This evening the Academy’s Board of Governors will meet to discuss the future of the Oscars with the possibility of Furious 7.
“Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie,” Diesel told Variety. “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever (BURN!)… There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.”
I have a hard time believing Diesel is serious with this and the last two paragraphs in that Variety piece are almost cringe inducing, but I’ll admit to being excited for the seventh installment in the vroom, vroom franchise as I need a little quality stupid in my life at the moment. I do, however, wonder just how much smoke Universal’s Ron Meyer is blowing Diesel’s way as the Furious 7 star adds, “The head of the studio, Ron Meyer, often said when Fast Five or Fast 6 came out, ‘If there was no number attached to these movies, they would be contenders for best picture.’ And when people see Furious 7, they are going to agree.”
The film is targeting a $100+ million opening, but a spot near the top of the domestic box office list and likely MTV Movie Awards and an Action Film nomination from the BFCA are probably the best it can hope for in terms of awards.
Furious 7 hits theaters on April 3 and you can read Mike’s review right here and a new featurette just below.