Cinematic universes are nothing new these days in a blockbuster cinema environment. Marvel sort of made it a thing with their Avengers films, but now other studios are desperately trying to turn their popular franchises and films into mega-universes, full of rich characters and stories.
The latest cinematic universe bandwagon comes from Universal and their prized Fast & Furious franchise, which is going to be expanded and milked for all its worth, according to Vin Diesel and producers.
Diesel had the following to say about the idea:
“We’ve written out story lines for various characters… 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.”
This doesn’t surprise me one bit and instead makes me wonder what took them so long to finally announce/further develop this concept?
These films can’t get much bigger, which means it’s time to mine their countless characters in spinoffs and side stories that will have little to do with the core story.
I like the idea of smaller, perhaps more artistic-driven takes on these popular characters, but I also hope we don’t get too much Fast & Furious.
Because there is such a thing and I’m already fearing for F. Gary Gray‘s upcoming Fast & Furious 8, which really shouldn’t be existing, but apparently he’s going to be delivering a more gritty and character-focused film, which could shake things up after the concluding Furious 7.
Source : Variety