It looks like Universal's blockbuster "Fast and the Furious" franchise has three last rides left in it.
Over the weekend, star and producer Vin Diesel revealed that he and the studio have agreed to "one last Trilogy to end the saga." Whether that means "Furious 7" is the beginning of a new trilogy, as he suggested last year, or the count will start with the upcoming eighth film, remains to be seen.
Diesel wrote on Facebook:
The fans of the Fast & Furious SAGA are the best fans in the world... Since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way... literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you.
My producing partner Neal [Moretz] would love for me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be very carefully handled. To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to helm Fast 8 yet... let alone seen a script.
Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision... they have been like family... I promised the studio I would deliver one last Trilogy to end the saga.
I will announce the directors on my next post...
The post follows a story last week by The Hollywood Reporter indicating Universal is having trouble finding a replacement for director James Wan, and that Diesel proved difficult to work with on "Furious 7." According to the report, Diesel must be consulted before a director is hired, but doesn't possess veto power.