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'Fast and Furious 8' Can't Find a Director, Is Vin Diesel to Blame?

23 September 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With three months still left in 2015, it has already been a record year at the box office for Universal Pictures. The studio has become the first in history to have three movies gross over $1 billion worldwide in the same year, Furious 7, Jurassic World and Minions, which contributed to the studio's record-breaking overall gross of $6.3 billion this year. The studio is already moving forward with Jurassic World 2, set for release on June 22, 2018, but a new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals they are having problems with their Furious 7 follow-up, Fast & Furious 8. The studio has already set an April 14, 2017 release date, but this report claims that they are having trouble finding a director, with Vin Diesel said to be at least partially at fault for the directorial vacancy.

Universal had originally contracted Furious 7 director James Wan to direct Fast & Furious 8 and the ninth installment as well, but before Furious 7 completed production, »

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Watch the Vin Diesel-Directed 'Fast and Furious' Movie That Sets Up a 'Furious 7' Scene

7 April 2015 7:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Did you know there are nine Fast and Furious movies? Yes, the latest is titled Furious 7, so we can see where that might be confusing, but in addition to the theatrical features there are two shorts. One of them is titled Turbo-Charged Prelude and bridges the first and second movies. The other is Los Bandoleros, which is set just before the events of the fourth movie, Fast & Furious. Chronologically, though, it's sort of a bridge between the first movie and the fourth. Are you still with me? The 18-minute film (which is also sometimes labeled Fast & Furious 3.5: Los Bandoleros and has been previously available as a bonus feature on the Fast & Furious DVD) brings together the new crew of Dom (Vin Diesel), Han (Sung Kang), Rico (Don Omar), Cara...

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Vin Diesel Made This Short Film To Tie The Fast & Furious Timeline Together

6 April 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With the $384 million worldwide weekend gross of Furious 7 the Fast franchise shows no signs of slowing down, as its muscle-car-centric mythos only continues to accelerate. In fact, contrary to assumed opinions, the series has spun itself a rather interesting canonical web. This idea was ever-apparent with some particularly revelatory scenes in Furious 7 regarding backstories of Vin Diesel.s Dom and Michelle Rodriguez.s Letty. Now, a short film made by Vin Diesel himself, years ago, has become the perfect complementary viewing for much of the surprises from this past weekend's blockbuster hit. Warning: Spoiler material ahead for those who have yet to see Furious 7! Titled, Los Bandoleros ("The Bandits"), the 18-minute short film written and directed by Vin Diesel was made in 2009 to serve as a prequel of sorts to the events leading up to his return to the franchise in 2009.s Fast & Furious. While Vin Diesel »

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