Woo hoo! Universal has confirmed the dates for the ninth and tenth installments of its blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise. The studio has penciled in April 19, 2019 for the ninth sequel, and April 2, 2021 for the tenth and, for the moment, final film in the series. The tenth film being released in 2021 would mean Fast & Furious will have spanned two decades by its conclusion.
The eighth film, Fast 8, is set to hit theaters April 14, 2017 and will be directed by Straight Outta Compton’s F. Gary Gray. Earlier, Vin Diesel took to Instagram and posted the dates for the last three films in the Fast & Furious saga.
That producers are squeezing three more laps out of the franchise is remarkable in the wake of the death of Diesel’s co-star Paul Walker during filming on “Furious 7.” That movie, completed in part with the help of Walker’s brothers and CGI magic, earned $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office last summer.
Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, was given a moving on-screen sendoff into the sunset at the end of “Furious 7,” leaving the franchise very much in the hands of Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and a supporting cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson.
Diesel has promised that they’ll hit the brakes for good after the tenth movie — not counting a number of spin-offs and prequels that are being mulled.