After the huge success of Furious 7, Universal Pictures is going to release the 8th Fast and Furious movie on April 14, 2017.
Vin Diesel, the main star of the franchise, revealed the news during the studio’s CinemaCon presentation. “I swear to you and I swear to my brother upstairs we’re going to make the best movie you’ve ever seen,” he said.
Diesel recalled being at CinemaCon two years before with his “brother Pablo” (his nickname for Paul Walker).
“The last time I was on this stage I was with my brother Pablo. It’s hard for me to even watch that clip and then come out here without being emotional.”
— Fast & Furious 7 (@FF7Movie) April 24, 2015
Before Diesel’s announcement, the final moment of ‘Furious 7’, a scene in which the two characters go on one final car race before going their separate ways, was screened.
After Walker’s shocking death, it seemed that Universal might have to cancel the production. Shooting was not yet complete when the crash happened, but special effects technicians and stunt doubles enabled the completion of the project, resulting in what domestic distribution chief Nick Carpou termed “a cathartic experience for fans of Walker,” reports Variety.
According to the New York Times, the seventh entry in the franchise, took in an additional $29.1 million over the weekend in North America, for a three-week global total of $1.15 billion.
“There is something you all did,” Diesel told. “For me, personally, you all gave me so much confidence. There was so much love. You made me feel like we could actually make history withFurious Seven. You’ve been so loyal all along. … Because there’s a pride that you have that we feel, the people that make the movie, the studio that I call my home, my family. You make us fell like we want to give you the best move in the world to share with you.”