Back in late March, a few days before Furious 7 opened in theaters, franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that this sequel starts a new trilgoy, and that they already have plans for Fast & Furious 8, which will be set in New York City. After Furious 7 broke box office records by becoming the fastest movie to make $1 billion at the box office worldwide, we knew Fast & Furious 8 was surely coming, although Universal has yet to make any sort of official announcement. Producer Neal H. Moritz spoke to Collider at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week, and asked when fans might be hearing any updates on Fast & Furious 8, he teased that an announcement may be coming soon. But the filmmakers are still taking in the overwhelming success of Furious 7 at the moment.
"If that's going to happen, it's going to be soon. Well, we're definitely talking about it, but we've also kind of all said to ourselves, 'Let's relish this moment of Furious 7. Let's relish it, and there will be plenty of time to talk about Fast 8."
James Wan took the helm for Furious 7, replacing longtime franchise director Justin Lin. We know that James Wan is returning to his horror roots for his next project, The Conjuring 2, which starts production this fall. When asked if James Wan could return for Fast & Furious 8, Neal H. Moritz said they "don't know yet," so it's possible that another director could take over. Don't expect that filmmaker to be Justin Lin, though, since he has already committed to directing Star Trek 3 for Paramount.
Vin Diesel teased back in March that Furious 7 star Kurt Russell may return as Mr. Nobody in Fast & Furious 8, but no cast members have been confirmed, and it isn't even known if a script is being worked on at this time. Chris Morgan wrote the scripts for the last five movies (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7), but he is currently working on the Universal Pictures shared monster universe with Alex Kurtzman, and it isn't known if he will even be available to write Fast & Furious 8. Do you think Fast & Furious 8 should be put into development as quickly as possible? Or do you think the franchise should take a little break before moving forward with Fast & Furious 8? Let us know what you think below.