It is the cinematic question for the ages: When will the gang from the Fast and Furious movies go to space? With a new movie coming out next week, The Fate of the Furious, we are sad to report that, no, Dominic Toretto does not go into space. (Though, he does fight a submarine.)
Ever since the Fast and Furious films shifted from movies about car racing to movies about an international team of superheroes, this “space” question has come up probably more times than is healthy. But in a movie franchise that prides itself on taking the stakes higher and higher … well, they’re eventually going to have to go to space.
I presented this to The Fate of the Furious writer Chris Morgan (Morgan has written all the Fast movies since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) and he certainly didn’t rule it out. He didn’t say “yes,” but, personally, I’m just going to accept this as a “yes.”
“Look, I get all versions of that question,” says Morgan with a hearty laugh. “I get, ‘Are you going to space?,’ and, ‘Please, God, tell me you’re not going to space because you’ll lose me if you do.’”
This is the point I assured Morgan he wouldn’t lose anyone. Then floated the idea that, in fact, he could only gain people.
Morgan replied, “The only way I’d go to space is if I had something so good.”
This is where I may have presented an idea where the hulls of the cars are specially fitted with a heat resistant alloy, so they’d be needed for reentry. Morgan had a better idea.
“What if Dom’s long lost brother, Richard B. Riddick showed up?,” Morgan asked me, in just a little more serious of a tone than I expected.