant to particular scenes, with fast-paced tracks accompanying the racing sequences.
This helped in covering the aesthetics of these movies, as the soundtrack signaled the arrival of the core action. They also bolstered the car races on show, with music helping the competition feel like a sheer thrill ride. The Fast and the Furious movies were actually noted for their soundtracks appealing to the target demographic of youth at the time.

Reboot: Greater Stunts & Sense Of Scale

Dom and Brian stand on top of a falling car in Fast Five

It was after Fast Five that the series started to be compared with other tentpole franchises like Mission: Impossible, as it took things to a massive sense of scale. The reboot movies have featured larger-than-life stunts and action-packed moments to validate its claim as a big-time franchise.
The original movies were too focused on the racing aspect of things to feel like a mainstream series, with this even turning it into a niche product where car enthusiasts were the main fans. On the other hand, the reboot installments have featured awe-inspiring sequences to leave viewers wowed more than several times.

Original: One-Liners & Edgy Characters

Brian and Monica in 2 fast 2 furious

The franchise has been noted for doling out memorable quotes across every movie, although these were more in abundance in the original movies. This was during the time where characters had a certain edge, with both the protagonists and villains carrying themselves with a sense of style and attitude.
The reboot has relied on Dom’s intimidating presence rather than the use of one-liners, and noteworthy quotes have largely been Roman’s jokes that have the side effect of making him too goofy. The originals, on the other hand, made the characters’ quirks and mannerisms as part of their appeal.

Reboot: Action & Fight Sequences

Hobbs and Shaw fight at the DSS offices in Furious 7

This is an area where the reboot easily trumps the original, with the fight choreography being mastered as each movie has been released. It helps that villains have been introduced with technical backgrounds that make it part of their character to be deadly assassins.
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While fans need to suspend their disbelief over how Dom and his crew can take on trained fighters, the visual appeal remains at its peak as combat is highly entertaining. The original movies had very little of this, and the few fight scenes that were present were too much on the brawling side.

Original: Greater Comedic Potential

Roman smiles after winning a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

It’s impressive how much the original movies embraced the cheesy aspect of things, as there were never any attempts to make anything seem realistic. This allowed the comedy to be freely expressed without feeling tacked-on or going against established characterizations.
The reboot movies have been funny in their own right, but the comedy has been restricted toward certain characters like Tej and Roman while others like Dom can seem out of place. With the reboot installments also being on the serious side of things, comedic sequences have also shrunk in quantity.

Reboot: Universe-Building Quality

Hobbs and Shaw point at each other

It’s become all too common for fans to make their wish lists over which character deserves their own action movie spin-off. That’s because Hobbs & Shaw’s success has laid the foundation for many more entries to follow that don’t need to be connected with Dom and his crew.
The reboot movies have placed Dom front and center, but the globe-trotting nature of the storylines has allowed for a newer, more diverse set of characters to debut whose arcs can be expanded upon. The original series’ focus on racing meant that characters could feel interchangeable and spin-offs wouldn’t have as much appeal.

Original: Simpler Timeline To Understand

The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift

It appeared as if significant time had passed between Fast Five and The Fate of the Furious, only for Dom’s son to rule this out since his conception wouldn’t otherwise make sense. Similarly, Furious 7’s placement as being set around the same time as Tokyo Drift is equally confusing. 
The original series was far better in this area as the timeline flowed straight without throwing in references to events that required fans to follow the chronology. Even though Tokyo Drift was a different scenario, that movie was also simple at the time since Dom’s appearance at the end could be attributed to him having escaped to Tokyo after The Fast and the Furious.

Reboot: Character Dynamics Are More Genuine

Han and Gisele speed of to Madrid at the end of Fast Five

Many jokes have been made at the expense of the reboot series focusing too much on “family,” yet this has been a factor in bolstering character dynamics. After all, the close-knit nature of the group is why fans can consider them to be a true team rather than them being brought together due to happenstance.
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The original movies were scattered in this aspect as protagonists would move from one place to another, thereby necessitating a whole new roster of supporting characters. This had the effect of turning the characters’ relationships weak since they didn’t stick together in the long run.

Original: The Cars Showcased

The cars sit at the start line for the first race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

At the heart of it, The Fast and Furious series is about the cars to be found here. This was the basis for the franchise, with the original movies going out of their way to bring a magnificent set of cars to wow viewers, along with showcasing the drivers’ skills.
The reboot series has used cars as part of the action, only to avoid going too deep into their quality of use. While this has allowed for a wider appeal from viewers, the original movies’ mastery at providing pure entertainment through races and gorgeous cars on show is certainly missed.

Reboot: Better Storylines

Dom and Jakob faceoff inside jakob's base in Fast 9

For all the criticism that The Fast and Furious movies may receive, they have brought out some great storylines. Chief among them is the progression of Dom’s background, with the truth about his father’s demise, his relationship with his family, and his romance with Letty all developing in the reboot movies.
The original movies didn’t have as much to offer in this regard apart from Brian’s arc of leaving the police force, with the reboot installments doing him better by giving Brian a family life and worthy retirement. All in all, the newer movies have managed to hold fans’ interest through well-placed storylines that play out within each entry.
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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.

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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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