Over the course of the past couple installments, Vin Diesel has fancied himself the Fast and Furious franchise’s unofficial social media presence, breaking news and throwing out opinions that might not be shared by the studio. But he’s a producer and star of what’s one of the biggest franchises on the planet, so he’s got more insight than most.
He took to Facebook recently to let the world know that Justin Lin, who Universal had initially wanted to direct Furious 8, wouldn’t be done with the next Star Trek in time to hit Furious 8‘s announced release date of April 14th, 2017. So while the hunt for a new director goes on, many people are thinking that Vin’s social media posts are a way of angling for the job himself.
Here’s the post, taken from Facebook:
It is no secret that my good friend Justin and I have been very intensely discussing the trilogy, as we have dreamed it for almost a decade. We know that when we re-team we will shock the world. It is also no secret that he is finishing Trek for JJ and won’t be done in time for us to make the date the studio wanted me to announce of April 14th 2017.
This would leave 8 without an obvious go to director…
I will share something crazy that my mother said six months ago after the studio had me announce the date for 8 to the world… “ Either you direct 8 yourself… or don’t do it.” Some of you vinbook pioneers are all too familiar with my mother’s wisdom, as I have posted her sayings in the past on Our page… but I wrote it off as just a mother’s love and belief in me, though she has seen first hand what I’ve done to make these movies defy expectations and become increasingly successful, even when the studio thought I was crazy… haha.
Back to the matter of 8… First and most importantly is the SCRIPT, which has to be great. Hopefully the writer will deliver something within the next two weeks… before my Witch Hunter press tour begins. There has always been the desire by Paul to have Rob direct one more, this is what fueled my campaign… I believe that he can and would reset the franchise nicely, returning to what was the core of the film in the beginning… racing. He would also handle the Brian O’connor issue with integrity, given that he and David Ayer were the ones who initially created that beloved character in the first place.
Ultimately we all want the best film to honor what we have created and what you the audience has adopted as your favorite franchise. I will leave this matter in the studios hands for a moment while I release The Last Witch Hunter and start production of the long awaited “Xander Returns”.
Ok, then. (I’m still kind of hung up on the “vinbook” reference.)
It seems more than a little odd that Vin brought up his mother’s offhand comment, then just dropped it. He wouldn’t bring it up unless he was angling for that course of action, and it’s a diplomatic way of conveying, “Let me direct this or I’ll quit.”
However, there’s a big issue with letting him direct. He hasn’t directed a film since 1997, and that was a low-budget straight to video movie called Strays. That’s not stopping social media from requesting to the powers that be that Vin Diesel be given the project. But you can’t help but feel there’s some detached irony in the request:
Vin Diesel hints at wanting to direct 'Furious 8.' Dear Universal, please let this happen. https://t.co/Zy4adaPQ8s
— FILMDRUNK (@Filmdrunk) October 1, 2015
It’s the eighth film in a franchise about crime and fast cars. I think we’d all like to see if Vin Diesel is up to the challenge. It sure sounds like Vin thinks he is.