Every Planned Fast & Furious Movie That Didn’t Happen (And Why)

Summary

  • Vin Diesel was not the first choice for the role of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious. The studio originally wanted Timothy Olyphant, and there are significant differences between the original draft and the final result.
  • Vin Diesel did not return for 2 Fast 2 Furious, the only film in the main saga without him or Paul Walker. Still, a Fast and Furious sequel with Diesel could have been made.
  • Vin Diesel was originally supposed to star in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, but the studio wanted a high school setting instead. He made a cameo at the end of the film.


Fast and furious went from a low-stakes standalone film to a full-on blockbuster franchise, but not every envisioned project has become a reality. The Quick The saga premiered in 2001 starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel and eventually spanned 11 films, one spin-off, two different shorts and a 2023 TV series, with more to come. The Fast and furious a franchise that grossed over $7 billion worldwide should have been even bigger, and some projects would never happen.

Initially, Fast and furious the franchise began as a series of street racers with a focus on car culture, culminating in the 2009 film. Fast and furious. Launch Fast fivethe saga moved from car racing to heists and espionage, a theme that continued throughout the rest of the series. It was fast and furious must end with Quick X, but as there are several rumors and confirmed Fast and furious films in development, the saga will likely continue in some form. interesting Fast and furiousThe story could have been very different if any of its canceled or reimagined projects had happened in their original forms.

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8 The original Fast and Furious

Vin Diesel was not the first choice

Although no one could see any other actor portraying Dominic Toretto besides Vin Diesel, he was not the first choice for the role. The first film based on the article “Racer X” by Ken Lee has always had Paul Walker attached to it since Walker worked with director Rob Cohen in 2000. The skulls. Gary Scott Thompson wrote the original script, and the action takes place in New York. However, David Ayer and Erik Bergqvist were drawn to the project and changed most of it. As for the role of Dominic Toretto, the studio originally wanted Timothy Olyphant. Fortunately for Diesel, Olyphant has previously starred in a car-related film, Gone in 60 secondsand turned down the role.

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Producer Neal H. Moritz suggested Vin Diesel after his role in the 2000s pitch black. However, despite not yet starring, Diesel did not immediately accept the deal and most of the script had to be rewritten with his notes before he accepted. Jordana Brewster wasn’t the first choice either, as she was originally written for Mia Toretto Buffy the Vampire SlayerEliza Dushku. Fast and furious could have been a very different film, but the end result is perhaps the better version of the project.

7 Fast and Furious 2 with Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto

The second film gives Brian a new partner

Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto with Paul Walker and Tyreese Gibbons from 2 Fast 2 Furious

Vin Diesel did not return for 2 Fast 2 Furious, although the first installment helped launch his career. Although he was reportedly offered $25 million to reprise his role, he did not agree to the sequel because he did not feel the film needed one and did not like the script. 2 Fast 2 Furious went on to introduce Tyreese’s Roman Pierce and put Paul Walker’s Brian in the spotlight. However, if Diesel were to join the sequel, it would certainly be very different from what audiences got. Years later, Diesel confirmed that he would have done things differently and fought harder for revisions to the script, as he did with the first one.

6 Tokyo Drift with Toretto as the main character

Vin Diesel only had a small cameo

Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Luke and Han from Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift

Fast and furious Tokyo Drift is the third installment in Quick saga. However, it can be considered a standalone as it does not feature any of the previous characters. It features Sung Kang as Han Lue, who would go on to reprise his role in 2009. Fast and furious. Vin Diesel reprized his role as Dominic Toretto in a very brief cameo at the end of Fast and furious Tokyo Driftbut this happened only after he made a unique deal with Universal Pictures: he wanted the rights to Riddickthe sci-fi action saga for which he wanted to develop a sequel.

Although he has a brief cameo at the end of the film, Vin Diesel was originally slated to star in the Fast and furious Tokyo Drift. The film’s screenwriter Chris Morgan told UPROXX. “It was basically Tokyo Drift, but it was with Vin and his character had to go out and learn to drift. And there was a murder to solve. … And they said, “No, I can’t do that. We have to finish high school.’” Fortunately, they didn’t jump on that idea and the franchise continued, with Diesel and the rest of the cast returning for the fourth. Tokyo drift will be “rebuilt back” into the franchise during the fast and furious 6scene after credits.

5 Vin Diesel’s solo film with Dominic Toretto

Fast and Furious was supposed to be Dom’s movie

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in The Fast and the Furious

Vin Diesel is the star of Fast and furious franchise, but he almost had his own solo movie as well. Diesel’s career developed only after that Fast and furious, and he returned to Dom Toretto with a cameo in 2006 Fast and furious Tokyo Drift. Diesel will fully return to the role and reunite with the original cast for 2009 Fast and furious. However, before the 2009 film reunited the original team, it was supposed to be Dominic Toretto’s solo film. Considering how solid Fast and furious (2009) was also how it revived the franchise, it’s a good thing a Toretto solo film didn’t happen during that time.

4 Hobbs and Shaw 2

A sequel starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham is in the works

Hobbs and Shaw introduced the franchise’s anti-heroes, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), giving them their own spin-off film in 2019. The spin-off was successful, making $760 million at the box office on a $200 million budget . Naturally, Universal greenlit a sequel, but it never materialized. The film was supposed to take the two action stars on more adventures, but that’s unlikely to happen now.

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Hobbs and Shaw 2 has been in active development since November 2021, but not many details are available. Recent updates indicate that the next Hobbs film will not be a sequel to Hobbs and Shaw. Instead, it will be a standalone Dwayne Johnson Fast and Furious movie Quickly X‘sending. Despite her differences with Vin Diesel, The Rock reprized her role in Quickly X in a post-credits scene, defining his solo future in the franchise.

3 The original Furious 7

The tragic death of Paul Walker forced many changes

Furious 7 picks up after the events of fast and furious 6 and mixed with Tokyo drift, with Lucas Black reprising his role as Sean Boswell. After appearing in the credits scene of fast and furious 6, Jason Statham has a larger role in the film. The film also marks Paul Walker’s last acting credit, as he died during filming. Universal put the film on hold and yet Furious 7 was almost cancelled, the filmmakers were able to reshoot and rewrite the film. For the remaining scenes in the film, Paul Walker’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, acted as stand-ins for Brian’s scenes. They later used CGI to recreate Paul Walker’s face.

2 Fast X as a series finale

Fast X had to connect all the losses

Cipher in Fast 9 and the poster for Furious X

The Quick saga has been hinting at “one last ride” for a while, though no definite end is in sight. It all had to end with Quickly X, which would connect all loose ends. The project later evolved into a two-part finale. Justin Lin was supposed to direct both films but backed out Quickly X due to creative differences. With Dwayne Johnson’s new Fast and furious spinoff in development, it’s clear that Quickly X it’s not the end of the franchise anymore. It also remains to be seen if Fast & Furious 12 will happen as, despite what Vin Diesel hinted at, a new film in the main saga after Quick X Part 2 not yet confirmed.

1 All-female Fast and Furious spin-offs

A project that has been in the works for a long time

Gisele, Cipher and Letty in The Fast and the Furious

In 2019, Vin Diesel presented an all-female spin-off for Fast and furious franchise. Nicole Perlman, Lindsey Beer, and Geneva Robertson-Durett were attached to the project for the script, and the timeline suggested it would come out after Quick 9. That hasn’t happened yet, but the project hasn’t been canceled, so it could happen eventually. There’s no certainty about that, though. It is not clear which Fast and furious characters will be part of the film, but Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tess (Brie Larson), Gisele (Gal Gadot) and Schiffer (Charlize Theron) will likely be part of it.

Sources: UPROXX

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