Universal has chosen three names as potential directors to helm ‘Fast and Furious 8’, The Hollywood Reporter says.
The first name in the shortlist of directors is F. Gary Gray. He was the one behind the success of this summer’s box office hit “Straight Outta Compton“. A source considered him a front runner because he had an experience making a car-themed action movie such as 2003’s “The Italian Job“. If Gray ends up directing “Fast 8”, the movie will reunite him with Vin Diesel, whom he directed in “A Man Apart“.
The second name in contention is Louis Leterrier, the director of “The Incredible Hulk“, “The Transporter” and “Now You See Me“. Also competing for the directing gig is Adam Wingard, the filmmaker behind cult genre hits such as “The Guest“.
Recent rumors said that Diesel wanted Rob Cohen to be the “Furious 8” director. The 48-year-old star then fueled the speculations by making a statement in his Facebook page. “There has always been the desire by Paul [Walker] to have Rob direct one more,” Diesel wrote. “This is what fueled my campaign… I believe that he can and would reset the franchise nicely, returning to what was the core of the film in the beginning… racing.”
“Fast and Furious 8” is due to hit U.S. theaters on April 14, 2017.