Vin Diesel has made a mark as the street racer patriarch in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, but the storyline with his years-long character in the lead role will soon come to an end.
Diesel said in an interview that the ‘Fast and Furious’ saga will close after two more films after the ninth episode, ‘F9’, which appears in the UAE cinemas in the third week, but only on June 25 in US theaters appear. Universal Pictures wants to conclude the saga in two parts.
According to the actor, the last two films could possibly appear in 2023 and then in 2024.
“Each story deserves its own end,” Diesel told F9 in a press release when asked about the future of the franchise. Despite the end of the saga, he said the ‘Fast and Furious’ movie universe will continue.
When Diesel told his daughter about the conclusion of the franchise, the actor said that she started shedding tears.
“I know people are going to feel that it should not end, but I think all good things should,” he said. ‘There are reasons for a final. I think this franchise deserved it. ”
Diesel has starred as Dominic Toretto since the first film of The Franchise ‘The Fast and Furious’ in 2001. The films have been a major hit at the local and international box office, and the last two films each earn more than $ 1 billion .
Along with Diesel, the action films include several others, including Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, rapper Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Jason Statham and the late Paul Walker. In 2019, Johnson and Statham will star in the franchise’s first spin-off film ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’, which reached number one spot and earned $ 180.8 million in its worldwide debut.
Last year, Universal pushed back the release of ‘F9’ due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The new film not only brings back a fan favorite – Sung Kang’s Han – along with new additions, including John Cena, but the story will also literally send a car into space. It is already considered one of the biggest hits of the season.
Director Justin Lin said the idea to finish the saga came during a conversation with Diesel, who starred in eight ‘Fast and Furious’ films.
“We got together and Vin says, ‘I think we should think about ending the saga now,'” Lin said, directing five of the franchise’s films. He will handle the last two deliveries.
“Nine is kind of the first movie of the last chapter,” the director said. “We’re putting everything back in order so that the next two films should conclude this amazing journey for these characters.”
Diesel said the franchise has come a long way, but he is finally seeing a finish line.
“This franchise was born out of the sidewalk, out of the concrete,” he said. ‘The world just strived for this underdog for a place where it surpassed all these other franchises. But the franchise has a soul, and the soul must rest. ‘