Universal Brand Development, Fast Live Productions and tour producers Live Nation Entertainment announced that Fast & Furious Live will premiere in London at the world famous O2 in January 2018 before heading across Europe for the first six months of 2018 as the first leg of the global arena tour. It is exciting (and at the same time shocking) to see what was once nothing but an unabashed update on Point Break turn into one of the most profitable movie franchises of all time and a mainstay in pop culture. Now, this brand is ready to become even bigger with Fast & Furious Live.
Fast & Furious Live will follow new lead characters, street racer Sophia Diaz and DSS Agent Dawson as they join forces to hunt down Cain, one of the last remaining thugs from Cipher's crew. From underground drag racing in Los Angeles, drifting through car parks in Tokyo, outrunning a submarine in Russia and ripping a bank vault through the streets of Rio, the live audience get up close to everything they love from the explosive movie saga. Audience members will get to experience this journey using state-of-the-art, immersive 3D projection mapping.
What's interesting about the story is the involvement of Cipher's crew. Cipher is a super villain portrayed onscreen by Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron in the latest Fast & Furious movie, Fate of the Furious. Cipher goes toe to toe with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew. In the end, Toretto and his family triumph but Cipher manages to escape somewhat unscathed, leaving the door open for her to make a return in the upcoming Fast & Furious movies. Since Cipher's crew will be a part of the upcoming live show, it begs the question on whether the live show is part of the official Fast & Furious canon. One can only assume so. After all, this wouldn't be the first time the Universal has expanded the the universe outside of the main films.
In 2003, Universal released a short film titled Turbo Charged Prelude. Directed by Philip G. Atwell, it's a sequel to the first film, The Fast and the Furious, and details the events leading up to 2 Fast 2 Furious. In 2009, another short film titled Los Bandoleros was released, this time taking place before the fourth film, Fast and Furious, and focuses on characters like Han (Sung Kang), Tego Leo (Tego Calderon) and Rico Santos (Don Omar). It'll be interesting to see if Fast & Furious Live will add layers to the stories of the upcoming films, like the short films did.
Creative director and executive producer of Fast & Furious Live, Rowland French says:
It’s been years in the making, and we are beyond excited to Fafinally show fellow fans what we have been creating in order to bring Fast & Furious Live to the global stage. With this mix of extraordinary stunts, special effects, cutting-edge 3D-projection mapping – as well as drivers pushing their own limits — every performance will create an unforgettable experience for the live audience. Twenty-three cities across 14 countries is just the beginning for Fast & Furious Live.
Fast & Furious Live is shaping up to be an unforgettable experience, as audience members will be able to feel the heat from the flaming exhausts and marvel at vehicular acrobatics as scene after scene unfolds enhanced by the most advanced digital projection technology imaginable. This is something both fans and non-fans of the franchise will enjoy. But, there is a special treat for hardcore fans as well. The live show will feature several original cars from the films, as well as exact replicas of fan favourites.
The European tour will debut with a super-charged world premiere at London’s O2 on 19 January 2018 before heading across the continent to the biggest and best arenas in Belgium, Italy, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. More details and pre-sale information can be found on the Fast & Furious Live website.
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