We are now just a little more than 16 months away from the release date for the eighth Fast & Furious movie, but the blockbuster franchise’s next installment still doesn’t have a director. Justin Lin — who helmed the third, fifth, and sixth films — is busy with Star Trek Beyond, while Furious 7 director James Wan has returned to his Conjuring franchise, with an eye on an Aquaman standalone movie.
Recent reports have expressed Universal’s concern that Vin Diesel might nominate himself to fill the directorial void, speculation that the star teased in a new Facebook blast. “Either you direct 8 yourself… or don’t do it,” Diesel wrote, quoting his mother’s advice. “I wrote it off as just a mother’s love and belief in me, though she has seen first hand what I’ve done to make these movies defy expectations and become increasingly successful, even when the studio thought I was crazy.”
Diesel said he’s expecting a completed script in the next two weeks, but he’s not yet insisting on the job. In fact, he seemed to be lobbying for Rob Cohen, who directed the original Fast and the Furious and xXx, to get another chance behind the wheel. “There has always been the desire by Paul [Walker] to have Rob [Cohen] direct one more, this is what fueled my campaign,” he wroe. “I believe that he can and would reset the franchise nicely, returning to what was the core of the film in the beginning… racing. He would also handle the Brian O’Connor issue with integrity, given that he and David Ayer were the ones who initially created that beloved character in the first place.”
For the entire post, go to Diesel’s Facebook page.
Furious 8 is currently slated for an April 14, 2017 release.