Fast & Furious 8 Movie Casting News: F. Gary Gray confirmed via Twitter that he will direct “Fast and Furious 8.” The “Straight Outta Compton” director was recently named as a favorite by Vin Diesel.
“Cant ask for better partners than Vin, Neal & Universal. Excited to bring u the next chapter of the #FastFamily sagam,” Gray tweeted.
The next installment in the Fast And Furious series begins filming next year.
Vin Diesel recently confirmed that the next installment of Fast And Furious is in development. The next movie will be set in New York. The producers are looking for a director.
James Wan, Justin Lin and Jaume Collet-Serra all had to turn down Fast And Furious 8 because they were already scheduled for other films. James Wan is slated to direct “Robotech” and “Aquaman;” Justin Lin will be directing “Star Trek Beyond;” Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the shark drama film “The Shallows.”
Lin directed six installments of the Fast and Furious franchise before James Wan took over to direct Fast & Furious 7. Wan will be directing “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist.”
The search for a director for “Fast & Furious 8” came down to four potential names. F. Gary Gray,Louis Leterrier, Adam Wingard and William Eubank,
F. Gary Gray most recently directed Universal’s hip hop drama “Straight Outta Compton.” He also directed “The Italian Job,” “Law Abiding Citizen” and “Friday.”
Published reports say Gray was also on the shortlist to direct Marvel’s “Black Panther,” but joined the Fast And Furious pit crew after a meeting with Vin Diesel.
Louis Leterrier directed “The Transporter,” “The Transporter 2,” “Unleashed,” Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk” and “Now You See Me.”
Adam Wingard directed the horror film “You’re Next” and “The Gues.” Wingard is next slated to direct “Death Note.”
William Eubank co-wrote and directed “The Signal,” is also being considered.
The directors will meet with Diesel later this week.
Paul Walker played Brian O’Connor in the first 7 “Fast & Furious” movies and the rumors say Paul’s brother Cody will take over the gig.
“Furious 7″ earned $1.15 billion at the worldwide box office. It is number on the list of highest-grossing films of all time.
Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody will also make a comeback. Diesel previously revealed that “Fast & Furious 8” will be set in New York City. It will feature the return of Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody, who disappeared in Furious 7.
Universal Studios recently unveiled their new Fast and Furious ride which was dedicated to the late Paul Walker, who died is a tragic car crash late November 2013.
“Furious 8″ will hit theaters April 14, 2017.