The Fast and the Furious franchise has had a pretty interesting trajectory compared to many of the other action film properties in the industry right now. Starting out as a more racing-based franchise, the series has since followed the same crew (more or less) through their continued adventures, which usually involves them in the front seat of same very fast cars. However, 2011′s Fast Five actually managed to change things up with the franchise’s story and premise, by introducing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Hobbs as the main antagonist, the franchise began to tell more exhilarating straight-up action stories than any of its predecessors. The pattern continued in Fast & Furious 6 and this year’s Furious 7, which also included the heartfelt farewell to long-time cast member Paul Walker.
The franchise has managed to span the entire globe through the past seven films though, as each newest installment finds a different way for a bunch of people to drive really fast cars through beautiful locations. After recently landing Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray at the helm too, it looks like we finally know what locations we can expect to see from the 8th installment in the franchise.
During his recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Vin Diesel has officially confirmed that Fast and Furious 8 will take place in New York City, featuring the crew speeding around the streets of the big apple onscreen for the first time. According to Diesel though, the first film in the franchise was originally based on a magazine about New York speed racing, before the film’s location was eventually changed. Check out his full comments below:
It’ll be interesting to see where the franchise is planning on heading now that Paul Walker’s character has unfortunately been retired from the franchise, and with Furious 7 seeming to find a suitable conclusion for the series. Diesel has stated previously that he wants to take the future films back into the street racing genre they originated in, and with F. Gary Gray set to direct, it’s entirely possible that Fast and Furious 8 could be a much more stylistic, arcade-style film than the previous three installments, and I actually think Gray could make the racing work better than it has in the past.
There’s no word yet on which of the cast members will be returning, and while I personally hope they find some way to work Johnson’s Hobbs back into the story somehow, it looks like the films might be more different from the last trilogy than we had previously expected. I guess we’ll jut have to wait and see.
Furious 8 is set to hit theatres on April 14th, 2017.
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