When the original Fast and Furious movie came out at the beginning of the 2000s, we didn’t think that over ten years down the road we’d be looking at the eighth, ninth and possibly tenth film in the franchise. Someone who really didn’t that would be the case was Universal as Fast 7 star Paul Walker told Collider that the rebirth of the franchise almost went much differently than we’ve seen.
In talking with Collider recently, Walker noted that when the franchise was on shaky ground in the latter half of the 2000s, Universal wasn’t planning on the theatrical rebirth the series has gotten and instead a quiet direct-to-video death was the original plan.
The thing that’s pretty crazy is that neither Vin nor I were going back to do the third one. They were going to do a direct-to-video 4. They were going to dispose it and be done with it. But then, Vin was like, “No, I’ll come in for a cameo,” because it wasn’t testing well. He wanted to set up the fourth one and the studio went for it, and we got a second life. It was supposed to be done already.
Walker seems a little on the fence still about coming back to do the franchise, as he told Collider that he consulted J.J. Abrams before coming back for Fast 7. But within almost the same breath the actor confirmed an eighth movie and teased a ninth and tenth as well.
But the interesting tidbit was that Universal wasn’t at all sold on the franchise after the second film and it’s hard to believe that they revived it after the disappointing fourth film. But Hollywood works in strange ways sometimes, case in point being the revival and rebirth of the Fast and Furious franchise when it was apparently going to be left for dead.