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4 Biggest Signs Of Fast & Furious 10’s Behind-The-Scenes Drama In The Finished Movie

Warning: Spoilers for Fast X Below!

Fast X experienced some production troubles during the making of the film, and there are a number of signs of some of these issues in the movie itself. Although it is the 10th chapter of the Fast Saga, Fast X takes a step into the franchise’s past with the new villain Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) and his ties to 2011’s Fast Five. With Dante out for revenge against Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family, Fast X is also the first chapter in the multi-film finale of the Fast & Furious franchise, with Fast & Furious 11 set to continue the story
While Fast X was originally set to be directed by the Fast Saga’s long-running director Justin Lin, he unexpectedly departed the movie early in principal photography, with Louis Letterier replacing him. A director change in the middle of production is bound to cause challenges for any movie, and with Fast X’s numerous character retcons and over-the-top action, a new director coming aboard is bound to be a particularly tough scenario. Here are the four biggest signs of Fast X’s behind-the-scenes difficulties.

RELATED: Fast X Post-Credits Scenes Explained: How Many & What THAT Character’s Return Means

4 Vin Diesel Hardly Appears With The Existing Cast

Vin Diesel as Dom in Fast X.

As devoted as the Fast Saga is to the concept of family, Fast X is a bit curious in this regard due to how relatively infrequently Dom is actually with his family on-screen. After a handful of scenes of the group together in Los Angeles in the movie’s opening, Dom spends much of the film separated from his family by thousands of miles. Of particular note, Dom spends a good chunk of the movie in Brazil during his confrontation with Dante while the rest of the team is in London.
Additionally, even when Dom is nominally present with his family in their mission in Rome, Dom is not on-screen with them much, primarily being behind the wheel of his car. Dom also spends much of the climactic chase as a one-man operation, with only his son Brian (Leo Abelo Perry) eventually boarding his car while he and his brother Jakob (John Cena) share the occasional nod from window to window. This could hint to some of early behind-the-scenes drama following Justin Lin’s departure carrying over for the duration of the making of Fast X.

3 The Rock’s Return In Fast X’s Post-Credits Scene

The rock Fast X return

Prior to the release of Fast X, it was officially confirmed that Dwayne Johnson would return in the film as Luke Hobbs, with Johnson appearing in Fast X’s end-credits scene. Johnson’s return in Fast X comes after The Rock’s well-documented feud with Vin Diesel, which ultimately led to his departure from the franchise, though he would remain tangentially attached through the 2019 spin-off Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. While Johnson’s return could be taken as a sign that he and Diesel have resolved their differences, the nature of Hobbs’s return calls that possibility into question.
With Hobbs appearing alone (aside from his DSS team) in Fast X’s end-credits scene, his return continues to keep him sequestered from Dom and his family. In point of fact, with Dante’s threatening message painting a very personal vendetta against Hobbs for being the man to actually kill his father, the scene itself does not even directly set up Hobbs re-uniting with Dom’s crew. Indeed, it could just as easily lead into Hobbs & Shaw 2 as it could Fast & Furious 11. In any case, though The Rock might be back as Hobbs, Fast X seems to be in no rush to put him on-screen with Diesel again.
RELATED: THAT Fast X Character Return Explained: How It Happened & What It Means

2 Fast X’s Pacing Is A Major Problem

Jason Momoa as Dante held at gunpoint in Fast X

While the Fast Saga is known for prioritizing absurd spectacle, the series is also incredibly heartfelt in the bond Dom and his family hold with one another through their adventures. However, this is something that Fast X has considerably more difficulty capturing. That can be seen in the movie’s considerably less streamlined pacing. This is particularly noticeable in the movie essentially creating three separate plotlines in Dom’s direct battle with Dante, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Cipher (Charlize Theron) being held captive in a top-secret prison, and the rest of Dom’s crew on a side mission in London.

While parallel plotlines are hardly new in action movies, Fast X struggles to manage them all at once. Though F9 still maintained a fluid narrative flow amid its completely outrageous action, Fast X more noticeably leaps from one scene to another with as much unconstrained energy as Dante himself, even in scenes as pivotal as Fast X’s character deaths. While this perhaps inadvertently adds to the shock value of the scene of Dante conversing with two corpses, the clunky narrative flow of Fast X might be an unfortunate by-product of the movie’s director swap and whatever script re-writes might have also happened in the change.

1 Fast X’s Action Is A Step Down From F9

Dom protecting Isabel and Tess in Fast X.

The Fast Saga’s brand is all about pushing the envelope with each installment and outright ignoring the parameters of reality, with both reaching their pinnacle in F9’s ridiculous superhuman stunts and especially its space car piloted by Tej (Ludacris) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson). Aside from not involving space travel, Fast X is every bit as preposterous in its action scenes (as seen in Dom driving his car down a dam to escape an explosion), but they are also not quite as finessed as those of F9. This could be attributed to Justin Lin, as the Fast Saga’s most long-serving director, having a more innate grasp of the kind of car stunts and chases that are seen in the Fast Saga compared to the incoming Letterier.
That said, the fight scenes of Fast X are also unusually choppy for the franchise, which is particularly surprising under Letterier’s direction. With Louis Letterier having directed the Jet Li movie Unleashed and the first two of Jason Statham’s Transporter movies, his early work shows he clearly has an exceptional talent for filming fight scenes. Fast X’s fight scenes also frequently run into fast, frenetic editing, save for Letty and Cipher’s prison fight. This, too, could be a side effect of Letterier entering Fast X’s production so late, with possible time constraints leading to most of the movie’s fight scenes presented in a surprisingly chaotic way.
In the end, the production difficulties encountered by Fast X have not slowed down the Fast Saga’s every increasing momentum, with Fast X even ending on a cliffhanger that sets up Fast & Furious 11 for a large-scale opening. With that said, the on-screen breadcrumbs of the issues encountered during the making of Fast X and its director change are a little more noticeable than is usually the case for such a significant production. With Fast & Furious 11 in the works and Louis Letterier on board to direct from the outset, it will hopefully be able to avoid the issues encountered byFast X.

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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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