There’s now way this franchise is going to be wrapping up anytime soon.
The $1.51 billion brought in by Furious 7 makes it the fourth highest grossing film of all time, at least for now. If you do the maths, the franchise has raked in over $3.89 billion since 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. That’s some serious dough for Universal Pictures.
While Paul Walker’s tragic death meant that the series would be wrapping up the arc of Brian O’Conner, done very nicely in Furious 7, there’s no reason to say goodbye to the many characters still left – especially when you’ve just introduced many more.
Jason Statham did his tough-guy thing well as Deckard Shaw, a trained killer out for revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for putting his brother, Shaw (played by Luke Evans), in a coma in Fast & Furious 6. As you may remember, Furious 7‘s finale left Deckard in a position that, whilst seemingly restricted, left him around to cause havoc again in the future.
“We’re already talking about doing another one, Part 8,” Statham said in an interview with Access Hollywood.
“I’m a newcomer, I just got invited to the party in this last one, so it’s nice to know I’m going to be doing another.”
Since both Deckard and Shaw are still alive, could we be seeing the villainous brothers team up to take down our heroes? They’d certainly be a force to be reckoned with, but let’s not forget that Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody and his secretive force may be back on Diesel’s side to help even the odds.
Of course, the heroes will include Dwayne Johnson, who’s already confirmed that the franchise “can’t go on without Hobbs”. Rumours are also suggesting we may be getting the return of Eva Mendes’ U.S. Customs Agent Monica Fuentes, who we saw in a large role in 2 Fast 2 Furious and in a mid-credits scene with Hobbs at the end of Fast Five.
Fast & Furious 8 could be seeing a change in location as well. As Vin Diesel himself teased, New York may be the playground for vehicular mayhem in the upcoming chapter…