After "Furious 7" crossed the $800m mark internationally, Vin Diesel announced that talks for the eighth instalment of "Fast and Furious" franchise is underway and the producers are now looking for a replacement for Paul Walker's character.
The previous films of the franchise have done extremely well, but the last release topped all of them; may be because it was the last film of Paul Walker, who played the character Brian O'connor.
Vin Diesel did not hesitate to tell that the movie was a tribute to his brother and the next one will be a gift from Walker to all his fans. "Well, I was trying to keep it close to the vest throughout the release. Paul [Walker] used to say that eight was guaranteed. And in some ways, when your brother guarantees something, you sometimes feel like you have to make sure it comes to pass," Diesel said during the MTV Movie Awards 2015.
"So if fate has it, fate..F8...if fate has it, then you'll get this when you hear about it. Seven was for Paul, eight is from Paul," he added. Watch his emotional interview at the backstage on the awards night below.
Walker's passing away was a huge loss for the "Fast and Furious" franchise and producers are finding it difficult to get the perfect replacement for Walker's character. And the good news is that not only will the movie have an eighth part, but Universal Studios are optimistic about a ninth as well tenth instalment of the film.
"We think there's at least three more. Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters," said Universal's chairman Donna Langley to Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, "Furious 7" also saw the return of Lucas Black's character Sean Boswell from the "Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift", proving that rumours of him signing a three-part deal with the franchise were true. This prompted Cinema Blend to predict that if his character comes back in focus, it will be a "smooth transition" from Walker's character without insulting his memory.