Fast & Furious 11 Considered Doing Time Travel?

The director of Fast and Furious 11 seriously considered time travel.

By Phillip Moyer | Published

Longtime fans of Vin Diesel‘s Fast & Furious franchise already know that the movies aren’t always in order, with the fifth and sixth movies all taking place before The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. However, despite a Delorian appearing in the latest film in the franchise, none of the movies have used time travel as a plot device. But now, with Fast and Furious 11 on its way, reports that director Louis Leterrier has discussed using time travel in the franchise — though he ultimately ruled it out.

This tidbit comes from an interview Leterrier did with Entertainment Weekly about the ninth film’s decision to send two of its characters into space via a rocket-powered Pontiac Fiero. According to Leterrier, the only way to top a stunt like that would be to have his heroes travel through time. However, Leterrier nixed that idea, saying that he preferred to give Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 a more-grounded plot.

So, instead of having Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jason Statham literally racing against time, they’ve been brought back to earth to face off against Jason Momoa‘s flamboyant drug lord character, Dante Reyes. The character is the son of Hernan Reyes, the Brazilian crime kingpin who was robbed, then killed, during Fast Five. The plot of both Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 centers around Dante getting revenge on Dominic Toretto and his team for their role in his father’s death. 

As you can probably expect, Fast X — the first film in the two-part finale — ends on a cliffhanger, with Dante having the upper hand and hell-bent on targeting Dominic Toretto. It’s almost guaranteed that Fast and Furious 11 will pick up soon after Fast X leaves off.

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So far, it seems like Louis Leterrier’s decision to make a more-grounded, non-time-travel finale to the Fast and Furious franchise has paid off. While it has had a somewhat muted domestic box office run, it has made $350 million worldwide after less than one week in theaters. Unless there’s a sudden, unexpected dropoff in ticket sales, Fast X will probably make a profit on its astounding $350 million budget, indicating that Fast and Furious 11 will be similarly successful.

We already know that Fast and Furious 11, which will release in 2025, was planned to be the end of the mainline franchise before Vin Diesel mentioned another movie, but that has yet to be confirmed by the studio. However, there are already rumors about plans for spinoff movies centering around other characters in the franchise. These rumors state that Charlize Theron and Brie Larson are being considered to star in these spin-offs.

No matter what happens, Fast and Furious 11 will be the culmination of 22 years of filmmaking, which started as a fairly-grounded street racing-centric crime thriller and expanded into an over-the-top action franchise that rivals superhero films in its excessiveness. The franchise has also featured multiple video games, toys, one spin-off film, and an unexpected connection to the independent crime drama Better Luck Tomorrow. There are few franchises that have been as far-reaching as Fast and Furious.