The Fast and the Furious
The Fast and the Furious (colloquial: Fast & Furious) is an American media franchise centered on a series of action films that is largely concerned with illegal street racing, heists and spies. The franchise also includes short films, a television series, live shows, and theme park attractions. It is distributed by Universal Pictures.
|The Fast and the Furious|
|Created by||Gary Scott Thompson|
|Original work||The Fast and the Furious (2001)|
|Films and television|
|Short film(s)||List of short films|
|Play(s)||Fast & Furious Live|
|Video game(s)||List of video games|
|Soundtrack(s)||List of soundtracks|
|Toys||List of toys|
|Theme park attractions||List of theme park attractions|
The first film was released in 2001, which began the original trilogy of films focused on racing, and culminated in the standalone film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). The series then went under a soft reboot with Fast & Furious (2009), which transitioned the series toward heists and spying, and concluded with The Fate of the Furious (2017). Two final films are planned, and are set to be released in 2020, and 2021, respectively.
Universal expanded the series to include the spin-off film Hobbs & Shaw (2019), while its subsidiary DreamWorks Animation followed this with the animated web television series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers. Soundtrack albums have been released for all the films, as well compilation albums containing existing music heard in the films. Two short films that tie into the series have also been released, while a female centered spin-off is also in development.
The series has been commercially successful and generally received mixed critical reception. The Fast and the Furious is Universal's biggest franchise of all time, and currently ranks as the ninth-highest-grossing film series of all time with a combined gross of over $5 billion. The series has also been the focus of other media, including attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood, live shows, commercials, many video games, and toys. It is also considered the vehicle which propelled lead actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker to stardom.
In early 2000, actor Paul Walker had wrapped up filming on The Skulls with director Rob Cohen. Cohen secured a deal with producer Neal H. Moritz for an untitled action film for Universal Pictures, and approached Walker for his idea of a dream action movie, with the actor suggesting a mash-up of the films Days of Thunder (1990) and Donnie Brasco (1997). Soon thereafter, Cohen and Moritz brought him a Vibe magazine article published in May 1998, which detailed an undercover street racing circuit operating in New York City, and suggested a story that was to be a re-imagined version of the film Point Break (1991), but set to follow Walker as an undercover cop tasked with infiltrating the world of underground street racing in Los Angeles. Upon hearing this, Walker signed on immediately; finding his co-star proved more difficult. The studio warmed toward the idea of Timothy Olyphant in the role of Dominic Toretto, due to the success of the blockbuster Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), but he declined. Moritz instead persisted on Vin Diesel following his performance in Pitch Black (2000), with Diesel accepting after proposing several script changes. Upon release in June 2001, the film shattered box office and critical expectations, and a 2002 sequel was green-lit by September.
However, Diesel declined to return for the sequel, who cited the screenplay was inferior compared to that of its predecessor. Cohen also declined the sequel, opting to develop the film xXx (2002), which starred Diesel in the lead role. To account for these changes, Universal commissioned the writers to create a standalone sequel with Walker in the lead, and brought in John Singleton as the new director. As a result, filming was delayed by a year, and Tyrese Gibson, who worked with Singleton on the film Baby Boy (2001), was hired as Walker's new co-star. Furthermore, the production location shifted to Miami, and was also the first entry in the series to feature long-running cast-mate Ludacris.
Universal attempted to bring back Diesel for the third installment, but he again declined due to other projects and a dislike for the script. As a result of failing to secure the returns of any of the original cast, Universal ordered a reboot of the franchise. Screenwriter Chris Morgan subsequently attempted to revive the series primarily for car enthusiasts, with new characters, focusing on a car-related subculture, and moving the series to Tokyo; the city is considered the birthplace of Asiatic cars. It is also the first film in the series to start its tradition of filming in exotic locations. Moritz returned and hired director Justin Lin, who was impressed with Lin's work for the film Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), with the film sharing similar elements to Tokyo Drift. Moreover, the series were able to bring Diesel in for a cameo appearance, in exchange for the actor's production company to acquire the rights to the Riddick character. The third movie was the least financially successful of the franchise, received lukewarm reception, and left the future of the franchise in limbo.
Away from the franchise, Diesel had made a string of box office or critical flops, including The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), The Pacifier (2005), and Find Me Guilty (2006). After discussions with Universal, the pair shared an interest in reviving the series. After signing Diesel and confirming the return of Lin, Universal worked to track the first film's original co-stars, and re-signed Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster in mid-2008. Walker was initially reluctant to rejoin the franchise after six years, but Diesel assured him that film would be considered the first "true" sequel. Morgan returned to write after the critical praise for the character Han Lue. Given the death of the character in the third movie, the entire timeline of the franchise was altered to account for his appearance. Considered a soft reboot as emphasis on car culture was toned down, the fourth movie was a relative critical and unilateral commercial success. It reinvigorated the franchise, as well as the star power of Diesel and Walker.
In 2011, Fast Five was released. While developing the film, Universal wholeheartedly departed from the street racing theme prevalent in previous films, to transform the franchise into a heist action series involving cars. By doing so, they hoped to attract wider audiences that might otherwise be put off by a heavy emphasis on cars and car culture. Fast Five is considered the transitional film in the series, featuring only one car race and giving more attention to action set pieces such as gun fights, brawls, and the heist. Fast Five was initially conceived to wrap up the franchise, but following strong box office performance and high critical praise, Universal proceeded to develop a sixth installment. Furthermore, the film is noted for the addition of Dwayne Johnson to the cast, whose performance was critically praised.
In late 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that Universal was approaching the sixth and seventh installment with a single storyline running through both films, with Morgan envisaging themes of freedom and family, but later shifted to account for the studio's wishes to incorporate elements of espionage. However, Lin revealed that he had, after discussions with Diesel, storyboarded, previsualized, and began editing a twelve-minute finale for Fast Six, before filming was completed on Fast Five. Discussions were also made to shoot the films back-to-back, in order to break the traditional the two year gap between installments, but was avoided at Lin's request. Upon release, the sixth film became the highest-grossing film in the series.
Universal lacked a major event movie for 2014, and quickly rushed Furious 7 into production, due to its status as a bankable asset. As a result, Lin decided not to return to direct the seventh film, as he was still performing post-production on Fast & Furious 6. James Wan, predominately known for horror films, soon took over directorial duties. Pre-production began in mid-2013, however, during filming, Walker died in a single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013, with filming only half-completed. Following Walker's death, filming was delayed for script rewrites, and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, were used as stand-ins to complete his remaining scenes. These script rewrites completed the story arcs for both Walker and Brewster's characters, which were subsequently retired. Additionally, visual effects company Weta Digital was hired to re-create Walker's likeness. Ultimately, the film was delayed, and released in April 2015.
The toll of directing the movie with additional re-shoots forced Wan not to return to the franchise, with Universal hiring F. Gary Gray to helm the eighth movie. The film began a new trilogy of movies, which will end the entire franchise. Universal later announced that final two films will be released on May 2020 and April 2021, with Lin returning to direct. It was also announced that Brewster would reprise her role, and screenwriter Daniel Casey was hired for the ninth film, making it the first film since Tokyo Drift not to be written by Morgan. Pre-production began in February 2019 in London, and filming is expected to begin in May or early June. In June 2019, it was announced that John Cena is cast in a role.
In 2015, Diesel announced in an interview with Variety that potential spin-offs were in the early stages of development. In 2019, Diesel also announced a film that will focus on the female characters from the Fast & Furious, and mentioned that there are a total of three spin-off films currently in development. Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet will serve as co-screenwriters on the project.
The first spin-off was officially announced in 2018, and starred Johnson and Jason Statham. In late 2017, Variety reported Morgan had written the script, while David Leitch would direct. Originally, the ninth film in the main series was supposed to be released in April 2019, followed by the tenth in April 2021. However, Universal instead opted to proceed with the spin-off, and ordered it to occupy the 2019 release date. This caused tensions between Johnson, Diesel and Gibson, with the latter responding through an Instagram post, criticizing Johnson for causing the ninth film to be delayed. In October 2018, long-term producer Neal H. Moritz filed a lawsuit against Universal Pictures for breach of oral contract and committed promissory fraud after the distributor removed him as lead producer for Hobbs & Shaw. Furthermore, it was revealed in May 2019 that Universal dropped Moritz from all future Fast & Furious installments.
In April 2016, DreamWorks Animation were acquired by NBCUniversal for $3.8 billion, with the acquisition including a first look deal with the company to produce animated film and series based on or with films under the Universal Pictures banner. In April 2018, streaming service Netflix green-lit the series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers, with Bret Haaland, Diesel, Tim Hedrick, and Morgan set to be the executive producers, while Hedrick and Haaland are expected to act as showrunners.
|The Fast and the Furious||June 22, 2001||Rob Cohen||Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist
and David Ayer
|Neal H. Moritz||Released|
|2 Fast 2 Furious||June 6, 2003||John Singleton||Michael Brandt and Derek Haas|
|The Fast and the Furious:
|June 16, 2006||Justin Lin||Chris Morgan|
|Fast & Furious||April 3, 2009||Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell|
|Fast Five||April 29, 2011|
|Fast & Furious 6||May 24, 2013||Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Clayton Townsend|
|Furious 7||April 3, 2015||James Wan||Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell|
|The Fate of the Furious||April 14, 2017||F. Gary Gray||Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell and Chris Morgan|
|Fast & Furious 9||May 22, 2020||Justin Lin||Daniel Casey||Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell and Chris Morgan||Filming|
|Untitled tenth film||April 2, 2021||TBA||Pre-production|
|Fast & Furious Presents:
Hobbs & Shaw
|August 2, 2019||David Leitch||Chris Morgan||Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia,
Hiram Garcia, Jason Statham and Chris Morgan
|Untitled female-centered film||TBA||TBA||Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer
and Geneva Robertson-Dworet
|Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell and Chris Morgan||In development|
|Series||Season||Episodes||First released||Last released||Showrunner(s)||Status|
|Fast & Furious: Spy Racers||1||TBA||TBA||TBA||Tim Hedrick and Bret Haaland||In development|
|Film||U.S. release date||Director||Screenwriter||Producer||Home media release|
|The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious||June 3, 2003||Philip G. Atwell||Keith Dinielli||Chris Palladino||The Fast and the Furious|
2 Fast 2 Furious
|Los Bandoleros||July 28, 2009||Vin Diesel||Diesel and T.J. Mancini||Diesel, Jessy Terrero and Samantha Vincent||Fast & Furious|
The short films were either released direct-to-video or saw limited theatrical distribution by Universal. They were mostly included as special features for The Fast and the Furious (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), and Fast & Furious (2009), as part of the DVD releases. The films, which range from 10 to 20 minutes, are designed to be self-contained stories that provide backstory for characters or events introduced in the films. It is also designed to bridge the chronological gap that was created as the initial leads departed the series.
The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) sees Paul Walker reprise his role as Brian O'Conner, and details his escape from Los Angeles and avoidance of law enforcement, which culminates in his eventual arrival to Miami. Los Bandoleros (2009) sees Vin Diesel reprise his role as Dominic Toretto, who is living as a wanted fugitive in the Dominican Republic. He eventually reunites with Letty and other associates to plan the hijacking of a gasoline shipment to help an impoverished neighborhood.
This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in multiple The Fast and the Furious films, and related media.
- An empty, dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the media, or that the character's official presence has not yet been confirmed.
- P indicates an appearance in onscreen photographs.
|Character||Feature films||Television series||Short films|
|Dominic Toretto||Vin Diesel||Vin Diesel|
|Brian O'Conner||Paul Walker||Paul Walker|
|Leticia Ortiz||Michelle Rodriguez||Michelle Rodriguez|
|Luke Hobbs||Dwayne Johnson|
|Mia Toretto||Jordana Brewster|
|Sean Boswell||Lucas Black|
|Roman Pearce||Tyrese Gibson|
|Tej Parker||Chris "Ludacris" Bridges|
|Han Lue||Sung Kang||Sung Kang|
|Gisele Yashar||Gal Gadot|
|Film||The Fast and the Furious
|2 Fast 2 Furious
|The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
|Fast & Furious
|Fast & Furious 6
|The Fate of the Furious
|Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
|Fast & Furious 9|
|Director||Rob Cohen||John Singleton||Justin Lin||James Wan||F. Gary Gray||David Leitch||Justin Lin|
|Composer||BT||David Arnold||Brian Tyler||Lucas Vidal||Brian Tyler||Tyler Bates||TBA|
|Cinematographer(s)||Ericson Core||Matthew F. Leonetti||Stephen F. Windon||Amir Mokri||Stephen F. Windon||Stephen F. Windon
|Stephen F. Windon||Jonathan Sela||Stephen F. Windon|
|Editor(s)||Peter Honess||Bruce Cannon
Leigh Folsom Boyd
Leigh Folsom Boyd
Kirk M. Morri
|Costume designer(s)||Sanja Milkovic Hays||Sanja Milcovic Hays
|Production designer||Waldemar Kalinowski||Keith Brian Burns||Ida Random||Peter Wenham||Jan Roelfs||Bill Brzeski||TBA||TBA|
|Film||U.S. release date||Box office gross||All-time ranking||Budget||Ref(s)|
|U.S. and Canada||Other territories||Worldwide||U.S. and Canada||Worldwide|
|The Fast and the Furious||June 22, 2001||$144,533,925||$62,750,000||$207,283,925||388||749||$38 million|||
|2 Fast 2 Furious||June 6, 2003||$127,154,901||$109,195,760||$236,350,661||491||631||$76 million|||
|The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||June 16, 2006||$62,514,415||$95,953,877||$158,468,292||1,322||N/A||$85 million|||
|Fast and Furious||April 3, 2009||$155,064,265||$208,100,000||$363,164,265||343||343||$85 million|||
|Fast Five||April 29, 2011||$209,837,675||$416,300,000||$626,137,675||186||138||$125 million|||
|Fast and Furious 6||May 24, 2013||$238,679,850||$550,000,000||$788,679,850||137||86||$160 million|||
|Furious 7||April 3, 2015||$353,007,020||$1,163,038,891||$1,516,045,911||48||8||$190 million|||
|The Fate of the Furious||April 14, 2017||$225,764,765||$1,013,000,000||$1,238,764,765||157||17||$250 million|||
|The Fast and the Furious||53% (5.37/10 average rating) (149 reviews)||58/100 (34 reviews)||B+|
|2 Fast 2 Furious||36% (4.75/10 average rating) (159 reviews)||38/100 (36 reviews)||A−|
|The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||38% (4.91/10 average rating) (136 reviews)||45/100 (32 reviews)||A−|
|Fast & Furious||29% (4.57/10 average rating) (174 reviews)||46/100 (28 reviews)||A−|
|Fast Five||77% (6.39/10 average rating) (198 reviews)||66/100 (41 reviews)||A|
|Fast and Furious 6||70% (6.22/10 average rating) (203 reviews)||61/100 (39 reviews)||A|
|Furious 7||81% (6.65/10 average rating) (263 reviews)||67/100 (50 reviews)||A|
|The Fate of the Furious||67% (6.15/10 average rating) (290 reviews)||56/100 (45 reviews)||A|
|Title||U.S. release date||Length||Artist(s)||Label|
|"Tokyo Drift"||June 7, 2006||4:51||Teriyaki Boyz||Star Trak Entertainment|
|"How We Roll (Fast Five Remix)"||January 4, 2010||3:56||Don Omar, J-Doe, Reek da Villian, and Busta Rhymes||ABKCO|
|"Danza Kuduro"||August 15, 2010||3:19||Don Omar and Lucenzo|
|"We Own It"||June 12, 2013||3:47||2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa||Def Jam|
|"Bandoleros"[a]||June 12, 2013||3:15||Don Omar|
|"Ride Out"||February 17, 2015||3:31||Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, and Rich Homie Quan||Atlantic|
|"How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)"||February 23, 2015||3:44||Sevyn Streeter|
|"See You Again"||March 10, 2015||3:49||Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth|
|"Hey Ma"||March 10, 2017||3:14||J Balvin, Pitbull, and Camila Cabello||APG|
|"Good Life"||March 17, 2017||3:45||G-Eazy and Kehlani|
|"Gang Up"||March 24, 2017||3:51||Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and PnB Rock|
Universal theme park attractions
After the release of Tokyo Drift in 2006, Universal began to market the franchise by introducing theme park attractions. From 2006 to 2013, an exhibit, entitled The Fast and the Furious: Extreme Close-Up, was shown at the Studio Tour, and featured a demonstration of some of the special effects used the films, and guided viewers to a show where they could sit in vehicles, which would then be elevated and spun a number of times.
A new exhibit opened in 2015 at Universal Studios Hollywood titled Fast & Furious: Supercharged. After being guided past the black Dodge Charger used in the fifth film, users sit on a tram guided by Luke Hobbs, who informs them a high-valued witness sought after by Owen Shaw is on the tram. A subsequent chase sequence ensues, led by Roman Pearce, Letty Ortiz, and Dominic Toretto. The cast appear via a Pepper's ghost hologram. Another exhibit, also of the same name, opened in Universal Orlando in 2018, with the Floridian version being a stand-alone ride, although it incorporates memorabilia from the films for the queue. It also features the characters of Tej Parker and Mia Toretto.
Fast & Furious Live
In 2018, Universal announced the Fast & Furious Live tour. It is a group of live shows which combines stunt driving, pyrotechnics, and projection mapping to recreate scenes from the films and perform other stunts. During production, thousands of stunt performers and drivers auditioned and were required to undergo a 4-month training camp if selected. Additionally, parkour athletes, and stunts requiring both drivers and parkour practitioners, also featured.
Fast & Furious Live had two preview shows between January 11–12, 2018 at Liverpool's Echo Arena, before officially beginning a European tour a week later.
The following list is sourced from the tour's website.
- Tour overview
|January 19, 2018||London||England||O2 Arena|
|January 20, 2018|
|January 26, 2018||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|January 27, 2018|
|January 28, 2018|
|February 2, 2018||Turin||Italy||Pala Alpitour|
|February 3, 2018|
|February 4, 2018|
|February 9, 2018||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle|
|February 10, 2018|
|February 11, 2018|
|February 16, 2018||Munich||Germany||Olympiahalle|
|February 17, 2018|
|February 18, 2018|
|February 24, 2018||Arnhem||The Netherlands||Gelredome|
|February 25, 2018|
|March 2, 2018||Cologne||Germany||Lanxess Arena|
|March 3, 2018|
|March 4, 2018|
|March 9, 2018||Montpellier||France||Park&Suites Arena|
|March 10, 2018|
|March 11, 2018|
|March 16, 2018||Lisbon||Portugal||Altice Arena|
|March 17, 2018|
|April 6, 2018||Newcastle||England||Metro Radio Arena|
|April 7, 2018|
|April 8, 2018|
|April 13, 2018||Manchester||Manchester Arena|
|April 14, 2018|
|April 15, 2018|
|April 20, 2018||Birmingham||Arena Birmingham|
|April 21, 2018|
|April 22, 2018|
|April 27, 2018||Belfast||Northern Ireland||SSE Arena|
|April 28, 2018|
|April 29, 2018|
|May 4, 2018||Sheffield||England||FlyDSA Arena|
|May 5, 2018|
|May 6, 2018|
|May 11, 2018||Glasgow||Scotland||SSE Hydro|
|May 12, 2018|
|May 13, 2018|
|May 18, 2018||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|May 19, 2018|
|May 20, 2018|
|May 25, 2018||Stockholm||Sweden||Ericsson Globe|
|May 26, 2018|
|May 27, 2018|
|June 1, 2018||Oslo||Norway||Telenor Arena|
|June 2, 2018|
|June 3, 2018|
|June 8, 2018||Helsinki||Finland||Hartwall Arena|
|June 9, 2018|
|June 10, 2018|
|June 15, 2018||Copenhagen||Denmark||Royal Arena|
|June 16, 2018|
|June 17, 2018|
|June 22, 2018||Berlin||Germany||Mercedes-Benz Arena|
|June 23, 2018|
|June 24, 2018|
|June 29, 2018||Paris||France||AccorHotels Arena|
|June 30, 2018|
|July 1, 2018|
After the primary leg of the tour concluded, Fast & Furious Live was extended in September 2018 for five additional shows, with two encore shows held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin from September 7–8, a show at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on September 15, and two shows at the O2 Arena in Prague from September 21–22.
The Fast and the Furious has also spawned several racing video games tied into the series, or has served as inspiration for other games playable on various systems. The arcade game The Fast and the Furious (known as Wild Speed in Japan) was released by Raw Thrills in 2004, and was based on the second installment. In 2006, the game The Fast and the Furious was released for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable, and drew heavy inspiration from Tokyo Drift. The game sold moderately and opened to mixed reviews.
Notably, several games have been released for mobile gaming, with a number available for iOS and Android devices, with the unlicensed tie-ins The Fast and the Furious: Pink Slip, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious: Adrenaline. For the sixth installment, Universal helped develop an official tie-in titled Fast & Furious 6: The Game, and also aided development for Fast & Furious Legacy.
In 2013, Fast & Furious: Showdown was released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It marked the second game available for mainstream consoles, and the player controls multiple characters to help bridge the narrative gap between the fifth and sixth film. It opened to negative reviews and middling financial success. Also, various cars, locations and characters from the series have also appeared in the Facebook-specific game Car Town.
In 2015, in a deal with Microsoft Studios, a standalone expansion of Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Xbox 360 was released titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious. It was released to promote Furious 7, and received generally positive reception, although, some critics lamented the limited involvement from the titular characters. In 2017, vehicular soccer game Rocket League released a downloadable content (DLC) pack in promotion for The Fate of the Furious, where gamers would be able to purchase the Dodge Charger from the film as well as its exclusive wheels, and six other new customizations.
In 2002, RadioShack stocked and sold ZipZaps micro RC versions of the cars from the first film, while diecast metal manufacturer Racing Champions released replicas of cars from the first two installments in different scales from 1/18 to 1/64, in 2004.
AMT Ertl rivaled the cars released by Racing Champion by producing 1/24-scale plastic model kits of the hero cars in 2004, while Johnny Lightning, under the JL Full Throttle Brand, released 1/64 and 1/24 models of the cars from Tokyo Drift. These models were designed by renowned diecast designer Eric Tscherne. In 2011, Universal licensed the company Greenlight to sell model cars from all films in anticipation for Fast Five. Since 2013, Hot Wheels has released 1/64 models of every car from and since the sixth installment.
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