Fast & Furious 11 was supposed to be the first part of a two-part conclusion to the franchise, but Vin Diesel’s recent comments suggest that it may actually be part two of a planned trilogy. In response to this, Fast X director Louis Leterrier offered a cautious response regarding the future of the franchise in a recent interview with EW.
Leterrier stated that the fate of the franchise depends on how Fast X performs at the box office. He also mentioned that there are many ways to get to the end of the franchise and that many roads will lead them there. He acknowledged the franchise’s success and the love that the audience has given to it, but also emphasized the importance of not shoving it down people’s throats.
The Fast & Furious franchise has been a major money-maker for Universal Pictures for over 20 years. However, with the franchise now dealing in city-wide destruction and end-of-the-world stakes, it definitely feels like now is the time to bring things to a close. Fast X reviews have been mixed, with many critics suggesting that the franchise has lost its magic. By dragging out the finale even further into a trilogy, the series risks overstaying its welcome and going out on a low note.
Fast & Furious 12 is also a financial risk for Universal Pictures. Fast X was alarmingly expensive to make at an estimated $340 million, largely due to its massive cast. If Universal Pictures overestimates audience interest and gives Fast & Furious 12 the green light with a similar budget, the studio is taking a major gamble that audience interest won’t wane in the next five years.