Proving once again that his Facebook page may be the single greatest source for breaking news, Vin Diesel used the social platform Monday night to tease a potentially big update for “Furious 8.” After it was revealed that the film is still on the lookout for a director, the Dominic Toretto actor posted a photo of him and accomplished filmmaker F. Gary Gray, hinting that the search may be over quite soon.
The photo, which is presented without a caption on the 48-year-old actor’s social media page, shows him sitting next to the “Straight Outta Compton” director with a collage of still images from the “Fast and the Furious” franchise positioned between them. While this seems to hint that the eighth installment in the popular action series has found its helmer, Variety notes that the race is still very much on.
According to the outlet, the search for a “Furious 8” director is down to just four people, including Gray. Joining him are Adam Wingard (“The Guests”), Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) and Will Eubank (“Love”). The Hollywood Reporter, which also named everyone but Eubank, has sources that claim each of the directors is set to meet with Diesel, but it’s unclear if that’s already happened and the actor posted a photo with his favorite, or if more selfies with famous directors are on the way.
In the event that the job does go to one of these four men, it will be a minor blow to Diesel and the rest of the cast’s desire to honor one of Paul Walker’s last wishes. It was previously reported that both Diesel and Tyrese Gibson took to Facebook to share the fact that their late co-star used to always talk about bringing the franchise’s first director, Rob Cohen, back to reground and re-establish the characters in the world of street racing. Cohen got the entire series started in 2001 with the release of “Fast and the Furious.” Unfortunately, it seems like Cohen is no longer a part of the directorial conversation.
Precious little is known about the plot of the unofficially titled “Furious 8" being that the “Furious 7” finale seemingly tied a nice little bow on all of the Toretto family's problems. It was previously revealed that the setting for the new movie will move the cast off the West coast and into the traffic-filled heart of New York City. “Furious 8” is scheduled to hit theaters on April 14, 2017.