When fans think of Fast & Furious, it’s usually in the context of an action series constantly seeking to top itself with progressively wilder setpieces. But as the end of the series approaches, producer Neal Moritz thinks that the Fast & Furious series should move in the opposite direction.
In an interview on The Town with Matthew Belloni, Moritz discussed his career as a producer and his hopes for the future of the Fast & Furious franchise, which he thinks should go small after years of trying to be the biggest, most outlandish series possible.
“Honestly, I think going forward I’d like to actually go smaller,” Moritz said. “And I’d like to kind of start to go back to where we started. I think that’s an interesting way to go. I like to zig and then zag. I like to try and do something different and I think that’s what audiences demand these days.”
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With ten films over twenty years, the scope of the action-packed series has definitely expanded quite a bit. However, the main franchise is slated to end in February 2024 with the release of Fast & Furious 11.
It’s unclear what’s in store for the future of Fast & Furious after 2024, though Moritz wants to take things one at a time. “Let’s make a great movie and then we’ll figure out the next one,” Moritz said.
Since the start of the franchise, the series has noticeably grown beyond its original scope, with plot lines shifting from street racing and stealing DVD players in The Fast and the Furious to literally traveling to space in F9.
The most recent movie in the Fast & Furious franchise was 2021’s F9, which IGN praised for being “both outlandish and big-hearted.” The film also notably brought more women into its cast, marking somewhat of a turning point for the male-dominated franchise.
Most recently, Moritz co-produced Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a box office hit that IGN loved for its “humor and charm” and loyalty to the original Sonic games.
Amelia Zollner is a freelancer writer for IGN.