Word spread on Wednesday that Universal was considering wrapping up its long-running Fast & Furious franchise, possibly bringing longtime director Justin Lin back for a multi-movie wrap-up. That tenuous rumor appears to be put to rest by the new Hollywood Reporter roundtable, which features Universal Chairman Donna Langley. Asked about the future of the franchise beyond Furious 7, Langley responds, “We think there’s at least three more…I think it’s still a growing franchise.”
That would mean that the car-crash series would at least reach Fast & Furious 10, better known among the connoisseurs as Fast X. Langley says that Universal is “very mindful of fatigue,” which which could absolutely be Hollywood lingo for “we’re planning to release two per year starting in 2017.”
In the same interview, Langley talks about Universal’s plan to reintroduce their Monster Movie catalogue in a new shared-universe megafranchise by putting the monsters into the action-adventure genre and setting their adventures in the present day. Hey, the Fast & Furious movies are action-adventures set in the present day? Just throwing this out there: Dracula Fast Wolfman Furious.