Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the marketing meetings where they devise the titles of the next Fast & Furious movies. "Do we use the ampersand this time?" "Which word did we focus on the last time out?" "Are people going to know which franchise this is referring to?" After seven chapters in the long-running muscle car series, the titles are getting a little repetitive, and will dip back into the well of familiarity once again, if Vin Diesel can be believed.
The actor appeared at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, and gave a loving tribute to his late friend and Furious partner, Paul Walker. During said speech, Diesel thanked Walker’s teenage daughter, Meadow, for helping inspire them through production. Then he let it be known:
I love all of you. I love all of you! And… until Fast 8."
Start printing the posters! We have a title. Listen to Vin Diesel in context. He drops the name at the 2:10 mark.
So, is Diesel just pushing a placeholder in a possible title for the next Fast & Furious movie? That’s possible, though at the same time, going with Fast 8 as the title makes sense. The most recent sequel went with "Furious" as its focus, while the last time "Fast" was used to sell the franchise was all the way back in 2011 for Fast Five. This movie’s not due in theaters until 2017, creating plenty of separation between the movies. (For some odd reason, the sixth movie went back to the longer and more traditional title of Fast & Furious 6 in 2013.)
That being said, Diesel previously hinted at a possible title for the eighth movie that actually would have been perfect, and now it sounds like they are going away from it. In talking about how he and Paul Walker talked about the next chapter, he said that it was basically destiny keeping this series on track. So he suggested that they call it "F8," or "Fate." I still think they need to incorporate that into the marketing campaign.
What do we know about Fast 8 at the moment? Not a ton. The main cast is expected to return, including Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris and Tyrese. I wonder if Jordana Brewster will sit the next one out, as she and Paul Walker essentially were "retired" at the end of Furious 7. We also expect Kurt Russell to be back for this next movie, which is due in theaters on April 14, 2017.