A few years ago, if you were to tell us that the Fast and Furious series would go on to become one of the most successful film franchises in the modern Hollywood landscape, we're not sure that we would have believed you. The car racing franchise has gradually evolved beyond its street-level roots, and shows no fear of adapting to the changing of the times. As a result of that willingness to change (while still retaining a core theme of family) the Fast and Furious franchise has handily become a significant win for Universal.
Now, coming off the heels of the reasonably well-received (commercially as well as critically) release of Fate of the Furious, all eyes are on the ninth installment in this long-running franchise to continue its upward trajectory. We still have a way to go until Fast and Furious 9 hits theaters, but we have put together a handy guide to everything and anything that you need to know about the project -- and we will endeavor to keep it up to date as new information becomes available. On that note, let's dive in and talk about the status of this hotly anticipated sequel.
Right off the bat, yes, Fast and Furious 9 is definitely happening -- although it's currently unclear what the official title of the project will actually be by the time it hits theaters. Last year series star Vin Diesel took to social media to announce that he intended to see the franchise through to two decades and ten films. This means (if that idea continues to hold strong) that Fast and Furious 9 may mark the second to last installment in the franchise -- or at least pave the way for an eventual reboot/reinvention of the property.
Following the April 2017 release of The Fate of the Furious, it looks like we will have to wait a few years before the next chapter in this franchise debuts on the silver screen. Fast and Furious 9 is currently slated for an April 10, 2020 release date, one year later than Universal had initially planned for -- but more on that drama later.
To date, every entry in the Fast and Furious franchise has received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. With the ninth installment in the series currently in development, we do not expect that to change (although it is worth mentioning that films like Deadpool, Logan, and John Wick HAVE proven blockbuster viability with R-ratings). That said, the Fast and Furious movies take their "family" theme seriously, which means -- even with the violence, swearing, and sexual content -- the next film will likely be suitable for a family with older kids to see together.