No shocker here: Furious 8 is happening.
Actor Vin Diesel announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday (April 23) that the Fast & Furious franchise would be rolling out yet another action-packed film, just weeks after Furious 7 dominated the box office, raking in $1 billion since its April 3 release date (a feat that only took the James Wan-directed film 17 days).
The movie’s worldwide success was tinged with sadness after one of the franchise’s leading men, Paul Walker, passed away in a fatal car crash in November 2013. Still, Furious 7 stars like Tyrese recently took to Instagram, mentioning that any follow-up would be made in Walker’s memory in his caption:
Everyday were working hard at protecting our brothers legacy and granting his wishes – there’s only SO many of who knew who he was and what his wishes were – Furious 7 was #ForPaul and if we decide to move forward Furious 8 will be #FromPaul – only through prayers and clarity will we figure out HOW to move forward be revealed to us – #FastFamily
Vin paid homage to Walker (whom he affectionately calls “Pablo”) during Thursday’s presentation, saying, “I swear to you and to my brother upstairs [Paul Walker], we are going to make the best movie you’ve ever seen.”
Furious 8 will race into theaters on April 14, 2017.
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