Tom Cruise wants to go there for an action movie. James Bond beat him to it. Jason Vorhees took horror up there. Now the twin powers of car and “fambly” may be heading for outer space.

Fast and Furious started life as a lightweight movie set in the world of LA street racing. Cars went through aggressive gear changes despite having automatic transmissions and an American muscle car stretched the bounds of credibility by not being completely defeated by a corner.

It then became some sort of heist adventure, before pushing through and somehow becoming a car based espionage techno-thriller to which the simple laws of physics refused to apply. So we guess it was only a matter of time before it went full Moonraker.

Now a man who chooses to refer to himself as Ludacris has dropped a hint that this may indeed be the plan. He has been in six of the nine movies so far, including the new one, and he was on a SiriusXM radio interview with Jess Cagle and Julia Cunningham. When they cracked a joke about space being in the plans Ludacris became coy:

“I will say that you are very intuitive, because you said something right, but I’m not going to give it away.”

He then tried to back away from the statement:

“I don’t know. I don’t know what you said.”

Last year the screenwriter Chris Morgan similarly did not dismiss the idea:

“I will say – what’s the best way to answer this? – you’ll have to wait and see. Listen, as long as the stakes were set up correctly, then I’m down for whatever.”

Ludacris then then discussed the COVID delay and the later release of Fast 9:

“That just gives the editors a little more time to perfect it even more. So, now I can only imagine what’s going to happen. Hypothetically, if there is a Fast 10 and 11, and you understand the time the creatives, the people who are writing these scripts right now have to make these the best possible sequels of all time – I can’t even imagine. That is what I am thinking.”

F9: The Fast Saga will be released in April 2021 as long as Universal and the theaters manage to patch things up.