With Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray already onboard to direct, Vin Diesel confirmed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night that the next movie in the glorious Fast & Furious franchise will take place right here in New York City, baby.
"The first movie came from a Vibe article that was about street races in NY," Diesel very patiently told Fallon. "The director and producer at the time reset the whole movie in LA. But the Vibe article that the whole franchise was started from originated in NY. So we're finally bringing it back home, baby!"
You can read that original Vibe article ("Racer X") right here. Perhaps it will give some insights into where the script is headed (haha, no it doesn't, unless it includes a car parachuting off the George Washington Bridge): "At dusk, they take over the road. Roaring and buzzing like locusts, the swarm of asphalt-scraping Japanese cars — with swooping rear wings and brightly colored logos — merges from the side streets of Uptown Manhattan onto the traffic-congested Henry Hudson Parkway. Zigzagging back and forth like jet-fueled go-carts, they slow to a stop, blocking off three lanes of oncoming cars in preparation for the infamous mile-long run."
If anything, that article reminds us more of Afroduck—the driver who was arrested after he released a video claiming he had set the record for the fastest loop around Manhattan—than it does the film series which included a bank vault being dragged around Rio de Janeiro.
Fast 8, as it is being called for the moment (it SHOULD be titled Fast & Furi8, that's just a fact), will be the first in a new (and supposedly final) trilogy of Fast & Furious films, and will be released on April 14, 2017. The only cast members confirmed to return right now are Diesel, The Rock, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jason Statham, but it seems unlikely that they wouldn't bring back Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, or Kurt Russell at this point.
We previously offered a list of other actors who should appear in future sequels, including Keanu Reeves (let him takeover the token white guy role on the team from Paul Walker, give him some overly-complicated backstory with Russell, voila), Cara Delevingne, Rihanna & Jennifer Lopez (as a trio of sexy female international car bandits), and Kelsey Grammar In A Bucket Hat.
If this film doesn't include a scene of a car scaling the Empire State Building, we would be very disappointed. But we're just glad that our spec script for Fast & Furious 9: Cars In Space! So Many Cars In Space!! is still in play.