While the Fast and Furious franchise has never failed to provide excitement for its fans, no one actually thought it would be Oscar material. And that is okay, because the film is mainly made to entertain, and not to win awards. However, for Fast and Furious 8, Vin Diesel believes that this is about to change.
With new director F. Gary Gray at the helm, Diesel believes that the eighth installment of the auto-centered action series stands a real chance at winning the Academy Awards. He credits this mostly due to Gray, and tells fans to “watch out for what he does.”
It may be remembered that Gray directed the music biopic Straight Outta Compton last year. It did won some awards from other groups celebrating the film industry, but not from the Academy. It has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but it lost to Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer’s docu-film, Spotlight.
This led action star Vin Diesel to believe that the director took the helm of Fast and Furious 8 with a “chip on his shoulder.” F. Gary Gray seem to be intent on showing the world that he is capable of winning an Oscar, even for a film franchise that is, objectively, being followed and supported mainly for its pure entertainment factor.
As for the direction that the movie itself will take, Diesel can only describe it as “very dark.” It would take on a very different direction, while still promising to build up on what was left by the past seven films. The film holds a special significance to fans, as well, because this will be the first movie in the franchise since the death of main actor Paul Walker.
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