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10 Movies That Tried & Failed To Copy Fast & Furious


Many filmmakers have attempted to copy the success of the Fast & Furious franchise, but few have succeeded in capturing its essence. Movies like Need for Speed, Biker Boyz, and Torque imitate the high-speed stunts and criminal underworld of Fast & Furious, but fall short in creating cohesive narratives and emotional resonance. Films such as Getaway, Overdrive, and Drive Hard attempt to combine elements of Fast & Furious with other genres, but ultimately fail to deliver a compelling and coherent movie experience.

The Fast & Furious franchise is likely the most successful series of movies about street racing, but there have also been dozens of attempts to copy it. With the first movies in the series released in 2001, the movies about fast cars and a shady criminal underworld have gone on to be incredibly successful. The franchise has managed to earn almost $7.5 billion across 11 movies and even created some spin-offs within the same universe.

However, there are plenty of other opportunistic filmmakers who hoped to cash in on the success and popularity of this style of film. Some managed to gain a decent degree of success, building on established properties like the Need for Speed games, but others struggled to get off the starting line. From the blatant rip-offs like The Fast and The Fierce, to poorly executed clones like Street Racer, there are plenty of films that tried and failed to copy The Fast & Furious movies.

10 Need For Speed

Need for Speed isn’t an inherently bad movie by any stretch. Featuring talented actors like Aaron Paul as the lead, joined by Dakota Johnson, Rami Malek, and Michael Keaton, the casting was excellent. The film also draws inspiration from the video games that bear the same title, which meant it already had some credibility and a solid fanbase. The issue is that it blatantly copies several aspects of Fast & Furious films, such as Paul’s character being an obvious copy of Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, outlandish, impossible stunts that couldn’t happen in real life, and seeking to right some wrongs by driving fast.

9 Biker Boyz
Smoke and Motherland on Biker Boyz.

Laurence Fishburne stars in Biker Boyz, a movie about competing biker gangs, with one group led by Fishburne and the other by his estranged son. Like the Fast & Furious films, everything comes down to how well you race to earn respect and stand out in the community. However, the movie struggles to create high stakes or any emotional resonance the way that F&F movies do. Again, some decent performances from the cast, but the story falls flat.

4-split of Jakob Toretto, Dom Toretto, Luke Hobbs, and Tej Parker Related Fast And Furious: Every Movie, Ranked By Box Office Gross The Fast & Furious series is one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time, but some of its films have done a lot better than others.

8 Torque
Cary talking to Trey in Torque.

High-speed stunts that defy physics, a man framed for crimes he didn’t commit, and racers caught up in gang warfare, Torque has a lot in common with F&F. Starring Martin Henderson, the movie follows his character as he tries to evade capture by gang leaders who set him up for murder. He needs to race across the country to clear his name while evading capture by the gang seeking revenge and the police, who are hot on his tail. There are fun stunts and a compelling narrative, but it struggled to carve out a place in the racing movie landscape and barely recovered its budget at the box office.

7 Getaway

Getaway features talented actors Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight in a high-intensity action thriller that combines elements of Fast & Furious and Saw. Hawke plays Brent Magna, whose wife is kidnapped by a criminal to force him to comply with criminal demands. The movie has high-speed chases and a man being forced to comply with criminal activities to free his wife, which all manages to echo elements of F&F. Despite this, the confusion between trying to create a high-octane action movie and a dark twisty thriller fails to come together cohesively and the movie flopped.

6 Overdrive
The Heist Group all come together in a lineup in Overdrive

The writers of 2 Fast 2 Furious teamed up again in 2017 to create Overdrive. A movie about two brothers who are career car thieves. When they steal from a crime boss, they offer their services in the hopes of being forgiven. They form a team to pull off their biggest heist yet and the movie plays out like any other F&F title. Despite talented actors, the premise and plot are far too close to F&F, and it struggles to take off. Overdrive was a massive commercial flop that failed to even make $10,000 domestically and earned less than $10 million at the global box office (via Box Office Mojo).

5 The Fast And The Fierce
A poster for The Fast and the Fierce

A movie that blatantly rips off the Fast & Furious franchise title, while the plot is a mirror image of 1994’s Speed, The Fast and the Fierce is all-round, a rip-off. The title has nothing to do with the plot, although the poster and title would lead viewers to believe it bears some resemblance to the F&F movies. It’s probably for the best, however, considering the narrative follows two separate plots which both struggle to keep audiences engaged.

Fast Five Related 20 Things Wrong With Fast And Furious We All Choose To Ignore There’s plenty to love in the Fast and Furious movies– the actors, car chases, and incredible stunts– but they don’t always make sense.

4 Drive Hard
drive hard with John cusack

Drive Hard stars John Cusack and Thomas Jane in a film that feels like it’s intended to be a spoof of the Fast & Furious movies. Cusack plays a criminal who forces a former race car driver to be his escape driver. While the film is littered with moments that appear to be intended as comedy, nothing comes together cohesively, and it all ends up being a cheap mess. Thankfully, it only cost $6 million to make, but the movie barely managed to earn back a quarter of a million at the global box office (via IMDb).

3 Street Racer
street racer asylum movie

The Asylum is a small independent film production house that largely capitalizes on ripping off blockbuster films with movies that bear a striking resemblance in terms of titles, scripts, settings, etc. Street Racer is technically a mockbuster of Speed Racer, but the movie has a lot in common with Fast & Furious films. However, as one could expect from a production house that primarily creates mockbusters, it fails to deliver in most aspects. The script is unoriginal, the car chases and races lack excitement and the story struggles to stay consistent throughout.

2 200 M.P.H.
200 mph movie cars and racing

Another The Asylum production, 200 M.P.H. is a film that draws inspiration from Fast Five. The movie contains several scenes that are like for like with its inspiration and follow a wider narrative of an illegal street racer who gets into trouble after the death of his brother. The problem with this film is the overall lack of effort. Nothing is consistent, and the film continually makes basic errors, while it tries to evoke some sort of semblance to the film that inspired it.

1 Redline

Redline manages to pull together an extensive range of luxury exotic cars, but it still struggles to use them in an exciting or engaging way. The movie revolves around pretty girls, while the only characters that control anything are shady guys. It feels like it was only intended to be looked at, without any deeper thought whatsoever. The plot, direction, and script all failed to land. Making Redline another rip-off that fails to do anything innovative or actually deliver a movie with a coherent story like the Fast & Furious.

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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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