“Fast and Furious 8” producer Neal Moritz has said that it is too early for them to find a new director, and that they would like to have a finished script before finalizing someone. Read on more to find out.
With James Wah, director of “Furious 7,” stepping down for the latest installments, Neal Moritz and team over at Universal need a new auteur for their latest outgoing. However, the production team has decided to hold off on picking a new director until the script is complete. Speaking with Cinema Blend, Moritz said, “What we decided is that we are going to be a little further down the development process on the screenplay before we bring in a director. We have talked to a lot of directors, but we just haven’t made that decision because we’re trying to still wrap our heads, 100%, about what the next Fast & Furious is. Once we do that, then we’ll bring in the director.”
This rare act of placing a higher importance on the script has enthused fans of the usually vacuous franchise. “Furious 7” saw the furtive ‘Mr. Nobody’ played by Kurt Russell, and teased the existence of a puppet-master shadow organization. The sequel is likely to follow the same lines, with confirmed return by Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson along with most of the original cast. It was recently confirmed that Paul Walker’s character Brian, would not be returning in this installment of high speed car action.
“Fast and Furious 8” hits the screens on April 14, 2017, and has been referred to by Deisel as being a tribute for the late Paul Walker.
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