Fast and Furious to become stage show

The car-racing movie franchise is set for a live global tour, which producers promise will be the ‘most spectacular live-automotive production in history’

Fast and Furious, about a team of greasehead friends who use cars as vehicles to steal from the rich and give to the poor, is to become a stage show.

Seven instalments in Universal’s franchise have already been released; an eighth is out in the spring and at least two more are scheduled for forthcoming years.

The show promises to feature many of the cars featured in the films and recreations of key set pieces – but none of the cast have been linked to the production.

Said a press release: “Audiences will feel the heat from flaming exhausts and marvel at mind-blowing vehicular acrobatics as scene after scene unfolds with the most immersive, entertaining technology imaginable.”

The show will tour the world from January 2018; dates and venues have not yet been announced. The tour will be co-created by executive producers Chris Hughes and James Cooke-Priest, as well as writer/director Rowland French, who are the brand events team behind the Top Gear Live tour.

To date, the films have made almost $4bn worldwide. The eighth, titled The Fate of the Furious in the UK, is released on 14 April. New additions to the cast include Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.

Other recent films to transfer from the big screen to the proscenium arch include Sideways, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion King, Dirty Dancing, Rain Man and Mary Poppins.

Oscars frontrunner La La Land was named last month as the latest contender likely to make the move.

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Catherine Shoard

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