The heroes of The Fast and the Furious series have taken on the Yakuza, hordes of self-driving cars, and a goddamn submarine. Given that each Fast & Furious movie has gotten increasingly more insane, there’s only one way the franchise’s next installment is going to be able to top its predecessors: by blasting off.
To put it bluntly, Fast & Furious is going to have to go to outer space if it wants to continue in the tradition of upping the ante, in terms of both stakes and stunts. Not only does director F. Gary Gray know this on some level, but he’s totally down to make it happen. During a recent interview with Screen Rant, Gray said that given how unbelievable some of the franchise’s previous eight films have been, getting the Crew into space isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
“Outer space? Listen, I wouldn’t rule anything with this franchise. When I read submarine I’m like ‘OK, anything’s possible’. You never know. I haven’t read ‘Dom on Mars’ yet but again, you just never know.”
Between the Riddick movies and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, we can confidently say that “Dom on Mars” would make for a fantastic movie. But just in case you needed any more convincing, here are five other potential movie ideas that could take Fast & Furious to new heights... like outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.
When eccentric billionaire Eamon Rathenos completes his lifelong work of creating rocket-powered cars capable of reaching suborbital heights, he invites the world’s best drivers to his mysterious, independent island nation—which doubles as the starting line for his space drag racing tournament.
When hundreds of the world’s GPS satellites begin to go offline without explanation, Dom Toretto and his crew are recruited by the US government to go on a covert mission into space using a new type of personal vehicle designed to swiftly maneuver around dangerous space debris and get them back on track.
When an asteroid nine times larger than the one that killed the dinosaurs is detected on a collision course for the earth, the Family is called upon by a secret organization of world governments to pilot a sophisticated fleet of car-like rockets whose combined payloads are the only thing that can save our planet.
When a team of astronauts finds themselves careening toward the Earth, unable to use their computer’s reentry protocols to safely land, Dom and his Crew are called in to assist mission control in guiding the imperiled ship back to the ground. Because steering a rocket is just like steering a car.
(This title works best if it’s actually the tenth movie in the series, so we’re running with it.) Driven nearly to the brink of insanity by Brian O’Conner’s death, Dom Toretto is apathetic about the imminent end of human life on the planet due to global crop failure. He’s ultimately pulled out of his stupor when presented with the chance to be a part of an desperate mission into space in search of other potentially habitable planets. At some point in the movie—which is rendered almost completely in CG—he’s sucked into a black hole, ends up in the past, and is able to say goodbye to Brian one last time.
Now before you go pointing out all the ways in which none of these plots make a lick of sense and/or break every law of physics, remember that the more you think about how these movies work, the less fun you’re going to have. And you’d have to work pretty hard to not enjoy a movie that resembles any of the above—or even “Dom on Mars.”