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Vin Diesel claims his mum has backed him to direct Fast & Furious 8

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Story by Jack Foley

VIN Diesel has claimed that his mum has backed him to direct Fast & Furious 8.

In a new post on his Facebook page, the actor – who also produces the franchise – says that he has been urged by his mum to put himself forward as a contender given that the search continues to find a director to helm the eighth instalment.

He wrote: “I will share something crazy that my mother said six months ago after the studio had me announce the date for [Fast & Furious] 8 to the world … ‘Either you direct 8 yourself … or don’t do it.’

He continued: “Some of you Vinbook pioneers are all too familiar with my mother’s wisdom, as I have posted her sayings in the past on our page … but I wrote it off as just a mother’s love and belief in me. Though she has seen first-hand what I’ve done to make these movies defy expectations and become increasingly successful, even when the studio thought I was crazy … haha.”

Diesel does have directing experience. He has previously helmed a number of shorts, an episode of television series The Ropes and the 1997 crime drama/romance Strays.

But according to those close to the studio Universal, which distributes the Fast & Furious franchise, it is unlikely they would back a move to see Diesel move behind the camera, even though he does have the power to veto any directorial choices.

The problem of finding a new director exists because James Wan, who directed Fast & Furious 7, is currently unavailable to take charge because he is busy with horror sequel The Conjuring 2, while Fast & Furious 6’s Justin Lin is working on Star Trek Beyond.

Another possibility could be Rob Cohen, who oversaw series opener The Fast and the Furious in 2001, and who Diesel would like to see make a return.

However, nothing looks like happening anytime soon. By Diesel’s own admission, he has other commitments to honour first, as his Facebook post went on to explain…

“Ultimately, we all want the best film to honour what we have created and what you the audience has adopted as your favourite franchise. I will leave this matter in the studio’s hands for a moment while I release The Last Witch Hunter and start production of the long awaited [xXx sequel] Xander Returns.”

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