Fast and Furious 8 is happening after all - Vin Diesel makes emotional announcement
Published 24/04/2015 | 10:55
Fears that the death of Paul Walker would result in the end of the Fast and Furious franchise were unfounded as Vin Diesel has announced there will be a Fast and Furious 8.
Diesel made the announcement during Universal's CinemaCon panel yesterday and even revealed that the release date will be April 14, 2017.
It's hardly surprising the franchise will continue given Fast and Furious 7 has grossed more than $1 billion in just 17 days - faster than Avatar, The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which all took 19 to reach that mark.
"We're going to make the best movie you've ever seen," Diesel said during an emotional speech.
"The last time I was on this stage I was with my brother Pablo,” he said of his friend and co-star, the late Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013.
“It’s hard for me to even watch that clip and then come out here without being emotional."
The friends had appeared on the same stage at Casars Palace together two years earlier when they were promoting the sixth film in the franchise and announcing plans for Fast and Furious 7.
It has been reported that Paul Walker's brother will continue to film with the series whilst it is not yet known whether Michelle Rodriguez will return.