When the original Fast and furious film debuted in 2001, no one could have expected it to spawn a worldwide blockbuster movie franchise, comprising nine films and a spin-off. But here we are in 2021, and that’s exactly what happened.
While The Fast and the Furious the saga ends with F9: The quick saga, many people may not know how the saga really started. It all started with a magazine article that lit an ever-burning fuse to this day.
“The Fast and the Furious” took the box office by storm in 20 years
In 2001, Paul Walker was not at all a famous actor. Vin Diesel had a little more notoriety: he had a stage tour in the cult hit No black but had not yet achieved fame. And yet these two were the protagonists of the very first Fast and furious film released 20 years ago.
Each sequel that followed increased the ridiculousness of the action sequences. What started out as a simple action movie about road thieves and illegal street racing has grown into a full-fledged franchise with car air chases and exotic locations. Each movie features new and more wacky stunts than the movie that came before it. It added more star power: Everyone from action stars like Dwayne John and Jason Statham to respected actors like Dame Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron joined the party.
The Fast and the Furious It may be coming to an end, but there is no denying its success. Every movie has been a box office hit, critics to hell. Movies may not be high art, but they seem to let audiences have a good time in the cinema.
How a magazine article inspired the ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise
We do not know what will inspire a successful film. Many Disney movies are based on fairy tales or old fables. Many films are based on books. Famous authors like Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy have seen their novels adapted for the big screen. The new cinema Zola is based on a popular Twitter thread. Movies can come from just about anywhere.
The Fast and the Furious was based on a magazine article.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Kenneth Li wrote the article for Vibe Magazine in 1998. The title was Racer X. It told the story of a drag racer named Rafael Estevez from the Dominican Republic.
“I was a journalist at New York Daily News and I had written about illegal drag racing on the local tracks, but it was a family journal so they didn’t want me to write about the criminal aspect of it. It was intoxicating that there was this world of kids tuning their cars, making money and killing themselves. “
Li couldn’t believe it when he got a call from a studio to make it into a movie:
“I didn’t know anyone in Hollywood at the time and a random call came in from Universal that I thought was a prank.”
It wasn’t, and the rest was history.
How ‘F9: the Fast Saga’ will conclude ‘the Fast and the Furious’ franchise
So will the saga end? According to IMDb, the final film is now in theaters. They added one more star to the franchise for good measure: the former WWE and Blockers starring John Cena. He plays Jakob, the younger brother of Vin Diesel’s character. While Cena often plays the good guy in wrestling and in the movies, he plays the heel here.
While the jury is still out on where F9 ranks compared to the rest of the series, one thing is certain: Li’s article changed the face of Hollywood forever.
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