Universal Pictures has reportedly narrowed the list of potential "Fast 8" directors to just three names.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, multiple sources point to F. Gary Gray ("Straight Outta Compton," "The Italian Job"), Louis Leterrier ("The Incredible Hulk," "The Transporter") and Adam Wingard ("The Guest," the upcoming "Death Note" adaptation).
TheWrap's report differs somewhat, contending that the choice is thought to be between Gray and another unidentified filmmaker, although Gray is thought to have the inside track (his credits include 2003's "A Man Apart, which starred Vin Diesel).
THR adds that the three contenders are due to meet this week with studio executives and Diesel, who as an executive producer has a say in who's hired to direct.
Last week the star appeared to be lobbying for "The Fast and the Furious" director Rob Cohen to return to the franchise, before fueling speculation that he might want to helm "Fast 8" himself. Neither scenario was considered likely.
Diesel has confirmed Universal agreed to "one last trilogy to end the saga," although it's not clear whether that includes "Furious 7" or starts with 2017's "Fast 8."