As the series has grown more and more popular in recent years, each subsequent film has gotten more and more ridiculous. What started as a strictly racing franchise have become full-on international spy adventures in the vein of the Mission: Impossible films, with the characters taking on the more superheroic qualities of Ethan Hunt and James Bond. In the past few films alone, the characters have gotten in their car and jumped out of planes and skyscrapers, outraced submarines, and even taken down a tank.
With the craziness of the past few films, the common joke throughout the film industry is that the series isn’t far away from an adventure into outer space. When recently talking with Screen Rant, director F. Gary Gray said he hadn’t been privy to any such discussions but was likewise quick to not to rule out the possibility:
“Outer space? Listen, I wouldn’t rule anything with this franchise. When I read submarine I’m like ‘OK, anything’s possible’. [Laughs] You never know. I haven’t read “Dom on Mars” yet but again, you just never know.”
While it may seem like heading up into the stars might be a “shark-jumping” move for most franchises, it’s the exact type of ridiculousness that the Fast and Furious has recently built its brand upon; since this turn, the films have become worldwide billion-dollar grossers. In fact, Fate of the Furious broke the worldwide record for opening weekend, earning over $500 million in three days. It finished its run with over $1.2 billion, resting right outside the all-time top 10.
Those numbers prove that directors like Gray, Justin Lin, and James Wan have built the series on a strong backbone of family and camaraderie that compels audiences to follow these character through every wild adventure. But they have to constantly keep it fresh, and while space would seem over-the-top, it’s the next logical step and something the filmmakers are aware of; writer Chris Morgan has previously discussed the possibility with a similar outlook to Gray.
The Fate of the Furious is now available on Digital HD and will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand July 11.
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