With the seventh Fast and Furious movie becoming one of the highest grossing films of all-time earlier this year, it’s obvious that the once divisive (and now generally beloved) franchise is going nowhere any time soon. At one time a series which frequently met the scorn of critics, the decision to embrace the silliness of the premise and deliver some awe inspiring stunts has turned things around, with moviegoers also embracing the characters who were at one point destined to go direct to DVD.
That was a long time ago though, and as of right now, the hunt is on to find a director to take the helm of 2017’s Fast and Furious 8. Recent reports indicated that star and producer Vin Diesel may have been holding the search up, but he’s now taken to his Facebook page to set the record straight about where things currently stand.
In the process, he’s also confirmed rumours from last year that Universal are plotting one final trilogy of Fast and Furious movies (before presumably rebooting the franchise with a new group of young actors).
“The fans of the Fast & Furious SAGA are the best fans in the world… Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way… literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you. My producing partner Neal would love for me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be very carefully handled. To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to helm Fast 8 yet… let alone seen a script. Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision… they have been like family… I promised the studio I would deliver one last Trilogy to end the saga. I will announce the directors on my next post…”
Rumour has it that the studio is worried Diesel himself may end up deciding to direct, but there’s certainly no indication of that being the case here. Regardless, a director will have to be announced soon, and as it was once reported that the plan is to shoot this trilogy back to back, it will be interesting to see if they manage to nab one filmmaker for all three, or if the plan has changed.
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