Run The Series: We ride the Fast And Furious series from B-movie start to A-list finish

With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.

The summer of 2001 was a big season for sequels, even by modern standards. There were follow-ups to Rush Hour, The Mummy, and American Pie; even Jurassic Park III did well. In addition, many of that summer’s non-sequels became part ones later, spawning additional installments that range from massive successes (the Shrek franchise) to footnotes (Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, And Blonde). Yet 14 years later, most of these series have long since ended. After long delays, The Mummy and Rush Hour managed one more sequel apiece, while Jurassic Park went into a decade-plus hibernation of development. Shrekmania subsided by 2010, and Planet Of The Apes, which Fox hoped to jump-start as a new series in 2001, had to be restarted again in 2011 before earning a regular …

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