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Retitling Every Fast & Furious Movie Sequel So They Make Sense


The original title, “The Fast and the Furious,” effectively sets up the franchise’s focus on car races and car culture. The titles of subsequent movies in the franchise became increasingly confusing and nonsensical, deviating from a consistent structure. Many of the titles could have been more fitting and cohesive, better reflecting the themes and locations of the films.

Fast & Furious is a blockbuster franchise, yet its titles could’ve sent a better message about what the movies were about. The saga spreads over 11 movies, a spin-off, two short films, and a television series, with more to come in the future. Although it has a combined gross of over $7 billion globally, the Fast & Furious franchise doesn’t follow any consistent structure or format for its titles. The titling of every Fast & Furious movie has become so nonsensical and confusing that the franchise has become the source of various jokes pertaining to franchise titling.

After The Fast and the Furious, the franchise incorporated numbers for the sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, added a subtitle for the third installment The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and then went basic with Fast & Furious for the fourth entry. Almost all subsequent installments have included numbers, but they’ve done so by spelling them out, including the numerical form, and even adding in Roman numerals, all while dropping “Fast” or “Furious” (or both) from the titles. Albeit confusing to follow at times, the Fast & Furious movie titles could have followed a more traditional and cohesive approach as the franchise grew.

A custom image featuring Han in Tokyo Drift, Dominic Toretto in Fast X, and Hobbs in Hobbs & Shaw

Related Every Planned Fast & Furious Movie That Didn’t Happen (& Why) Fast & Furious might spread over more than 11 movies, but, throughout the years, there have been a few projects in the saga that never materialized.

The Fast And The Furious’ Title Was A Good Decision
Released in 2001 as a standalone

The first film, based on the article “Racer X” by Ken Li, has a great title that sets up the franchise. It sets the scene, and the “fast” clearly states its focus on car races and car culture. It made literal sense even when taking a look at its main characters, Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor. It could be argued that Dom proved he was “fast,” which made Brian “furious.” However, the title wasn’t the first option, as the film had many possible titles. The Fast and the Furious has a 69-year-old story tied to its name, which was the title of a 1954 movie.

2 Fast 2 Furious’ Title Should Be Fast & Furious: Miami Reunion
2 Fast 2 Furious was no longer set in Los Angeles
Brian and Roman pose in front of two cars in 2 Fast 2 Furious

2 Fast 2 Furious Release Date June 6, 2023 Director John Singleton Cast Paul Walker , Tyrese Gibson , Eva Mendes , Cole Hauser , Ludacris , James Remar

In 2003, Fast & Furious returned with its first sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Vin Diesel didn’t reprise his role in the second installment because he didn’t think the film needed a sequel. The studio disagreed and brought back Walker’s Brian O’Connor, introducing Tyrese Gibson’s Roman Pierce and more characters as they took a case in Miami, Florida. The original title, 2 Fast 2 Furious, played with the idea that it was the second part of the saga, but it would’ve been clearer to simply name it Fast & Furious: Miami Reunion, playing to the film’s main location and the reunion between Brian and Roman.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Should Be Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift
The first option was too long
DK squares up to Sean in The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift

The third movie in the franchise moves to a different continent, and its action takes place in Tokyo. The film dropped the original cast, introducing some of its future characters. The original title, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, reflects that, and it’s one of the most accurate titles of the franchise, highlighting the idea that it was a spinoff. However, keeping the definite article made it too visually complex. Instead, it should’ve gone for the option Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, which kept the basic premise while making its title cleaner and easier.

Fast & Furious’ Title Should Be: Fast & Furious: High-Speed Revenge
The most confusing title of the franchise
Letty hangs from the hood of Dom's car in Fast & Furious 4

In 2009, three years after the release of Tokyo Drift, the original team reunited. The original title, Fast & Furious, is pure chaos, as it is just a cleaner version of the first movie’s name and the exact shorthand for the franchise at large. Dropping the two definite articles from the first film and turning its “and” into the “&” symbol are not bold ideas for the title and do little to convey what the movie is actually about. For a better format, its title should’ve been Fast & Furious: High-Speed Revenge, since Dom does everything in his power to make the person who killed Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) pay.

Fast Five Should’ve Been Fast & Furious: The First Heist
The film acknowledged order again, but it was no longer furious
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson come face to face in Fast Five.

For the fifth film, released in 2011, the Fast Five title continued to show inconsistencies compared to its previous films. While the audience could’ve expected them to continue the Fast & Furious format somehow, the Fast saga surprised again, acknowledging its order in the franchise with the title Fast Five. Given that Universal Pictures decided to depart from the car racing theme from the previous films, Fast Five is a transition film into a heist action series. The best way to convey that would’ve been if it had been titled Fast & Furious: The First Heist.

Fast & Furious 6 Should’ve Been Fast & Furious: Faster In Europe
The Fast saga switches continents
Mia and Brian try to get off the plane in Fast & Furious 6

The sixth film confused things further with the title Fast & Furious 6. Director Justin Lin wanted it to be a companion title for Fast Five, and finally make some sense of them. His version even made it in the film, but the studio wanted it to be Fast & Furious 6 for marketing purposes, continuing the inconsistencies further. The best title for the sixth film in the Fast saga would’ve been Fast & Furious: Faster in Europe, as the crew switches to yet another continent for a new case, and it features scenes in Spain, the UK, and Russia.

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Furious 7 Should’ve Been Fast & Furious: One Last Ride
The original title dropped Fast

Furious 7 continues the weird title format. The ampersand is gone again, and figures make a comeback, continuing like Fast & Furious 6, but dropping the “Fast” in favor of the “Furious.” It doesn’t have any consistency with the previous three titles. The best option would’ve been Fast & Furious: One Last Ride. The film makes several references to that throughout the movie, and it’s all because Paul Walker passed away during Furious 7’s development. The movie acknowledges that by retiring Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, and giving him “one last ride” with the original crew.

The Fate of the Furious Should’ve Been Fast & Furious: Family No More
The eighth film had its try at a pun
Cipher about to kiss Dom

The eighth installment of the series, The Fate of the Furious dropped figures once more in favor of a pun in the word “fate,” which sounds like “F eight.” In the film, Dominic turns against his team, working with cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron), forcing his friends to trace him down and stop him. Since Dominic’s trademark is his love for his family and friends​​​​​​, the title for the eighth film should’ve been Fast & Furious: Family No More, highlighting Dom’s shift against his friends.

F9 Should’ve Been Fast & Furious: No Limits
Custom image of Vin Diesel as Dom juxtaposed with a Pontiac Fiero in space in F9.

The second-to-last film didn’t even try when it came to finding a creative title. Getting completely off track, the 2021 film went with F9. John Cena is introduced as Jakob, Dom’s brother, and Dom’s team works against him for the majority of the film, with the stakes even higher in the ninth installment. Since the Fast saga is famous for its gravity-defying car scenes, F9 takes it even further with a car in space and a Mustang that jumps off a cliff inside a flying helicopter. Because of that, Fast & Furious: No Limits is a fitting title, showing there’s nothing Dom’s team can’t fight, whether it’s real family or gravity.

Fast X Should’ve Been Fast & Furious: Family Divided
Fast X was originally the last film in the saga

Since F9 dropped all logic, Fast X’s title excluded figures again, going for “X” instead of the number. It missed the opportunity to make another pun with Fast10 Your Seatbelt, which was a popular suggestion. Its title should’ve reflected Dominic and his friends’ last journey. A fitting title would’ve been Fast & Furious: The Last Mission, but it ultimately would not have worked with more confirmed Fast & Furious movies upcoming. As a result, Fast & Furious: Family Divided could have been a good option, playing into the fact that Dominic Toretto and his Fast & Furious family/team are split up to deal with Dante.

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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.

2:34 Image 147 Related Predicting The Ending Of All 13 Fast & Furious Characters In Fast 11 The Fast Saga is set to conclude with Fast & Furious 11 – or Fast X 2 – but how will Dom Toretto and his family’s stories come to a definitive end?

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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