Universal's Furious 7, which hits theaters this Friday, brings the franchise full circle, with Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew returning home to Los Angeles, after the franchise has gone to Miami, Tokyo, Panama, Rio de Janeiro and London. We reported earlier today that Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren has expressed her desire to play a villain alongside Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious 8, which hasn't been officially announced yet. While we wait for any official word from the studio on Fast & Furious 8, Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel offered some new insight into the sequel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. The actor revealed that the sequel already has a story in place that involves Kurt Russell's character from Furious 7, which will be set in New York City. Here's what Vin Diesel had to say below.
"I'll tell you something about Kurt Russell. You know I always think of these films, multiple pictures in advance. I think of them as trilogies. So, Kurt Russell came in for this movie, but we really hired him for a story that follow this, that takes place in New York. It's just some cool stuff that not everybody knows."
It certainly makes sense for the franchise to move to the Big Apple, keeping in line with the franchise's globe-trotting nature, which includes a visit to Abu Dhabi in Furious 7. While the project doesn't have a writer or director confirmed, it seems likely that Chris Morgan, who has written the last five movies, would come back to write the script. As for a director, Furious 7 filmmaker James Wan is making The Conjuring 2 next and Justin Lin, who directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, is making Star Trek 3, so it isn't immediately clear who would take the helm for this next outing.
Are you excited that the franchise is moving to the Big Apple? Who do you think should direct Fast & Furious 8? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more on this action-packed franchise. While we wait for more details to come in, check out Vin Diesel's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with the Fast & Furious 8 talk coming at the 2:35 mark.