The next installment in the wildly successful “Fast and Furious” franchise needs a director — fast.
Star and producer Vin Diesel suggests a couple of possibilities for “Furious 8,” starting with the director mother wants.
“I will share something crazy that my mother said six months ago after the studio had me announce the date for 8 to the world: ‘Either you direct 8 yourself … or don’t do it,'” Diesel wrote on Facebook. “Some of you vinbook pioneers are all too familiar with my mother’s wisdom, as I have posted her sayings in the past on our page… but I wrote it off as just a mother’s love and belief in me, though she has seen first hand what I’ve done to make these movies defy expectations and become increasingly successful, even when the studio thought I was crazy… haha.”
Diesel says another possible candidate is Rob Cohen, who directed the first movie, “The Fast and the Furious,” back in 2001
“I believe that he can and would reset the franchise nicely,” writes Diesel, “returning to what was the core of the film in the beginning… racing.”
Diesel previously announced he plans on committing to “one last trilogy to end the saga” as he seeks the director.
“The fans of the Fast & Furious SAGA are the best fans in the world…” he said in a Facebook post, “since I became the Producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way… literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you.”