“Fast and Furious” is getting not just a spinoff but possibly spinoffs movies.
“Fast and Furious” producer and star Vin Diesel revealed to Variety that the team behind the franchise is in the preliminary stages of developing prequels and spinoffs.
“We’ve written out story lines for various characters. We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class,” said Diesel.
Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley added: “We’re certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now. It’s an ensemble cast and there’s room to bring characters in and out.”
Diesel and Langley however did not reveal which characters would get their own standalone films.
Dwayne Johnson had previously hinted that he’d like to see his character, Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs, to have his own adventures, Variety noted.
Entertainment Weekly suggested a Shaw Brothers spinoff perhaps. Luke Evans appeared in “Furious 6” as bad guy Owen Shaw. He also had a cameo role in “Furious 7,” in which his character’s big brother Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) plans a revenge against Dominic Toretto.
For now, Universal Pictures’ is focused on three “Fast & Furious” sequels. The first of the trilogy is expected to be released in 2017.
Meanwhile, Ron Meyer, vice-chairman of NBC Universal, acknowledged that future “Fast and Furious” movies will be quite different without one of its key actors – Paul Walker.
“Paul won’t be in it, but he’ll be represented in some form or another but whether his image is in it, I can’t tell you yet, but he won’t be in the film as a performer, as an actor, the way we did it last time. It will still be ‘Fast and Furious;’ it will just be without Paul,” Meyer told Variety.
There have been speculations that Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, may return in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 8” by using CGI.
“Lord of The Rings” star Elijah Wood has been rumored to be joining the cast as Dom’s illegitimate son.