Fast & Furious

Fast & Furious
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Created by Gary Scott Thompson
Original work The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Owner Universal Pictures
Years 2001–present
Films and television
Film(s)
Short film(s) List of short films
Television series List of television
Theatrical presentations
Play(s) List of tour
Games
Video game(s) List of video games
Audio
Soundtrack(s) List of soundtracks
Original music List of original songs
Miscellaneous
Toy(s) List of toys
Theme park attraction(s) List of theme park attractions
Official website
Official website

Fast & Furious (also known as The Fast and the Furious) is a media franchise centered on a series of action films that are largely concerned with illegal street racing, heists, spies and family. The franchise also includes short films, a television series, live shows, video games and theme park attractions. It is distributed by Universal Pictures.

The first film was released in 2001, which began the original tetralogy of films focused on illegal street racing and culminated in the film Fast & Furious (2009). The series transitioned towards heists and spying with Fast Five (2011) and was followed by four sequels, with the most recent, F9, released in 2021. A tenth and eleventh film are planned, and the main films are collectively known as The Fast Saga.

Universal expanded the series to include the spin-off film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019), while its subsidiary DreamWorks Animation followed this with the animated streaming television series Fast & Furious Spy Racers. Soundtrack albums have been released for all the films, as well as compilation albums containing existing music heard in the films. Two short films that tie into the series have also been released.

The series has been commercially successful; Universal's biggest franchise, it is the seventh highest-grossing film series, with a combined gross of over $6 billion.[1] Critical reception for the first four films were mixed to negative until the fifth and later films, which were more mixed to positively received. Outside of the films, Fast & Furious has been the focus of other media, including attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood, live shows, commercials, many video games and toys. It is considered the vehicle that propelled lead actors Vin Diesel and Paul Walker to stardom.[2]

Films

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s)
The Fast Saga[3][4]
The Fast and the Furious June 22, 2001 (2001-06-22) Rob Cohen Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist and David Ayer Gary Scott Thompson Neal H. Moritz
2 Fast 2 Furious June 6, 2003 (2003-06-06) John Singleton Michael Brandt and Derek Haas Gary Scott Thompson, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift June 16, 2006 (2006-06-16) Justin Lin Chris Morgan
Fast & Furious April 3, 2009 (2009-04-03) Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell
Fast Five April 29, 2011 (2011-04-29)
Fast & Furious 6 May 24, 2013 (2013-05-24) Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Clayton Townsend
Furious 7 April 3, 2015 (2015-04-03) James Wan Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell
The Fate of the Furious April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14) F. Gary Gray Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell and Chris Morgan
F9 June 25, 2021 (2021-06-25) Justin Lin Daniel Casey and Justin Lin Justin Lin, Alfredo Botello and Daniel Casey Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Joe Roth, Justin Lin, Clayton Townsend and Samantha Vincent
Part one of untitled tenth film[5] April 7, 2023 (2023-04-07)[6] TBA TBA TBA
Part two of untitled tenth film February 2024 (2024-02)[6] TBA TBA TBA
Spin-off films[7][8][9]
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw August 2, 2019 (2019-08-02) David Leitch Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce Chris Morgan Chris Morgan, Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham
Untitled women-led film TBA TBA Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet TBA Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell and Chris Morgan
Untitled Hobbs & Shaw sequel TBA TBA Chris Morgan TBA Hiram Garcia and Dwayne Johnson


The Fast Saga

Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), an undercover cop, is tasked with discovering the identities of a group of unknown automobile hijackers led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel).

Brian O'Conner and Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) team up to go undercover for the U.S. Customs Service to bring down drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) in exchange for the erasure of their criminal records.

This is the only film in the main series without Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto.

High school car enthusiast Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is sent to live in Tokyo with his father and finds solace in the city's drifting community.

Vin Diesel makes a cameo appearance as Dominic Toretto at the end of the film.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Brian O'Conner and Dominic Toretto are forced to work together to avenge the murder of Toretto's lover Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) and apprehend drug lord Arturo Braga (John Ortiz).

The film is set five years after the events of The Fast and the Furious and before Tokyo Drift, with Sung Kang reprising his role as Han Lue from the latter film.

Dominic Toretto, Brian O'Conner and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) plan a heist to steal $100 million from corrupt businessman Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) while being pursued for arrest by U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).

The film is set after the events of Fast & Furious and before Tokyo Drift. Despite not appearing in the film, a picture of Michelle Rodriguez as Letty is seen in the mid-credits scene, where Eva Mendes reprises her role as Monica Fuentes from 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Dominic Toretto, Brian O'Conner and their team are offered amnesty for their crimes by Luke Hobbs, in exchange for helping him take down a skilled mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), one member of which is Toretto's former lover Letty Ortiz.

Fast & Furious 6 is the last film to be set before the events of Tokyo Drift. Jason Statham appears as Owen's older brother Deckard Shaw in the credits scene, killing Han, as seen in Tokyo Drift.

Deckard Shaw, a rogue special forces assassin seeking to avenge his comatose younger brother Owen, puts Dominic Toretto and the team in danger once again.

The film is set after the events of Fast & Furious 6 and continues from the ending of Tokyo Drift, with Lucas Black reprising his role as Sean Boswell.

Cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) coerces Dominic Toretto into working for her and turns him against his team, forcing them to take down Cipher and reunite with him.

This is the first film since Tokyo Drift to not feature Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner and Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto.

Dominic Toretto and his family must stop a world-shattering plot headed by Cipher and Dominic's estranged younger brother Jakob (John Cena).

This is the first film since Fast & Furious not to feature Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, while Jason Statham appears as Deckard Shaw in the mid-credits scene. Jordana Brewster reprises her role as Mia Toretto after not appearing in The Fate of the Furious, while Sung Kang returns as Han Lue, who is revealed to be alive, and Lucas Black returns as Sean Boswell. Shad Moss and Jason Tobin reprise their roles as Twinkie and Earl Hu from Tokyo Drift.

A tenth film is planned, with Lin set to return to direct and Chris Morgan to write. It was scheduled to be released on April 2, 2021 before F9 took its release date, thus causing the film to be postponed to a later date and due to continuous delays with the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also expected to be released in February 2023, before being delayed to April 7, 2023.[10]

A direct sequel, and second part to the tenth (and final) film, is planned with Lin set to return to direct.[11]

Spin-off films

Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw team up with Shaw's sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) to battle cybernetically-enhanced terrorist Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) threatening the world with a deadly virus.

The film is set after the events of The Fate of the Furious. Helen Mirren reprises her role as Deckard, Owen and Hattie's mother Magdalene Shaw from the main series.

An untitled women-led spin-off film is in development, with Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet serving as writers. Charlize Theron is set to reprise her role as Cipher and star in a spin-off film, though it is unclear whether it was for a separate film or the women-led film.[12]

In November 2019, producer Hiram Garcia confirmed that all creatives involved have intentions in developing a sequel, with conversations regarding the project ongoing. Garcia confirmed unresolved plot-points would be expanded upon in the next film.[13] By March 2020, Johnson confirmed that a sequel was in active development, though a screenwriter and director had not yet been hired.[14] Later that month, he announced that Chris Morgan was hired as screenwriter, with a plot that includes various new characters written to be introduced in the sequel. The production is under development with Seven Bucks Productions co-producing the film with Johnson and Hiram Garcia returning in their positions as producers.[15]

Short films

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s)
The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03) Philip G. Atwell Keith Dinielli Keith Dinielli Chris Palladino
Los Bandoleros July 28, 2009 (2009-07-28) Vin Diesel T.J. Mancini Vin Diesel and T.J. Mancini Vin Diesel, Jessy Terrero and Samantha Vincent

The short films were either released direct-to-video or saw limited theatrical distribution, being mostly included as special features for The Fast and the Furious (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Fast & Furious (2009), as part of the DVD releases. The films, which range from 10 to 20 minutes, are designed to be self-contained stories that provide backstory for characters or events introduced in the films. They were also designed to bridge the chronological gap that was created as the initial leads departed the series.

The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

The film follows Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and details his escape from Los Angeles and avoidance of law enforcement, which culminates in his eventual arrival to Miami.

The film is set between the events of The Fast and the Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Los Bandoleros (2009)

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) lives as a wanted fugitive in the Dominican Republic. He eventually reunites with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and other associates to plan the hijacking of a gasoline shipment to help an impoverished neighborhood.

The film is set after the events of The Fast and the Furious and before Fast & Furious.

Television

Series Season Episodes Originally released Network Showrunner(s) Executive Producer(s)
Fast & Furious Spy Racers 1 8 December 26, 2019 (2019-12-26) Netflix Tim Hedrick and Bret Haaland Tim Hedrick, Bret Haaland, Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz and Chris Morgan
2 8 October 9, 2020 (2020-10-09)[16]
3 8 December 26, 2020 (2020-12-26)[17]
4 8 April 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)[18]
5 8 August 13, 2021 (2021-08-13)[19]

Fast & Furious Spy Racers (2019–present)

Tony Toretto (voiced by Tyler Posey), Dominic Toretto's cousin, is recruited by a government agency together with his friends to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a crime organization called SH1FT3R that is bent on world domination.

Fast & Furious Spy Racers is an animated series based on the film franchise. Vin Diesel reprises his role as Dominic Toretto, voicing the character in brief appearances. It is executive produced by Tim Hedrick, Bret Haaland, Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan. Hedrick and Haaland also serve as the show's showrunners. The series' first season was released on Netflix on December 26, 2019, while its second season was released on October 9, 2020.[16] Its third season was released on December 26, 2020,[17] and a fourth season premiered on April 16, 2021.[18] A fifth season premiered on August 13, 2021[19]

Cast and crew

Principal cast

Additional crew and production details

Film/Television Crew/detail
Composer(s) Cinematographer(s) Editor(s) Production companies Distributing company Running time
The Fast and the Furious BT Ericson Core Peter Honess Mediastream Film GmbH & Co. Productions KG
Neal H. Moritz Productions
Universal Pictures 106 minutes
2 Fast 2 Furious David Arnold Matthew F. Leonetti Bruce Cannon and Dallas Puett Mikona Productions GmbH & Co. KG
Neal H. Moritz Productions
108 minutes
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Brian Tyler Stephen F. Windon Kelly Matsumoto, Dallas Puett and Fred Raskin Original Film
Relativity Media
MP Munich Pape Filmproductions
104 minutes
Fast & Furious Amir Mokri Christian Wagner and Fred Raskin Original Film
Relativity Media
One Race Films
107 minutes
Fast Five Stephen F. Windon Christian Wagner, Kelly Matsumoto and Fred Raskin Original Film
One Race Films
130 minutes
Fast & Furious 6 Lucas Vidal Christian Wagner, Kelly Matsumoto and Dylan Highsmith Original Film
Relativity Media
One Race Films
130 minutes
Furious 7 Brian Tyler Stephen F. Windon and Marc Spicer Christian Wagner, Dylan Highsmith, Kirk Morri and Leigh Folsom Boyd Original Film
One Race Films
MRC
China Film
137 minutes
The Fate of the Furious Stephen F. Windon Christian Wagner and Paul Rubell Original Film
One Race Films
China Film
136 minutes
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Tyler Bates Jonathan Sela Christopher Rouse Seven Bucks Productions
Chris Morgan Productions
David Leitch Films
137 minutes
Fast & Furious Spy Racers Ryan Lofty and Jay Vincent N/A N/A Original Film
One Race Films
DreamWorks Animation Television
Universal Television
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Netflix
768 minutes
(24 minutes/episode)
F9 Brian Tyler Stephen F. Windon Dylan Highsmith, Kelly Matsumoto And Greg D'Auria One Race Films
Original Film
Universal Pictures 143 minutes

Production

Development

The series helped further the careers of Paul Walker (top) and Vin Diesel (bottom).

In 2000, actor Paul Walker had worked with director Rob Cohen on The Skulls. Cohen secured a deal with producer Neal H. Moritz for an untitled action film for Universal Pictures,[20] and approached Walker and asked him to suggest his "dream" action film; Walker suggested a mash-up of the films Days of Thunder (1990) and Donnie Brasco (1997).[20] Soon thereafter, Cohen and Moritz brought him a Vibe magazine article published in May 1998, which detailed an undercover street racing circuit operating in New York City and suggested a story that was to be a re-imagined version of the film Point Break (1991), but set to follow Walker as an undercover cop tasked with infiltrating the world of underground street racing in Los Angeles.[20] Upon hearing this, Walker signed on immediately; finding his co-star proved difficult. The studio warmed toward the idea of Timothy Olyphant in the role of Dominic Toretto, due to the success of the blockbuster Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), but he declined. Moritz persisted on Vin Diesel following his performance in Pitch Black (2000), with Diesel accepting after proposing several script changes. Moritz had difficulty choosing between the titles Racer X, Redline, Race Wars and Street Wars, but was ultimately inspired by a documentary on American International Pictures, which included the 1954 film The Fast and the Furious. Moritz was traded use of some stock footage to its director, Roger Corman, in exchange for a license to use the title.[21] Upon release in June 2001, the film shattered box office expectations and a 2002 sequel was green-lit by September.[22][23]

Diesel declined to return for the sequel, saying that the screenplay was inferior to its predecessor. Cohen also declined the sequel, opting to develop the film xXx (2002), which starred Diesel in the lead role. To account for these changes, Universal commissioned the writers to create a standalone sequel with Walker in the lead and brought in John Singleton as the new director. Filming was delayed by a year and the production location shifted to Miami. Tyrese Gibson, who worked with Singleton on the film Baby Boy (2001), was hired as Walker's new co-star and was the first entry in the series to feature long-running cast member Ludacris.[20]

Universal attempted to bring back Diesel for the third installment, but he again declined due to other projects and a dislike for the script.[24] After failing to secure the returns of Walker or any other member of the original cast, Universal ordered a reboot of the franchise. Screenwriter Chris Morgan subsequently attempted to revive the series primarily for car enthusiasts, introducing new characters, focusing on a car-related subculture and moving the series to Tokyo; Japan contains one of the world's largest automotive industries. It is the first film in the series to start its tradition of filming in locations outside the United States.[25] Moritz returned and hired director Justin Lin, having been impressed with Lin's work for the film Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), which shared similar elements with Tokyo Drift. Moreover, the series were able to bring Diesel in for a cameo appearance, in exchange for letting the actor's production company acquire the rights to the Riddick character.[26][27] The third film was the least financially successful of the franchise, received lukewarm reception and left the future of the franchise in limbo.[28]

Away from the franchise, Diesel made a string of box office or critical flops, including The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), The Pacifier (2005) and Find Me Guilty (2006). After discussions with Universal, the pair shared an interest in reviving the series.[28] After signing Diesel and confirming the return of Lin, Universal worked to track the first film's original co-stars and re-signed Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster in mid-2008.[28] Walker was initially reluctant to rejoin the franchise after six years, but Diesel assured him that film would be considered the first "true" sequel.[20] Morgan returned to write after the critical praise for the character Han Lue. Given the apparent death of the character in the third film, the timeline of the franchise was altered to account for his appearance.[24] With the emphasis on car culture toned down, the fourth film, Fast & Furious, was a commercial success. Although critical reception was mixed, it reinvigorated the franchise, as well as the star power of Diesel and Walker.

Dwayne Johnson joined the cast in Fast Five and headlined the first spin-off film.

In 2011, Fast Five was released. While developing the film, Universal completely departed from any street racing elements prevalent in previous films, to transform the franchise into a heist action series involving cars. By doing so, they hoped to attract wider audiences that might otherwise be put off by a heavy emphasis on cars and car culture. Fast Five is considered the transitional film in the series, featuring only one car race and giving more attention to action set pieces such as gun fights, brawls and the heist. Fast Five was initially conceived to conclude the franchise, but following strong box office performance and high critical praise, Universal proceeded to develop a sixth installment.[29] Furthermore, the film is noted for the addition of Dwayne Johnson to the cast, whose performance was critically praised.[30][31][32]

In late 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that Universal was approaching the sixth and seventh installment with a single storyline running through both films, with Morgan envisaging themes of freedom and family,[33] but later shifted to account for the studio's wishes to incorporate elements of espionage. Lin revealed that he had, after discussions with Diesel, storyboarded, previsualized and began editing a twelve-minute finale for Fast & Furious 6, before filming was completed on Fast Five. Upon release, the sixth film became the highest-grossing film in the series.

Universal lacked a major event film for 2014 and rushed Furious 7 into pre-production in mid-2013 due to its status as a bankable asset. Lin decided not to return to direct the seventh film, as he was still performing post-production on Fast & Furious 6. James Wan, primarily known for horror films, took over directorial duties.[34] On November 30, 2013, Walker died in a single-vehicle crash, with filming only half-completed. Following Walker's death, filming was delayed for script rewrites and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, were used as stand-ins to complete his remaining scenes.[35] The script rewrites completed the story arcs of both Walker and Brewster's characters. Visual effects company Weta Digital was hired to re-create Walker's likeness. The film also introduced Nathalie Emmanuel to the cast. Ultimately, the film's delays saw it being released in April 2015, where it became the highest-grossing film in the franchise, grossing $1.5 billion.[36] It was also the most critically successful, with praise being aimed at the film's action sequences and its emotional tribute to Walker.

The toll of multiple re-shoots dissuaded Wan from returning to the franchise and Universal hired F. Gary Gray to helm the eighth film, The Fate of the Furious. This film was to begin a new trilogy, which will conclude the franchise.[37][38] Diesel announced that introducing Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron as characters in Furious 7 would help to reach this. The film was released in 2017 and received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom praised the performances and action sequences, but criticized the storyline and the long running time. It was an unabashed commercial success, grossing over $1.2 billion worldwide. Universal later announced that final two films will be released in May 2020 and April 2021, with Lin returning to direct.[39] It was announced that Brewster would reprise her role as Mia Toretto, while screenwriter Daniel Casey was hired for the ninth film; F9 is the first film since Tokyo Drift not to be written by Morgan.[40] Pre-production began in February 2019 in London,[41] and filming began in June and concluded in November.[42] John Cena was cast as the film's villain, portraying Jakob Toretto, Dom's brother.[43] Moreover, Sung Kang returned as Han, while the film is the first to star Helen Mirren and saw Lucas Black reprise his role as Sean Boswell from Tokyo Drift.[44][45] F9 was originally scheduled to be theatrically released on May 22, 2020, but was pushed back a year to April 2, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[46] It was then pushed back to May 28, 2021, and finally released in the United States on June 25.[47]

In 2015, Diesel announced that potential spin-offs were in the early stages of development.[48][49] In 2019, Diesel announced a film that will focus on the women characters from the Fast & Furious and mentioned that there are three spin-off films in development. Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet will serve as co-screenwriters on the project.[50][51]

The first spin-off, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, was announced in 2018 and starred Johnson and Jason Statham.[52] In late 2017, Variety reported Morgan had written the script,[53] while David Leitch would direct. Originally, the ninth film in the main series was supposed to be released in April 2019, followed by the tenth in April 2021. Instead, Universal opted to proceed with the spin-off, to occupy the 2019 release date. This caused tensions between Johnson, Diesel and Gibson,[54] with Gibson responding through an Instagram post, criticizing Johnson for causing the ninth film to be delayed.[52] In October 2018, long-term producer Neal H. Moritz filed a lawsuit against Universal Pictures for breach of oral contract and committing promissory fraud after the distributor removed him as lead producer for Hobbs & Shaw. Furthermore, it was revealed in May 2019 that Universal dropped Moritz from all future Fast & Furious installments.[55]

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), directed by Justin Lin, marked the first appearance in The Fast Saga of Han Lue, portrayed by Sung Kang, who had already portrayed a character with the same name in Lin's 2002 film Better Luck Tomorrow; Han subsequently became one of the main recurring characters in the franchise. Although the relation between Better Luck Tomorrow's Han and The Fast Saga's Han was originally left unaddressed, both Lin and Kang repeatedly confirmed during the following years that it was the same character, and that Better Luck Tomorrow doubled as Han's origin story, retroactively making the film part of The Fast Saga continuity.[56][57]

Television series

In April 2016, DreamWorks Animation was acquired by NBCUniversal for $3.8 billion, with the acquisition including a first look deal with the company to produce animated projects based on or with films under the Universal Pictures banner. In April 2018, streaming service Netflix green-lit the series Fast & Furious Spy Racers, with Bret Haaland, Diesel, Tim Hedrick and Morgan as executive producers and Hedrick and Haaland as showrunners. The series premiered on December 26, 2019 and has run for four seasons.

Reception

Box office performance

Film U.S. release date Budget Box office gross All-time ranking Ref.
Opening weekend
(Domestic)
U.S. and Canada International Worldwide North America Worldwide
The Fast Saga
The Fast and the Furious June 22, 2001 $38 million $40,089,015 $144,533,925 $62,750,000 $207,283,925 399 758 [58]
2 Fast 2 Furious June 6, 2003 $76 million $50,472,480 $127,154,901 $109,195,760 $236,350,661 504 640 [59]
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift June 16, 2006 $85 million $23,973,840 $62,514,415 $95,953,877 $158,468,292 1,350 N/A [60]
Fast & Furious April 3, 2009 $85 million $70,950,500 $155,064,265 $208,100,000 $363,164,265 354 352 [61]
Fast Five April 29, 2011 $125 million $86,198,765 $209,837,675 $416,300,000 $626,137,675 195 143 [62]
Fast & Furious 6 May 24, 2013 $160 million $97,375,245 $238,679,850 $550,000,000 $788,679,850 144 89 [63]
Furious 7 April 3, 2015 $190 million $147,187,040 $353,007,020 $1,163,038,891 $1,516,045,911 54 9 [64]
The Fate of the Furious April 14, 2017 $250 million $98,786,705 $226,008,385 $1,009,996,733 $1,236,005,118 164 19 [65]
F9 June 25, 2021 $200 million $70,043,165 $173,005,945 $548,072,000 $721,077,945 292 120 [66][67]
Spin-off films
Hobbs & Shaw August 2, 2019 $200 million $60,038,950 $173,956,935 $585,100,000 $759,056,935 285 97 [68]
Total $1.409 billion $745,115,705 $1,863,763,316 $4,748,507,261 $6,612,270,577 12 7

Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Fast Saga
The Fast and the Furious 54% (154 reviews)[69] 58 (34 reviews)[70] B+[71]
2 Fast 2 Furious 36% (161 reviews)[72] 38 (36 reviews)[73] A−[71]
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 38% (138 reviews)[74] 45 (32 reviews)[75] A−[71]
Fast & Furious 28% (177 reviews)[76] 46 (28 reviews)[77] A−[71]
Fast Five 77% (204 reviews)[78] 66 (41 reviews)[79] A[71]
Fast & Furious 6 71% (211 reviews)[80] 61 (39 reviews)[81] A[71]
Furious 7 82% (277 reviews)[82] 67 (50 reviews)[83] A[71]
The Fate of the Furious 67% (312 reviews)[84] 56 (45 reviews)[85] A[71]
F9 59% (304 reviews)[86] 58 (53 reviews)[87] B+[71]
Spin-off films
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% (342 reviews)[88] 60 (54 reviews)[89] A−[71]

Music

Soundtracks

Title U.S. release date Length Composer(s) Label
The Fast and the Furious: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack June 5, 2001 (2001-06-05) 72:13 N/A Murder Inc.
Def Jam
Universal
More Fast and Furious December 18, 2001 (2001-12-18) 47:32 Island
2 Fast 2 Furious: Soundtrack May 27, 2003 (2003-05-27) 42:29 Def Jam South
Disturbing Tha Peace
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Original Motion Picture Score) June 26, 2006 (2006-06-26) 64:10 Brian Tyler Varèse Sarabande
Universal
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) June 27, 2006 (2006-06-27) 38:29 Brian Tyler, Pharrell Williams and Dr. Dre Varèse Sarabande
Fast & Furious: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31) 44:01 Justin Lin, Neal H. Moritz and Pharrell Williams Star Trak
Interscope
Fast & Furious: Original Motion Picture Score March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31) 78:11 Brian Tyler Varèse Sarabande
Fast Five: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack April 25, 2011 (2011-04-25) 50:48 N/A ABKCO
Fast Five: Original Motion Picture Score April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) 77:52 Brian Tyler Varèse Sarabande
Fast & Furious 6: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack May 17, 2013 (2013-05-17) 50:18 N/A Def Jam
Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack March 17, 2015 (2015-03-17) 60:05 Atlantic
Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Score March 31, 2015 (2015-03-31) 76:42 Brian Tyler Back Lot
The Fate of the Furious: The Album April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14) 49:50 N/A APG
Atlantic
Universal
The Fate of the Furious: Original Motion Picture Score April 28, 2017 (2017-04-28) 77:16 Brian Tyler Back Lot
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) July 26, 2019 (2019-07-26) 50:10 N/A
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Original Motion Picture Score) August 2, 2019 (2019-08-02) 40:33 Tyler Bates
Road to F9 July 31, 2020 (2020-07-31) 35:17 N/A Atlantic
Universal
F9: The Fast Saga (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) June 17, 2021 (2021-06-17) 39:12
F9: The Fast Saga (Original Motion Picture Score) July 2, 2021 (2021-07-02) 114:16 Brian Tyler Back Lot

Singles

Title U.S. release date Length Artist(s) Label
"Pump It Up" May 8, 2003 (2003-05-08) 4:04 Joe Budden Def Jam
"Act a Fool" May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20) 4:30 Ludacris Def Jam South
DTP
"Tokyo Drift" June 7, 2006 (2006-06-07) 4:51 Teriyaki Boyz Star Trak
"Danza Kuduro" August 15, 2010 (2010-08-15) 3:19 Don Omar and Lucenzo ABKCO
"How We Roll (Fast Five Remix)" April 23, 2011 (2011-04-23) 3:56 Don Omar, J-Doe, Reek da Villian and Busta Rhymes
"Bandoleros"[a] May 17, 2013 (2013-05-17) 3:15 Don Omar and Tego Calderon Def Jam
"We Own It" June 12, 2013 (2013-06-12) 3:47 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa
"Ride Out" February 17, 2015 (2015-02-17) 3:31 Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG and Rich Homie Quan Atlantic
"How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah)" February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23) 3:44 Sevyn Streeter
"See You Again" March 10, 2015 (2015-03-10) 3:49 Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
"Hey Ma" March 10, 2017 (2017-03-10) 3:14 Pitbull, J Balvin and Camila Cabello APG
Atlantic
Universal
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Theme park attractions

After the release of Tokyo Drift in 2006, Universal began introducing theme park attractions. From 2006 to 2013, The Fast and the Furious: Extreme Close-Up attraction was included as part of the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood. The tour's tram would enter a small arena, which featured a demonstration of prop vehicles being manipulated by articulated robotic arms.[91][92][93][94]

A new attraction, Fast & Furious: Supercharged, opened as part of the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2015. The tour's tram passes the Dodge Chargers used in the fifth film, as riders are shown a video of Luke Hobbs, who informs them a high-valued witness sought by Owen Shaw is on the tram. The tram enters a warehouse party, where the cast appear via a Pepper's ghost effect, before the party is shut down by the FBI and the tram moves into a motion simulator where a chase sequence ensues, led by Roman Pearce, Letty Ortiz and Dominic Toretto.[95][96] A similar attraction opened at Universal Studios Florida in 2018.[97] In the queue, guests pass through a garage with memorabilia from the films before getting a video call from Tej Parker and Mia Toretto inviting them to a party. Guests board "party buses", where they get the video message from Hobbs and the ride proceeds as it does in the Hollywood version.[98]

Tour

In 2018, Universal announced Fast & Furious Live, a series of live shows which combine stunt driving, pyrotechnics and projection mapping to recreate scenes from the films and perform other stunts. During production, thousands of stunt performers and drivers auditioned and were required to undergo a four-month training camp if selected.[99] Additionally, parkour athletes and stunts requiring both drivers and parkour practitioners, also featured.[100]

  1. ^ After the primary leg of the tour concluded, Fast & Furious Live was extended in September 2018 for five additional shows.

The tour was panned by critics. Ryan Gilbey of The Guardian wrote "large sections of seating were closed off; entire rows in the rest of it were empty" and "the only danger in Fast & Furious Live is the audience might die of carbon monoxide poisoning. Or boredom."[102] Adam White of The Daily Telegraph gave the show a two out of five rating, commenting that "Fast & Furious Live often feels like an elaborate if lethargic playground game, one hinging almost entirely on imagination."[103][104]

The tour was a financial failure; the show's production company entered administration in summer 2018 and all the cars and equipment was auctioned off in 2019.[105]

Video games

Fast & Furious has spawned several video games tied into the series or has served as inspiration for other video games, notably the Midnight Club series. The game The Fast and the Furious was released in 2004 for mobile phones and arcade[106] and was based on the first installment. Its sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious, was released in the same year exclusively for mobile phones and was based on the second installment. Another video game was due to be developed and released in 2003 by Genki but was canceled for unknown reasons.

The game The Fast and the Furious was released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable and drew heavy inspiration from Tokyo Drift. The game sold moderately and to mixed reviews.

Several other games have been released for mobile phones, specifically the iOS and Android devices, with the unlicensed tie-ins The Fast and the Furious: Pink Slip, as well as the licensed Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious: Adrenaline. Universal helped develop the tie-in Fast & Furious 6: The Game for the sixth installment and aided development for Fast & Furious: Legacy.

Fast & Furious: Showdown was released in 2013 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It marked the second game for consoles, and players controls multiple characters; its narrative was designed around the gap between the fifth and sixth film. It opened to negative reviews and middling financial success.[107]

Various cars, locations and characters from the franchise appeared in the Facebook game Car Town.

In 2015, in a deal with Microsoft Studios, an expansion of Forza Horizon 2 was released for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents: Fast & Furious. It was released to promote Furious 7 and received generally positive reception, although some critics lamented the limited involvement from the titular characters.[108] In 2017, the vehicular soccer game Rocket League released a downloadable content (DLC) pack in promotion for The Fate of the Furious, where players would be able to purchase the Dodge Charger from the film as well as its exclusive wheels and six other new customizations.[109]

Fast & Furious Crossroads was announced at The Game Awards 2019. It was developed by Slightly Mad Studios, who worked on Need for Speed: Shift and the Project CARS series, and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game was originally scheduled for release in May 2020 but was delayed due to logistical problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[110] It was eventually released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 7, 2020[111] to largely negative reception.[112]

Toys

In 2002, RadioShack sold ZipZaps micro radio-controlled car versions of those from the first film,[113] while diecast metal manufacturer Racing Champions released replicas of cars from the first two installments in different scales from 1/18 to 1/64, in 2004.[114]

AMT Ertl rivaled the cars released by Racing Champions by producing 1/24-scale plastic model kits in 2004, while Johnny Lightning, under the JL Full Throttle Brand, released 1/64 and 1/24 models of the cars from Tokyo Drift. These models were designed by renowned diecast designer Eric Tscherne. In 2011, Universal licensed the company Greenlight to sell model cars from all films in anticipation for Fast Five.[115] Since 2013, Hot Wheels has released 1/64 models of every car from and since the sixth installment.[116]

In 2020, LEGO produced a set in their Technic line of Dom's Dodge Charger.[117][118][119]

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