The movie will be set in New York City. It has also been suggested that the movie will honor Paul Walker's wish by going back to more street racing instead of relying on special effects and huge action sequences.
Vin Diesel who plays the character Dominic Toretto, hinted in an interview while backstage at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards that Furious 8 would be set in New York. He continued by saying Furious 7 (2015) was for Paul and 'Furious 8' will be from Paul. This is because before the tragic passing of Paul Walker, he told Vin that 'Furious 8' was guaranteed to be made.
Actors Vin Diesel and Ludacris posted on their Instagram accounts, an image for "Fast and Furious 8" with the backdrop of New York City, hinting at the new setting for the franchise. This will be the first time a Fast and Furious film will take place in NYC.
A week before filming ended, Dwayne Johnson had a secret meeting with co-star and executive producer Vin Diesel to address personal and professional issues between the two. This happened after Diesel reportedly canceled some of Johnson's planned scenes at the last minute. On several occasions, Diesel also reportedly refused to show up to the set as he was scheduled, leaving hundreds of cast, crew & extras waiting on set for him for more than six hours. In response to this, Dwayne posted on Instagram: "This is my final week of shooting #FastAndFurious8. There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. Universal has been great partners as well. My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses. When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I'm not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling - you're right. Bottom line is it'll play great for the movie and fits this Hobbs character that's embedded in my DNA extremely well. The producer in me is happy about this part. Final week on Fast 8 and I'll finish strong. ;/ #IcemanCometh #F8 #ZeroToleranceForCandyAsses" Diesel confronted Johnson in a secret meeting, the day after Dwayne's message was posted online. However, they were not able to resolve their issues.
F. Gary Grey previously directed Vin Diesel in A Man Apart (2003), both Jason Statham and Charlize Theron in The Italian Job (2003) and Dwayne Johnson in Be Cool (2005). Now he reunites with them as the director of the latest installment of the franchise Fast 8 (2017).
On July 26, 2016, Vin Diesel announced on his official Facebook page in a twelve and a half minute video that: "The Trailer For Fast 8 Will Premiere on December 11, 2016 in New York City's Time Square, New York, United States of America".