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After, what, a day of speculation on which director would take over the franchise, THR is reporting that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray has entered into exclusive talks with Universal to take over the 'we can print our own money' Fast and Furious franchise. Gray looks to have beat out other short list directors Louis Leterrier, William Eubank and oddly enough The Guest's Adam Wingard. Gray has worked with Vin Diesel in the past, on the 2003 action film A Man Apart. Gray's other work in the action-thriller genre include The Italian Job, The Negotiator and Law Abiding Citizen. Diesel met with Gray yesterday and took the picture which you see above and posted on his Facebook page. The report at THR notes that Diesel...
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For a guy who has been away from the filmmaking game for six years, F. Gary Gray is making a heckuva comeback. This summer, the director was behind the camera on the smash hit "Straight Outta Compton," his first movie since 2009's "Law Abiding Citizen," and the success of the movie has opened some pretty big doors. Mere hours after it was announced that he was shortlisted for the job alongside Louis Leterrier, Adam Wingard, and William Eubank, THR revealed very late last night that Gray was chosen and entered talks with Universal to direct "Furious 8." It's not a big surprise given Gray was already on Universal's radar thanks to 'Compton,' and he's got blockbuster experience under his belt as well, particularly in the realm of making cars move, as he showed with 2003's "The Italian Job." Meanwhile, Variety reports that Gray is also a contender for "Black Panther" over at Marvel, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When first we checked in on Furious 8's search for a director, Universal was wary of Vin Diesel taking the job himself. And when we last checked in, Diesel was promising to reveal the choice on his Facebook page; leading to fears that he would indeed pull a Dick Cheney. Now THR reports that's unlikely to be the case, as the studio has landed on Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray for the gig. Gray was one of three filmmakers short-listed for the job alongside The Transporter's Louis Leterrier and You're Next's Adam Wingard; his filmography also includes A Man Apart with Vin Diesel and The Italian Job with Jason Statham. It's like he was part of the family already.This post has been updated throughout. »
- Nate Jones
More news on the next film in the Fast & Furious franchise, with reports from both The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter about who may be stepping into the director’s chair for the new installment.
The Wrap have reported that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray is in pole position to take over from Fast 7‘s James Wan, who has moved away from the film to direct Warner Brothers and DC’s Aquaman.
Straight Outta Compton was another in a long line of massive successes for Universal Pictures, who are behind the Fast franchise, and see Gray as the ideal replacement. The director has brought us such films as The Italian Job, The Negotiator and A Man Apart, with the latter starring Vin Diesel.
Insiders are rumoured to have said that producers »
- Scott J. Davis
Following an unusually protracted search, it looks very much as if Fast & Furious 8 has finally found its director. One of those 'director shortlist' stories emerged overnight, suggesting that F. Gary Gray, Louis Leterrier (The Transporter), William Eubank (The Signal) , Ericson Core (the Point Break remake), Adam Wingard (You're Next) and original F&F helmer Rob Cohen were all in the mix. But while nothing has yet been officially announced, Vin Diesel's posting of the above picture - of himself and Gray with a pinboard of F&F images between them - on his megahorn Facebook page very much suggests that Gray is the winner.Gray is coming off the hit Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton, and has previous with Diesel, having directed him in the action drama A Man Apart in 2003. He also made Law Abiding Citizen in 2009, and the remake of The Italian Job in 2003, the latter »
As the hunt for a director to Fast & Furious 8 continues, the search is now down to four potential names, it's revealed...
We recently heard the strange story that one of the biggest franchises on the planet is struggling to find a director. With Fast & Furious 7 breaking the $1.5bn barrier and its sequel pegged for a 2017 release, The Hollywood Reporter suggested that Universal had offered Fast 8 to several filmmakers - who'd all turned it down.
James Wan, Justin Lin and Jaume Collet-Serra were all offered the Fast 8 gig, and all passed because they had other plans - Wan has Robotech and Aquaman, Lin has Star Trek Beyond, and Collet-Serra appears to be busy with The Shallows, which has something to do with a shark.
With the clock ticking on a huge, stunt-heavy production, Universal has, according to Variety, drawn up a shortlist of potential directors - and there's some interesting choices on here, »
F. Gary Gray ("Straight Outta Compton," "The Italian Job") appears to have beaten out Adam Wingard ("The Guest"), Louis Leterrier ("Now You See Me") and Will Eubank ("The Signal") for the job of helming the eighth film in the "Fast and Furious" franchise.
Yesterday Variety revealed the four who had met with Universal about the gig. With Justin Lin committed to "Star Trek Beyond" and James Wan turning down a lucrative offer to return to the franchise a few weeks ago, the hunt began for a new director.
Though Vin Diesel had suggested himself or Rob Cohen in social media postings about the issue, the studio reportely never took that idea into consideration. Gray seemed the best fit, but there was said to be concern over a potential conflict with Marvel's "Black Panther" film for which he's also a contender.
Now though, Heat Vision says a meeting took place a »
- Garth Franklin
“Furious” star and producer Vin Diesel posted a photo of himself with Gray on his official Facebook page, hinting that the director was set to take the reins of Universal’s lucrative action franchise. On Monday, it emerged that the studio had narrowed the field down to four directors, including Gray, “The Guest’s” Adam Wingard, “Now You See Me” helmer Louis Leterrier and Will Eubank. Universal had no comment on Gray’s status or Diesel’s post.
If chosen, Gray will take over from James Wan, who directed “Furious 7.” Before that, the franchise was ushered into its most lucrative period by Justin Lin, who helmed installments three through six. Rob Cohen directed the first film in the series, »
- Justin Kroll
Straight out of Compton and straight into Fast and Furious. After an intense search, Universal has settled on F. Gary Gray, the helmer behind its summer hit Straight Outta Compton, to direct Fast and Furious 8, and sources say Gray has told the studio he's ready to initiate negotiations for a deal. Gray was chosen over such directors as Louis Leterrier, Adam Wingard and William Eubank. The search for a director was necessary after efforts to convince Furious 7 director James Wan to return for No. 8 proved unsuccessful. The search went public after THR reported on the difficulty in finding a director
- Borys Kit
Last week, Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that a director will be announced soon for Fast & Furious 8. Furious 7 director James Wan has moved on to direct The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist, and Justin Lin, who directed the last four Fast & Furious movies before that, is currently shooting Star Trek Beyond. Today, Variety reports that Universal Pictures has narrowed their directorial choice down to four candidates, F. Gary Gray, Adam Wingard, Louis Leterrier and William Eubank.
The report claims that none of these four filmmakers have emerged as the front runner yet, but the studio is reportedly close to making their final decision. Variety also reports that there is no truth to rumors that Vin Diesel may be in the mix to direct Fast & Furious 8 himself. The actor did reveal over the weekend that he wants Rob Cohen, who directed the very first The Fast and the Furious »
Just last week, Vin Diesel was using his Facebook foghorn to counter reports that the eighth Fast & Furious entry was having trouble locking down a director. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, there are several candidates racing towards the finish line, with Louis Leterrier, F. Gary Gray and Adam Wingard all in contention. Deadline also throws in The Signal’s William Eubank, though THR says his name came up earlier in the search, so he may already have dropped out.Wingard, who made You’re Next and The Guest, seems the most interesting of the three main contenders, especially given his background in horror and thrillers, which would make him the second director after James Wan to jump from scares to screeching tyres. He could certainly bring his own style to the film, though we do wonder if he’s better off doing just that, and not going the studio franchise route. »
Update: The search for a director for the next "Fast & Furious" movie has apparently come down to a list of 3, according to The Hollywood Reporter this evening: F. Gary Gray, Louis Leterrier, and Adam Wingard. The trio are to meet with star Vin Diesel. So, at some point in the near or distant future, one of these 3 gents could very well be announced as director of the 8th film in the successful franchise. Whoever it is just might have a trilogy on their hands, given what Diesel shared last week (see below). Gray is of course coming off the global box office smash "Straight Outta Compton." I actually expected that, thanks in part to that film's success, making »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The hunt for a filmmaker to direct Fast and Furious 8 has been interesting to say the least, especially as there have been some worrying rumblings that Vin Diesel might use his power as a producer to end up placing himself in the director’s chair (something which Universal apparently weren’t even remotely keen on happening).
Well, a new report now reveals that F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) has emerged as the frontrunner to take the helm of the action franchise, which grossed $1 billion worldwide for the first time with Fast and Furious 7 earlier this year.
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The Wrap reveals that Vin Diesel and Neal Moritz are currently deciding between him and another director (most likely The Incredible Hulk‘s Louis Leterrier), but it sounds like Gray – who has also been rumoured to be in the running to take the helm of Black Panther »
- Josh Wilding
The search for the director of Furious 8 is down to the last few. No deals have been made. No offers have been made. No decisions have been made. Here is who we have been hearing is legitimately in the mix: Louis Leterrier, Will Eubank, F. Gary Gray. Other director who have been considered are Ericson Core and Rob Cohen, but the eventual winner might even not be a name on this list. That’s how fluid the situation is with any decision dependent on signoff from Vin Diesel… »
Well, that narrative turned around fast. As talks swirled that Universal was having trouble locking down a director for "Furious 8," and that Vin Diesel might want to do it himself, the official line from everybody was that they were waiting for the script to come in before formally going out to any directors. Well, either that screenplay came in over the weekend or everyone is locking to get ahead of the story as a shortlist has now arrived for next helmers to make the cars go boom. THR reports that Adam Wingard, Louis Leterrier, and F. Gary Gray are the final contenders to helm the picture. Wingard would be the least experienced in terms of making pictures on this scale, but he's easily the buzziest of the bunch, as the director of the cult faves "You're Next" and "The Guest." However, Nat Wolff was recently cast in his brewing "Death Note" at Warner Bros., »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With Justin Lin and James Wan officially moving on from the multibillion-dollar franchise they helped resurrect and keep afloat, Universal is now ramping up the search for the director of “Fast and Furious 8.”
Sources tell Variety that “Straight Outta Compton” helmer F. Gary Gray, “The Guest’s” Adam Wingard, “Now You See Me” director Louis Leterrier and Will Eubank are among the directors who have met or are meeting for the job. Insiders add that though no frontrunner has emerged, the studio is getting closer to making a choice.
“Furious 7” grossed more than $1.5 billion dollars worldwide, even after having to postpone production following the death of star Paul Walker in a tragic car crash. The franchise is still one of the top priorities at the studio, so Universal will take its time in finding the right person for the job.
The Hollywood Reporter reported two weeks ago that after »
- Justin Kroll
Hot off the success of “Straight Outta Compton,” F. Gary Gray has emerged as the frontrunner to direct the next chapter in the “Fast and Furious” franchise for Universal Pictures, an individual familiar with the studio’s search has told TheWrap. While a representative for Universal had no comment, insiders suggest that studio execs are sitting down with producers Vin Diesel and Neal Moritz to decide between Gray and one other director whose identity remains unknown (likely Louis Leterrier), though Gray looks to have the edge at this point. On Monday night, Diesel posted a photo of himself with Gray on his. »
- Jeff Sneider
Last week we heard Furious 8 was having a bit of trouble kicking into gear. One of the biggest sticking points was the question of who would steer the film, since scheduling conflicts put previous franchise directors Justin Lin and James Wan out of the running. Now Vin Diesel‘s latest Facebook posts suggest two possibilities: Rob Cohen, […]
- Angie Han
Earlier today, we told you about some very interesting social media posts from Vin Diesel which appeared to indicate that Rob Cohen may return to take the helm of Fast and Furious 8. However, a new report from Deadline refutes that; instead, Ericson Core (Point Break) and Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) are said to be among those eyed by Universal to direct.
Both men would certainly bring the crazy, over the top action to the franchise that we’ve come to expect, but now Diesel has taken to his Facebook page to issue a statement which once again seems to indicate that he’s considering stepping in as director, something the studio is apparently not even remotely keen on making a reality.
“It is no secret that my good friend Justin and I have been very intensely discussing the trilogy, as we have dreamed it for almost a decade. We »
- Josh Wilding
Following on from last week's report that "Furious 8" has been having trouble locking down a director, confusion has mostly reigned over the past day or two regarding whom might take the helm.
Scheduling conflicts rule both the third through sixth film's director Justin Lin and the seventh film's director James Wan out. Jaume Collet-Serra ("Non-Stop") is also out of the running after being approached.
It is no secret that my good friend Justin and I have been very intensely discussing the trilogy, as we have dreamed it...
Posted by Vin Diesel on Wednesday, 30 September 2015
THR says the studio is not pleased with the post and that the possibility of Diesel or Cohen at the helm is »
- Garth Franklin
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