Breaking News: The Rock Will Return in ‘Fast & Furious 11’ for Paul Walker?? Amazing!
I’m not sure if Vin Diesel’s customarily sincere (yet passive-aggressive) request that Dwayne Johnson put the past behind him and return to Fast & Furious 10 was a genuine statement of the moment or the start of a PR campaign that will see The Rock declare that everything has been forgiven and that Special Agent Hobbs will return for Dominic Toretto and the Deathly Mufflers Part I. (April 7, 2023).
Whether or whether everyone’s emotions are justified, it’s time for both parties to make up. Regardless of the Fast Saga devotion, I don’t feel sorry when two of our most interesting muscle-man movie stars argue. But a Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson reunion in Fast 10 would be a win-win from a business perspective.
Johnson will be great as a multi-platform star, but Red Notice is receiving understandably bad reviews, and Netflix hardly attempted to advertise its limited theatrical run (estimated at $1.5 million over the weekend in 750 theatres).
Due to its star power (it also stars Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot), it might break Netflix viewing records, but it’s not anyone’s best work. Even though the $200 million movie Jungle Cruise only made $200 million globally, a sequel is being planned (it opens in China on Friday).
Fair enough, Johnson doesn’t really “need” Fast 10, but it can’t hurt. Vin Diesel’s non-Fast Saga endeavors, such as RIP Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter, haven’t exactly been blowing up at the movie office.
Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6 were prequels to Tokyo Drift, which gave the movies a forward pace and allowed Sung Hang’s Han Lue to continue to co-star despite dying in the third chapter.
More crucially, the distorted continuity gave each instalment a narrative purpose, with Tokyo Drift and 2 Fast 2 Furious being more like spin-offs than sequels.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez made up the core cast of Fast & Furious, while nearly every supporting actor from the first four movies appeared in Fast Five and was matched against Dwayne Johnson’s hot-tempered lawman. In Furious 6, Dom and his buddies took Hobbs’ place as the only legitimate hero.
With the off-screen death of Walker, Furious 7 sees our gang gathering to avenge Han’s death (at the hands of Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw) and subtly bid Brian O’Conner farewell.
The story should have ended after Furious 7, but $1.515 billion in global sales demanded otherwise. Both Fate of the Furious ($1.236 billion) and F9 ($721 million) created tense melodrama centered on a particular family.
Dom battled his secret son’s existence after learning about it, only to make peace with his previously unrecognized estranged brother (John Cena). F9 revived Han as a response to fans who were outraged that the person who killed Han was changed into a decent man for the spin-off, while Fate set up a Johnson/Statham Hobbs & Shaw spin-off.