THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS Start of New Trilogy
The eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious saga is the start of a new trilogy, says star and producer Vin Diesel. The Fate of the Furious held its red carpet premiere Saturday in New York (where part of the film is set for the first time), with Diesel dedicating the film to Paul Walker, who starred in all but one of the Fast and Furious films before his tragic death in a car accident in 2013. (Walker wasn’t part of the third film, spinoff Tokyo Drift; Diesel appeared only at the end in a brief cameo.)
“We have a lot of great talent in this movie. But there would be no Dwayne Johnson, who we love, there would be no Jason Statham, who we love, there would be no Charlize, who we love, there would be no Scott Eastwood, who we love, there would be no Kurt Russell, who we love, if it wasn’t for the decades of work that my brother Pablo put into this franchise. When you see this movie, know that this is from love,” Diesel said of “Pablo,” his affectionate nickname for Walker (Diesel even named his daughter, Paulina, after the late star).
“I just want you to know, there wasn’t a second we made this movie, not a minute … not a day that went by that we weren’t thinking about our brother, Pablo, and how to bring him into the movie and how to represent him and to make something that he will be proud of. Pablo, I hope you are proud tonight.”
As this is the first Fast and Furious movie not to feature Walker in a starring role with the rest of the main cast — Walker died during production on Furious 7, causing the filmmakers to employ the use of body doubles and CGI to finish his part in the film, which gave his character, Brian O’Conner, a tearful sendoff before the end credits — it will be the start of a new chapter for the franchise, which kicked off in 2001.
“As the world sees this movie, they’ll see how its the beginning of a new trilogy,” Diesel said of The Fate of the Furious at CinemaCon in Las Vegas last month. Universal Pictures has already marked dates for the ninth and tenth films, racing into theaters April 19th, 2019 and April 2nd, 2021, with Diesel wanting Fast Five helmer Justin Lin to return for the tenth Fast and Furious, supposedly the closer of the saga.
Furious 7 saw the end of one chapter of the Fast franchise, with The Fate of the Furious seeing the start of another. The first part of the new trilogy hits theaters this Friday.