Furious 8 Will Take Place In New York
The seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise opened Friday last week amid a glut of fanfare and wannabe-racer, peg-leg burnouts in the parking lots of movie theaters nationwide (honestly, just get a limited slip, ok?). On balance, people certainly seem to be enjoying it, and why not? It’s almost two and a half hours of explosions and million-dollar cars, so what’s not to like?
Unsurprisingly, Seven won’t be the last film in the series, with Universal Studios bigwig Donna Langley confirming at least three additional movies in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter late last year. Now, Vin Diesel is dropping a few more tidbits about potential upcoming F&F developments.
In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Diesel was asked about the addition of Kurt Russell to the cast, and had this to say: “Kurt Russell came in for this movie but we really hired him because of a story that follows this that takes place in New York.”
I’m guessing automotive combat in Central Park, leading to a chase scene through the Museum of Natural History, followed by subterranean subway chicken, culminating in an ultimate showdown to prevent some international baddie with a thick accent from stealing the Statue of Liberty. There’s probably a pun about the “Big Apple” in there somewhere, but such things are better left to the pros.
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Why it matters
While the revelation of three additional F&F movies is anything but unexpected, the fact that the next one will take place in NYC should provide plenty of fodder for the rumor mill. At this point, one-upping the previous installments probably isn’t an easy thing to do, but the history and personality of this city should provide an ample backdrop for whatever shenanigans the producers might have up their sleeves. It’s a city that’s less automotive-centric than the spaghetti-highways of Los Angeles, but I doubt traffic jams will matter much to the folks who drop cars out the back of planes.