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04.03.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Ways To Continue the Fast and Furious Franchise

FURIOUS 7 is poised to be the biggest box office hit in the history of the Universal franchise. With Paul Walker's tragic death, the question has been if the series can continue past this seventh entry. The answer is clearly yes but that also begs the question of how? Here are ten ideas that Universal can take to make multiple new chapters of the car racing/heist franchise. Some are a bit outside of the box while others seem pretty obvious, but all would take the series to new heights. If you have an idea on how to extend the FAST AND FURIOUS series, feel free to add it to the talk backs below.

#10 - Bring in New Directors

Over seven films, the franchise has been helmed by Rob Cohen, John Singleton, Justin Lin, and now James Wan. Despite the success Lin brought to the series and Universal's plan to potentially bring him back for the next films in the series, that would be the wrong move. Like Harry Potter, Mission: Impossible or James Bond, bringing in fresh filmmakers to stir up the series is what keeps it fresh and brings new visual trickery to each successive film.

#9 - FURIOUS TRANSFORMERS

When it comes to crossover potential, bringing the scifi madness of TRANSFORMERS to the car heist mayhem of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS may seem a bit out there, but the commonality of cars in both series could make for one insane mash-up.

#8 - Double Dose

Most people are not fans of the split movie (TWILIGHT, THE HUNGER GAMES, etc), but if you can properly execute a massive cliffhanger in the middle of a FAST AND FURIOUS movie that would hold audiences for an entire year, that would make for one hell of an experience when you sit down at the theater for the payoff.

#7 - FURIOUS 007

The last few entries in the franchise have incorporated more elements of espionage to the story, so why not build on that for an impossible mission taskforce where Toretto and his crew become a black ops team sent around the globe to stop bad guys. Incorporating more gadgets and intrigue to the series could refresh it for seven more chapters.

#6 - Female Spin-off

Don't groan at this idea. THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS has always had a great female cast who can easily hold their own with the boys. So, take Michelle Rodriguez, Ronda Rousey, and Jordana Brewster and give them their own solo outing. It would be sexy and pretty damn entertaining.

#5 - Real Time

Combine elements of SPEED and give the crew the challenge of having to survive with the film lasting the duration in real time. Ninety minutes, two hours, whatever it takes it could be one adrenaline rush to see the clock tick down and the team racing to survive.

#4 - FAST AND FURIOUS 2099

Throw caution to the wind and reboot the exact same story as we have seen in any of the FAST AND FURIOUS films but set it in the future. Part AKIRA and part SPEED RACER, a future set race/heist flick with the same main cast could be really awesome. See if the Wachowskis are interested!

#3 - The Next Generation

NEED FOR SPEED was abysmal, but Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper would fit right in if it were a FAST AND FURIOUS movie. Let the cast go aside from Vin Diesel and have him shepherd a new crew of younger actors. Diesel could be the Nick Fury mentor character who gets phased out rather than dropped entirely like they did in 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS and TOKYO DRIFT.

#2 - FAST AND FURIOUS: GRAND THEFT AUTO

We have all been waiting for a movie version of the popular video game series, so why not take the style and format of the game and make it the next film in the FAST AND FURIOUS series. It could be seamless and introduce a cinematic universe for any number of spin-offs based on the games.

#1 - EXPENDABLE and FURIOUS

Two generations clash in a movie where the mercenary crew needs to enlist the young, brash car experts to save the day. Can't you see it? Both series would win points and refresh themselves for future crossovers and solo outings. It could be spectacular!

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1:06PM on 04/06/2015
Wow!! Those are some really horrible ideas for this franchise. Aside from mixing up directors a la James Bond, I don't think any of these would work out effectively. Especially if you want to let the Wachowski's anywhere near this (their track record has not been the best).
I haven't seen FURIOUS 7 yet. But based on the 6 preceding it, they're on a good track for producing and continuing the franchise. And given the box office dollars, if it ain't broke then don't fix it.
Wow!! Those are some really horrible ideas for this franchise. Aside from mixing up directors a la James Bond, I don't think any of these would work out effectively. Especially if you want to let the Wachowski's anywhere near this (their track record has not been the best).
I haven't seen FURIOUS 7 yet. But based on the 6 preceding it, they're on a good track for producing and continuing the franchise. And given the box office dollars, if it ain't broke then don't fix it.
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12:12PM on 04/04/2015
Here's an idea: end it now! 7 movies in such a relatively short amount of time is enough. Fast Five managed to inject a little freshness into the franchise, but the plots are already getting more and more ridiculous the further the franchise is stretched. There is a limit, even to the imagination, of cool things you can do with cars in movies. They've gone in almost every conceivable direction with motor vehicles that they can possibly go besides cars running underwater or in space. Paul Walker
Here's an idea: end it now! 7 movies in such a relatively short amount of time is enough. Fast Five managed to inject a little freshness into the franchise, but the plots are already getting more and more ridiculous the further the franchise is stretched. There is a limit, even to the imagination, of cool things you can do with cars in movies. They've gone in almost every conceivable direction with motor vehicles that they can possibly go besides cars running underwater or in space. Paul Walker has passed, the series is on a high note right now, and it seems like this is a perfect time to say goodbye to this franchise, at least for awhile.
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8:00PM on 04/03/2015

I love the idea of a cross-over as much as anyone, but...

... it can't work if you put together 2 random things. Of all the cross-overs you mentioned, the one with THE EXPENDABLES is the only one that could work because of the over-the-top action. However, one of the biggest criticisms of the 3rd movie was that it was over-crowded.
... it can't work if you put together 2 random things. Of all the cross-overs you mentioned, the one with THE EXPENDABLES is the only one that could work because of the over-the-top action. However, one of the biggest criticisms of the 3rd movie was that it was over-crowded.
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7:55PM on 04/03/2015

Are you insane?!

The characters in F&F commit crimes but they do with it honour.
The characters in F&F commit crimes but they do with it honour.
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7:53PM on 04/03/2015
The problem is that only some of them would be believable as ass-kickers. Actually, I'm pretty sure those were casted based on their looks.
The problem is that only some of them would be believable as ass-kickers. Actually, I'm pretty sure those were casted based on their looks.
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7:51PM on 04/03/2015

But FURIOUS 6 already ended in a cliffhanger.

Actually, every movie since TOKYO DRIFT has been open-ended.
Actually, every movie since TOKYO DRIFT has been open-ended.
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7:29PM on 04/03/2015
A transformers cross over is one of the dumbest ideas Ive ever heard! That would ruin the franchise. A 007 furious won't work, cuz diesel is going back to XXX. They don't need a big gimmick to keep it going. Just keep it going and sprinkle in new cast members here and there that will carry the torch when the original cast bows out.
A transformers cross over is one of the dumbest ideas Ive ever heard! That would ruin the franchise. A 007 furious won't work, cuz diesel is going back to XXX. They don't need a big gimmick to keep it going. Just keep it going and sprinkle in new cast members here and there that will carry the torch when the original cast bows out.
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5:26PM on 04/03/2015

they already did this

it was called Tokyo Drift
it was called Tokyo Drift
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5:25PM on 04/03/2015
Furious 007 is the only one that makes perfect sense, though a two-part cliff hanger could work no matter what else they did with it. I think it'd be a mistake to reboot with a new cast and rumblings of franchise mash ups have been growing louder for years now, so the idea that the Furious gang would be teamed up with another franchise isn't beyond reproach as an idea, though it's highly highly unlikely. In the end, I think they should just keep following Dom. Dom was/is the heart and soul of
Furious 007 is the only one that makes perfect sense, though a two-part cliff hanger could work no matter what else they did with it. I think it'd be a mistake to reboot with a new cast and rumblings of franchise mash ups have been growing louder for years now, so the idea that the Furious gang would be teamed up with another franchise isn't beyond reproach as an idea, though it's highly highly unlikely. In the end, I think they should just keep following Dom. Dom was/is the heart and soul of the series. As tragic as Walker's death is, and as intrinsic as he was to the Fast and Furious movies, if you think back on it, Walker was always doing other films, trying new things and not really talking up the F&F franchise all that much, while Vin Diesel took on the Representative Role and now that Dom is the unequivocal lead, just make it about him. Have him go in with Hobbs and be an agent of some kind with Kurt Russell involved as well. I get the sense even if Walker had lived and been in more scenes, he would have played second fiddle to Diesel anyway. So just embrace that and make 8-10 when you can make Fast X and call it a wrap.
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4:42PM on 04/03/2015
That pic up top just doesn't look right without Paul Walker. I would prefer that it ends with 7 but we all know it won't. The franchise makes too much money. I plan on seeing the new one but I heard the ending is a tear jerker. Never thought I would say that about a FF film.
That pic up top just doesn't look right without Paul Walker. I would prefer that it ends with 7 but we all know it won't. The franchise makes too much money. I plan on seeing the new one but I heard the ending is a tear jerker. Never thought I would say that about a FF film.
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4:40PM on 04/03/2015
Not the best list, the F&F series works not just because of the crazy action sequences, but they have heart with characters you actually give a damn about. If it ain't broke don't fix it. None of the above mentioned would work at all.
Not the best list, the F&F series works not just because of the crazy action sequences, but they have heart with characters you actually give a damn about. If it ain't broke don't fix it. None of the above mentioned would work at all.
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4:36PM on 04/03/2015
No just no, sure the F&F movies are over the top, but don't allow them to go full retard.
No just no, sure the F&F movies are over the top, but don't allow them to go full retard.
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4:17PM on 04/03/2015
Add Melissa McCarthy.
Add Melissa McCarthy.
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6:54PM on 04/06/2015
The Fat and Furious?
The Fat and Furious?
4:14PM on 04/03/2015
The race has to be started by a sexy guy in hotpants.
The race has to be started by a sexy guy in hotpants.
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3:43PM on 04/03/2015
I think the only one of these ideas i really like is Fast in Furious in real time. Have the entire time line of the film be the 2 hour run time. That would be pretty cool. Adding fresh guys to the mix is always good too. I could totally see Aaron Paul taking a role in the film, just so long as it's done gradually and not replace the cast all at once.

The idea i had recently that i really liked was a crossover with "The Italian Job".Have the guys team up with Mark Wahlberg and crew to pull
I think the only one of these ideas i really like is Fast in Furious in real time. Have the entire time line of the film be the 2 hour run time. That would be pretty cool. Adding fresh guys to the mix is always good too. I could totally see Aaron Paul taking a role in the film, just so long as it's done gradually and not replace the cast all at once.

The idea i had recently that i really liked was a crossover with "The Italian Job".Have the guys team up with Mark Wahlberg and crew to pull off another intense heist, this would keep Statham in the series and they could joke about how the Italian Job Statham looks an awful lot like the F&F Statham
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3:24PM on 04/03/2015

Is this a joke?

I think you missed the Fast & Furious Hotwheels crossover, and the Fast and Furious: Space Race. You can't be serious about any of these ideas, they are horrible. For a film series that has gone from being a cheesy one-dimensional film, to now a blockbuster action adrenaline series, I think they have done massive amounts to improve the quality and writing of the series. Any of these ideas would be completely ludicrous (no pun intended) and set a franchise, that has worked so hard to become
I think you missed the Fast & Furious Hotwheels crossover, and the Fast and Furious: Space Race. You can't be serious about any of these ideas, they are horrible. For a film series that has gone from being a cheesy one-dimensional film, to now a blockbuster action adrenaline series, I think they have done massive amounts to improve the quality and writing of the series. Any of these ideas would be completely ludicrous (no pun intended) and set a franchise, that has worked so hard to become legitimized (as legitimized as a over-the-top Car/Action film can be), back a million steps.
There are several problems with your ideas, first Lin directed 4 of the 7 entries in the series, and each of his films was tonally unique from the predecessor, so your argument for new directors in each film is ridiculous. Second, why does the series have to be combined with another franchise? With all of these bigger names jumping on board each subsequent Fast/Furious film, I'd say the franchise is standing pretty well on it's own.
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3:17PM on 04/03/2015

No gimmicks.

Do a normal sequel first, with Lucas Black taking on a bigger role to fill Paul's shoes, and then for Part 9 set it years later and have Brian's now teenage son become a driver. Keep the heart.
Do a normal sequel first, with Lucas Black taking on a bigger role to fill Paul's shoes, and then for Part 9 set it years later and have Brian's now teenage son become a driver. Keep the heart.
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3:12PM on 04/03/2015
This would be such a terrible idea. The Expandable films are such disappointments and would only drag the Fast and Furious series down.

And wouldn't it be weird that Statham would be a key character in both franchises??
This would be such a terrible idea. The Expandable films are such disappointments and would only drag the Fast and Furious series down.

And wouldn't it be weird that Statham would be a key character in both franchises??
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6:37PM on 04/03/2015
The Soloist Don't forget Ronda Rousey is in both expendables 3 and Fast and Furious 7. how would that work?
The Soloist Don't forget Ronda Rousey is in both expendables 3 and Fast and Furious 7. how would that work?
4:42PM on 04/03/2015
I hate to say it but the franchise with Vin Diesel and The Rock has actually become better than the with Stallone and Schwartzenegger.
I hate to say it but the franchise with Vin Diesel and The Rock has actually become better than the with Stallone and Schwartzenegger.
3:10PM on 04/03/2015

No gimmicks.

Do a normal sequel first, with Lucas Black taking on a bigger role to fill Paul's shoes, and then for Part 9 set it years later and have Brian's now teenage son become a driver. Keep the heart.
Do a normal sequel first, with Lucas Black taking on a bigger role to fill Paul's shoes, and then for Part 9 set it years later and have Brian's now teenage son become a driver. Keep the heart.
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3:10PM on 04/03/2015
Could possibly see this as a good idea. But the oroginal cast just works so damn well with one another. Would hate to see the chemistry screwed up.
Could possibly see this as a good idea. But the oroginal cast just works so damn well with one another. Would hate to see the chemistry screwed up.
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3:06PM on 04/03/2015
Terrible. Hate when franchises do the double split idea.
Terrible. Hate when franchises do the double split idea.
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3:04PM on 04/03/2015
Would be interesting to see what Cohen could do with another Fast and Furious film.
Would be interesting to see what Cohen could do with another Fast and Furious film.
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3:01PM on 04/03/2015

24

Like 24, but realistic.
Like 24, but realistic.
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3:00PM on 04/03/2015
Or it could bomb at the box office, like D.E.B.S.
Or it could bomb at the box office, like D.E.B.S.
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