Universal Chief On “Fast & Furious,” Monsters

Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley participated in a recent roundtable discussion with The Hollywood Reporter where she revealed some ambitious plans in store for the studio.

Despite rumors earlier this week that the “Fast and Furious” franchise may soon come to an end, she says the studio has no plans to kill this cash cow just yet. Langley says that after next year’s “Furious ” that they “think there’s at least three more…I think it’s still a growing franchise.”

She also spoke about the planned shared universe for the company’s classic monsters and confirms that despite the creatures in the series being horror icons, there’s no plans for these films to be horror or period pieces. Instead, they will all have a contemporary action-adventure tone:

“We don’t have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We’ve tried over the years to make monster movies – unsuccessfully, actually.

So, we took a good, hard look at it, and we settled upon an idea, which is to take it out of the horror genre, put it more in the action-adventure genre and make it present day, bringing these incredibly rich and complex characters into present day and reimagine them and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience.”