|The Fate of the Furious|
|Theatrical Poster for The Fate of the Furious|
|Director||F. Gary Gray|
Neal H. Moritz
|Music by||Brian Tyler|
|Cinematography||Stephen F. Windon|
|Release date||April 14, 2017|
|Previous film||Furious 7|
|Next film||Fast & Furious 9|
|The Fast and Furious (series)|
|Films||The Fast and the Furious • 2 Fast 2 Furious • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift • Fast & Furious • Fast Five • Fast & Furious 6 • Furious 7 • The Fate of the Furious • Fast & Furious 9 • Fast & Furious 10|
|“||Family no more.||”|
The Fate of the Furious (also known as Furious 8, Fast 8 and Fast & Furious 8)[note 1] is an 2017 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray. The eighth feature length film in Universal Pictures's The Fast and the Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious was officially announced by Vin Diesel and Universal Pictures, April 23, 2015 at CinemaCon. The film premiered in Berlin April 4, 2017, and was released April 14, 2017 in North America, with major international releases for IMAX 3D, 3D and 4DX showings.
|“|| On the heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: The Fate of the Furious.
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
For The Fate of the Furious, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Oscar® winner Helen Mirren. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and produced by returning producers Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel.
— Official Description
Dominic Toretto and his team's idyllic life away from crime is rudely interrupted when a cyberterrorist named Cipher seemingly convinces Dominic to turn his back on his family and join her organization. Letty Ortiz and the others are forced to fight their friend in order to stop Cipher from triggering from a nuclear war.
Dominic Toretto and Letty Ortiz are enjoying their honeymoon in Havana when Dom is challenged to a street race at an auto show by local racer Fernando, who is owed money for a car from Dom's cousin. Dom races for Fernando's car, intending to give it to his cousin, while wagering his own show car. Dom drives his cousin's car, equipped with Cuban nitrous oxide, and narrowly wins the race. Dom allows Fernando to keep his car, earning his respect, and instead gives his cousin his show car. The next day, Dom is approached by elusive cyberterrorist Cipher, who coerces him into working for her.
Shortly after the encounter, Dom and his team, comprising Letty, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey, are recruited by Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs to help him retrieve an EMP device from a military outpost in Berlin. During the getaway, Dom goes rogue, forcing Hobbs off the road and stealing the device on Cipher's behalf, while Hobbs is arrested by German police and locked up in the same high-security prison he helped imprison Deckard Shaw in. After making an escape, both are later extracted from the prison by intelligence operative "Mr. Nobody" and his protégé "Little Nobody", who recruit Deckard to help Hobbs and the team find Dom and capture Cipher.
Deckard reveals that Cipher was the mastermind of previous encounters with the team, such as employing his brother Owen Shaw to steal the Nightshade device in Europe and orchestrating the attempted theft of the God's Eye, Ramsey's software program. The teams tracks Dom and Cipher to their very location just as they attack the base and steal the God's Eye. Meanwhile, Dom finds himself reacquainted with ex-lover Elena Neves, whom Cipher has kept captive during this time, and is further shocked to discover a baby inside her cell. She reveals the child is their son (whose existence Dom was previously unaware of), whose birth was the result of an unintended pregnancy prior to Dom leaving her in order to rescue Letty. Elena explained that she wanted him to decide the child's first name, and that she had already given him his middle name: Marcos.
Cipher sends Dom to New York City to retrieve a nuclear football held by the Russian Minister of Defense, but Dom manages to evade her for a short time to make a deal with a mysterious woman. Cipher facilitates Dom's theft of the nuclear football by hacking into all the autonomous cars in the city and reprogramming them to auto-drive, wreaking havoc throughout the city and stopping the Minister's motorcade. The team intercepts Dom after he steals the nuclear football, but Dom escapes, apparently shooting Deckard dead in the process. Letty catches up to Dom, but is ambushed and nearly killed by Connor Rhodes – Cipher's right-hand man – before Dom rescues her. Outraged with his choice to spare Letty, Cipher has Dom witness Rhodes executing Elena in front of him.
Dom is deployed to Russia to use the EMP device to disable a nuclear submarine, enabling Cipher to hijack it and attempt to use its arsenal to trigger a nuclear war. But, they are once again intercepted by the team, provided with modified vehicles by Mr. Nobody. Meanwhile, Deckard, who had faked his death and was extracted by Tego Leo and Rico Santos (former members of Dominic's crew), infiltrates Cipher's plane to rescue Marcos, with the help of his brother, Owen. It's later revealed the mysterious woman Dom met with in New York is Magdalene Shaw, Deckard and Owen's mother. Fernando from Havana was also helping Dom, allowing the meeting to take place.
Once Deckard reports that Marcos if safe, Dom turns on Cipher and kills Rhodes (avenging Elena's death) and rejoins his team. Incensed, Cipher launches an infrared homing missile at Dom, but he breaks away from his team and maneuvers around it, causing the missile to strike the submarine instead, instantly obliterating it. The team quickly forms a vehicular blockade around Dom, shielding him from the ensuing explosion. Elsewhere, after finding herself confronted by Deckard at gunpoint, Cipher escapes by parachuting out of the plane while Deckard manages to rescue Dom's son just in time.
Mr. Nobody and Reisner visit Dom and his team in New York City to report that Cipher is still at large. Hobbs is also offered his DSS job back, however, he declines in order to spend time with his daughter. Deckard then arrives to return Dom's son, putting his differences aside with Dom and Hobbs in the process, and is accepted into their family. Dom decides to name his son Brian, after his friend Brian O'Conner, and they celebrate with a barbecue.
- The following list of major cars used in "The Fate of the Furious" is incomplete and may not be completed until a proper home video version of the film is released.
|"Dodge Ice Charger"||1968||Dominic Toretto||Destroyed|
|"Ice Ram"||2009||Luke Hobbs||Damaged Rear|
|Local Motors Rally Fighter||2013||Letty Ortiz||Survived|
|Lamborghini Murcielago||2005||Roman Pearce||Destroyed (Sunken in Ice)|
|"Tracked Ripsaw"||Unknown||Tej Parker||Survived|
In 2014 Universal Chairman, Donna Langley, expressed, officially, that the studio was interested in making ten films for The Fast and the Furious franchise. April 8, during the earliest run of Furious 7, Fast & Furious producer Neal Moritz expressed gratitude toward the success of the seventh film. "Honestly, we're just bathing in the success of this," Mortiz stated in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "We'll probably get together in a week or so to talk."
Furious 7 director, James Wan, was originally contracted to direct two films for the franchise. However, following the complications with the production of Furious 7, Universal released Wan from his contract to direct the sequel to The Conjuring. Wan was also reportedly set up to direct other horror films for New Line Cinema, but stated "he was open to anything [at this point]". Justin Lin, the series director since 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, stepped down as director for the series because of disagreements on the filming schedule for both Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7. He went on to direct the sequel to Star Trek: Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond, released in July of 2016.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, contract negotiations between established cast members from the previous seven films were renegotiated as they "had run through their options", while Dwayne Johnson's contract was still on a "deal-by-deal basis". Lucas Black, who appeared in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and briefly in Furious 7, signed a three film contract in 2013. At the 2015 MTV Movie awards, Vin Diesel, acknowledging the passing of his friend, Paul Walker, stated that Fast 8 would be "from Paul" as Furious 7 was "for Paul".[note 2]
April 23, Vin Diesel appeared at the 2015 CinemaCon and officially announced that The Fate of the Furious would be released April 14, 2017. Diesel's announcement was confirmed by an official press release from Universal Pictures, detailing the rescheduling of several major upcoming films under their distribution, including Warcraft and the the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. Also announced were two sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey.
August 23, 2015, The Hollywood Reported stated Universal Pictures was experiencing difficulties finding a director for the film. Vin Diesel reportedly has the power to consult on director choices, but cannot actively veto a director chosen by Universal. Universal confirmed that James Wan was never a confirmed director for Fate of the Furious in light of his obligation to the Conjuring 2. Rumors that Non-Stop director, Jaume Collet-Serra, was considered and that Vin Diesel himself (who wrote and directed the short film, Los Bandoleros in 2009) was also a consideration for director, circulated for a time.
September 2015, Diesel expressed interest in Rob Cohen, who directed the first film, to direct The Fate of the Furious. On October 14, 2015, Diesel announced on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that Straight Outta Compton director, F. Gary Gray, would direct the film.
May 16, 2015, during the promotion for the film San Andreas, Dwayne Johnson confirmed that he was returning to reprise his role as Luke Hobbs in The Fate of the Furious. Additionally he expressed an interest in doing a spin-off film for the Hobbs character, but stated the idea would need more space between Furious 7 and other Fast & Furious sequels to really gauge an interest from the audience.
In 2014, it was reported that Lucas Black, who portrayed Sean Boswell in Tokyo Drift, signed a contract to appear in last three Fast & Furious films prior to his cameo in Furious 7. December 14, 2016, Den of Geek reported that Black's role in the proceeding films would be bigger for The Fate of the Furious. However, in a interview with Chris Mannix during July 2016, Black stated he would not appear in the upcoming sequel because of "scheduling conflicts" with NCIS: New Orleans.[note 3]
June 25, 2015, USA Today reported that Jason Statham, introduced into the franchise at the end of Fast & Furious 6, would return as Deckard Shaw for The Fate of the Furious. "We're already talking about doing another one, part eight," Statham said. "I'm a newcomer. I just got invited to the party in this last one, so it's nice to know I'm going to be doing another."
February 2016 saw reports of actress Charlize Theron as a possible villain for The Fate of the Furious. Her role was later confirmed in April 2016, alongside Scott Eastwood as a protégé of Kurt Russell's Mr. Nobody. Kristofer Hivju as later cast and announced as a henchmen to Theron's Cipher.
When asked in an interview with Access Hollywood, Vin Diesel expressed an interest in seeing Dame Helen Mirren appear in The Fate of the Furious. On June 15, 2016 it was reported that Mirren had joined the cast of The Fate of the Furious. Additionally, musicians Don Omar and Tego Calderon, who starred in Fast & Furious and Fast Five, officially returned to for the film.
Unconfirmed Casting and Rumors
In June 2015, it was reported that Eva Mendes would return to the franchise, reprising her role from 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) as Monica Fuentes, and that Universal was considering Tommy Hatto for the role of "a racer with a close relationship to Fuentes".
In July 2015, it was reported that Orange Is the New Black actress Ruby Rose had joined the cast in a "sexy role". It was also reported that Cara Delevingne was also being considered for the role of another villain. In November 2015, Gibson expressed his desire for Matt Damon to join the cast.
When she was approached about her appearance in the film, The Fast and the Furious alumni, Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto), commented that the film had completed its production and she was not in the film. She added that she uncertain that she would or could make an appearance afterward.
During an interview on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show on April 3, 2014, Vin Diesel explained that he produced the Fast & Furious films (post-Tokyo Drift) in advance as "trilogies". When discussing Kurt Russell's role as "Mr. Nobody" in the film, he explained the character was connected to a plot that would take place in New York City.[note 4]
With regard to the sequel's story, Moritz stated that it would have to be "something enticing for all of us. It has to be as good as or better [than Furious 7]." Dwayne Johnson expressed a similar statement, believing that they would also have to "raise the bar, in terms of action, yes, but also in terms of story and character." May 26, 2015, Vin Diesel posted a teaser poster of the location for Fast 8, featuring the skyline of New York City.
September 27, 2015, Vin Diesel revealed on his Facebook account that The Fate of the Furious would lead to the conclusion of the franchise with ninth and tenth Fast & Furious films produced by Universal Pictures. "The fans of the Fast & Furious SAGA are the best fans in the world… Since I became the Producer in 2008," He explained. "You have been with me every step of the way… literally giving me feedback that proved invaluable. Thank you." He clarified that no director had been offered a directorial position for the film and no script had been reviewed yet. In September 2015, Diesel stated that the script had almost been completed.
In keeping with the franchise's penchant for filming in "exotic" locations, such as Dubai and Rio de Janeiro, in January 2016 it was announced that Universal was seeking approval from the United States and Cuban governments to shoot the film in Cuba.
Principal photography began on March 14, 2016, in Mývatn, Iceland, where strong winds sent a plastic iceberg prop flying into a paddock and striking two horses. One was wounded and the other mortally injured; it was later euthanized. In late-April, filming began in Cuba's capital city Havana. In May, filming also took place in Cleveland, Ohio. Filming also took place in Atlanta and New York.
Pre-release marketing for The Fate of the Furious began May 6, 2016 with a series of segments called "This Week in F8". This Week in F8 was a series of short behind the scenes videos that chronicled the progress of the film from May 2016 to August 5, 2016 as the film's principal photography neared completion. Similarly, a large swath of the film's promotion was handled by its official twitter and Facebook accounts, @FastFurious and FastandFurious. During June 2016, several cars used in the film during a shoot in Iceland were promoted during a behind the scenes featurette.
October 2016, gaming website GameSpot reported that the first trailer for The Fate of the Furious would debut in December of 2016. The official Facebook account later confirmed the report, stating December 11, 2016 would be the official premiere date for the trailer. December 9th, 2016, the film's new title, The Fate of the Furious was announced with a trailer teaser of the official trailer that would be broadcast live and hosted by the cast, Sunday, December 11, 2016 on the film's official Facebook account. Ahead of the trailer, Universal Pictures released a teaser poster for the film, illustrating the split between Dominic Toretto and Luke Hobbs.
February 5, 2016, a minute long TV Spot for The Fate of the Furious was aired during the the 51st Super Bowl event. At the time of the TV Spot's release during the Super Bowl, it was the most viewed trailer online with a record number of 42.27M views. March 31, the trailer for the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel It became the most viewed trailer across various social media platforms within 24 hours with 197 million views, beating the established record set by The Fate of the Furious during the Super Bowl.
Following an advanced screening of The Fate of the Furious, the UK debut of the film was censored for "to reduce one scene of violence" after BBFC entry reported that the film was likely to receive a 15A rating certificate instead of a 12A certificate.
April 2, 2017, pre-sale tickets for The Fate of the Furious ticket began in China. Prior to the film's release on April 14, the Hollywood Reporter reported that The Fate of the Furious broke ticket sales records, earning $18.1 million (RMB 125 million) in advanced ticketing sales, breaking the pre-sale records set by Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (which originally earned RMB 101 million, or $14.6 million). The Fate of the Furious also earned $2.4 million (RMB 16.5 million) in advanced IMAX ticket sales, breaking the record set by Captain America: Civil War when it earned RMB 10 million ($1.4 million at current rates) last year.
According to Deadline, The Fate of the Furious is set to become the highest grossing film in The Fast and Furious franchise, with an estimated gross of $375 million and $440 million "in its first three days", breaking the Furious 7 of topping Furious 7’s $397 million gross.
Various Artists Soundtrack
- Main article: The Fate of the Furious: The Album
The Various Artists soundtrack, The Fate of the Furious: The Album was released April 14, 2017 in conjunction with the film. The soundtrack features predominantly Pop and Hip-Hop artists. Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, and Quavo performed the theme of the film, "Go Off"; Pitbull, J Balvin and Camila Cabello recorded a Spanish and English language single "Hey Ma" to promote the film internationally. G-Eazy and Kehlani performed the soundtrack's third single, "Good Life"; Whiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz, who were previously featured on the soundtrack for Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7, collaborated with Young Thug for the soundtrack's fourth single "Gang Up".
Not dissimilar to Furious 7 and previous Fast & Furious films, multiple music videos were filmed for the promotion of the film's soundtrack singles, "Hey Ma", "Go Off" and "Good Life". The music video for the single "Go Off" featured heavy promotion of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon similar to the promotion of the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT in music video for "Ride Out" for Furious 7. Spanish language behind the scenes featurette was released by Universal Latino to promote Spanish/English single "Hey Ma".
- Main article: The Fate of the Furious (Score)
- The Fate of the Furious will be the third film after 2006's Tokyo Drift and 2009's short film Los Bandoleros not to feature the character Brian O'Conner, who was officially retired in Furious 7 following Paul Walker's death.
- Vin Diesel has reportedly expressed an interest in bringing the character of Brian O'Conner back into the franchise.
- The Fate of the Furious is the first major US production to be filmed in Cuba since the embargo ease in 2016.
Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes
- ↑ Official Title found on official instagram account
- ↑ Vin Diesel: "“Paul used to say that [‘Fast & Furious’] 8 was guaranteed and, in some ways, when you’re brother guarantees something, you have to make sure it comes to pass,” Diesel said. “So, if fate has it — fate, F8 — then you’ll get it. ‘Furious 7′ was for Paul; 8 is from Paul.'”
- ↑ Black: “They tried to figure out how to get my character back for [Fast] 8, but there was a lot of conflict and schedule with NCIS [New Orleans], because we started back last Thursday on Season 3. So, it didn’t happen this time for Fast & Furious 8, but, maybe they can figure some out for character in number nine. (1:21-to-1:43).”
- ↑ Vin Diesel: "I'll tell you something about Kurt Russell. You know I always think of these films, multiple pictures in advance. I think of them as trilogies. So, Kurt Russell came in for this movie, but he was--- but we really hired him because of a story that follows this. That takes place in New York."