Sometimes it feels like while we weren’t paying attention The Fast and the Furious franchise asserted its worldwide domination. What started back in 2001 as a $38 million film that many thought would come and go, has turned into a multi-billion dollar behemoth that has become Universal Pictures’ bread and butter. After The Fate of the Furious opens this weekend, which is the eighth film in the series, the franchise global take will have gone beyond the $4 billion mark and will further its reach as Universal’s highest grossing franchise of all time. Properties like Marvel and DC have helped studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., Sony & 20th Century Fox reach historic financial heights with a little help from their comic book properties but the Fast franchise hasn’t needed a Captain American or Spider-Man to be successful. It has reached its pinnacle due to a lot of patience, the pull of its international cast & giving its worldwide fan base exactly what they want without apologizing for what they bring to the table.
The Fast and the Furious, originally given the name Redline, was inspired by an article, titled “Racer X”, about New York street clubs that race Japanese cars late at night. The article appeared in “Vibe Magazine” and was written by Ken Li and even though it looked into the world of New York street racing, director Rob Cohen by further inspired by watching an actual illegal street race at night in Los Angeles. He felt that this would be world