The ninth instalment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which was earlier scheduled to release on April 10, 2020, will now hit the screens on May 22, 2020.
Universal Pictures on Friday changed the release date of the movie. It will now clash with the “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “The Spongebob Movie” at the box office on May 22, reports variety.com.
In honour of the almost-20-year old franchise here is a curated list of each movie and a guide to watching the movies in order.
1. The Fast and the Furious (Franchise Rank: 9.5/10)
The Fast and the Furious is an American media franchise based on a series of action films that is largely concerned with illegal street racing, heists and espionage, and includes material in various other media that depicts characters and situations from the films. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the series was established with the 2001 film titled The Fast and the Furious; this was followed by seven sequels, two short films that tie into the series, and as of May 2017, it has become Universal’s biggest franchise of all time, currently
2. 2Fast2Furious (Franchise Rank: 8/10)
a 2003 American action thriller film directed by John Singleton, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Michael Brandtand Derek Haas. It is the second installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise, and a standalone sequel to The Fast and the Furious (2001). The film stars Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Ludacris, and Cole Hauser. The film follows former cop Brian O’Conner, who teams up with Roman Pearce and U.S. Customs Service agent Monica Fuentes to bring down drug lord Carter Verone.
3. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Franchise Rank: 9/10)
American-German action film directed by Justin Lin, produced by Neal H. Moritz, and
written by Chris Morgan. It is the third (chronologically, the sixth) installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise and stars Lucas Black, Bow Wow, and Nathalie Kelly. The film follows car enthusiast Sean Boswell, who is sent to live in Tokyo with his father, before finding solace viewing and competing in the drifting community within the city. This film does not retain any members from the original cast in leading roles although Vin Diesel does appear in the ending scene. The film was shot mainly on location in Tokyo, as well as in Los Angeles. The film released on June 16, 2006 in the United States. It grossed over $158 million from an $85 million budget, making it the lowest-grossing film in the franchise.
4. Fast & Furious (Franchise Rank: 7/10)
Fast & Furious is a 2009 American action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film, which stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster, is set between the second and third installments and bridges from the first film into a present-day setting, with main members of the original cast reprising their roles. Originally released on April 3, 2009, it received negative reviews upon release, but was a box office success grossing $363 million worldwide. It was followed by Fast Five in 2011.
5. Fast 5 (Franchise Rank: 7/10)
Fast Five received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising the combination of comedy and “action sequences that toy idly with the laws of physics”; some labeled it the best film in the series. Johnson was singled out for praise in numerous reviews for his performance, with critics calling him “the best thing, by far, in Fast Five“and remarking that scenes shared by Johnson and Diesel were often the “best moments”.Despite the positive response, many were critical of the film’s running time, considering it too long, and others criticized the treatment of women, stating “[Women] cameo strikingly in buttock form. Others actually have first names.” South American reviewers were critical of the film’s portrayal of Rio de Janeiro as a haven for drug trafficking and corruption, labeling it a “stereotype”
6. Fast & Furious 6 (Franchise Rank: 7/10)
Fast & Furious 6 received mostly positive reviews, with critics highlighting the likable cast, ludicrous action, Lin’s direction, and the film’s ability to immerse the audience in the high speed chases and conflict between the two opposing gangs. However, many were critical of the film’s dialog, and instances of character progression
7. Furious 7 (Franchise Rank: 10/10)
The franchise was launched in 2001. It has collectively grossed more than $5 billion worldwide. “Furious 7” which featured the late Paul Walker’s final appearance, is regarded as the top performer, having hauled in $1.5 billion globally.
8. The Fate Of The Furious (Franchise Rank: 6/10)
The Fast and the Furious” franchise has seen its share of drama outside of the films, but rumoured infighting between the series’ biggest stars, Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is uncharted territory for the long-running series.
The riff was put into the spotlight last year when Johnson, while shooting “The Fate of the Furious,” took to Instagram to both express appreciation for his female co-stars and embarrass some of his male counterparts for unprofessional behaviour, calling them “candy asses.” It’s alleged he was referring to Diesel.
But at the film’s world premiere Saturday night in New York, many attributed the situation between the two stars as nothing more than “business as usual” on a film set.
Johnson and Diesel were not seen together during promotional appearances, nor did they pose together on the red carpet. Johnson walked the carpet at the beginning of the premiere, while Diesel arrived later.
Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Letty in the series, equated it to a family squabble.
“If you know a family that never fights, then I think … you just met a Stepford family, and that family is (expletive),” Rodriguez said. “It’s not real.”
Kurt Russell, who is back as Mr. Nobody, didn’t notice any bad blood on the set. But he also said conflict is not an unusual thing on movie sets in general.
“I didn’t see that, and I was there a lot. I would tell you. If there was I would tell you, ‘Yeah, they got into it pretty good,’ ” Russel said. “I’ll tell you what I can tell you: All movies are the same. Sometimes they are not an easy ride.”
Russell feels the public paid attention to the rumours simply because of the popularity of the eight-movie franchise.
Director F. Gary Gray, a newcomer to the franchise, thinks the situation was overblown in the media.
“When you’re striving for perfection, the process isn’t always perfect, but we are all proud of what ended up on the screen,” Gray said. But when asked if the two stars got along in the end, Gray simply said “ask them” before walking off.
Off-screen intrigue isn’t expected to hamper box office results, however. The latest installment in the $3.9 billion franchise is expected to earn over $110 million when it speeds into theatres on April 14.
9. Number 9
The film been postponed for the second time. In 2017, the production company had moved the film’s release date from April 19, 2019, to April 10, 2020.
Spin Off: Hobbs And Shaw
Dwayne Johnson and his producing partners tease upcoming “Fast and Furious” spin-off, “Hobbs And Shaw,” with Johnson revealing how they approached Jason Momoa to play his brother.
Tyrese is calling out his Fast & Furious franchise co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for breaking up the cast amid reports of a spinoff film starring Johnson.
Tyrese posted a picture of the cast Thursday on Instagram and wrote in the caption that thinks Johnson “had a problem cause he wasn’t the ONLY ONE on the movie poster.” Calling Johnson “a clown,” Tyrese says Johnson didn’t have to accept the solo role. He also said Johnson and franchise producer Hiram Garcia “broke up the #FastFamily.”
The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday that a 2019 “Fast” film is intended to be a spinoff starring Johnson and Jason Statham.
Tyrese has starred in five “Fast” films, while Johnson has starred in four.
Johnson’s representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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