With eight films under their belt so far, Universal Pictures’ “Fast and Furious remains arguably the biggest non-Disney franchise still going in cinemas these days.
This Summer, the spin-off feature “Hobbs & Shaw” marks the studio’s first attempt to step beyond the main series and a new report at n THR indicates they very much intend to find a way to keep the momentum going.
The report indicates the studio is trying to figure out how to grow the franchise into a Marvel Studios-esque behemoth – ie. spinning off key characters and following tangents that move away from the original’s core elements of Vin Diesel and fast cars. The report states:
“The studio is exploring other ideas, including a female-fronted ‘Fast and Furious’ spinoff built around Charlize Theron’s character Cipher from ‘The Fate of the Furious.’ The question for Universal, says a rep with important talent in the films, is ‘How do you broaden the franchise? How do you Avengers-ize it?’”
Theron’s Cipher served as the villain in the latest film, a cyber-terrorist who finds herself involved when she turns leader Dom into one of her lackeys and uses him against the rest of his crew. By the end of the film, she’s still at large.
A lot will depend upon the success of “Hobbs & Shaw” when it arrives in cinemas on August 2nd.