F Gary Gray, already on the short list for numerous awards this year after helming Straight Outta Compton, has just signed on to direct Furious 8. The movie is still set to be released on April 17, 2017. Gray had been considered a frontrunner to direct Marvel’s Black Panther, but since that’s now been set for a 2018 release that may be too close to Furious 8 for that to be true. T’Challa’s loss is my favorite car-based-over-the-top-heist franchise’s gain!
Disclaimer: I’m a fan of the entire Fast and the Furious series. Every single one. Even Tokyo Drift. This may seem odd since I’m not a car guy nor am I into racing in any way, but in terms of mindless entertainment it’s hard to beat this franchise. It took me far too long to see the seventh installment, but now that I have I’m prepared to give you seven reasons why this movie is beyond awesome. You can see them all after the break.