'The Fate of the Furious' Is a Milestone for the Franchise

Say what you want about the Fast & Furious franchise, but an eighth installment means they're doing something right.

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The trailer for the trailer of the eighth Fast & Furious movie, titled The Fate of the Furious, appeared online today. The teaser promises a trailer on Sunday and the release date is set for April 14, 2017, according to IMDB. So, in typical internet fashion, let's review fifteen seconds of footage and a title.

The teaser shows half-second clips of a drag race on a sunny street, a close-up of a mounted machine gun, a huge explosion on a glacier (?) or otherwise snowy terrain and shots of Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. These are all regulars to the franchise, by now. The Rock is the most rookie of the four, but he's effectively taken over the franchise.

As the long caption says, Johnson's ready to take the lead with his Hobbs character and build a backstory full enough to catch up to the other characters. He's even talking spinoffs, already, and this post is from May.

Still, the title display at the end of the teaser looks like an SNL parody and maybe they should just give up on the attempts at clever names and stick with F8, F9… F.

If anyone's going to maintain the franchise's momentum after the spectacular Furious 7, it's The Rock. Not only is he currently the highest-paid actor in the world (followed closely behind by Jackie Chan), but he has a song at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is through two seasons of his HBO series, Ballers. The man's got his hands in everything, at this point. Maybe Hobbs will have a musical number in F8.

The movie's release date puts it just before the usual summer blockbuster season so we can already tell it's trying to edge ahead of the crowd in every way possible. How else to do this? Recruit a few more big names to replace the usual crew in the media. Fate of the Furious has parts for Charlize Theron (Furiosa, herself), Jason Statham (who reprises his role from Furious 7), Kurt Russel (also reprising his F7 role) and even Hellen Mirren.

All of this to say: prepare for another outrageous, uncompromisingly over-the-top blockbuster action movie that, admit it, you're probably going to love. It can be fun when movies totally give up on being realistic; the Fast & Furious franchise has learned how to do this and do it successfully.

That's why they're currently promoting their eighth installment. That's as many as Star Wars will have with Rogue One. Think about it: how many other series make it to eight movies? (Don't think about how many need eight movies—that's another story.) Let's answer that question.

Planet of the Apes

5 original movies, starting with Planet of the Apes in 1968 and leading up to 2017's War for the Planet of the Apes.

9 films.

Harry Potter

Divide the final novel in half and, voila, you have…

8 films.

A Nightmare On Elm Street

Those horror villains just won't die.

9 films.


See above.

10 films.

Friday the 13th

Also see above.

12 films.

The Pink Panther

The comedy character Inspector Clouseau became a hit immediately, with the first movie's release in 1963. Peter Sellers played the Inspector until Steve Martin took over in 2006.

11 films.

Star Trek

In addition to the TV shows, the Star Trek universe spawned…

12 films.

Star Wars

Ah ha, Star Trek fans! You thought you'd beaten Star Wars with its short six-film saga. Not anymore! With The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One, Star Wars will trail its rival by only four films. And if Disney has its way, that lead won't last more than a few years.

8 films.

James Bond

You might have thought that 007 was the king of movie franchises, but you'd have forgotten two. Nonetheless, the always smooth secret agent comes in as a strong third with…

24 films.


Since 1954, Godzilla has been destroying cities and taking on various shapes and sizes. The movie franchise has become as unstoppable as the monster, itself.

30 films.

Carry On

Four years after Godzilla began its tally, British filmmakers released Carry On Sergeant, a comedy about recruits in the National Service. 34 years later, the same franchise produced Carry On Columbus, about the 15th century explorer. It was directed by Gerald Thomas, the same man who directed all of the franchise's installments. With a rotating cast of comedians, the Carry On series has produced…

31 films.

*No, I didn't forget:

Batman and other superheroes are tricky, because they often switch actors and storylines several times. Their "cinematic universes" also make a count difficult, so I'm going to leave them out. They get enough attention, anyway.