Fresh off of one of the biggest box office opening weekends of all time, fans of the Fast and the Furious series are already amping up for the next installment of the long-running action series.
Given that the current temperature for a Fast 8 film is a resounding HELL YES from audiences, and that back in 2014 Universal chairman Donna Langley said that there would be at least 10 films in the series, the studio still faces a number of speed bumps to manage before jumping into production.
Even though the 10 movie mark still seems to be the plan, Fast 8 has yet to find someone to pen the screenplay or a director to helm the next adrenaline-pumping film.
Initially, the Furious 7 director, James Wan, signed on for a two-film deal, but after facing a taxing shoot which included the shocking death of the franchise star, Paul Walker, halfway through shooting, Wan's fate in the franchise seems much more up in the air.
Producer Neal Moritz told The Hollywood Reporter:
Honestly, we're just bathing in the success of this. We'll probably get together in a week or so to talk.
Moritz's statment is completely understandable given the record-breaking weekend that earned the studios nearly $400 million worldwide. I think the cast and crew behind the Fast and Furious franchise are ready to take a well-deserved breather before rushing into their next project.
Although there's no start date to the next, and eagerly anticipated, installment of the Fast and Furious series, there's plenty of evidence that suggests they will be able to keep La Familia together.
Not only is there talk from Vin Diesel that Fast 8 will take place in New York, being a co-producer, we know that he's game for another film.
But because so much of the recurring cast members sign onto the movies on a film-by-film basis after contract renegotiations, there's no promising who will come back. On the plus side, this leaves a lot of room for more familiar faces to join or re-join the Fast and Furious family.
The latest actress who has expressed interest in appearing in the next film is none other than Oscar-winning Dame Helen Mirren! In an interview with Yahoo!Movies, Mirren stated:
My great ambition is to be in a Fast and Furious movie. I so want to be a mad driver in a Fast & Furious movie.
I don't know about you guys, but I'd be more than down to see Helen Mirren playing a badass character in the franchise.
Moritz, who co-produces with Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell, also said that the next story needs to be even better than Furious 8.
[The story] is going to have to be something enticing for all of us. It has to be as good as or better [than Furious 7].
How they plan on topping [Furious 7](movie:264263) is beyond me. I also imagine some people will want to end the franchise on Paul Walker's tearful goodbye at the end of Furious 7. Still, I'm sure that if it feels right to Vin and team they'll find a way to make it work.