The Fast & Furious franchise may never have set out to become a franchise at all, but 15 years after the original was released, it spans seven films, the latest of which grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide. Even though one of its stars, Paul Walker, passed away during filming of Furious 7, the series will soldier on with not just one more blockbuster, but a final trilogy of films. That'll bring the total to 10, and now we have official dates for when they'll all hit theaters.
Vin Diesel, the most simultaneously bald and ripped action star not nicknamed The Rock, announced the news on his Instagram:
Diesel had already used Instagram to announce the eighth movie, Fast 8, featuring a poster of the New York skyline and the tagline "New Roads Ahead." This announcement ensures the both fast and furious world of cars, explosions, muscles, and more will remain a part of the Hollywood hype machine through 2021. When that point five years in the future finally becomes the present, it will have been two decades since the first The Fast and the Furious film hit theaters in 2001.
Of course, there's always the possibility that the series will just start over at some point later in the 2020s. We get a new Spider-Man roughly every five years, so why wouldn't a wildly successful series about dudes and girls and cars similarly refresh after 20?
Cover image: Fast & Furious via YouTube