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Fast & Furious update: Flashbacks, return to street racing, Paul Walker, spin-off TV series and more

May 28th, 2024 by Marc Comments

Well, it seems that the Fast & Furious saga is getting ready to make the last installment of the main series as production is about to start – or has already?

Star Vin Diesel took to Instagram to share the image above, writing: “To be back on the track training… where we filmed our emotional flashbacks in 2019…
Surreal. Grateful and blessed…”

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Obviously referring back to Fast X where we saw the events that led to Diesel’s Dominic Torretto going to prison, it certainly implies that filming is already underway although director Louis Leterrier said recently at CCXP MX that he is set to film this September: “It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.”

However, Vin Diesel definitely seems to be hinting that filming – perhaps second unit? – is already happening with this video on his Instagram featuring Brian’s (Paul Walker) Supra from the first movie:


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Interestingly, there is a rumour – which we here at FTN HQ do not believe but with this franchise, who knows, right? – that Dom may have been in a coma during all the movies after the first; fans will recall at the end of that movie Dom raced Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor (watch it here), resulting in a crash that some believe put Torretto in a coma… the car O’Connor was driving was the one in the footage above. Just sayin’.

However, there could be another reason for the Supra returning which might be another flashback… will we see the now-deceased Paul Walker return for the final movie? Honestly, while I’m kinda against that, I do think he needs to be back for the very last movie if they can do it respectfully.

As for that movie, after the over-the-top action of the last five or so movies, it seems that we might be seeing the series return to its roots.

In a recent interview, star Tyreses Gibson who plays Roman Pearce, said that the writers are listening to the fans and bringing the series ‘back to basics’: “I know that fans over the years have been wanting to kind of ground the film and get back to more of the street racing and get away from being in outer space and all the other stuff,” he says, “I think right now they’re in the basement, they’re riding, they’re cooking, they’re really trying to pull it together, to make sure that the fans can show up and really enjoy the film.”

He goes on: “That’s what I’m hearing. I’m hearing they’re listening to the fans and feedback and kind of what the fans want, and so I think it’s going to be taking up a few more notches on the street racing stuff… [but] at the same time, the purpose of [the movie] is to entertain. You’re supposed to eat at least three full buckets of popcorn while watching The Fast and The Furious, and we’ve done our job with entertaining.”

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This return to basics is echoed by NBCUniversal Studio group chairman and chief content officer Donna Langley who said of the final movie in the series: “Where we go next is a question. We may pivot another time and bring it back to the streets of L.A. and maybe make it a more intimate story.”

Interestingly, when asked about future TV shows based on NBCUniversal properties, she said: “Fast and Furious’ is a good one.”

Of course, there is a Fast & Furious TV spinoff already in the shape of the animated Fast & Furious: Spy Racers but I have a feeling she might mean something a little bigger and likely more explosive and adult-oriented.

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Sources: CBR, Collider, Variety,

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….