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And the Furious 8 directorial search is down to three

10.05.2015
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And then there were three.

After some jockeying for position as to who might helm the next installment of the FAST & FURIOUS saga (their choice of words, not mine), it doesn't look like either Vin Diesel or Rob Cohen are going to get the nod to hop behind the camera. Instead Universal has narrowed their directorial search for FURIOUS 8 down to three candidates, according to The Hollywood Reporter - F. Gary Gray, Louis Leterrier and Adam Wingard - with The Wrap reporting that Gray is the frontrunner for the gig at this point.

All three are set to meet with the studio and Diesel this week, and, from those conversations, the hope is that a choice will be made as to who will sit in the director's chair to kick off this final trilogy of movies for the franchise.

Universal has been high on Gray since he delivered them a surprise hit over the summer with STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. Gray also has worked with Diesel in the past on A MAN APART, and it is hard to put a knock on Gray's credentials for what the film would entail, given his experience on films like SET IT OFF, THE NEGOTIATOR and THE ITALIAN JOB. His experience makes it seem as if FURIOUS 8 would be right in his wheel house.

Letterier also has his share of action experience, having pulled off a pair of Statham-starring TRANSPORTER flicks earlier in his career. Toss in THE INCREDIBLE HULK and CLASH OF THE TITANS and Leterrier has shown himself to be a capable hand with a film of this magnitude. The results have been dodgy to say the least, but you'd have to try really hard to screw up a FAST & FURIOUS movie at this point.

Wingard is the most interesting choice of the group, having cut his teeth mostly in horror. However, THE GUEST proved that he does have skills beyond just one genre, and this could be the opportunity that takes Wingard to the next level as a filmmaker. And who wouldn't want to see Wingard with a little more clout to be able to make the films he has in the past on a bigger scale? If FURIOUS 8 helps get him there, I'm all for it.

Your turn to pick though.... If these are the three choices in the running to helm FURIOUS 8, who are you going with?

FURIOUS 8 is still scheduled to be released April 14, 2017, so whoever gets the gig had better get moving.

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7:57AM on 10/06/2015

F. Gary Gray

He's worked with both Diesel & Statham before & it seems Vin wants someone he's worked with before at this point. Gray can direct both action & character driven scenes with the right amount of humor. SO in other words, he is a perfect fit for F&F
He's worked with both Diesel & Statham before & it seems Vin wants someone he's worked with before at this point. Gray can direct both action & character driven scenes with the right amount of humor. SO in other words, he is a perfect fit for F&F
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10:20PM on 10/05/2015

Wow!

This story, "courtesy of Joblo.com", is linked on the front page of IMDB! Good job guys!
This story, "courtesy of Joblo.com", is linked on the front page of IMDB! Good job guys!
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9:22PM on 10/05/2015
I would be happy if Gray got it since A Man Apart is one of the few Diesel films I've actually really enjoyed (next to Guardians, and Boiler Room). I just hope this wouldn't take him out of the running for Black Panther since he would be an ideal candidate for the job due to this craft (and not his skin color).
I would be happy if Gray got it since A Man Apart is one of the few Diesel films I've actually really enjoyed (next to Guardians, and Boiler Room). I just hope this wouldn't take him out of the running for Black Panther since he would be an ideal candidate for the job due to this craft (and not his skin color).
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9:15PM on 10/05/2015
Gray seems like the best pick, but wasn't he also the front-runner for Black Panther? Did that ever pan out?
It's funny, because wasn't Fast Five originally from a sequel idea for the Italian Job (the Brazilian Job), that never came to fruition. In that sense, Gray would seem like the best fit.
Gray seems like the best pick, but wasn't he also the front-runner for Black Panther? Did that ever pan out?
It's funny, because wasn't Fast Five originally from a sequel idea for the Italian Job (the Brazilian Job), that never came to fruition. In that sense, Gray would seem like the best fit.
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8:07PM on 10/05/2015
I'd rather have Wingard and Leterrier over Gray. I thought Unleashed and The Transporter were among the best action films of the last 15 years (though I think Corey Yuen had more to do with the success of The Transporter than Leterrier), but I haven't much enjoyed his recent output. As others have noted, Wingard would be the most interesting choice because he parallels James Wan in that he did smaller horror and action flicks and he seems to have the biggest ceiling of the three because he's
I'd rather have Wingard and Leterrier over Gray. I thought Unleashed and The Transporter were among the best action films of the last 15 years (though I think Corey Yuen had more to do with the success of The Transporter than Leterrier), but I haven't much enjoyed his recent output. As others have noted, Wingard would be the most interesting choice because he parallels James Wan in that he did smaller horror and action flicks and he seems to have the biggest ceiling of the three because he's relatively fresh to the filmmaking world. I didn't like You're Next, but I thought The Guest was a lot of fun.
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7:56PM on 10/05/2015
Wingard I think would be the most inspired choice and give the movie a unique feel but I bet it's F. Gary Gary. Deisel's worked with him before and he's coming off a pretty big hit. Although I guess Justin Lin was an interesting choice so who knows.
Wingard I think would be the most inspired choice and give the movie a unique feel but I bet it's F. Gary Gary. Deisel's worked with him before and he's coming off a pretty big hit. Although I guess Justin Lin was an interesting choice so who knows.
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7:42PM on 10/05/2015
I'm guessing F. Gary Gray will be the new director. It seems like a safe choice for the studio.
I'm guessing F. Gary Gray will be the new director. It seems like a safe choice for the studio.
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7:36PM on 10/05/2015
It'll be Gray. But Wingard is the most interesting choice.
It'll be Gray. But Wingard is the most interesting choice.
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7:31PM on 10/05/2015
Well damn. Both Gray and Leterrier are excellent choices, but considering James Wan, who had limited experience directing action, did a pretty bang-up job, I'm very curious what Adam Wingard could do.
Well damn. Both Gray and Leterrier are excellent choices, but considering James Wan, who had limited experience directing action, did a pretty bang-up job, I'm very curious what Adam Wingard could do.
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