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Fast & Furious Already Proved How Hard It Is To Continue Without Dom

While many believe that Fast and Furious will continue in some form after Fast & Furious 11, the franchise’s history already proved how difficult it is to move past Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. After many possible perfect Fast and Furious endings, the story of Dom and his family will come to an actual conclusion with Fast X and Fast & Furious 11. Still, it is hard to imagine that Universal Studios will simply end the Fast and Furious IP forever, although continuing the Fast and Furious franchise without Dom Toretto will be a rather complex challenge.

After reuniting with his long-lost brother Jakob Toretto in F9 and once again facing the cyber-terrorist Cipher, Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto will return for Fast X, the first of a two-part story that will wrap up the Fast and Furious franchise. F9 was the most recent example of how Toretto-focused Fast and Furious has become in the past few years, even more so after The Rock left the Fast and Furious franchise. It’s safe to say Fast X will also be Dom Toretto-focused, especially because John Cena’s Jakob Toretto will return following his redemption arc in F9.

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Starting with Fast Five, which saw names from all previous Fast and Furious films joining forces to perform an international heist, Fast and Furious became an ensemble-type of franchise whose films always feature a large set of characters. Still, after Paul Walker’s tragic passing, Toretto became the solely main character in Fast and Furious. From Furious 7 onward, it was up to Vin Diesel to be the face of the saga. Now, Diesel and the Fast and Furious cast have made it clear that Fast & Furious 11 will be the end of the story. However, at a time when studios struggle to launch new IPs, ending a series like the Fast and Furious franchise altogether does not seem like a good decision. Given Hollywood’s track of reboots and remakes, it’s likely that Fast and Furious will continue in some form after the end of Dom Toretto’s story. The only problem is that Fast and Furious already tried to move past Vin Diesel’s Dom, twice, and it failed in both cases.

Fast & Furious Tried To Move Past Toretto (Twice)
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto with Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibbons from 2 Fast 2 Furious

The first time Fast and Furious tried to continue without Vin Diesel was right after the franchise’s first movie, The Fast and the Furious. Vin Diesel, who did not want to risk ruining the first film and already had a new potential franchise in Riddick, chose not to return for 2 Fast 2 Furious. The Fast and the Furious had been a moderate success, which prompted the studio to try pulling off a sequel despite Vin Diesel’s absence. Paul Walker agreed to return for 2 Fast 2 Furious, now paired with Tyrese’s Roman Pearce. Roman was consciously written to be Dom’s replacement in Fast and Furious, with the movie establishing that Brian and Roman were childhood friends to avoid having to create a connection between the two new leads from scratch. Still, 2 Fast 2 Furious was far from being as good as The Fast and the Furious. The movie grossed only $236.4 million at the box office, and it is considered the worst entry in the Fast and Furious franchise.

Following 2 Fast 2 Furious’ failure, the only way the studio found to continue Fast and Furious was by reinventing it. Vin Diesel still was not interested in returning, and while Tokyo Drift was initially a Toretto story, it eventually became an all-new Fast and Furious adventure with almost no connections to the first two films. Paul Walker was not asked to return, as the studio was keen on making Tokyo Drift a high school film. While Tokyo Drift is remembered fondly by the fanbase, especially by those who believe Fast and Furious should be about cars and not just non-stop action, the film only made $159 million at the box office. Vin Diesel agreed to a cameo in Tokyo Drift in exchange for the movie rights to Riddick, but not even the surprising Toretto appearance was enough to make Tokyo Drift a success.

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto Return Saved Fast & Furious
Brian and Dom sit on the hoods of their cars in a garage in Fast & Furious

With two financial disappointments in a row, there were not many options as to where Fast and Furious could go next. Vin Diesel reportedly pitched a last Fast and Furious movie that would wrap up the stories of Brian and Dom – the project that would become 2009’s Fast & Furious. Paul Walker initially was not interested in returning for the fourth film, but Vin Diesel managed to convince his original The Fast and the Furious co-star to reprise his role as Brian O’Conner. However, instead of being a closing chapter, Fast & Furious (2009) marked a new beginning for the Fast and Furious saga. Fast & Furious (2009) went on to make $360.4 million at the box office, by far the best result for a Fast and Furious movie up until that point. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel’s return was quickly followed by a sequel, Fast Five, which grossed $626.1 million and cemented Fast and Furious as a new blockbuster franchise.

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Fast & Furious Has Become Synonymous With Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto in Furious 7 and the Fast Five poster

From famous stunts to quotable lines, Fast and Furious has become synonymous with Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. The Fast and Furious cast may have grown a lot in the past few years, but Diesel never lost his position as the saga’s lead, not even after The Rock’s Hobbs was given a prominent role. Starting with Fast & Furious (2009), all Fast and Furious films have centered mostly on Toretto and on how his actions affect his family. For example, Fast Five was about Dom and his team on the run after Toretto escaped prison; The Fate of the Furious was about Dom being threatened into working for Cipher, and F9 was about Dom reuniting with his brother Jakob.

Vin Diesel also has a key role in the Fast and Furious franchise as a producer. Diesel has creative involvement in the Fast and Furious films, not to mention how the actor’s star power is one of the main reasons why Fast and Furious continues to perform so well worldwide even after Dwayne Johnson’s departure from the saga. As such, it can be difficult to picture Fast and Furious without Vin Diesel.

Fast & Furious Can Continue Past Toretto (But It Won’t Be Easy)
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto in F9

Continuing Fast and Furious past Fast & Furious 11 can be done, but it will be tricky. So far, the only successful example of a Fast and Furious movie that did not star Vin Diesel is Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a spinoff film featuring Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw with little to no connection to the main story. Hobbs & Shaw claimed $760 million at the box office, pairing it close to the most successful Fast and Furious movies outside of Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, both of which crossed the billion-dollar mark.

Still, a Hobbs & Shaw sequel has yet to be announced. Dwayne Johnson’s return to the franchise, even if for another standalone spinoff film, would certainly help Fast and Furious continue after Fast & Furious 11. However, relying on The Rock alone would not be the best strategy in the long run. A valuable approach to continue the Fast and Furious IP would be to have Vin Diesel still onboard as a producer, even if the character Dominic Toretto and his family never return. That would allow future Fast and Furious films to retain part of what made the original saga so successful, but now with a new story.

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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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