One of the biggest Hollywood franchises may be nearing its end, according to one of its leading stars.
In a blow to “Fast & Furious” fans, Vin Diesel told the Associated Press on Thursday that after 20 years and two more films, the car chase saga will end in 2024 — or at least his Dominic Toretto role in it will.
"Every story deserves its own ending," Diesel said during a press junket for the latest film in the franchise, “F9.” "I know people are going to feel like it doesn’t have to end, but I think all good things should.”
But put away those Kleenexes, smash-up fans. As Mashable notes, 2024 is three years away, and Vin said there will be two more coming before that. No doubt the franchise will come up with more side characters and spinoffs too, like “Hobbs & Shaw” from 2019, to keep the franchise speeding along.
And remember when Harrison Ford said he was done with Indiana Jones after “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008)? Hits have a way of pulling actors back in, so we wouldn’t bet the house on Diesel’s bowing out just yet.
“F9” was ready last year, but became one of the first movie release delays of the Covid crisis. It will finally hit theaters on June 25, and is already out in some parts of the world, raking up big box office.
As Covid began to show slow signs of retreat and vaccines rolled out late last winter, Hollywood has tried out the practice of releasing wannabe blockbusters in theater and streaming on the same day. “F9” is the first to try the ol’ in theaters-only track, with no immediate streaming release available. A kind of test run, if you will, to see if Hollywood can go back to the standard movie release rollout.
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