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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fast & Furious Spins Off

Can't get enough of the Fast & the Furious? Well, they're now expanding to more than just the existing franchise. Universal Pictures is developing spinoffs and prequels based on the characters of the "Fast & Furious" franchise. [hit the jump to continue]

Yes, the gang's become too crowded that some characters have not been given enough spotlight. So a spinoff kinda makes sense. Producer and actor Vin Diesel was interviewed by Variety via a cover story on Universal Pictures saying, "We've written out story lines for various characters, said Diesel. "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."

Universal Pictures Donna Langley confirmed negotiations with the cast have taken place for the spinoff films saying:
"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."

"Straight Outta Compton" director F. Gary Gray recently signed on to helm the latest installment, "Furious 8", which will be the first film in a new trilogy which Universal and Diesel will focus on first. Gray and Diesel previously worked together on the thriller, "A Man Apart", in 2003. James Wan ("The Conjuring", "Insidious") directed the last film in the franchise,"Furious 7", which depicted the late Paul Walker's last appearance in the film series as Brian O' Conner.

Universal's chairman of Filmed Entertainment Group Jeff Shell talked about shifting the emphasis of the franchise from its death-defying car stunts saying:
"You can't keep having every movie have bigger and bigger stunts forever and ever and ever. Eventually you have to really focus on the story. We'll still have big stunts but bringing in this amazing storyteller is going to be great."
"Furious 8" is slated for a April 14th, 2017 release date.
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