Fast And The Furious Isn’t The Only Franchise With 10 Or More Movies
This week on Instagram, Fast and Furious star and apparently-also-publicist Vin Diesel officially announced there will be three more Fast and Furious movies coming our way before the franchise runs out of gas.
It’s unlikely anyone who saw The Fast and the Furious back in 2001 thought the movie would spawn nine sequels, but after Furious 7 made $1.5 billion worldwide last year we’ve gone from unlikely to inevitable. Before we get too excited about what an accomplishment this is for the series, let’s take a look at 10 other franchises that enjoyed 10 or more movies.
Eat your heart out, Toretto. Since the first Halloween (written, directed, and scored by John Carpenter) hit theatres in 1978, there have been no less than nine sequels. The craziest part of this franchise comparison? Both Halloween and Fast and the Furious took strange detours with the third entry. Halloween III: Season of the Witch is best remembered as the only Halloween title to not feature Michael Meyers. Sound familiar, Tokyo Drift?
9. The Muppets
Since 1979’s The Muppet Movie, there have been nine more Muppet movies, and although not all of them may be amazing, the Muppets’ whacky self-referential humour has kept generations of kiddos and adults entertained. The 2011 relaunch even managed to bag an Oscar for Best Original Song, something Furious 7 had hoped to do with “See You Again.” Oh well, there’s always Furious 8, 9 and 10.
8. The Pink Panther
Coming in at number eight is The Pink Panther, spanning 11 movies in 45 years. The series shares a similar third movie oddity as Halloween and Fast and Furious. In 1968’s Inspector Clouseau, Alan Arkin takes on the titular role, replacing Peter Sellers, who would return for the remaining six films before the 2006 reboot, starring Steve Martin.
7. Friday the 13th
With 12 movies in the classic horror franchise, Friday the 13th takes our lucky number seven spot. Fun fact: Jason didn’t don his iconic hockey mask until the third instalment. Part three coincidence or trend? We’ll let you decide.
6. Star Trek
Technically tied for the number six spot, Star Trek comes in ahead of Friday the 13th for the sheer amount of other Star Trek content that exists outside the movies. With 12 features behind the Star Trek moniker—and number 13 on the way—the Enterprise has certainly made its mark. Not too shabby for a series that was cancelled after three seasons.
5. The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Currently sitting at 12 films produced and distributed under Marvel Studios, there are 11 more confirmed on the way. 11. More. Never has there been a more accurate representation of Marvel vs. Fast and Furious than the above gif.
4. The Land Before Time
With 13–no, hang on, 14–films in the series, The Land Before Time takes our number four spot. For those who don’t keep up with LBT news, the 14th, subtitled Journey of the Brave, dropped last Tuesday.
Here’s where things start to go beyond what you might think are an acceptable number of movies in a series. With 19 films and counting since 1998, Pokémon takes number three. Hey, look! It’s Pikachu and Togepi swimming in what I imagine is liquid money. Interestingly enough, Pikachu has been printed onto actual money in the sovereign state of Niue.
2. James Bond
The James Bond films are perhaps the closest on this list to the Fast and Furious saga, genre-wise. 007 takes the number two spot, with 23 movies and seven different Bonds (even more if you count television specials and radio dramas).
With 30 movies in the franchise, Godzilla takes, and stomps on, the cake. Oddly enough, a young George Takei narrated and starred in the American version of the sequel, re-titled Gigantis the Fire Monster, likely to trick audiences into thinking this was an entirely new monster. Despite the many strange directions the King of Monsters has taken, Godzilla is getting yet another Japanese reboot, Godzilla Resurgence. Think you’re tough, Toretto? Talk to us in 60 years.