'Fast & Furious' news: Vin Diesel teases spin-offs in the pipeline

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The “Fast & Furious” film franchise seems to be taking a page out of Marvel’s and “Star Wars'” books. Producer and actor Vin Diesel has revealed that “F&F” spin-offs  yes, in plural  are in the process of development. And not just that, he promised another three sequels to the recent hit “Furious 7.”

“We’ve written out story lines for various characters,” Variety reports Diesel as saying. “We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class.” 

Diesel has not said which characters get to have their own films, but backing is definitely in place for the possibilities, as Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley revealed.

“We’re certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now,” said Langley. “It’s an ensemble cast and there’s room to bring characters in and out.” 

First in line for development are the three sequels which Diesel promises to have a new tone in its adventures. That is why the creative talent of director F. Gary Gray, who did “Straight Outta Compton,” has been taken on.

Whereas the previous “Fast & Furious” films have centered on breath-taking car races, Universal wants to shift the focus in the next installment, “Fast 8,” which will be directed by Gray and released in April 2017. 

On Variety, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Jeff Shell said, “You can’t keep having every movie have bigger and bigger stunts forever and ever and ever. Eventually you have to really focus on the story. We’ll still have big stunts but bringing in this amazing storyteller is going to be great.” 

Long-running franchises are not expected to rake in box office records as much as “Fast & Furious” has achieved, but that’s just what has been happening. “Furious 7” has become the fifth biggest film of all, having earned more than 1.5 billion in the worldwide box office.