Last years Fast & Furious 7 was praised by both fans and critics alike. Not to mention a very impressive 1.516 billion at the worldwide box office. We had to know that when Vin Diesel said a finally trilogy was coming, he wasn’t just revving his engine. In typical Diesel fashion, the news comes via the star’s Instragram account:
The last installment was directed by James Wan and was plagued with set problems. Most notably the untimely passing of the films second star Paul Walker. With a incredibly heartfelt send off for the late actors character, the future of the franchise was a bit shady, despite Diesels claims of one last trilogy. But it looks like the finale is on its way.
Fast 8 will be coming on April 14th 2017, the ninth installment on April 19th 2019, and the tenth and final film on April 2nd 2021. It was no surprise, at least to me, that we would be getting more of these films (Diesel has been proclaiming them for at least a year now).
Fast & Furious 8 is set to be helmed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, which only adds to the excitement of the finale. Straight Outta Compton, a film some say is being snubbed at this years Oscars, was brilliantly directed. Word is, according to Heroic Hollywood‘s Umberto Gonzalez, that Diesel has been lobbying to get Gal Godat to return to the franchise.
He reported on Meet The Movie Press that Eva Mendez has declined to return to the franchise, as well as Charlize Theron declining on joining. How Godat’s Gisele would return remains unclear, but given her current high profile role as DC’s Wonder Woman, it would only be a another boost to the already booming franchise. I for one can not wait to see what we have in store for the epic conclusion to this saga that started nearly two decades ago.