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Vin Diesel confirms final Fast & Furious trilogy will go ahead

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Story by Jack Foley

VIN Diesel, the star, producer and co-creator of the Fast & Furious movies, has confirmed that there will be three more films to finish the franchise.

In a post on his popular Facebook page, the actor moved to pour scorn on recent reports that the eighth film was being delayed for various reasons by writing that although no director had yet been appointed, an announcement was imminent. He also promised to deliver the final three movies, as per the long held plan.

His full post read: “The fans of the Fast & Furious SAGA are the best fans in the world … Since I became the producer in 2008, you have been with me every step of the way … literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you.

“My producing partner Neal would love for me to just sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be very carefully handled. To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to helm Fast 8 yet … let alone seen a script.

“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 …”

The most recent film in the franchise, Fast & Furious 7, was released earlier this year and took more than $1.5bn (£985m). However, it also marked the final film in the series to feature the late Paul Walker and proved a difficult shoot given the tragedy surrounding his death mid-shoot.

With that film’s director, James Wan, reportedly keen to honour his commitment to directing another horror film and former director Justin Lin no longer interested, speculation was beginning to mount that the franchise’s momentum was in danger of stalling.

However, following Diesel’s post and renewed commitment to the project, Universal now look set to fulfil their own wish to see an eighth entry in cinemas by the summer of 2017.

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