After Furious 7's impressive opening at the box office, a question is hanging in the air about the franchise's future. The biggest one is how many Fast & Furious movies can be made after star Paul Walker's tragic death in 2013 changed the central cast's dynamic? Furious 7 was mostly completed before he passed away, but any other sequels would not include his character, Brian O'Conner, unless they used flashback footage. When The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langle back in November, she revealed that they're hoping to continue the franchise with a few more films, focusing on new characters.
"We think there's at least three more. Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it's still a growing franchise. We'll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there's more to mine there. But we're of course very mindful about fatigue."
It's also worth noting that before Walker passed away, Vin Diesel said Furious 7 sets up for more movies, telling HitFix in May 2013 that it is the "beginning of the next trilogy in the thought-out story." For Diesel, "the three stories of 7, 8 and 9 are mapped out in a structure, even if they're not signed off on. The direction of 7, 8 and 9 is clear." More recently in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Diesel said he even has ideas for Furious 10 and hinted that the next film could be set in New York City. We'll have to wait and see, but it seems like the Fast & Furious will live on while keeping Walker in everyone's memories.