There's some bad news for "Fast & Furious" fans. The latest update on the production of "Fast & Furious 8" has revealed that there are some major production issues coming in the way of "Fast & Furious 7" sequel and that the franchise could be cancelled.
If new reports are to be believed, then it appears the future of "Fast & Furious 8" is in a limbo. While the team is already coping up and trying to fill in for the untimely death of core cast member Paul Walker, other issues like lack of a script, director and production co-president have started haunting the production of the much-awaited sequel.
"Fast & Furious 7", as we all know, became the third-highest grossing movie of all time, but those numbers came at a huge cost, including Wan's health. And now, it looks like no one's up for bearing the same pressure all over again.
It was recently reported that Universal Pictures was having trouble locking down a director. There are apparently no takers because Vin Diesel is too interfering, difficult and demanding on the sets.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the team is going back and forth on finalising the director. The report said that James Wan (director of "Fast & Furious 7") decided to quit the "Fast & Furious" franchise because he wanted to go back and direct a sequel to his 2013 hit "The Conjuring".
Universal Pictures then went knocking on the doors of Justin Lin, who has directed third through sixth movies in the series. But even Lin chose to make the next "Star Trek", leaving the studio with no choice but request Wan to don the director's cap.
The chances of Wan coming back looks really bleak because an insider told the website that the $200 million, two-year production of "Furious 7" was so demanding that it actually compromised Wan's health.
In fact, Vin Diesel took on Facebook to clear up these speculations. "Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision... they have been like family... I promised the studio I would deliver one last Trilogy to end the saga...I will announce the directors on my next post..." he wrote.
And now, Celeb Cafe has reported that film production co-president, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, who helped put the franchise together and oversaw "Furious 7" in the wake of the death of Paul Walker, has also left the team.
There is no official announcement about the film's cancellation, but all reports clearly suggest that the film is having some serious production issues, with all the core team members quitting the franchise.
We don't know if "Fast & Furious 8" will be cancelled, but if everything falls in place, the film will hit theatres on 14 April, 2017.