‘Fast 8’ Nowhere Near Starting Line

Can Universal keep the family together? Furious 7‘s $392.3 million worldwide bow has made an eighth film in the racing saga a near certainty. But significant speed bumps exist. “Honestly, we’re just bathing in the success of this,” producer Neal Moritz tells THR. “We’ll probably get together in a week or so to talk.”

Universal chairman Donna Langley said in 2014 that the studio would like to make 10 films, and according to multiple sources, that remains the plan. But no writer has been hired for the next outing — not that the lack of a script has held back the franchise before. The films tend to be designed backward: After a release date is set, producer-star Vin Diesel, 47, considered the keeper of the flame, works with scribe Chris Morgan, Moritz and a director to hash out a story, coming up with elaborate set pieces then fleshing out a narrative to connect the sequences.

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