F. Gary Gray Enters Talks To Direct “Furious 8”

F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton,” “The Italian Job”) appears to have beaten out Adam Wingard (“The Guest”), Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) and Will Eubank (“The Signal”) for the job of helming the eighth film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Yesterday Variety revealed the four who had met with Universal about the gig. With Justin Lin committed to “Star Trek Beyond” and James Wan turning down a lucrative offer to return to the franchise a few weeks ago, the hunt began for a new director.

Though Vin Diesel had suggested himself or Rob Cohen in social media postings about the issue, the studio reportely never took that idea into consideration. Gray seemed the best fit, but there was said to be concern over a potential conflict with Marvel’s “Black Panther” film for which he’s also a contender.

Now though, Heat Vision says a meeting took place a few hours ago and actor/producer Vin Diesel has reportedly agreed to the choice. Diesel then promptly posted a shot of himself and Gray together.

Actual negotiations with Gray are expected to begin later today. Production on “Furious 8” is slated to begin in April with pre-production already underway.