/fast-furious-8-movie-director-james-wan/Earlier this morning, it was revealed that an announcement about Fast & Furious 8 would be made soon. We just didn't realize how soon. Appearing on stage at CinemaCon, a teary-eyed Vin Diesel thanked theater owners and once again remembered his friend Paul Walker for what the actor brought to this action franchise. He then announced that Fast & Furious 8 has an official release date of April 14, 2017 with the film once again arriving to kick off the summer season a little early.

Furious 7 has already earned $1.158 billion at the global box office since opening over Easter Weekend, and it is poised to take the top spot for the fourth week in a row this Friday. Furious 7 is the first film in Universal history to reach $1 billion during its initial theatrical run, with $857.9 million coming from overseas audiences and an additional $300.5 million coming from North American distribution. It's no mystery why Universal wants to keep this franchise humming along.

Vin Diesel recently revealed that Furious 7 sets up a new trilogy, which will be continued in Fast & Furious 8. The action will take place in New York, and hopefully bring back 2 Fast 2 Furious star Eva Mendes and franchise newcomer Kurt Russell. Aside from Vin Diesel, no other cast members have been announced. No further updates were made at CinemaCon, and it isn't known if Furious 7 director James Wan will return, or if the team will have to find someone new.

B. Alan Orange