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‘Fast and Furious’ To Get Its Own Marvel-Style Shared Universe
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When it comes to big blockbuster franchises, if you are not a part of a shared universe, then you aren’t doing it right. Marvel Studios is doing it with the MCU, and WB is doing it for their DC Comics in the DCCU. Some studios have attempted and failed to make their own, while others are playing catch up. But for the Fast and Furious franchise, now seems like the perfect time to jump on the shared universe bandwagon, and cash-in on the biggest Hollywood trend.

Franchise star Vin Diesel shared the latest development in a recent interview while talking about Furious 8 and the future of the franchise. More on the story below.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’s F. Gary Gray In Talks To Direct ‘Furious 8’
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It was only yesterday that a reported shortlist had Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray as a frontrunner to helm Furious 8. The Incredible Hulk‘s Louis Leterrier, You’re Next‘s Adam Wingard, and The Signal‘s William Eubank were also among the top candidates for the job.

Vin Diesel consults with Universal on their decision but ultimately, he is not the one who gets to hire or fire. Despite that, he and producer Neal Mortiz have been in talks with the four choices, and it seems that they have settled on Gray. More on the story below.

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F. Gary Gray Tops ‘Fast and Furious 8’ Directing Shortlist
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Rumors of Vin Diesel possibly directing Fast and Furious 8 started to emerge when reports surfaced of the film experiencing production problems before lensing. The actor was quick to distance himself from the job saying he wasn’t interested in getting involved in studio politics. But he did confirm that he talked to Universal, and promised that there will be one final Fast and Furious trilogy. He added that he and producing partner Neal Moritz weren’t simply going to sign off on any director for a franchise as special as Fast and Furious, and that no one has seen a script.

Well, a lot has changed since that time. Now, a couple of reports have pegged Straight Outta Compton helmer F. Gary Gray, The Incredible Hulk‘s Louis Leterrier, and You’re Next‘s Adam Wingard as in line to direct Fast and Furious 8. More on the story below.

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Vin Diesel Confirms One Last ‘Fast and Furious’ Trilogy
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Last week, a report came out detailing the troubles that are plaguing Fast and Furious 8. There is currently no director attached to the project, which makes it less likely that the sequel will start filming for its April 2017 release. There were also reports of franchise star Vin Diesel being difficult to work with while on-set, with some claiming that he “questioned even small details on elaborate action sequences,” which would result in a halt during a complex production.

Now, Diesel has taken it upon himself to clarify some of these rumors. Posting a message on his official Facebook page, the actor has expressed his gratitude towards Universal for working with him throughout the entire franchise, and has confirmed that he “would deliver one last Trilogy to end the saga.” More on the story here below.

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‘Fast and Furious 8’ Hits Production Problems Before Filming
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Universal’s Fast and Furious film franchise has evolved throughout the years, starting out as a film centering on the culture of underground street racing to heists to revenge actioner. It has also become a part of Universal Studio’s iconic Studio Tour. But in an effort to get Fast and Furious 8 into production, Universal Pictures has experienced a snag. With the early passing of its franchise star Paul Walker and no director confirmed, the film is looking less and less likely to meet the April 2017 release that Vin Diesel announced earlier this year. But finding a director isn’t the only problem, sources close to the production say that behind-the-scenes from Furious 7 seems to be another contributing factor.

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‘Fast and Furious 8’ Not Officially Confirmed, Yet
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Normally a first weekend’s box office numbers judge whether or not the film is a success and if it deserves a sequel. Some films don’t get the latter despite being a success, but for the ones that do get sequels, they can expand to a franchise. The Fast and Furious franchise has been doing that for seven installments already. Even though this past weekend’s Furious 7 grossed $392 million worldwide, Universal has yet to confirm if there will be a Fast and Furious 8.

This may have to do with just taking a break from everything that has happened with the production of the film and finding a story. Hit the jump for more details.

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Vin Diesel Wants ‘Fast and Furious 8’ To Visit New York City
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Furious 7 his theaters this Friday, and as with all film franchises like this, talks of a sequel have already started. Given that Justin Lin is off directing the third Star Trek film, and James Wan is heading back to horror by directing The Conjuring 2, plus the tragic passing of Paul Walker, where Fast and Furious 8 goes from here is unknown.

]However, Vin Diesel was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to help promote the film, and during the interview he spoke candidly about locations and characters that may appear in the sequel. Minor spoilers follow after the jump.

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Helen Mirren Wants To Be A “Mad Driver” In Next ‘Fast and Furious’ Film
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You never know who might appear in the next installment of Universal’s highly entertaining Fast and Furious franchise. Furious 7, directed by James Wan, features Jason Statham, Ronda Rousey, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, and Kurt Russell, all of whom are great action and sports stars.

We still don’t know much about the future of the franchise, but none other than Academy Award-winning Helen Mirren has expressed an interest appearing in a Fast and Furious film, as a villain. Hit the jump for more.

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Universal Plans For At Least 3 More ‘Fast And Furious’ Films
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Earlier this week, there were reports of Universal negotiating a deal to get Justin Lin to direct back-to-back Fast and Furious films, and eventually end the franchise. While the end is inevitable, it’s really hard to know when a franchise like the Fast and Furious could end, because as long as it is a huge profit, the studio will continue to produce more sequels. The last four films have seen huge box office results, with each new installment grossing more than their predecessor.

But the studio talking to Lin could mean that the end is near. Now, Universal chairman Donna Langley is talking about it, saying that there will be at “least three more” movies and that depends on Furious 7‘s box office performance. Hit the jump for more.

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