Universal Pictures, the studio behind the films, is also behind the efforts "to broaden the series' reach," and the whispers about it have been going on for at least two years now. Dwayne Johnson's appearance as diplomatic security service agent Luke Hobbs in 2011's Fast Five had interviewers asking him about a spinoff even before Fast & Furious 6 showed up in theaters in 2013. At first Johnson said there'd be a Hobbs-centered movie "possibly after" Fast 6, but that changed to after Furious 7 so that his character arc could be completed.
The direction for the coming films is said to be on story, since even the movie's backers say you can't make do with just bigger explosions. Diesel said that F. Gary Gray, the director who did Straight Outta Compton, will "bring the darkness out and bring out the character." We're all for that. The Fast and the Furious came out in 2001, so if they reprise that story and focus on the cars, we could see more mainstream, affordable sports cars. There's every chance that they'll be bright orange.