Earlier this week, Vin Diesel confirmed rumors that he was holding up Fast & Furious 8 with his director's search. He wants the next film to be perfect. And he has a lot vested in it. Previous rumors claimed he wanted to direct the sequel himself. He's now gone on record, addressing his fans on Facebook. Yes, he explains, his mother did urge him to direct Fast & Furious 8 or he wouldn't make the movie. But it doesn't sound like that is happening. Instead, Vin Diesel wants to bring in longtime collaborated and director of the very first movie in the franchise, 2001's The Fast and the Furious, to return to the helm. This is what Vin Diesel has to say on the current state of Fast & Furious:
It is no secret that my good friend Justin [Lin] and I have been very intensely discussing the trilogy, as we have dreamed it for almost a decade. We know that when we re-team we will shock the world. It is also no secret that he is finishing [Star Trek Beyond] for J.J. [Abrams] and won't be done in time for us to make the date the studio wanted me to announce of April 14th 2017. This would leave 8 without an obvious go to director...
I will share something crazy that my mother said six months ago after the studio had me announce the date for 8 to the world..."Either you direct 8 yourself... or don't do it." Some of you vinbook pioneers are all too familiar with my mother's wisdom, as I have posted her sayings in the past on Our page...but I wrote it off as just a mother's love and belief in me, though she has seen first hand what I've done to make these movies defy expectations and become increasingly successful, even when the studio thought I was crazy... haha.
Back to the matter of 8...First and most importantly is the SCRIPT, which has to be great. Hopefully the writer will deliver something within the next two weeks...Before my The Last Witch Hunter press tour begins. There has always been the desire by Paul [Walker] to have Rob [Cohen] direct one more, this is what fueled my campaign...I believe that he can and would reset the franchise nicely, returning to what was the core of the film in the beginning...Racing. He would also handle the Brian O'connor issue with integrity, given that he and David Ayer were the ones who initially created that beloved character in the first place.
Ultimately we all want the best film to honor what we have created and what you the audience has adopted as your favorite franchise. I will leave this matter in the studios hands for a moment while I release The Last Witch Hunter and start production of the long awaited Xander Returns. Again, we make these films with Our hearts. (End)
This could be interesting. Rob Cohen and Vin Diesel first worked together on 2001's The Fast and the Furious. They retimed on 2002's xXx. Rob Cohen latest film as a director was the cheapie thriller The Boy Next Door, which came from Blumhouse and starred Jennifer Lopez. He is set to next director the 2016 Road House remake starring Ronda Rousey. Looking at his previous films, it's not quite clear if this director has what it takes to create a movie that will top the sheer insanity of Furious 7. He may simply be too old school, as The Boy Next Door proved he has a very 90s sensibility, which may not work in 2017. Then again, 90s nostalgia has reached a fever pitch, and perhaps that's what the franchise needs.
Back in March, just before Furious 7 hit theaters, Vin Diesel appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he revealed that Furious 7 starts a new trilogy, and that Fast & Furious 8 will be set in New York City. The actor/producer also teased that Kurt Russell's character, Mr. Nobody, will play an important role in Fast & Furious 8. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have also confirmed that they'll be back as Hobbs and Ian Shaw. 2 Fast 2 Furious star Eva Mendes may also return as U.S. Customs agent Monica Fuentes. Other franchise stars such as Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black are expected to return as well.
It isn't known yet who is writing the screenplay at this time. Chris Morgan, who wrote The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7, is currently shepherding Universal Pictures' shared monsters universe with Alex Kurtzman, so it isn't known if he will be available to write Fast & Furious 8. Do you think Rob Cohen is the right person for Fast & Furious 8?