When they’re coming up with plots for Fast & Furious movies, they don’t rule anything out. Director Justin Lin recently told a virtual Fast & Furious 9 press conference, “Well, I’ve never said never to anything.” And that’s exactly the kind of mind we need making Vin Diesel movies with flying cars and characters that toss around torpedoes with their bare hands. A mind that sees the possibilities and says, “Yeah? Why not?”
While at the Fast & Furious 9 press conference, the cast and crew had a question raised by a very forward-thinking mind. They pointed out that Jurassic Park and Fast & Furious are both owned by Universal Studios. With both franchises under the same umbrella, what’s stopping them from a crossover movie where Vin Diesel hangs out with the dinosaurs? Really? What’s stopping them? Right now, we’re waiting on Fast & Furious 9 to release. After that, we only have two more movies coming for the main storyline in this franchise. While that doesn’t rule anything out for other stories in the world, it’s the end of an era coming up. We’re already looking at trips to outer space. Why not dinosaurs? Why not a crossover?
You would assume that getting pushy would be necessary here, but director Justin Lin would only say that he rules nothing out and that it’s possible. Meanwhile, actress Michelle Rodriguez was all in on making a case for seeing Vin Diesel taking on dinosaurs. She explained how normally crossovers are held back by deals lawyers would have to make between studios, but with the franchises under one umbrella, there’s nothing stopping them. She said, “I”m just saying. It works.” And she is so right.
While the image of Vin Diesel’s character in Fast & Furious and Chris Pratt’s character in Jurassic World bantering had never occurred to most people before, it’s now a completely solid one. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) would likely annoy Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and wouldn’t that just be the best? Dominic would be gruff. Grady would be a bit snarky. Some kind of vehicle would likely ride up a dinosaur’s back and go flying. It wouldn’t even be that difficult to make awesome, it practically writes itself. Audiences need this. It’s been a hard pandemic. We deserve Jurassic Park meets Fast & Furious. Universal should clearly get on this, stat.
Is it likely? It seems dangerous to get hopeful for something so grand. While actress Michelle Rodriguez may see the genius of dinosaurs and fast cars, it may take more than this for studio executives and the right creative brain to get involved. Maybe we need Vin Diesel to loudly declare that this is his next move. He has to see the potential, right? How else could he ever top the wild things that he’s done in movies so far then by a crossover event of such extremes?
Right now, we’re waiting to see Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious 9 on June 25, 2021. After that, we at least know that the actor will appear in F10 and presumably F11. He’ll be voicing Groot in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which we won’t see until 2023. It’s also been announced that he’ll appear again as Riddick for Furya, but we don’t yet know when to expect that. None of this sounds like he’s so busy that he can’t make a Jurassic Park crossover happen, even if he is rumored to be looking at Thundercats.