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10 Other Movies That Were Influenced By The Racing Franchise

Nine films in and The Fast And The Furious franchise has shown no signs of slamming on the brakes. While the series has received mixed reactions critically, in terms of its box office and its cultural impact, very few movie lines can compare to the car racing classic. Many try to emulate its success though.

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While the latest installment might have played on the tropes of the genre, many of these expected moments have been defined by the franchise itself. Indeed, other film series and standalone pieces have copied aspects of The Fast And The Furious in order to try and replicate some of the same acclaim.

Honorable Mention: Hobbs And Shaw (2019)
Hobbs and Shaw walk while holding a hammer and a bat, respectively

It would be criminal to overlook the first-ever spin-off to the franchise, Hobbs And Shaw. Without the financial success of the previous films, this action blockbuster would have never seen the light of day. The influence of the main series is of course obvious.

Hobbs And Shaw does contain its own flavor though, even playing into the superhero genre with some of the genetic modifications involved in the villain’s backstory. It still boasts the same incredible stunts of the mainline movies but combines with it a buddy comedy flair not often seen.

Cars (2006-2017)
Lighting McQueen and Mater driving away from an explosion in Cars 2

Pixar has produced a wide array of notable movies but the Cars franchise is perhaps one of the most underrated. Created largely by one of the studio’s founders, John Lasseter, his love for motor vehicles was so deep that he was even given an award for his work in the genre.

Pixar is always influenced by the genre they are working within and The Fast And The Furious certainly has its DNA in the motor franchise; especially Cars 2. The fast-paced, spy sequel clearly drew from the Fast series with its over-the-top stunts. The film was critically panned but Lasseter still defends the piece as a great work.

21 Jump Street (2012)
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street was a surprise renaissance for the almost forgotten cop franchise. While the idea itself was hugely influenced by the original TV show, Jump Street didn’t shy away from parodying the genre, in terms of both car movies and buddy police thrillers.

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In one memorable car chase sequence, the leads are continually shocked that the vehicles in pursuit don’t blow up as they’ve seen in movies such as The Fast And The Furious. Interestingly, 22 Jump Street makes a mockery of long-running franchises like Fast by parodying endless sequels in the credits. What’s more, the sequel was produced by Neal Mortiz who also worked on Fast. 

Need For Speed (2014)
Need for Speed film

When a studio sees the success of a certain genre, they’ll often try to jump on the bandwagon and build up a franchise of their own to contend with this. The Fast And The Furious has largely had the racing market covered, but the established video game franchise Need For Speed attempted to become its contender.

With a recognizable name, stacked cast, and action-packed sequences, this should have been a success. Critical panning meant Need For Speed went no further though. The Fast And The Furious has even gone on to influence the video game line itself though, as it continues to set the bar for the genre.

Overdrive (2017)
The Heist Group all come together in a lineup in Overdrive

There are very few movies that were clearly as influenced by The Fast And The Furious as Overdrive. Starring big names like Scott Eastwood and Ana De Armas, the over-the-top car set pieces were enough to convince any Fast fan that some action beats were being stolen from the franchise.

On top of this, the writer of the film was Michael Brandt. Brandt’s credits include a range of projects, including 2 Fast 2 Furious, which he clearly drew from when creating the overall narrative of Overdrive. It even featured a heist and a crack team of experts; a similar premise to what fans had seen before.

Mission: Impossible (1996-Present)
Ethan Hunt chases after Nyah using a Porsche 911

There are a few franchises that are often compared to one another and Fast And The Furious and Mission: Impossible are two of them. Usually contrasted because of their dangerous action stunts and long-running series of sequels, there’s a lot of similarities between them.

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As one pulls off an incredible set-piece that looks beautiful on-screen, the other tries to top it with an even more outrageous sequence. The difference is, of course, that Tom Cruise appears to put himself in the line of danger far more and the in-camera results are, therefore, stunning.

Empire State (2013)
The Rock leads his police team with a gun in Empire State

Empire State sees The Rock in full force after his appearance in Fast Five. Clearly replicating some of his performance from his Fast outing, Dwayne Johnson portrays a cop, facing off against Liam Hemsworth. The film plays on many of the same themes as the Fast series.

Another heist film, this felt like an extension of the racing series. Fast cars, underground criminal gangs, and a number of impressive, energetic sequences resulted in Empire State becoming easily comparable to the mainline films. Once again a franchise never spawned from this small hit though.

Faster (2010)
Woman holds up a gun with a yellow car behind her in Faster

Another Dwayne Johnson production and one that came about just before his big debut in The Fast And The Furious films; this in many ways feels like his audition for the main franchise even down to the costume he’s wearing. The influences are clear to see.

With the plot centered around Johnson trying to get revenge for a series of murders, there’s a momentum in this piece that very much feels like the Fast films. Of course, vehicles are involved, but the constant tension of the chase and the themes surrounding found families are nods to the cinematic universe.

Bad Boys For Life (2020)
Martin Lawrence and Will Smith holding guns from Bad Boys for Life

The Bad Boys series owes a lot to the success of the original production, but Bad Boys For Life drew its influence from a number of different projects in order to create a proper revival of the franchise. The impact of movies, like Mission: Impossible, is in the core of the piece.

As has been previously analyzed, Bad Boys For Life stole ideas from a variety of films, like The Fast And The Furious. The racing elements, buddy cop drama, and, once again, themes of found families are all tropes that can be found within this production.

Baby Driver (2017)
The opening car chase in Baby Driver

Edgar Wright has always been influenced by films around him. A student of the game, he has jumped from genre to genre and Baby Driver was an attempt to create a unique car film. Wright would have had to have looked at The Fast And The Furious for his work.

Of course, the influence is a little more complex though. When Baby Driver was released many called it the antidote to The Fast And The Furious. In many ways the franchise influenced Wright in a way that he moved away from the traditions of the genre that the series had set out, to carve his own unique path.

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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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