Actor Ma Dong Seok has revealed that the “Outlaws” film franchise will continue up to its eighth installment.
On May 24th, during an interview for the movie “The Roundup: No Way Out” (directed by Lee Sang Yong) held in Seoul’s Jongno-gu, Ma Dong Seok expressed his thoughts as both an actor and a franchise series creator.
The film “The Roundup: No Way Out” which will be released on the 31st, portrays the thrilling crime-fighting operation of the irreplaceable monster detective Ma Seok Do (Ma Dong Seok) as he moves to Seoul’s Gwangsu Street to capture Joo Sung Chul (Lee Joon Hyuk), the mastermind behind a new drug crime, and Ricky (Akio Otsuka), another villain involved in the drug case.
Ma Dong Seok not only delivers a compelling performance as the face of the franchise as Ma Seok Do but also plays a role as a creator involved in planning the screenplay and casting. He revealed, “I am currently working on the screenplay for outlaws 5 and 6 I am also waiting for an opportunity to shoot a Hollywood film. When asked about ‘Eternals,’ he mentioned, “I have a contract to shoot three films over ten years. It could be ‘Eternals 2,’ entering a different world, becoming a solo movie, or even becoming a drama on Disney+,” hinting at future projects.
Ma Dong Seok previously stated that the “Outlaws” franchise would continue up to its eighth installment. Regarding this, he said, “Franchise films are a dream for filmmakers. I felt the same way. That’s why I am trying and striving to develop it,” expressing his enthusiasm.
He continued, “Like the ‘Fast & Furious’ or ‘007’ series, there may come a point where an installment lacks excitement. However, franchise films have their own advantages. Since the audience is already familiar with the world, we can provide less explanation,” he explained.
Ma Dong Seok mentioned that there are over 50 cases he heard from real detectives, but after careful selection, eight stories suitable for action were chosen. He revealed, “We have completed the synopsis for all eight films.”
When asked if the character Ma Seok Do will appear throughout the franchise, he replied, “I will most likely appear in all eight installments, but various combinations can be formed.” He added, “There may be versions set in foreign countries or spin-off stories. Hollywood studios are also interested in the outlaws franchise, so discussions are ongoing. We are also considering creating a Hollywood version,” he concluded.