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Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise

Have your fill of these interesting details that helped shaped the universe we know as the Fast and the Furious

When The Fast and the Furious opened in cinemas back in 2001, few people, if any at all, thought that it would turn into a global cinematic juggernaut. And yet here we are, 16 years and eight movies into becoming the most bankable movie franchise this side of super heroes and that galaxy far, far away.

The sheer might of the Fast and Furious franchise was on full display with the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise and the movie that just zoomed its way to a record-breaking, $532-million opening weekend. If you thought you’d never see the day a Fast movie would beat out a Star Wars movie in opening weekend returns, well, it just happened.

Beyond the rarefied air that the franchise has achieved, there are still a lot of things about it that most of its fans are unaware of. Consider this then as a guide to a lot of important facts about the movies franchise that should give its fans a new-found appreciation of the many things, events, and what-could-have-beens that shaped the world of the Fast and Furious universe.

I mean, did you know that Vin Diesel wasn’t even the first choice to play the role of Domenic Toretto?

Well then…

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Can you feel it? The nerdiness is growing stronger. Every passing day brings us a little closer to the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ and soon, we’ll all have a juicy heap of fresh pew-pew to indulge in. But before the official release on December 15th, we’re whetting out appetites with the first trailer, which arrives chock-full of laser-filled awesomeness designed to up your midi-chlorian count to remarkable new levels. We’ve examined the two-minute teaser in-depth and picked out all the cool vehicles contained within, because like you, we’re suckers for sci-fi engineering.

In total, we saw seven types of ships and vehicles worth talking about, including old favorites, and a few previously unseen machines we can’t wait to learn more about. Like any good trailer, ‘The Last Jedi’ left us with more questions than answers, but that’s half the fun right?

The speculation is strong with this one, so read on.

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Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

The movie was awesome, but it had its share of holes

Fast and Furious 8, otherwise known as The Fate of the Furious, is on pace to be another money-making blockbuster for Universal Studios. It’s already set to make $600 million worldwide and it’s only been around for less than a week. There’s no question that the movie itself is a commercial success for those behind it, but like most of its predecessors, Fast 8 had its fair share of holes and could-have-beens that would’ve probably made for a more cohesive story and a better viewing experience all around.

We already know that the franchise has little regard for real-life physics, so we’re not even going to mention the audacity of throwing in a submarine in the movie. After all, this is the same franchise that has used tanks, buildings, and without question the longest fake runway in the world as part of its set pieces. As much as we enjoyed Fast 8, certain elements of it left a lot to be desired. Whether it was the lack of cohesion to the overarching Fast and Furious universe or the absence of key players that would’ve made the movie more rounded, we’ve rounded up our gripes about the movie with hopes and expectations of seeing them addressed at some point in the next two movies. We don’t know if they’ll happen, but it goes without saying that not seeing them on Fast 8 amounted to missed opportunities for the movie to be better than it otherwise already is.

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The 8 Great of Fate – the Cars of ‘The Fate of the Furious’

Okay, so technically these aren’t all “cars,” but the movie isn’t technically about “racing” anymore, so…

It was all going so well. The crew was settling into their own routines, finally finding a little refuge from the crazy life they lived before. Then she appeared, and suddenly, the quiet life got a whole lot louder… That’s right folks, the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise has arrived. And what an arrival it’s been. The movie reportedly took in $532.5 million over the weekend, making it the biggest worldwide debut ever. And what’s not to like? Explosions? Ridiculous stunts? Enough corny dialogue to fill Iowa? Check, check, and oh yeah, that’s a check. But of course, if you’re reading this on TopSpeed, then I know what you’re looking for – cars, glorious, gas-burning, flame-spitting, tire-roasting cars.

Whether they’re racing through the streets, tearing up an ice sheet, or flying through the air, we know you’re in it for the cars. Thing is, at this point, we’re taking a broad approach to that term, happily including a wide assortment of vehicles, several of which don’t even have wheels. Translation – tanks and trucks are welcome.

So with that, here are the eight big ones to look for in ‘Fate of the Furious.’ Let us know your favorites in the comments.

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How Should the Fast and Furious Franchise Evolve from Here?

The family has to retire eventually, right?

Alright, let’s not beat around the bush. The first Fast and Furious movie wasn’t exactly well thought out. At the time, Vin Diesel was just getting to be known, and the most popular name in the whole film was arguably Ja Rule, who is still probably kicking himself in the nuts for turning down a role in the second film. How many gears did those cars have in the drag racing scenes? It was certainly more than the five or six that they should have had, that’s for sure. And, I still can’t get past that floor pan falling out of Brian’s Eclipse during the first big race. Then we had 2 Fast 2 Furious, which at least tied into Brain’s story, but was followed up by Tokyo Drift. Now, Tokyo Drift was a decent movie with plenty of action and some interesting race scenes, but it was completely void of the main character(s) in the franchise.

Finally, things turned around for the franchise with the fourth installment, bringing the group back together. Eventually, we ended up with movies that showcase a sense of family and never giving up on them – all the way up to the most recent film when Dom ends up turning his back on his family altogether. Foe have become friends, and friends have become foe. The family has wreaked havoc to the tune of an estimated $514 million over the course of eight films. What started out as a B-movie has turned into some pretty intense and highly successful films. With Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel reportedly feuding during the filming of Fate of the Furious, and Brian O’Conner officially out of the mix, where should the franchise go?

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You Won’t Believe How Well The Fate of the Furious Performed Over the Weekend

Fast 8 Set a global record over the weekend, beating our Star Wars: The Force Awakens

With the untimely demise of Paul Walker, the man who played Brian O’Conner, there was a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the newest installment of the Fast and Furious Franchise. For a while, it was rumored that Paul’s brother would step in and O’Conner would continue to be a part of the story, while other rumors indicated that he would be written off as being retired. Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding how successful future installments would be without the buster turned gearhead. But, as it turns out, his memory – in conjunction with the rest of the “family” – was enough to keep the franchise going full speed ahead. So much so, in fact, that The Fate of the Furious saw an estimated $532.5 million in earnings globally over the holiday weekend.

For those of you who have been sleeping for the few years, that was enough to top even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but $3.5 million, making “The Fate of the Furious” the biggest global opening in history of the big screen. It also broke the international opening record with earnings topping $432.3 million, that’s $116 million more than “Jurassic World” made when it opened and set the international record back in 2015. Domestically, it made a total of $102.2 million here in the U.S., which puts it second place in the franchise, being beat out only by Furious 7 at $147 million.

And, even though O’Conner was written off as retired, there are several references throughout the movie that kept the character, and the late actor, fresh in our minds and a part of the franchise even in his absence.

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Source: CNN

Fast & Furious Blew Its Big Swerve In The First Trailer: Video

Vin Diesel goes rogue as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham team up

The first trailer of The Fate of the Furious – yes, that’s the official title of F&F 8 – has just been released, and it’s an absolute doozy. The usual cast of characters all received prominent screen time, but just as everything appears to be what we’ve come to expect from the Fast & Furious franchise, the swerve we got tipped off was going to happen actually did.

In wrestling parlance, Dominic Torreto turned heel.

The face of the franchise has gone rogue, joining forces with the movie’s lead antagonist Chiper, played by Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron. Apparently, Cipher is a “high-tech terrorist” who now works with Toretto, making for a pretty formidable team that the rest of the crew will have to deal with. So, to combat their former leader, the crew turns to Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Furious 7 main baddie Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

Okay... Wait, what?

The trailer played it careful not to divulge too much of the movie’s plot, but based on how the build-up went, it looks like the studio had to show Toretto’s swerve in order to establish the tone of the entire movie. Expect Dom’s heel turn to happen at the start of the movie, which would lay the foundation for what’s going to happen the rest of the way.

As for the rest of the movie, it’s a typical Fast & Furious production, right down to the high-powered cars, explosions, and the physics-bending stunts. I didn’t know the 1970 Dodge Challenger had so much torque that it could flip cars hooked to it by reversing. That’s a new one, guys.

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The eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise is shaping up to be the biggest movie of the series and you can be sure that the people behind the movie are going to milk the hype for all it’s worth. That’s a big reason why Fast 8’s first official trailer is once again getting its own teaser. That’s how sophisticated movie marketing has become; trailers getting their own teasers have become par for the course for blockbusters as big as Fast 8.

The teaser itself doesn’t show a lot because it’s not a traditional one. It mostly focuses on the movie’s five long-standing stars – Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ludacris – each talking about the franchise’s roots, how far it has come, and the central ethos that lies at the heart of the F&F universe: family.

You might think that it’s a PSA of some kind, especially after the highly publicized beef between Diesel and Johnson, the two cornerstones of the franchise. The good news is that the Fast 8 stars also did a good job setting up the table on what we can expect from both the trailer and the movie. Diesel even calls the movie “our most ambitious, most entertaining, fastest, and most furious ride yet.”

History says that we can thank his word for it, but only time will tell if Diesel is tone true. In the meantime, we can all wait for December 11 and catch the first official trailer of Fast 8. Some snippets from the teaser have shown some pretty interesting scenes, including what appears to be a heel turn from Domenic Torreto. Could it be that he turns bad?

Fast 8 hits theaters on April 14 and there’s already growing momentum that this could very well be the biggest one yet.

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Will Fast 8 be Oscar Worthy? Vin Diesel Thinks So

The man sure does love hard, doesn’t he?

I think we can all agree that the Fast & Furious movie franchise has given us a good amount of thrills in its lifespan. We’ve seen awesome cars, beautiful people, amazing fight scenes, and the whole gang jumping out of a plane in cars, surviving the fall with no scratches to their beautiful faces. But we can also agree that not one of the seven F&F movies have ever been considered Oscar-worthy. That could change with Fast 8 as Vin Diesel has come out and said that the eighth installment of the blockbuster movie franchise may surprise a lot of people, even going so far as to hint of a possible Oscar buzz surrounding it.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Diesel said that he actually thinks that Fast 8 will win an Oscar on the back of what director F. Gary Gray was able to piece together to make the movie. “I think he went into making this movie with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, going ’Oh, really? Okay,” Diesel was quoted as saying. “Now I’m going to take the biggest saga in the world, and I’m about to throw Oscars at you.”

Diesel is likely referring to the Oscar snub on Gray and his movie, Straight Outta Compton, which missed out on an Oscar despite being one of the most critically acclaimed movies entering the competition. Is Fast 8 going to be Gray’s Oscar redemption? That’s highly unlikely if you base it on the franchise’s history, but stranger things have happened. Remember when Shakespeare in Love beat Saving Private Ryan, arguably the greatest war movie of all time, for Best Picture?

Keep the hope alive, Vin!

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Fast and Furious Director To Helm Upcoming Hot Wheels Movie

Plenty of starts-and-stops has raised skepticism about the Hot Wheels movie

Justin Lin may have graduated from directing the Fast and Furious movie franchise, but the sought-after director is apparently not ready to let go of the car racing movie genre. A new report from Variety claims that Lin has been tapped to direct and produce the long-tumored Hot Wheels movie under Legendary Entertainment and Lin’s own production company, Perfect Storm Entertainment.

The choice to hire Lin is an easy one given his pedigree directing four of the eight Fast and Furious movies, beginning with the third movie, Tokyo Drift, right up to Fast and Furious 6. No timetable has been set on when the movie will start production, but don’t expect it to happen anytime soon considering that it has yet to find a writer to pen the the movie’s script.

The good news is, at least for Hot Wheels fans, is that Lin’s hiring marks the first significant step to get the movie off the ground after numerous attempts fizzled out for one reason or another. For those who don’t know, Columbia Pictures acquired the rights to produce a Hot Wheels movie as early as 2003. Nothing came out of it so the project was then passed to Warner Bros. in 2009 and then to Legendary Entertainment in 2011. A handful of writers and directors have also been attached to the movie at one point or another, but there is a sense of optimism within Legendary Entertainment that having Lin on board will finally get the project moving.

If anything, let’s hope that it happens sooner than later. The Fast and Furious franchise is on its last few legs, and when it concludes, we’re going to need something to fill that void. Sorry, Need for Speed.

Source: Variety

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