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9 Fast & Furious Movies Set Up By Fast X

Warning: Spoilers for Fast X

Fast X, the latest installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, sets up at least nine new movies, including the conclusion to the saga. These fun and high-octane action films captivate audiences worldwide with its adrenaline-fueled action, heart-pounding car chases, and a crew of charismatic characters who live life a quarter-mile at a time. With each new installment, the stakes increase, the stunts more daring, and the storylines more intricate. As the franchise has evolved, it has become known for its ability to set up future films, teasing fans with glimpses of what’s to come.
Since its beginnings as a cult street racing saga, the Fast & Furious franchise has morphed into a global phenomenon, encompassing a wide range of genres, from heist films to spy thrillers. Each installment has masterfully planted seeds for future storylines, leaving fans hungry for more. From the introduction of new characters to the foreshadowing of epic confrontations, these setups have been meticulously crafted to ensure the longevity and excitement of the series. As we delve into the world of Fast X, it becomes clear that the groundwork laid by the previous eight movies has set the stage for a thrilling and interconnected narrative that will leave fans on the edge of their seats.

9 Fast & Furious 11 (And Maybe 12)

Fast X Dante villain

Fast & Furious 11 (and a potential Fast & Furious 12) are undoubtedly the immediate movies set up by the events of Fast X. From the moment of its announcement, it was clear that Fast X would mark the beginning of the ending chapter in the main film series. As a planned duology, it was always intended for Fast X to end with a gripping cliffhanger. The final scenes of the finished film leave everyone, including Toretto and his son, seemingly facing their demise. The resolution of this cliffhanger becomes an urgent necessity in the next movie, as fans eagerly anticipate the fate of their beloved characters.

However, it appears that Fast & Furious 11 might not serve as the final resolution to Fast X’s storyline. During the premiere in Rome, Vin Diesel revealed that, during discussions with Universal Studios, the studio expressed interest in extending the narrative into a trilogy. Vin Diesel’s tease suggests that Fast & Furious 12 could ultimately be the true culmination of the more than 20-year-old saga. Whether in another film or two, fans eagerly await the unveiling of what lies ahead in this epic conclusion or continuation of the Fast & Furious universe.

8 Hobbs & Shaw 2

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the rain in Hobbs and Shaw

Hobbs & Shaw 2 emerges as another logical installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. Hobbs & Shaw (2019) stands as the sole official spinoff in the series, and fans have been clamoring for a sequel to the popular movie. Now that Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has returned to the franchise in a Fast X post-credits scene, it is the perfect time to consider continuing this spinoff series. On top of that, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) redeemed himself with the Toretto crew now that he saved Dom’s son from Cipher. Shaw also turns out to not actually have killed Han as initially thought, proving that he isn’t the killer they thought he was.
In Hobbs & Shaw, Shaw further proves that he is not a heartless killer like his brother Owen when he collaborates with Hobbs to thwart a perilous enemy, combat a global pandemic threat, and save Shaw’s sister, Hattie. Shaw proves himself to be a loving and sometimes too protective brother to Hattie. This extends to Hattie’s relationship with Hobbs. Shaw’s overprotective tendencies with regard to his sister could fuel some entertaining friction in a second movie. Another enticing aspect of a potential sequel would be the opportunity for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to showcase more of his Samoan heritage and cultural roots by exploring the Hobbs family.

7 All-Female Fast & Furious Spinoff

Brie Larson as Tess firing gun in Fast X

An all-female Fast & Furious spinoff promises to be a game-changing addition to the franchise. One of the controversial elements of the Fast Saga has been the lack of substantial action for the female characters. In earlier films especially, their roles were often limited to being love interests or serving as scantily clad eye candy at races. However, the more recent installments have witnessed a shift. Characters like Mia and Letty now regularly exhibit their badassery alongside their male counterparts, and the introduction of formidable villains like Cipher, portrayed by Charlize Theron, has further highlighted the potential for compelling female-driven storylines.
Related: Brie Larson’s Fast & Furious Casting Makes A Female Spinoff More Likely
The timing couldn’t be more opportune for a movie led by women, given the introduction of new characters like Tess (Brie Larson), also known as Miss Nobody as well as the return of Gisele (Gal Gadot). One exciting possibility could revolve around a crew of female law enforcement officers, including Tess, Gisele, Leysa (Cardi B), Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), and Isabel Neves (Daniela Melcior), the sister of deceased DEA agent Elena. While the Fast Saga has previously incorporated current and former law enforcement characters into the Toretto extended family, there has yet to be a movie dedicated to an allied crew consisting solely of law enforcement.

6 Fast & Furious Kids Spinoff

Fast X Dominic Toretto Brian

A spinoff geared towards a younger audience would also be fun and make sense, given the longevity of the series. With at least three members of the next generation already introduced, a time skip could provide an opportunity for these children to embark on their own thrilling adventures. Introducing friends or “cousins” from characters like Hobbs’ daughter and his extended family from Hobbs & Shaw could further expand the cast and potential storylines. This approach could also allow Mia to take on a more active role. Currently confined to a safe house with Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and their two kids, Mia’s character deserves more agency.
A movie focused on his kids could pay tribute to Fast & Furious’s Paul Walker by having Brian’s death sometime in the past when his kids were young. This would acknowledge his loss but in the background of a story rather than being foregrounded in the main saga, which would have the potential to derail the franchise. The children could find themselves involved in what appears to be a straightforward job from Tej’s garage, only for it to quickly escalate into a high-stakes situation. Since family lies at the heart of the Fast & Furious films, it only makes sense to explore the dynamic of a new generation within this action-packed universe.

5 Fast & Furious: Brazil

Fast Saga Rio -1

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, holds an important place in the Fast & Furious franchise. It is a pivotal location where crucial events unfold. In Fast Five, Toretto and his crew undertake a daring mission to liberate the city from the clutches of the nefarious drug lord, Hernan Reyes. This operation leads directly to the events of Fast X, which also exposes the true extent of Reyes’ corruption within the law enforcement agencies. Additionally, Rio serves as the backdrop for Toretto and Letty’s heartfelt wedding. Furthermore, it is in Rio that Cipher, the formidable cyberterrorist, tracks down Dom in Fate of the Furious, leading to a confrontation that tests his loyalty.
Given the rich history and significance of Rio in the Fast & Furious universe, a spinoff movie centered around racing culture, corruption, and redemption in this vibrant city would undoubtedly align seamlessly with the brand’s essence. Additionally, the introduction of Elena’s sister, Isabel, further connects the Fast Saga and the Brazilian city. The franchise has always embraced the themes of family, high-speed action, and the pursuit of justice. Exploring the depths of Rio’s racing underworld, delving into the systemic corruption that plagues the city, and following characters on their path to redemption would be a natural extension of the Fast & Furious saga.

4 Shaw & Shaw London Spinoff

Fast and furious shaw family spinoff solo movie owen deckard shaw helen mirren

A Shaw & Shaw London spinoff would be an exhilarating expansion of the Fast & Furious universe. Among the array of captivating side characters in the franchise, one standout figure is Queenie Shaw, the cunning matriarch of the Shaw family and mother to Deckard, Hattie, and the late Owen. Queenie’s role has been instrumental in pivotal moments, particularly when she orchestrates Deckard’s involvement in rescuing Toretto from Cipher’s control in Fate of the Furious. Now, a movie centered around this snarky and cunning British criminal family, set against the backdrop of London’s intricate gang culture, would be a thrilling blend of quick-witted banter and action-packed heists.
The surviving Shaws could find themselves navigating the treacherous underbelly of London, embarking on a series of high-stakes capers that showcase their distinct brand of sarcasm and charm. Their world could even be upended by the emergence of a bionic version of their brother, Owen, courtesy of Eteon’s advanced technology. This unexpected turn would introduce a twist to the narrative of family that exists at the center of all Fast & Furious movies and connect it back to other films in the franchise. As they grapple with the complexities of their criminal endeavors, the surviving Shaws may confront a formidable opponent who challenges their loyalties and forces them to question the very definition of family.

3 Fast & Furious: Tej & Roman Focused Spinoff Comedy

Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

The beloved bickering “brothers” of the Toretto crew have won the hearts of fans with their sharp-witted dialogue and comically ludicrous competitions spanning everything from cars to women. Their onscreen dynamic captivates audiences with their playful rivalry and deep-seated friendship. Fast X showcases a remarkably poignant moment when Tej consoles a distraught Roman, who inadvertently leads his team into Dante’s trap. Tej’s heartfelt advice and genuine compliments on Roman’s skills quickly transition into a snarky comment that elicits laughter. Imagining an entire movie dedicated to their bickering, with Tej’s hacker girlfriend Ramsey attempting to maintain order amidst the chaos, promises an immensely enjoyable experience.
The fictional escapades that Tej, Roman, and Ramsey would undoubtedly be embroiled in would be nothing short of explosive and entertaining. Their misadventures would push the boundaries of imagination, resulting in uproarious laughter and adrenaline-fueled action. Whether they face audacious heists, high-speed chases, or unconventional challenges, the dynamic trio would undoubtedly deliver a rollercoaster ride of laughter and thrills. If the Tej & Roman comedy spinoff were to materialize, audiences could expect an unforgettable experience characterized by non-stop humor, camaraderie, and over-the-top entertainment. The chemistry between Tej and Roman, enhanced by Ramsey’s presence, would set the stage for an adventure that defies all logic while keeping audiences thoroughly entertained.

2 Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift 2

Han and Sean in Tokyo Drift.

Tokyo Drift, with its focus on agile drifting rather than straight-line speed, introduced audiences to the underground racing culture of Tokyo. Han Lue’s (Sung Kang) surprising return in F9 after his presumed death in Tokyo Drift added an unexpected twist to his storyline and made Tokyo Drift 2 more of a possibility. Having sought solace in Tokyo following Gisele’s passing, the revelation of her survival brings hope for a happy ending for this resilient couple. Han’s fate is once again uncertain due to the plane crash in the climactic moments of Fast X. However, his survival would pave the way for a welcomed resolution to their story.
Revisiting this intriguing locale, especially with main character Sean Boswell now integrated into the Toretto “family,” would provide an opportunity to reconnect with Tokyo Drift characters like Neela (Nathalie Kelley) and Twinkie (Bow Wow). Moreover, Tokyo Drift 2 could establish an onscreen link between the Fast Saga and Justin Lin’s lesser-known film, Better Luck Tomorrow, where the character of Han Lue initially appears. Both Kang and Lin have confirmed in multiple interviews that this is indeed the same Han, presenting the movie as an origin story for his character. By intertwining this movie with the Fast Saga, numerous avenues for storytelling would open up, expanding the franchise’s narrative possibilities.

1 Fast & Furious Presents: Race Wars

A Fast & Furious race wars spinoff would offer a thrilling opportunity to revisit the franchise’s racing roots while keeping the main saga intact. Race wars scenes in previous Fast & Furious movies have featured numerous side characters, just waiting to take the spotlight as main characters. Toretto or another familiar face could step in to protect the races from an impending threat, or perhaps Hobbs could work behind the scenes to prevent law enforcement from targeting the illegal drag race competition. Returning to the racing world and culture of Los Angeles would undoubtedly evoke nostalgia and resonate with long-time fans of the saga while providing a fresh and exhilarating perspective.
Fast & Furious movies are known for their jaw-dropping action sequences and mind-bending stunts, but there’s a deeper layer to the franchise that sets it apart. Behind the adrenaline-pumping spectacles lies a carefully woven tapestry of interconnected storylines and well-developed characters, creating a universe that fans have grown to love. Whether it’s the introduction of intriguing new faces, the resolution of lingering conflicts, or subtle foreshadowing of future encounters, the Fast & Furious franchise has perfected the art of laying the groundwork for the next exhilarating chapter in this blockbuster series. The anticipation is high after Fast X, and fans can’t wait to see how the saga unfolds in its relentless pursuit of adrenaline-fueled entertainment.

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Dwayne Johnson & Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious Feud Addressed By John Cena


John Cena acknowledges that he’s heard rumors about the Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel feud in the
Fast & Furious
Cena calls them both ”
” actors, suggesting that there’s only room on set for one of those personality types.
Johnson’s return to the franchise in
Fast X
suggests his feud with Diesel is over, but the two actors have yet to actually share the screen together again.

Fast & Furious franchise star John Cena shares his thoughts on the infamous Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson feud. After the release of the first movie in 2001, the popular action franchise just recently released its tenth installment with the poorly-reviewed Fast X. While the Fast & Furious franchise has been massively commercially successful, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing behind the scenes, with Dominic Toretto actor Diesel and Luke Hobbs actor Johnson reportedly butting heads during production on several installments, with the feud going viral in 2016.

During a recent interview with Dax Shepherd on the Armchair Expert podcast, Cena, who recently returned as Jakob as part of the Fast X cast, weighs in on his experience with the Diesel and Johnson feud. While much of the feud seemingly took place before Cena joined the franchise in F9: The Fast Saga, the actor seemingly doesn’t have a hard time believing that there was friction between the two costars. Check out his comments below:

“There’s certainly rumors about that. I can’t deny that. You have two very alpha, driven people. You get two, there can only be one.
“Man, you gotta remember I got dropped into a locker room where [we have] generational vets. ‘What’d your dad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ ‘What’d your granddad do?’ ‘Wrestle.’ I’ve been in that environment; know the room and just kind of adapt to what’s going on.
“I’m being invited into someone’s home, into someone’s family. And regardless of how they look physically in comparison to another human being, this is one IP that has had nine installments and it’s an action movie — that’s rarefied air. At the very least, there has to be respect for that.
“I’m not trying to get the sandbox. That’s not my thing. I’m grateful for what you’ve given me, I just want to be be the best firetruck I can.”


Related 4 Ways The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud Hurt Fast & Furious The ongoing feud between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel has hurt the Fast and Furious franchise in a number of different ways.

Vin Diesel & Dwayne Johnson’s Feud Seems To Be Over Now
But Will They Actually Appear Together Again On Screen?
Vin Diesel as Dom and Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs looking over each other's shoulders in Fast and Furious 6

A now-deleted social media post from Johnson in 2016 is what really kicked things off regarding his apparent feud with Diesel. In the post, Johnson referred to un-named Fast & Furious costars as “chicken sh*t” and “candy asses,” criticizing the work ethic of some on set. The feud has had its ups and downs since then, with Tyrese Gibson even getting involved at one point. Some years later, Diesel seemingly attempted to bury the hatchet by putting out a public plea for Johnson to return as Hobbs, but Johnson very pointedly shut the idea down.

Despite this, however, Johnson did return for a cameo during the Fast X post-credits scene last year. Not long afterward, it was confirmed that Johnson would star in his own Hobbs-focused film before the planned release of Fast & Furious 11, which will seemingly serve as the franchise finale. While it doesn’t sound like Diesel will be appearing in Johnson’s spinoff, Hobbs is now poised to play a role in the eleventh film.

Fast X
is currently available to stream on Prime Video.

Johnson does appear in the latest film, but he notably doesn’t share the screen with Diesel or any other cast members. If he does play a more prominent role in Fast & Furious 11, this will evidently require more collaboration, potentially opening the door for their larger-than-life personalities to clash once more. It remains to be seen whether Diesel and Johnson will share the screen together in the final Fast & Furious movie, but Cena’s latest comments suggest tension between the two “alpha” stars will be hard to avoid.

Source: Armchair Expert

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Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison


Vin Diesel already compared
Fast and Furious 11
Avengers: Endgame
It seems likely, therefore, that Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.
If Fast and Furious 11 kills off Dom, it will perfectly flip Fast X’s ending, echoing Avengers: Endgame’s impactful sacrifice.

Vin Diesel has already hinted that Dom will die in Fast and Furious 11 by comparing it to a $2.7 billion movie from another major franchise. The car-centered Fast and Furious movies began in 2001, and the franchise has experienced tremendous growth since then, releasing ten movies in the main series and the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff. The eleventh, and supposedly final, installment of the Fast and Furious franchise is slated to release on April 4, 2025, and is directed by Louis Leterrier.

While Fast X included a number of big character deaths, the fates of several others remain unknown. Antagonist Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) is motivated by a desire to inflict suffering upon Dom (Vin Diesel) and ultimately resorts to eliminating those closest to him. In the Fast X cliffhanger ending, Dom appeared doomed as he drove into Dante’s explosive trap. The fact that Fast and Furious 11 is happening suggests Dom will survive, but there is good reason to believe Vin Diesel’s protagonist will meet his end in the upcoming movie.

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Vin Diesel Confirmed 3 Years Ago That Avengers: Endgame Inspired Fast & Furious 11
This Decision Was Influenced By His Involvement In The MCU

The Fast & Furious franchise ending with a two-part finale was inspired by Avengers: Endgame. Although Diesel doesn’t physically appear in Marvel Studios’ films, he has been lending his voice to the beloved Groot and its various iterations since the release of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. He subsequently featured in two sequels released in 2017 and 2023, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which marked the culmination of the MCU’s Infinity Saga.

Fast X
is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Vin Diesel revealed that the original intention was to conclude the Fast and Furious series with its tenth film, but that perspective shifted after witnessing the impact of Avengers: Endgame. The decision to split one larger concluding chapter into two movies makes sense when there is a vast amount of story left to explore. Encouraged by the immense commercial and critical success of Avengers: Endgame, Diesel and his team envisioned replicating the MCU’s formula with the Fast & Furious movies.

Fast & Furious 11’s Endgame Influence Means Dominic Toretto Will Die
Dom Will Take The Iron Man Role, Sacrificing Himself To Save His Family
Peter Parker consoles Tony Stark in Avengers Endgame.

Fast and Furious 11 being influenced by Avengers: Endgame suggests that Dominic Toretto is likely to die. Arguably the most memorable aspect of the Avengers: Endgame ending was the tragic death of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. As Thanos engaged in battle with numerous heroes in a bid to seize all six Infinity Stones, Iron Man recognized the one chance to emerge victorious involved his own sacrifice.

If its Avengers: Endgame inspiration is any indication, Fast and Furious 11 will likely see Dom sacrifice himself to save his family, mirroring the iconic ending of Avengers: Endgame. While the MCU has no single main character, the franchise began with Iron Man in 2008, making RDJ’s Tony Stark the franchise’s first official hero. Similarly, Fast and Furious contains many different characters after over 20 years of releases, but everything began with Vin Diesel’s Dom. If Fast and Furious 11 is drawing inspiration from Avengers: Endgame in terms of how to conclude a movie franchise, Dom will die just as Tony Stark did.

A composite image of The Rock as Hobbs with Jason Mom as Luke Reyes riding a motorcycle from The Fast and Furious Related The Fast & Furious Hobbs Spinoff: Confirmation, Story & Everything We Know Fast X brought back Luke Hobbs and pit him against the new villain Dante Reyes, setting up a Hobbs spinoff movie with Jason Momoa and Dwayne Johnson.

Fast & Furious 11 Killing Dom Will Perfectly Flip Fast X’s Ending
Dom Is One Of The Survivors In Fast X.

If Fast and Furious 11 kills Dom, it will perfectly flip the Fast X ending, which saw Dom and his son in precarious circumstances. Dom and Little Brian found themselves in a dam in Portugal that was poised to explode. It appeared that Dante had gained the upper hand over Dom, at least for the time being. While Dom surely survives Fast X’s cliffhanger, Jakob (John Cena) had previously sacrificed his life to protect Little Brian from Dante.

Fast and Furious 11 can flip this ending, with Dom making the ultimate sacrifice to protect his family from Dante. Such an ending would make sense for the character, who has always been selfless and shown immense care towards the people he loves. Vin Diesel has said family so many times in every Fast and Furious movie that it would complete his arc if he demonstrated his love for them with the biggest sacrifice possible. Comparisons to Avengers: Endgame only make that outcome more likely.

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

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Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie Explains Why The Saga Hasn’t Been About Cars For 15 Years


The Fast & Furious series has shifted focus from car racing to action, with Tokyo Drift being the lowest-grossing installment.
Tokyo Drift’s failure prompted the franchise to move away from street racing and towards more traditional action film elements.
Fast & Furious successfully shifted the franchise’s direction away from racing, towards bigger budgets and grander scales.

The Fast & Furious saga has not exactly been about cars for quite some time, and the franchise’s lowest-grossing installment seems to explain why. Every time the Fast & Furious franchise pops up, it is hard not to think about car racing, exotic supercars, and Vin Diesel’s signature quotes about family. While Vin Diesel’s quotes and overall hard-as-nails leader persona have not changed much as the movie franchise has progressed, Fast & Furious has seemingly shifted its focus from thrilling races to sensational action set pieces in recent years.

Given the franchise’s worldwide popularity, many factors may have contributed to these changes. Owing to this, one may not be able to pinpoint the precise reason why the Fast & Furious franchise changed its narrative direction. However, the lowest-grossing film in the Fast & Furious series might provide some answers to why the films are now less about racing and more about heists and across-the-globe action.

the fast and the furious cast crew

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Tokyo Drift Is Fast & Furious’ Lowest-Grossing Movie
The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift grossed $158.9 million worldwide

Since it has been around for over two decades, it is not surprising that the Fast & Furious franchise has had a fair share of ups and downs, highs and lows at the box office. Although the franchise is still fairly profitable, its recent installments have offered diminishing returns. However, despite the franchise’s dwindling box office numbers, none of its installments have had a box office as low as The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The first movie in the franchise, The Fast & the Furious, was a success after it raked in $207.5 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $38 million.

Even the second film in the franchise, 2 Fast 2 Furious, proved profitable after it grossed $236.3 million globally on a budget of $76 million. The third installment was expected to continue this trend, with its relatively higher budget of $85 million. However, despite having a bigger budget than its predecessors, Tokyo Drift could not continue the franchise’s trend of getting higher returns with each new installment. Eight new Fast & Furious movies have come out since Tokyo Drift’s release, and none of them even come close to matching its low box office scores.

Fast & Furious Movie Budget Worldwide Box Office The Fast & the Furious $38 million $207,517,509 2 Fast 2 Furious $76 million $236,350,661 The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift $85 million $158,964,610 Fast & Furious $85 million $360,366,870 Fast Five $125 million $626,137,675 Fast & Furious 6 $160 million $788,680,968 Furious 7 $190 million $1,515,341,399 The Fate of the Furious $250 million $1,236,005,118 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $200 million $760,732,926 F9 $200 million $726,229,501 Fast X $340 million $714,555,549 Total $1.749 billion $7,476,903,108

Tokyo Drift Is The Street Racing-Focused Movie Many Want Fast & Furious To Be
Tokyo Drift is the most “Fast & Furious” movie in the franchise
Sean behind the wheel in Tokyo Drift

Even to this day, theFast & Furiousfranchise is associated with fancy cars and white-knuckling street races. However, one look at the recent movies in the franchise will reveal that its focus has drifted away from what it used to be about. While it still features high-octane car chases and expensive cars, the “racing” element seems missing. Given how street car races in the early installments of the film franchise played a crucial role in drawing audiences to it,Tokyo Driftarguably is amongFast & Furious’ better installments because it offers everything from drift competitions to intense underground racing scenes.

Christopher Nolan once said (via


) that he has a “soft spot” for Tokyo Drift.

Storytelling has never been the Fast & Furious franchise’s strongest suit. However, in some ways, Tokyo Drift also has a more relatable storyline than other films because its narrative primarily revolves around an underdog street racer who beats the bad guy in the film’s climax. The recent Fast & Furious movies are far superior when it comes to having an ensemble cast and high production value. However, they often prioritize spectacle over substance, sacrificing the simpler elements that made the first few films successful.

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Tokyo Drift’s Box Office Performance Prompted Fast & Furious To Change
Tokyo Drift’s failures triggered the franchise to move away from street racing

After Tokyo Drift’s inability to top or even match its predecessors’ success, the fourth installment in the film franchise, Fast & Furious, marked the return of the original cast. Since Tokyo Drift’s underwhelming box office numbers established that the film franchise worked better when it did not primarily focus on underground car racing, 2009’s Fast & Furious focused less on those elements and presented itself as a regular action film. Although Fast & Furious did not entirely shed the franchise’s roots in car culture, it paved the way for a new narrative direction for the movie series.

Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum.

Fast & Furious’s formula even worked wonders for the franchise, given how it earned almost twice as much as Tokyo Drift at the global box office despite having the same budget. With this, Fast & Furious proved that even though Tokyo Drift’s grounded storyline and underground street races had their charm, they did not have the blockbuster pull the franchise needed to maintain momentum. As a result, Fast & Furious became the blueprint for the franchise, resulting in Fast Five and the subsequent films repeating its formula with bigger budgets and even grander scale.

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Fast & Furious Was Never The Same After Fast Five
Fast Five marked the inception of a new era for the franchise

After adopting everything that made 2009’s Fast & Furious successful and becoming the first film in the franchise to cross the $500 million box office mark, Fast Five proved that the franchise had to rinse and repeat the 2009 film’s winning recipe. Owing to this, with each installment, the Fast & Furious franchise only drifted further away from its core identity, which revolved around racing and car culture. Although recent movies in the Fast & Furious franchise have not been performing as well as expected, it seems like it is too late for the 11th movie to take a U-turn and experiment with a return to its roots.

Untitled design (4)-5 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is the third installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Tokyo Drift follows Sean Boswell, a car-loving teenager shipped off to live with his Navy lieutenant father in Tokyo when his racing antics find him running foul of the law. When Sean discovers Tokyo’s nightlife, he embraces the dangerous underground world of drift racing.Release Date June 4, 2006 Studio(s) Universal Pictures , Relativity Media Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Chris Morgan Cast Lucas Black , Bow Wow , Sung Kang , Brian Tee , Nathalie Kelley , Sonny Chiba , Leonardo Nam , Brian Goodman Runtime 104 Minutes Budget $85 Million

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