It is difficult to argue against Vin Diesel’s Fast and the Furious franchise as one of the most absurd – and most fun – action series ever put to screen. Heck, even Christopher Nolan picks up on what these movies are putting down. Oh, and now, rumors are swirling that Diesel is adding ghosts to the franchise. Will the incorporeal be friend or foe, in spin-off or sequel, or just thrown in because at this point why not? The main cast is supposed to be headed to space, right? Honestly, anything can happen!
We Got This Covered is bringing early word that Vin Diesel and his Fast and the Furious franchise will be adding supernatural characters to a future installment. As stated previously, this is still only a rumor and should not be taken as anything more than that. It also is not clear yet whether or not these elements will appear in a sequel or a spin-off. Maybe some malevolent spirits will pop up to haunt our heroes in the inevitable Hobbs and Shaw sequel. The possibility alone is hilarious and reinforces the notion that this series just doesn’t care how much sense it doesn’t make. And honestly, that is absolutely part of its charm.
The first Fast and the Furious film sped into theaters in 2001, earning over $200 million worldwide and spawning a multi-story franchise that would thrill and perplex moviegoers for years to come. The series has seen its fair share of changes and tragedies, with Paul Walker’s death in November 2013 delaying the release of Fast and the Furious 7 and putting the franchise on hold temporarily. Now, Vin Diesel supposedly wants to add to these many changes by replacing cars with…submarines? More power to you, Dom. At this point, he can do what he wants. And honestly, we should probably let him. He has not led us astray yet, and it definitely seems like he has developed a pretty solid sense of what fans expect from these movies.
And what fans expect is balls-to-the-wall madness grounded only in more mindless nonsense. It’s incredible and fascinating what this series has been able to get away with over the course of its 20-year run. From Jason Statham getting crushed by a parking garage and walking in the very next scene to Luke Evans being thrown from a plane and not exploding when he hit the ground, the franchise showcases more than its fair share of death-defying antics. Seriously, Vin Diesel drives sports cars from one skyscraper to another and we’re not supposed to question any of it. What would be the benefit of that? And now, it looks like death-defying has become death-ignoring, which is just as funny and just as ridiculous as literally everything else about this series.
Fast 9 is currently scheduled to hit theaters later this year (June 25) and stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, John Cena, Sung Kang, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Jordana Brewster. Most of the core cast is set to return, with Cena being the biggest and most mysterious newcomer.