Per the principles of momentum, the very fast, very furious Fast and Furious franchise will continue racing ahead through the year 2021. Universal Pictures and Vin Diesel—who's been whippin' whips since the 2001 original—announced early Wednesday that Fast 9 and 10 (placeholder titles for now) will arrive in 2019 and 2021. Here's his Instagram snap:
Fast 8 is being directed by F. Gary Gray, who helmed last summer's highly praised Straight Outta Compton, and Set It Off, Friday and The Italian Job earlier in his career. We previously learned that the new installment will take the gang to New York City. "Diesel long said that Fast 8 was intended to form the first installment of a trilogy that will bring the series to a conclusion after 10 films," Deadline reports. "That plan, he says, is in part meant to honor the memory of Paul Walker."
Furious 7 arrived in April 2015 and earned $1.5 billion, making it the sixth-biggest movie of all time at the global box office. The series has been on a steady new-movie-every-two-years clip since 2009, when the fourth film, Fast and Furious, arrived. Each of those last four movies have earned progressively—and sometimes strikingly exponentially—more money.
Vin Diesel currently has another xXx movie, The Return of Xander Cage, on his slate, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where he will be back as the voice of Groot. Also coming soon is Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.