Despite its success, it has always been known that the “Fast and Furious” franchise could not go on forever. A few months back came word that Universal had made loose plans to close out the series with the tenth entry.
Then last week came word that the studio was having difficulty setting a director for the in the works “Furious 8” and that star Vin Diesel was proving ‘difficult’ to work with.
Now, Diesel himself has taken to Facebook to essentially confirm the first report and explain the second in a posting about where the franchise stands now and where it’s going. He says:
The fans of the Fast & Furious SAGA are the best fans in the world… Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way… literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you.
My producing partner Neal would love for me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be very carefully handled. To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to helm Fast 8 yet… let alone seen a script.
Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision… they have been like family… I promised the studio I would deliver one last trilogy to end the saga. I will announce the directors on my next post.”
“Furious 8” is currently targeting an April 14th 2017 release.