Vin Diesel is set to come out with a summer blockbuster next week when F9 finally hits screens. But with all that anticipation, we also know that the franchise isn’t going to continue on into infinity. There are going to be just two more movies after this one and we know Diesel is going to get absolutely paid when it’s all said and done. Insider Daniel Richtman has it that the reported paycheck Diesel will get for the eleventh Fast & Furious movie is $80 million.
Yup, you read that number correctly. Vin Diesel is set to earn a massive, massive check with the Fast & Furious franchise finally decides to move on from the original cast. It had been reported that Diesel signed an upfront deal of $20 million for F9 with additional payment coming depending on the box office success of the film. With that taking a very obvious hit because of the pandemic, it looks like he wanted to lock in a much bigger number before they even got started. If the rumor is true, then mission accomplished.
It’s already been out there that the 10th and 11th installments of the Fast & Furious franchise would be the last for Vin Diesel and company. The actor and cornerstone of the franchise made it clear he wanted to bring the story to a firm conclusion, not wanting to just keep making movies indefinitely into the future. He’s said as much, thinking the fans deserved definitive closure on the characters and storylines such as they are. This isn’t to say the franchise won’t continue on in some form, it just won’t have Diesel in the mix.
F9 is set to release on June 25th in the United States and has already had a solid run internationally. On the $200 million and change budget, the film has already seen box office receipts of over $270 million from overseas markets. It’s set to put up, likely some of the best post-pandemic numbers we’ve seen at the theaters yet. Being able to release the movie now, with significantly more access to movie theaters is why they chose to delay the film for over a year.
Putting the $80 million possible paycheck for Vin Diesel into perspective, the Fast & Furious franchise has been an absolute cash cow since basically the fifth movie in the franchise, Fast Five. After making solid gains through the first few movies, this is where things really started to take off and that one earned over $600 million worldwide. The next three films, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, and The Fate of the Furious took in more than $3.5 billion combined. So yeah, they have some cash to spare here.
If and when Vin Diesel hammers this last check for Fast & Furious, rest assured it won’t be his last payday. The actor is still attached to a number of high-profile, big-budget projects over the next few years. He’ll reprise his Groot voice in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 plus he’s set for a role in Avatar 2. And that’s not all, he’s making a Riddick movie Furya plus an F. Gary Gray flick Muscle. So Diesel will be busy and even richer than before. That’s a good combination.