Ever since production started on Fast and Furious 8, the crew has been crrying out a tradition called Fast Fridays, where various members of the team give fans a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the footage they've shot throughout the week. Today, the sequel decided to get the week off to a big start by unveiling a video that showcases a handful of the exotic and classic cars that will be used in the sequel. All of the cars seen in this video are valued at more than $17 million.
The video, which debuted on the franchise's Facebook page, features vehicle coordinator Dennis McCarthy, who gives us a glimpse at this incredible collection of cars. While we don't get to see any of these cars in action, Dennis McCarthy says in this 15-minute video that these vehicles will be used in a scene he describes as "automotive Valhalla." Perhaps we'll get a sneak peek at this scene in an upcoming Fast Fridays video. But we'll have to wait and see.
We have previously seen a number of cars in action from the Fast Fridays videos with an Iceland car chase and an epic zombie car stunt in Cleveland. Very little is known about the plot thus far, but hopefully we'll learn more as filming continues. If the brief videos that have surfaced from the set are any indication, this could very well be the biggest Fast & Furious movie yet.
The story will primarily take place in New York, with production set for the Big Apple, Atlanta and Russia. The crew has already shot in Cuba and Iceland. It is believed that the Cuba scenes will introduce fans to Dominic Torreto's Cuban family. It isn't known how long principal photography is scheduled to last on Fast & Furious 8, but we know this will be the first installment of the franchise's final trilogy. Universal has already set an April 19, 2019 release date for Fast & Furious 9, and the franchise closes out with Fast & Furious 10 on April 2, 2021.
F. Gary Gray, who directed last year's critical and commercial sensation Straight Outta Compton, is taking the helm on Furious 8, working from a script by Chris Morgan. The writer is responsible for penning every movie in the series, except for the first two, 2001's The Fast and the Furious and 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious. Universal has already set an April 14, 2017 release date for Fast & Furious 8, and it currently has that date all to itself. But it will be hitting theaters one week after Warner Bros.' Going In Style remake and Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village. Take a look at this new behind-the-scenes video from the Fast & Furious 8 set, and stay tuned for more on this sequel.