After the immense box office success of Furious 7, we all knew that more Fast & Furious films would be coming – it was just a matter of when. The once defunct series has experienced a type of resurrection over the last few years, going from a relatively grounded story about street racing to an ensemble piece centered around fast paced heists and spy action. It seems that all involved are intent on keeping that momentum going, and we're in no position to complain. All that being said, we have had very little information to glean about the next installment in the Fast & Furious franchise – until now.
 
The first official image for the film his officially hit the web, which was corroborated by Vin Diesel posting the same image to his personal Instagram account, check the image out below:
 
 

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As we can see, the image prominently features the New York skyline as it announces the upcoming film. The tagline for the image reads, "new roads ahead," indicating how the franchise intends to move on and evolve now that it has retired Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker). Everything about the finale of Furious 7 pointed to the action series departing in a new direction from what fans had seen before, while still remaining true to the franchise’s spirit; even Roman (Tyrese Gibson) blatantly came out and asserted that the adventures of the characters would never be the same in the coming years. Now it seems that Fast & Furious 8 will take that mindset and transplant these characters to the Big Apple – a setting never used for a Fast & Furious film.
 
We have to admit it’s somewhat impressive for a film series to so willingly decide to change things up this far into the game. It took five films for the Fast & Furious franchise to truly find its footing as an series of ensemble, heist-oriented films, and by the time the credits had rolled on Furious 7 the franchise had become beloved for its willingness to embrace outlandish and outrageous vehicular carnage. While much of that will likely remain the same for Fast & Furious 8, we have to respect Vin Diesel and director F. Gary Gray for stepping out of their comfort zones and trying something new with the well-worn series.
 
Only time will tell if Fast & Furious 8 lives up to its promise of giving audiences something new. The film is currently slated to hit theaters on April 14, 2017. We’ll be bringing you more details on the gear head franchise as they become available.

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