While enjoying the monumental and bittersweet success of the $384 million opening weekend for the latest “The Fast and the Furious” sequel, “Furious 7,” questions have cropped up about what’s next for the franchise’s family. Adding fuel to those questions are Vin Diesel and Kurt Russell’s recent promotional late-night stops. Producer Neal Moritz clarified some of the rumors about the future of the series.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Moritz said that Universal Studios would like to see as many as 10 movies in the series. That would mean at least one more trilogy for the cast and fans before putting the wheels up. That plan remains in effect from Universal Studio Chairman Donna Langley’s original statement.
As for the state of production on the next film? Not so fast. Moritz said the team is enjoying the completion and success of the project. "We'll probably get together in a week or so to talk," he said. Moritz explained that each of the movies tend to pick a release date first, then work their way through production. “Furious 8” has no current release date, but it could be announced in late April.
Another issue facing the production is the lack of screenplay and director. Returning series scribe Chris Morgan and Vin Diesel have yet to turn in a final script to begin shooting. Meanwhile, director James Wan was released from his two-picture contract after production was affected by Paul Walker’s death. The director is set to film a sequel to his horror hit “The Conjuring” this fall.
Diesel stated in his late-night appearance that the next installation of the “Fast and Furious” series will take place in New York City. Kurt Russell’s character Mr. Nobody, who was introduced in “Furious 7,” would likely have a significant part to play in the next film.