Last week, it was revealed that Universal are struggling to find a director for the next Fast and Furious movie, in part because producer and star Vin Diesel is holding up the process by being involved with the decision process. While the future of the franchise was never in doubt (Fast and Furious 7 is after all one of the highest grossing movies of all-time), the studio needs to find someone soon, especially with that April 14th, 2017 looming on the horizon.
Well, the actor has now taken to his Facebook page to set the record straight on the hunt for a director, but he’s confirmed in the process reports from last year that the next three Fast and Furious movies (a trilogy) are going to the the last as the franchise is brought to an end.
“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…”
Whether or not Universal will actually let the franchise come to an end remains to be seen, as rebooting the series with a younger cast once this Fast and Furious trilogy is over would make a lot more sense, especially as it’s become such a good earner from them in recent years. Regardless, it sounds like we’ll know more about Fast and Furious 8 very soon…