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Why The Fast & Furious Franchise Is Ending (& When It Will)

The Fast & Furious franchise is ending in the near future after an incredibly successful run. Universal and star Vin Diesel have watched as the Fast & Furious movies have grown in popularity since the series began in 2001. Now recognized as one of the most successful franchises in movie history, Fast X is expected to continue the tradition. Diesel’s return as Dominic Toretto for the sequel comes as he and many other main cast members have been part of the series for over two decades. However, the movie is also already being sold as the beginning of the end for the franchise.

Despite the success that the Fast & Furious franchise has long seen, ending the main saga is something that has to happen at some point. Instead of shocking audiences with a late announcement that about the conclusion, Diesel and Universal have been very upfront about the fact the Toretto Saga is almost complete. This can be seen with the Fast X poster and its tagline, “The end of the road begins.” Of course, this raises questions like when and why the Fast & Furious franchise is ending, especially as the movies remain incredibly popular.

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The Fast & Furious Franchise Is Ending Due To Its Longevity
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There are several factors that have brought Universal and Diesel to agree that it is time for the Fast & Furious franchise to end. The impressive longevity of the film series has certainly played a factor in the decision. Franchise stars like Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster have been playing their characters for over 20 years at this point. The franchise is arguably already at the point where Dominic’s role in action-heavy sequences is becoming less believable. It is in Diesel’s best interest to end the series before he cannot keep up with the physical requirements.

Vin Diesel has also spoken about his desire to give audiences a real finale. He told Vulture that this was a driving force behind the decision for the Fast & Furious franchise ending in the near future. He said that fans of the main Fast Saga movies are owed a conclusion. Diesel rightfully pointed out that every good story has an ending, so it is better for the franchise’s legacy to deliver that in some form. It might be bittersweet to many viewers, but similar to how Avengers: Endgame ended the Infinity Saga story, it is Diesel’s hope that something similar will happen when the Fast & Furious franchise ends.

It could also make some financial sense to market the upcoming movies as the Fast & Furious franchise finale. After making two $1 billion movies with the seventh and eighth installments, F9’s box office dipped considerably. While this is at least partially due to COVID-19, it could also be a sign that audiences are starting to lose interest in the current saga. However, marketing Fast X as the beginning of the end is a smart way to potentially reinvigorate interest and drive Fast X’s box office numbers higher. This also prevents a scenario where a proper Fast & Furious franchise ending does not happen due to poor box office performance.

Fast & Furious 11 Is The Final Movie In The Main Saga
Vin Diesel's Domiic Toretto in Fast and Furious

It is confirmed that Fast & Furious 11 is the final movie in the main franchise saga. Diesel and Universal originally announced plans for Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 at the same tie, with Justin Lin expected to direct both installments after returning for F9. This decision was directly inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the two-part Phase 3 story that unfolded in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It was originally reported that Fast X and Fast & Furious 11 would shoot back-to-back, which could have allowed the franchise finale to come out shortly after the first part.

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There are very few details actually confirmed about Fast & Furious 11, though. It is expected that Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, and Nathalie Emmanuel will return for starring roles. It has even been teased that Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor could return in Fast & Furious 11 in some capacity. However, it will not be until after Fast X releases that story details for the franchise finale become more clear. No matter what happens in the movie itself, Fast & Furious 11 will be where the main Fast & Furious franchise ends – as long as the plan does not change.

When Will Fast & Furious 11 Be Released?
Fast and furious dom toretto Letty

Although plans to make Fast & Furious 11 are official, there has never been an announcement about when the franchise finale will be released in theaters. Universal has yet to give the movie a specific release date, but that could be due to how the sequels changed. Justin Lin exited Fast X just days into production, resulting in a halt to filming before director Louis Leterrier came aboard. It is not confirmed that Leterrier is returning, and the plans to shoot the sequel right after Fast X appear to have changed too. Understandably, that has left Universal without a need to preemptively announce a Fast & Furious 11 release date.

With Fast X releasing in May 2023, there are some reasonable options for when Fast & Furious 11 will be released. The franchise traditionally likes to only have two years pass between installments. This would mean Fast & Furious 11 releasing in theaters in May 2025 and competing with a few major titles already dated for around then, like potential box office champ Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. However, the more fitting option would be a June 2026 release, as this would mean the Fast & Furious franchise is ending almost exactly 25 years after it began with The Fast and the Furious.

Will More Fast & Furious Movies Be Made After 10 & 11?
The cast of Fast Five and Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs

The Fast & Furious franchise is ending with Fast & Furious 11, but more movies are also likely to be made. The next two films are envisioned as the finale of the main franchise that revolves around Dominic Toretto. However, even Vin Diesel knows that more Fast & Furious movies are likely to come after he stops playing Dom. It is already known that Hobbs & Shaw 2 is in development with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, but it is still going to take some time to make due to their schedules. Diesel has also repeatedly teased the development of an all-female Fast & Furious movie featuring several familiar characters.

Related: Fast & Furious 11’s Final Scene Is Already Obvious

On top of the Fast & Furious movies that are known to be in some stage of development, other spinoffs and sequels are also a possibility. Sung Kang’s return as Han has ignited hopes for a The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift sequel, possibly even including Gal Gadot’s Gisele. Fast X could also set up several spinoffs for new characters played by Brie Larson or Alan Ritchson. A young Dominic Toretto prequel movie could even happen after F9, while John Cena’s Jakob could also become the face of a new Fast Saga to keep the Toretto family somewhat involved after the Fast & Furious franchise ending happens.

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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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