The Fast and Furious series has managed to survive many things to date - not least terrible sequels (2 Fast, come on?) and a tiresome obsession with street-racing which eventually gave way to blockbusting action-adventure. And then, at the end of 2013, true tragedy struck when leading actor Paul Walker died in a car crash.
And yet, somehow, the show has gone on. A new release date was sought and the script was redeveloped to retain Walker's character rather than killing him off - which is a fitting tribute to the star. It has all come at considerable expense, with the rumoured budget ballooning past $300 million.
Here's what you get for that kind of cash.
There's no doubt Universal needs the film to be a hit but even more importantly the changes have made it possible for further sequels - extra cash which will be essential to propping up the studio. Director Justin Lin is rumoured to be returning to the Fast fold (James Wan helmedFurious 7) and it seems Lin might have at least three further flicks to manage.
He's apparently back on board to take on a massive, multi-film project which will shoot at the same time and bring the series to a massive finale. Which sounds about right given the fact that's it's gotten bigger and bigger every year. Now, according to comments from Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley, there's a trilogy on the way.
“Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it’s also an opportunity to introduce new characters. I think it’s still a growing franchise. We’ll see what happens with Furious 7, obviously, but our box office has grown over the past three or four films and internationally, in particular. So we think that there’s more to mine there. But we’re of course very mindful about fatigue.”
"We think there's at least three more," she finished.
Bring them on, we say.
Furious 7 is in cinemas in April 2015.