All good things come to an end.
The latest film in "The Fast And Furious" franchise arrives in theaters on June 25. Dubbed "F9," this latest movie will continue the saga's trend towards insane stunts that defy reality. These films have come a long way from street racers stealing VCR players to launching a Pontiac Fiero into space. We aren't sure where else the franchise has to go, which is why it will reportedly end after two more entries.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Vin Diesel confirmed that the main Fast And Furious storyline is nearing its conclusion. "Every story deserves its own ending," Diesel said during a press junket for F9. "I know people are going to feel like it doesn't have to end, but I think all good things should. There are reasons for a finale. I think this franchise has deserved it."
Diesel has played the character of Dominic "Dom" Toretto since the opening film, "The Fast And The Furious," in 2001. After seeing the series transition from a story about illegal street racing to international espionage, he's probably ready to see the franchise cross the finish line. In the interview, Diesel said he'd like to see the saga end in a two-part finale, much like The Avengers, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. These final two movies would likely be filmed at the same time and debut in 2023 and 2024.
Justin Lin, who directed the first six films and the upcoming ninth installment, says he will return to direct the final two movies. "Nine is kind of the first film of the final chapter," Lin said. "We're kind of reconfiguring everything so that the next two movies should wrap up this amazing journey for these characters."
"This franchise was born from the pavement, from the concrete," Diesel added. "The world just championed this underdog to a place where it has already surpassed all of these other franchises. But the franchise has a soul, and that soul has to rest." But for those who enjoy these movies, we have some comforting news. Though the main plotline will receive an ending, the door remains opens for more movies set in the "Fast Universe," such as the spin-off film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, as well as side projects from characters like Letty.