With Universal studios continuing to search for a director to take on the eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, Fast 8, actor and producer Vin Diesel has taken to his Facebook page to give his opinion on who he believes the director should be. Not one to leave his Fast family members hanging, costar Tyrese Gibson has thrown his support behind both Vin and Vin's choice in director in the form of a long and inspirational Facebook comment.
On Tuesday, Vin posted an old photo of himself standing with Paul Walker and the director of the original The Fast and The Furious director, Rob Cohen. The photo was presented without comment, however Gibson jumped in underneath to give his 2 cents on the matter.
The foundation of a global #Family was built from the moment Rob Cohen introduced Paul to Vin….
I’ve heard the stories of the exchange in great detail from all 3 of them….
Clearly they were genius enough to know something long before most of ever realized it….
The letters, the tweets, the FaceBook post with people pouring their hearts out about HOW this #FastFamily
re-sparked the love and bonding in their own families globally….
This should serve as a reminder that we have the power to influence and impact lives globally through imagery – I think you all should know his by now…. this #FastFamily is YOUR family….
We didn’t just lose Paul cause we knew him personally we ALL lost Paul and felt the effects from his untimely transition globally….
Vin you’re the big brother I’ve never had… Patient and always mentoring and we all feel protected because of you as a producer in this franchise….
To my big bro the selfless leader and captain…..
Vin this is for you….
After leaving some words of support for Rob Cohen, Vin Diesel, and the franchise as a whole, Tyrese then attached this rather fitting video:
Parts of Tyrese's comments seem almost to directly reference reports from last week, that part of the difficulty the studio was having finding a director for Fast 8, was due to Vin Diesel and his perfectionism, with The Hollywood Reporter writing:
As a producer, he is said to have questioned even small details on elaborate action sequences, often holding up the complex production. He also was known to summon filmmakers to repeated late-night script sessions to make him comfortable with his character and dialogue.
Spokespeople for both Vin Diesel and James Wan have come out to state there is no bad blood between the two, and that the allegations about Diesel's difficulty on set was "complete nonsense."
However, to add even more intrigue to the search for a director for Fast 8, Vin posted a second picture to his account, this time of himself with Justin Lin, who directed four of the seven films in the franchise (The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast 5 and Fast & Furious 6).
In his caption, Vin describes looking for a director for Fast 8, and how his choice for director would be Rob Cohen, due to this being the wish of the late Paul Walker. While that is both interesting, and extremely touching, it was another part of the caption that caught my eye, specifically this:
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.”
Is this Vin Diesel's way of putting himself forward to direct one of the final three movies in the Fast and Furious franchise? It would certainly be a bold, though perhaps apt, move given that Diesel has been the biggest part of the series and, as Vin says himself, he has defied the expectations of the studio in the past. One thing is for sure -- we should all be glued to Vin's Facebook (or 'Vinbook' as he calls it) to see what the actor and producer has to say on the matter next.
Fast 8 is scheduled to be released in cinemas on April 14, 2017.