Vin Diesel confirms that Furious 8 will be set in New York
Dominic Toretto and the Fast & Furious crew have gone up against trains, tanks and military drones, but in Furious 8 they will face a far more malicious enemy: New York weather. That’s right, Vin Diesel has gone on “The Tonight Show” (via Hulu) and told Jimmy Fallon that the next installment in the road racers-turned-international-superspies franchise will create multiple fender benders in the Big Apple, and Diesel’s New York audience seemed mighty pleased by the news. Check out the full video clip of the interview below to see Diesel give a shout-out to his hometown!
“New York, baby!” Diesel exclaimed when Fallon asked about the new film’s setting. “Something that people don’t know is the first movie came from a Vibe article that was about street racers in New York. The director and producer at the time reset the whole movie in LA, but the Vibe article that the whole franchise was started from actually originated in New York. So we’re finally BRINGING IT BACK HOME, BABY!”
Diesel announced Furious 8 at this year’s CinemaCon after the unprecedented success of the seventh film, which earned $1.511 billion at the worldwide box office, and he along with Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and Kurt Russell are expected to return, along with franchise regulars Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black reprising their roles as street racers-turned-international criminals-turned-super-secret agents.
To be directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job), Universal Pictures will deliver Furious 8 for an April 14, 2017 release. The film will be the start of a new trilogy that will close out the franchise.