I’ve said before that I reckon this series should have ended with the last one as a mark of respect to Paul Walker, especially considering its poignant final scene, but no, the franchise is continuing, spurred on by the huge box office grosses of Furious 7. A short while back, it was announced that the team behind the popular series are developing prequels and spin-off movies featuring some of the characters. For now though, the focus is on the next ‘proper’ Fast And Furious entry, and it’s going to be directed by F. Gary Gray, whose last film was the very fine musical biopic Straight Outta Compton. He sounds like an odd choice, but it seems that the next entry is going to be darker.
Anyway, all this was announced some time ago, but Vin Diesel has just revealed the name of the next film on Instagram. It’s….Fast 8. It’s not great is it, though it does complement the title of the last one. He’s also released the first poster for the film, replete with the New York City skyline, though a couple of weeks ago news broke that that Universal was looking to make this the first major studio film to shoot in Cuba. Vin Diesel has said that he has three more Fast And Furious films in him, though Universal brass have hinted that there could be some flexibility with that number. It’ll really depend on how well the films do commercially. They’ve also said to us that:
“Paul won’t be in it, but he’ll be represented in some form or another but whether his image is in it, I can’t tell you yet, but he won’t be in the film as a performer, as an actor, the way we did it last time. It will still be ‘Fast and Furious,’ it will just be without Paul.”
Fast 8 will hit cinemas in April 17, 2017.