The Fast and Furious franchise is a non stop blockbusting movie juggernaut, with no sign of stopping in sight. And we're just fine with that, so long as the movies remain as all out entertaining as they've been since the fifth entry a few years back.
Star Vin Diesel has already been talking up the sequels in the wake of the release of Furious 7, with another trilogy of action planned. But we've been hearing lots of rumours of behind the scenes woes, with a difficulty in choosing a director to take up where James Wan left off after the long and difficult process of putting the last film together following the tragic death of Paul Walker.
A shortlist of helmers was announced last week and that might just have got a whole lot shorter, with reports that F. Gary Gray is in the running for the role, winning out against the likes of You're Next guy Adam Wingard. Gray's star is on the rise at the moment thanks to the success of Universal's Straight Outta Compton but he's got a lot of experience on films like The Italian Job, Law Abiding Citizen and the original Friday.
He's also worked with Diesel before on 2003's A Man Apart - which was a perfectly decent if utterly forgettable revenge flick. There's no doubt he can put the necessary pieces together to make a Fast film, the formula has been well crafted in the last few years, and other challenges like the cast are already in place, along with a mammoth budget. But we just can't see him having the same energy as Justin Lin, who led the resurgence of the series and has since moved on to Star Trek Beyond.
Gray doesn't definitely have the gig yet but we're likely to hear an official announcement soon.