After the box office hit Furious 7, it is not surprising to have Fast and Furious 8. Vin Diesel mentioned, “Paul [Walker] used to say that eight was guaranteed. And in some ways, when your brother guarantees something, you sometimes feel like you have to make sure it comes to pass. So, if fate has it – fate, F8 – then you’ll get it. ‘Furious 7′ was for Paul; 8 is from Paul.”
Director F. Gary Gray will now be joining the team together with Universal Chairman Donna Langley and NBC Universal Vice-chairman Ron Meyer. With Director Gray on board, Fast 8 may be on a “darker” direction now, bringing more emphasis to the storyline while still having big stunts. The team is planning sets of prequels and sequels, even allowing for a trilogy to start.
Meyer, on the other hand, says there is little or no possibility that Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner will be brought back. But he may still be represented in some flashback scenes. Franchise producer Neal Mortiz said Paul’s character has moved on and that is where they’re starting.
Eva Mendes’ character, agent Monica Fuentes from 2 Fast 2 Furious may have a comeback possibly teaming up with Hobbs and Dom. Jason Statham’s character, Deckard Shaw, might just also come back from being in prison. Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black’s character, Sean Boswell may even take Brian’s place as Vin’s right-hand man. But with Brian’s character gone, the team says it will be a challenge to fit Jordana Brewster’s character, Mia in the story.
On another rumor, Hobbs may even already have a love interest. Emmanuel as Ramsey may now also become a fully-fledged member of Vin’s gang. Rumors have it that Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, and Matt Damon may also join Fast and Furious 8.
Fast and Furious 8 will be set in New York but the team also is currently seeking approval from Cuba and the US government for filming some parts there. Russia and Iceland may as well be considered. The movie is estimated to be released on April 2017. Furious 9 and 10 will follow in 2019 and 2021 respectively.